Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
On Twitter: MrMichaelLee and PostSports  |  Facebook  |  E-mail alerts: Redskins and Sports  |  RSS

Bucks (9-7) at Wizards (6-10)

Wizards starters: Gilbert Arenas, Nick Young, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Brendan Haywood

Bucks: Brandon Jennings, Charlie Bell, Andrew Bogut, Carlos Delfino, Ersan Iyasova

Line: Wizards by 3

Coach Flip Saunders is slowly beginning to learn about his new surroundings, but that doesn't mean that he is willing to accept all of the change. Saunders's last job was in Detroit, where the Detroit Pistons had a rabid fan base that sold out every game he coached. He is still adjusting the Wizards' late arriving crowds.

"Sometimes when the game starts some people aren't here yet. We got to find a way to generate energy in our own kind of atmosphere to start the game," said Saunders, adding that the Pistons fans would also wait after games to wish the team well and ask for autographs. "It's a change. But it's something we've got to change too. As the team becomes better and the team becomes more exciting and the people see that and they identify with the team, they'll want to come out and get out here sooner and have an opportunity to get autographs and things like that too."

Caron Butler has had some difficulty adjusting to Saunders's offense and he recently had some struggles after developing some soreness in his right ankle. After getting 19 points and seven rebounds in each of his past two games, Butler said he is starting to develop a better rhythm. "I am feeling much better," he said. "The last couple of weeks, I have been nursing the ankle injury. I was able to move forward, but not laterally like I wanted. I just stayed with it, felt much better and I'm getting more, a little more healthy out there."

Saunders found some success using the Earl Boykins-Gilbert Arenas backcourt in the fourth quarter on Tuesday. Arenas had 12 points in the fourth period, and Boykins had four assists. "That was more out of necessity because Earl was so good on the ball," Saunders said. "Most teams aren't use to going through as many pick and rolls that [Arenas] can run and Gil is big enough that he can still guard most of the twos. At Golden State, they played a lot together in the fourth quarters."

Boykins and Arenas both enjoy sharing the floor with each other. "It's easier for both of us when you have another ball handler out there on the court. You can load up on one particular guy and you can spread the floor with two penetrators," Boykins said.

Mike Miller, out with a strained right calf, is no longer a blond. He removed the streaks from his hair and is back to being a brunette. "Went back to my original color. I was getting hurt too much as a blond."

Saunders is a huge fan of Brandon Jennings, who was awarded the NBA rookie of the month award on Tuesday after averaging 21.8 points and 5.7 assists in his first 16 games.

"He reminds me a lot of Tiny Archibald - maybe I'm dating myself a little bit," Saunders said. "His ability to score, make other guys better. Score from the perimeter, score from inside, just pretty much do anything. He's playing with a great amount of energy and playing with a lot of confidence."

Jennings worked out with the Wizards before the draft and he dazzled Saunders with his quickness and intelligence. "We had this trap drill and he dribbled through Jonny Flynn's legs twice. When he did that, I knew he had some stuff to his game," Saunders said.

By Michael Lee  |  December 2, 2009; 6:53 PM ET
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: The Other Side: Milwaukee Bucks
Next: Wizards 104, Bucks 102 [UPDATED]

Comments

Jennings is definitely jet-propelled, and he's been a lot better outside shooter than he seemed coming out of HS. Just a terrific athlete. Of course we're not very far along in the season.

But he's definetely livened things up around the NBA.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 2, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

watching the Wizards is frustrating. They go for 3 or 4 minutes of inspired high energy basketball followed by 5 or 6 minutes being lazy, unfocused and disinterested. Wish they were more consistant.

Posted by: dboz1970 | December 2, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

come on flip, efffing retarded lineup

Posted by: divi3 | December 2, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

The Wizards need to get Dave Hoopla back.

Posted by: JPRS | December 2, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse

FLIP IS A FOOL

Posted by: divi3 | December 2, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

where would they be without boykins?! he's carried us through every 4th quarter!

Posted by: rachel216 | December 2, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Thank God for Earl

Posted by: daigunder | December 2, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Boykins taking the final shot instead of Arenas who was being guarded by Luke Ridnour? Very stupid. Love the win though, 4 out of 5. Go Wiz!

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | December 2, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Whew! A little too close for comfort, but nice to see another W. Great job Earl.

Posted by: JPRS | December 2, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Correction: Not Earl -- The Closer.

Posted by: JPRS | December 2, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

If they could make free throws it would not have even been that close... thank god that didn't come back to bite us..

Posted by: rachel216 | December 2, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

So much for my theory of a change in reffing. The homestanding Wiz shot three times as many FTs as the Bucks. That's how they stayed in the game.

Glad to see the win, but they don't get much uglier.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 2, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

how do you tell earl to hit the 2nd ft with 1sec on the clock? terrible coaching right there

Posted by: divi3 | December 2, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

The Wiz shot 54% from the field but turnovers and missed free throws almost cost them the game.
BUT, a win is a win!

Posted by: tgif11 | December 2, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

what's up with taking brendon out for 10mins after the flagrant? makes no sense whatsoever IMHO

but a dub is a dub, respectability and relevance back within reach!

Posted by: divi3 | December 2, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

This could have backfired in Flip's and the Bullet's face had the Buck's hit a three to win or tied it with a two to send it in to overtime Flip should have told Earl to brick it hard off the glass to create a scramble situation thus expiring the clock and leaving no chance for a Buck's miracle or just miss it lucky for Flip the Buck's missed the shot at the end. Six Bullets in double figures nice balance but those free throws man it's enough to make you hurl!

Posted by: dargregmag | December 2, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Great game for the Wizard fans who are happy that they will make the playoffs this year, but if you are like me and will not be happy untill they win a championship than a home win by 2 is a joke when you look at what the top teams in the east are doing...

Atl 146
Tor 115

Cle 107
Pho 90

Orl 118
NYK 104

last night...

Bos 108
Cha 90

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 2, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

a lot left to work on, but if the season ended right now, we are in the playoffs. get excited!

Posted by: ddcencasa | December 2, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

in the box score of this game i noticed Leon Wood's name as a referee.... didn't he play for the bullets?

Posted by: stevie2 | December 2, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Not a good win for a team that aspires to be a contender. The Wizards should have blown out the Bucks given that they were playing with their best player (Redd) and the huge disparity in foul shots. Even more concerning was the fact that Flip is now relying on Earl to close out games instead of Arenas. A top team relies on its franchise player to create or take the big shots in the 4th quarter. Its almost as if Arenas doesn't have the confidence to even take the shots.

I saw no semblance of an offense the last 5 minutes of the game. It was Earl just dribbling the ball off of high screens set by Haywood and trying to get in the lane. It didn't even look like plays were being called. That won't work against teams like Orlando, Cleveland, Boston, and Atlanta. This was a lucky win against an undermanned team who was relying on a rookie to take the shot to tie the game at the end. I don't know what to make of a team that beats a good Miami team on the road, but can barely scrape by a team like Milwaukee.

Posted by: wizfan89 | December 2, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Wizfan89-what are you talking about. Yeah the bucks didn't have Redd, but Ridnour and Warrick both played over their heads so that plus the miss freethrows will keep a team in the game. Flip has to find time for Foye That will be important dow the stretch and in the playoffs. He can't keep going to this boykins in the 4th every night. I will get exploited soon.

Posted by: lemekdivine | December 2, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

There is no question that the team looks bad. The rotations are all over the place. The players on the floor rarely look like they are on the same page. Gilbert and Caron look like rookies trying to find their rhythm and their place in the offense. And, one of our smartest, toughest, most versatile players is out for over a month. But there is good news...
The season is long and the most important thing is too peak at the end and not the beginning. The good teams find a way to win (even if very ugly) while they are working out the kinks and becoming comfortable with the roles that will compliment each other. We are now winning some of those ugly games (which we were not earlier), and that is all we need to do at the moment.

Posted by: ddcencasa | December 2, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

WIZ 89; You are quite correct my friend Steve Bouckhantz pointed that out; that the Wiz were just standing around watching the Earl Boykins show yeah i guess Flip's magic marker went dry so he couldn't draw up any X'and O's LMAO!

Posted by: dargregmag | December 2, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

in the box score of this game i noticed Leon Wood's name as a referee.... didn't he play for the bullets?

Posted by: stevie2

////////////////////

Yep, same guy.

Regarding the 1 second issue -- I understand Flip's reasoning. Different story maybe if there was less than a second on the clock as he said in the post-game. If you miss and miss everything though -- ala Mike James in the Philly pre-season game -- it's a one point game with no time off the clock and the Bucks getting the ball at half-court. You can't get too cute -- you've got to take the points and play the percentages. Fortunately, it worked out this time.

Posted by: JPRS | December 2, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse


Caron's dunk on Bogut changed the tone of the game and the Wizards don't win this game tonight without that dunk or him in general.
Holla!!

Posted by: CBsUncle | December 2, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Question? Who's broadcasting Bullet games on the radio(what station)and yes Stevie 2 Leon Wood did play for the Bullets although i don't recall the years i want to say it was in the late 80's.

Posted by: dargregmag | December 2, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Milwaukee is a well coached and disciplined team (we should be happy Skiles got sent off early)... This was a nice win with some good work from several contributors. The much maligned Stevenson should get a special pat on the back for his good minutes. And Earl is, well Earl is Earl. I would much rather see him on our side than torching us as he did with Denver etc etc. Yes he is basically a pesty role player and has his obvious limitations, but he won this game for us in the end.

Gil is getting there I think, and yes we are above the playoff line in the standings as of this minute. So why not feel good for a few minutes?

Posted by: khrabb | December 2, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

"Saunders is a huge fan of Brandon Jennings......He reminds me a lot of Tiny Archibald......"His ability to score, make other guys better. Score from the perimeter, score from inside, just pretty much do anything. He's playing with a great amount of energy and playing with a lot of confidence."

This sounds like an apt description of BOY's play to this point on the WIZ.

Jennings worked out with the Wizards before the draft and he dazzled Saunders with his quickness and intelligence.

"You was my GM, ERNIE, ya' shoulda' looked out for me a little bit. You shoulda' taken care of me a little bit so we wouldn't hafta' take them dives for the short-end money.... Ya' don't understand, ERNIE. With BRANDON JENNINGS we coulda' been a contenda'. We coulda' had class. We coulda' been somebodies instead of bums which is what we are."

FLIP wants to reprise "ON THE WATERFRONT?" Or was he just blowing pre-game smoke toward a player he truely respects to keep him off the scent for one game.

BTW, Passes from BUTLER, dimes even!!!! WTF? If he keeps this up all season, I'll climb off the fence in favor of his continued presence on the WIZARDS.

Posted by: glawrence007 | December 2, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Gilbert and Caron look like rookies trying to find their rhythm and their place in the offense.

That's because they are...

Posted by: SDMDTSU | December 2, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

FWIW -- Leon Wood 1985-86 Washington Bullets.

Posted by: JPRS | December 2, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Wow. This group whines about a win, the second of their back to back games this week. Get a life.

Posted by: larryrob | December 2, 2009 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Wiz89, you're right and you're wrong. Redd has played very few games this year, and when he's played he hasn't been effective. So he ain't their best player, and he isn't the reason why they have winning record.

On the other hand, you're right about Boykins. He has been the offense in the final minutes of the game. No plays, just a pick and role while the other guys stand around. There has to be more movement b/c the shots Boykins is having to take have incredible degree of difficulty.

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | December 2, 2009 11:12 PM | Report abuse

"You can't get too cute -- you've got to take the points and play the percentages."

what are the percentages that a career 88% ft shooter airballs one, the bucks rebound and call a timeout, then score on the other end?

vs rednour hits the 3 he took?

Earl throws it at the backboard and the game is over!

Posted by: divi3 | December 2, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

some of the lineups absolutely infuriate me! that was WAY TOO MUCH boykins, and the earl, debrick, young, aj, blatche lineup should not be seen again!

put mcgee in for brendon and let AB roll at PF when he's in, or even put AJ at 3 with AB at 4.

please dont tell me that cement shoe'd, floor bound, Bogut is too big for javale to guard. Mcgee would swat half his shots.

i swears i do not see wtf flip is doing with some of his rotations

Posted by: divi3 | December 2, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

We win, but you guys don't like the WAY that we win? You're pathetic.

Posted by: larryrob | December 2, 2009 11:21 PM | Report abuse

i swears i do not see wtf flip is doing with some of his rotations

Posted by: divi3 | December 2, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Testing the waters divi3, testing the waters. During this shakedown cruise J-CRIT has missed the boat, and more's the pity.

Posted by: glawrence007 | December 2, 2009 11:26 PM | Report abuse

At the game tonight. We won but dang, it shouldn't have been that hard. The Bucks have no one. Arenas is no longer pushing the ball. Everything we run is in the half court which is why we are not getting any easy buckets. Several times I watched Flip tell them to push it and they just walked it up. You can't win consistently against the good defensive teams when you constantly let them set up their defense. Foye looks like Young at the beginning of the season. He's got to snap out of it. Young is really playing well. He's rebounding (5 tonight) and he's also hustling on defense.

Posted by: ptp23 | December 2, 2009 11:39 PM | Report abuse

4 out of 5 with Nick in the starting line-up. 5-3 since Jamison came back.

Posted by: ptp23 | December 2, 2009 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Complaints after a win. Who cares if a W in the NBA is asthetically pleasing?

Posted by: bozomoeman | December 2, 2009 11:58 PM | Report abuse

@ptp23,

I've mentioned this before, but for the life of me I don't understand why we don't run more. Who on this team is not good in the open court? And, we are 5th in rebounding.

Posted by: rphilli721 | December 3, 2009 12:00 AM | Report abuse

i swears i do not see wtf flip is doing with some of his rotations
Posted by: divi3 | December 2, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Right now Flip has not settled on a complete rotation and I believe this is good. The first guys off the bench are Blatche, Boykins and Young/Miller (if healthy). It is spots 8 to 12 that are not yet solidified.

Flip is seeing how consistent certain people are in certain roles. He is matching players up according to strengths. Thus you see Stevenson one day. McGuire one day, Oberto another day. He also knows that Gil is not himself. He knows that Miller will eventually return and take a key role. Will Young continue to start or will Miller take the spot back? The worst thing he could do now is to set the rotation in stone. He initially talked about players 8-10 being guys and specialists. But I think he has lengthened that list of role players to players 8-12.

By March 1 everyone will know their role. I think it may still involve DMac and Stevenson, Oberto, McGee and either Foye or Crittendon getting 10-15 minutes one day and 0 the next depending on the opposition. Flip now knows that his 11th player brings a unique, needed skill that is needed on some nights and is not afraid to insert him. But slots 1-8 will be set.

Beating Bucks was important. 2 wins in a row. It wasn’t pretty but who cares? The cliché is true: there are no pictures in the standings. Just numbers. And winning 4 out of our last 5, moving up in the conference is all that really counts. We are now tied with Bobcats for the 8th spot. A week or so ago we were in the 13 spot and wondering what was going on. It is a marathon not a sprint. Let’s enjoy it.

BmoreRev

Posted by: stanlong23 | December 3, 2009 12:06 AM | Report abuse

left a word out in last post... meant to say
"...players 8-10 being energy guys and specialists."

BmoreRev

Posted by: stanlong23 | December 3, 2009 12:11 AM | Report abuse

The comments to this entry are closed.

 
 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company