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Grizzlies 116, Wizards 111


How many teams this season have had two games decided on fouls committed with less than one second remaining? And how many teams have had those fouls committed by the same player? Don't go searching too hard.

You won't find a situation close to what the Wizards have experienced this month, with Brendan Haywood getting called for fouls with 0.1 seconds left in overtime against Indiana's Mike Dunleavy and 0.3 seconds left in regulation against Memphis' Zach Randolph. In both cases, the fouls called on Haywood were debatable but it doesn't matter. Bad teams usually find a way to catch bad breaks -- and the Wizards have already had their share.

"We are just not getting the breaks that we need," Gilbert Arenas said after scoring a team-high 30 points. "They are all going against us. You can argue all you want, until you do something about it, which is beat the team before they can make a call."

With the Wizards leading by two points with 10 seconds remaining, Randolph drove inside when three Wizards came to contest the shot. Official Courtney Kirkland appeared to call the foul as time expired, but he and Tony Brothers reviewed the play and decided to put 0.3 seconds on the clock. It was eerily similar to the Indiana game, when the officials huddled and decided that Dunleavy was able to catch the ball, get it off and get fouled in less than 0.5 seconds.

After Randolph made both free throws to force overtime, the Wizards again came up on the wrong end of another break when Arenas appeared to knock the ball away from Marc Gasol with less than 10 seconds remaining. Randy Foye picked it up and appeared set for a game-tying layup, but the whistle blew just as he was approaching halfcourt. Antawn Jamison was called for a foul, Gasol made both free throws and the game was basically over.

"This one will be hard to swallow," Foye said.

Join the club. The Wizards have lost nine games decided by five points or less this season. But afterward, the Wizards weren't seeking sympathy for their plight. It's easy to nitpick and find the reasons for a loss. The Wizards always seem to have an answer for that. But finding a way to win seems to be much harder.

The Wizards surrendered 116 points to a Grizzlies team that is playing much better this month but was also missing its leading scorer in Rudy Gay. Randolph certainly delivered with 23 points and 19 rebounds, but the Grizzlies were able to make critical plays down the stretch with second-year guard O.J. Mayo, third-year point guard Mike Conley and second-year center Marc Gasol. It's not about age. It's about execution.

"We couldn't make a big stop," Coach Flip Saunders said. "We couldn't get a key rebound and it cost us. That was difficult. Situations being like we're at, you got to be able to make a stop. We're trying to stress to our guys to play smart on defense, get defensive stops in the fourth. There is no question we got tired and couldn't come up with some plays and they pounded us on the boards with their two big people."

Randolph and Gasol combined to grab 30 of the Grizzlies 54 rebounds, including 10 offensive rebounds. The Wizards had just 41 rebounds.

Arenas, Butler and Jamison combined to score 78 points for the Wizards, but the team was only able to get 10 points off the bench. One reason for the limited production from the second unit is that the overtime game forced four of the starters to play more than 40 minutes, with Caron Butler logging about 49. The other reason was they didn't hit many shots. Earl Boykins has been under the weather since the team arrived in Minnesota and he went 0 for 7 on Monday. He was just 1 for 4 on Saturday.

There was a time when the Wizards were hard to beat whenever Arenas, Butler and Jamison had monster performances, but the magic that trio once had together is wearing off. The Wizards also had a knack for staging great comebacks and pulling out dramatic wins. But now they are staging dramatic comebacks to set the stage for heartbreaking losses.

After rallying back from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit, the Wizards again wound up on the losing end. "No matter how much we're down, we always find a way to come back. We showed will. We just didn't get the breaks to pull it out," Jamison said. "It's tough. It hurts. You just got to stay positive, continue to plug away and hopefully things will turn our way very soon."

By Michael Lee  |  December 29, 2009; 12:34 AM ET
 
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BLOW IT UP!!

Posted by: sargeantmofo | December 29, 2009 1:43 AM | Report abuse

It's a bad sign that Arenas, Butler, and Caron need to play max minutes just to keep pace with Memphis.

Posted by: twigmuffin | December 29, 2009 1:45 AM | Report abuse

I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for any big midseason trades. Aside from the unsettled ownership issue, the fact is that it'll be tough to get high value for anything the Wizards have to offer. No one's trading for Arenas. The only teams interested in Jamison will be potential contenders and the bulk of what the Wiz will get in a deal like that is cap room and picks. The pick's won't yield much immediate return because they'll be coming from a playoff team. The cap space will be good from a financial standpoint, but it won't help from a bball perspective because it's not like top-tier FAs will be flocking to sign with the Wiz. Butler has value, but at least some of that will be from the fact that his contract expires after next season, which means that a lot of the offers the Wiz get will require them to take back longer term deals, which is not in the Wizards' best interest unless it's attached to a youngish All-Star, and that's unlikely.

Their best bet would be to wait until the offseason, when there will be more teams looking to deal and make improvements based on how they finishes the regular season and/or playoffs as a whole. It'll be a more wide-open market then. They might even be able to peddle Haywood, Foye, or Miller in a S&T deal.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 29, 2009 2:21 AM | Report abuse

man...this is really bad. first the Redskins now the Wizards...God is truly not a Washington pro football/basketball fan...hope he doesn't get angry with the Caps...

Posted by: ronniecope106 | December 29, 2009 3:32 AM | Report abuse

There's only one solution:

Run and Gun. We are still not equipped to play slow games with the starting lineup as is. We may as well play to our strengths by starting NY and mixing in AB, RF and JM liberally. Once we get MM back, we can start thinking about playing Flip's style.

Actually, I think MM solves a lot of our issues. It's sad to think that our success hinges so much on one 'glue' player but he seems to do a lot of the things that are lacking. He's a good rebounding guard, he shoots 3's, he passes well. Defense is an issue but with him in there, we put more pressure on opposing teams offensively. That works against them on defense.

Posted by: original_mark | December 29, 2009 7:10 AM | Report abuse

Haywood loses another one for us. First off he can't hit a free throw (2-5) and then he makes a dumb foul at the end. But Javale can't play b/c he makes too many mistakes.

And Rphilli - Gasol is twice as good as Haywood.

Posted by: Blurred | December 29, 2009 7:38 AM | Report abuse

Rnorris6,

Our inside presence sucks. Flip and a whole crew of folks continue not to give or think that it would be better to give Brendan help in the paint.

It is so easy for any Team in the League to beat us in the paint. I've said this before and I will say it again.

Play two of our bigs together for major stretches in the game.

There bigs killed us. However, we have bigs but we think it is cute to play them one at a time.

Has it dawned on all of you that keep harping on low BB IQ by the players that it might be because Flip's BB IQ ain't quite clicking either.

As bad as Darius Songaila and Etan Thomas looked trying to play center, Andre Blatche is starting to look the same way.

Andre Blatche ain't no darn Center for Gods sake, he is a POWER FORWARD and he should be playing the game with Brendan.

I gaurantee you that Mark Jackson would have Blatche and Haywood on the floor together.

Blatche is useless coming in at the Center position and it adds nothing to the Team and waists his talents.

LarryInClintonMD.

Besides Haywoood, Arenas as well as Jamision missed critical FT's down the stretch. All three of them made only 1 of 2.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 29, 2009 8:15 AM | Report abuse

I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for any big midseason trades. Aside from the unsettled ownership issue, the fact is that it'll be tough to get high value for anything the Wizards have to offer. No one's trading for Arenas. The only teams interested in Jamison will be potential contenders and the bulk of what the Wiz will get in a deal like that is cap room and picks. The pick's won't yield much immediate return because they'll be coming from a playoff team. The cap space will be good from a financial standpoint, but it won't help from a bball perspective because it's not like top-tier FAs will be flocking to sign with the Wiz. Butler has value, but at least some of that will be from the fact that his contract expires after next season, which means that a lot of the offers the Wiz get will require them to take back longer term deals, which is not in the Wizards' best interest unless it's attached to a youngish All-Star, and that's unlikely.

Their best bet would be to wait until the offseason, when there will be more teams looking to deal and make improvements based on how they finishes the regular season and/or playoffs as a whole. It'll be a more wide-open market then. They might even be able to peddle Haywood, Foye, or Miller in a S&T deal.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 29, 2009 2:21 AM

More traditional fixes that don't mean nothing now. With this approach Tappscot might as well still be the coach.

What about using the players to the best of their abilities and in the positions and combinations that give them the best chances to win. And what about trying to run the ball as a philosophy.

People that balled where I come from used fast break ball as a major part of the game. Those that did not were just Scared. Scared to Play! Just Scared! Flip is Scared. He don't wanna ball. Fo' if he did he jus' mit' hafta' use mo' of his playas'.

Flip is a scared coach. That nice little syllogy you just gave got nothing to do with winning basketball games.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 29, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Larry - agreed that Arenas and Jamison didn't make their clutch FT's. At least Jamison shot over 83% FTs for the night compared to Haywood's 40%. Arenas only had 2 FT's and hit one of them.

I am concerned about Blatche. Larry is right, though, he ain't no center. He is simply a spotty back up. He may still have a "breakthrough, a la Jermaine Oneal, in his 5 or 6th season, but usually by now, you know what you have.

As to Larry assertion that Blatche would be good if he played PF note that Haywood played all but 9 minutes of the game, so Blatche had to play 11 minutes somewhere besides center and since Jamison played all but 12 minutes of the game, I am going to have to assume that Blatche played those 11 minutes at PF.

But even with 20 minutes on the court last night and over half of them being at the same time as Haywood, he scored what? 3 pts? and 3 boards? with 4 TOs?

Miller will help this team win a few like this. But Flip needs to play his team. His 8-9 man rotation is stupid and obviously isn't working.

I think this team needs some personell changes, but we should be at least a .500 team if we had a coach that made the best use of his players.

There is no reason for a C, even a really good one, to play 45 minutes, even in an OT game unless the bench is completely depleted by injuries.

Posted by: Blurred | December 29, 2009 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Wow, I agree with everyone's post and it's nothing I haven't been thinking....

"BLOW IT UP!!"

Something I have definately thought of, but you might not have to. Here's the thing, the Wiz are giving up a gaudy amount of layups and if you watch what other teams are doing they are pulling Haywood away from the basket with thier center, and then when a shot goes up the center crashes the boards. Haywood is soft and too slow to react. Now we all know Jamision can't play a lick of defense anyway so it works. Like, everytime. The book is out on the Wizards, every team plays them exactly the same way.

"It's a bad sign that Arenas, Butler, and Caron(Jamison) need to play max minutes just to keep pace with Memphis."

I blame Flip for this. When the season started he had some good lineups where he played Oberto and Blatche together and Blatche had some really good games. Foye looks unmotivated and Miller coming back soon should help, but Flip needs to get his lineups straight.

"There's only one solution: Run and Gun."

I was thinking this same thing Mark. :)

The Wiz can't play defense and they didn't under EJ either. In fact EJ system was basically a "run and gun" offense where they were asked to outscore thier opponent and not play any "d" anyway.

Here's the thing with that...no team has ever won anything playing that way in the post season. The Wiz just aren't built very well. :(

"Haywood loses another one for us."

He's just too soft. It's time to say goodbye to him.

"Andre Blatche ain't no darn Center for Gods sake, he is a POWER FORWARD and he should be playing the game with Brendan."

I prefer pairing him with Oberto right now because Oberto can pass, but you're 100% right. Blatche is a PF and they are going to lose that guy and he's going to go somewhere and be bada$$.

To me, the big problem has been guardingthe basket and the Wiz just can't do that. Haywood gets pulled out, Jamision can't defend, and as much as I would like to blame Gil it's not his responsibility.

I think you can tweak this team and be A LOT better but that would mean getting a new center and power foward.

It's time to trade Jamison while you still can, Cleveland still wants him, and then the same with Haywood. Figure out a way to bring in Bosh next year, otherwise start McGee and Blatche this year and see what happens. Start Miller when he comes back and you're starting 5 looks like this:

McGee
Blatche
Butler
Miller
Arenas

Then after that do what Mark says. If you can't do any of it, then it's time to blow the thing up. James is off the books after this year and Miller is going to go somewhere else. Then there's that wonderful "discounted" contract...bleh!

I mean seriously, what do they have to lose at this point?

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | December 29, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

While they folded down the stretch, all in all, they didn't play that horribly. It wasn't a repeat of Minn. But the outcome is perhaps even worse, in that they played fairly well (not great) given who/where they are against a below average team and they had most of their key players available and healthy--and they lost. That says a lot about where this team truly is: below average, fat contracts, no promising players that they are developing, no opportunity to make a coaching change, no draft picks. The big story here is: When and how will Leonsis take over the team, and what is the fate of EG? And does EG have the authority to make big moves now, or has Leonsis told him to backoff until the end of the year?

One thing you can see happening is that all the other teams, including the relatively bad ones like Memphis, are coming into games against the Wizards expecting a win (as they should be). Then, at no point during the course of the game, do they feel like they are out of it--because they know we can't sustain and build on a lead. It's like every team has a psychological edge on us.

Finally, I'm not blaming BH and AJ for the loss, but they and the rest of our guys foul, wrap up and grab too much, especially when they're beat, as opposed to just playing good D and making the opposing player make a tough shot.

Posted by: jweber1 | December 29, 2009 8:53 AM | Report abuse

But Javale can't play b/c he makes too many mistakes.

Blurred,

How many games have them mistakes cost us? None.

Javale should be Haywoods backup and if he knew he was the man at backup center he would be doing a better job at backup center than Blatche is doing at it.

If you move Blatche to significant minutes at PF it shakes up a lackadaisical - BIG THREE - or shall I say little three.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 29, 2009 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Blurred, how can you focus all your blame on haywood. You're right, he missed a two free throws down the stretch. But I seem to remember Jamison and Gil each missing one in the final few minutes. I seem to remember Caron (could have been Blatche) standing around as Randolph grabbed his own miss for an easy put back. How about Boykins' decision not to dump off the ball to Gil on the fast break. It's easy to identify one particular play as the difference in a close loss.

The bottom line with this team is that it relies on too many jump shots that are often contested, and doesn't get enough easy baskets. The reason is that the offense does not make the defense react to either penetration or ball movement, which does not create openinings for drives or open shots.

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | December 29, 2009 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Why not blow it up now- Arenas for McGrady and Aaron Brooks. Brooks and Boykins can run the point for the rest of the year, T-Mac gets all the shots he wants. Better yet, the Wiz get out from under Zeros contract and T-Mac is off the books this year.

Then we re-sign Haywood/Foye/Miller and a true PF with the $ saved from T-Macs deal. Draft your PG of the future. We could make the playoffs next year with Butler, Jamison, a PF, Brooks, and Young/Foye/Miller at SG.

Posted by: dscottp169 | December 29, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

And I railed on Haywood enough yesterday, so I am going to focus on Flip today and the whole team:

I like the Foye/Arenas combo. I think it works well. But Foye needs to keep his fouls down or we will be forced to play Boykins for 20 mpg. there is one thing a player definitely learns from getting PT: How to keep your fouls down.

Dom needs more minutes. Not a ton more, but maybe get him to 10-15. 50 minutes for CB? That is crazy. That means CB would have had 45 in just the Regulation.

JaVale should be getting 10 mpg on this team. Heck, he'd be getting at least that on almost every team.

I understand that when the game is close at the end, you want your starters out there, and the starters played pretty solid games (except at clutch time), so you have to get your Dom, Blatche, Javale minutes in early. Get those guys some practice time with Foye and Boykins and let's play 5-10 mpg of Run and Gun old school Nuggets style to start the 2nd quarter to wear the opposing teams' starters out.

It may not work, but it would be fun to watch and we all know that what we are doing now is not only NOT working, but ugly as can be and hard to watch.

better yet, put Miller in as the starting 3 and let Butler run with these guys. You can play those 4 with Boykins (leaving Foye on the starting 5) and you are taller by several inches at 4 positions and faster at all but the SG position. Butler gets to be the star of his rotation.

The point is this. It would be nice to actually play better ball. Last night would have been won with one fewer TO and one made FT. But that isn't seeming to be an option with this team.

So the message is clear: TRY SOMETHING ELSE.

even if we continue to lose, the games could at least be fun for their athletic spectacle.

Posted by: Blurred | December 29, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

We can talk about Haywood missing a critical free throw or this or that key play but the fact is the big three (or top three, whatever you want to call them) played well and they were still neck-and-neck with Memphis.

Who was without its leading scorer.

That tells you everything.

They're just not going to be able to turn this around, I'm afraid.

Posted by: SteveMG | December 29, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

ray - I thinkyou may be right to trade jamison. Even though I think he is by far our best player, that should give him the best value in a trade. Unfortunately, Cleveland has little they would part with that I would want.

Hickson? Might be OK to have. Z? He can barely move (but he matches up well against Haywood and makes his FTs). How about this: Jamison for Hickson and Z plus a first rounder this coming year (likely to be a 28-29 or 30th pick) and another first rounder in both 2014 and 2013.

Zardsfan - It seems Mike Lee sort of blames him, too. But you are right, Gil needs to make 2 FTs at clutch time. Jamison should, too, but he did shoot 83% for the night from the line. If the TEAM got it done early on, it wouldn't come down to FTs at the end. But that is who we are, so we need to make those FTs.

dscott - If you think re-signing Haywood/Foye/Miller is the core group of a contending team, you are sorely mistaken. As I said yesterday, one of the worst things we can do is resign Haywood. He will be looking for a long term (5 year) contract at well over $5 mil a year. he has proven that he only shows up in contract years and even then is only average. he will be a back up playing fewer minutes each year and sulking about that and causing fights and missing FT's.

I'd love to keep Miller and Foye, but they are nice complementary players. The rest of your lineup is intriguing, but TMac doesn't thrill me, mainly b/c of his injuries.

Posted by: Blurred | December 29, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Okay, what if Wiz make a move for McGrady as a way to create some future finacial freedom, who would you include in the deal? I think McGrady's cap number is 23 mil. If you give up Jamison and Caron, I believe that amounts to approx. 20 mil (its been reported that Rockets have no interest in Gil's contract). I don't think sacrificing those two guys would be a bad move. Assuming McGrady is able to play, the starting lineup would be Gil, McGrady, Miller, Blatche and Haywood. Not bad. It would also mean that Javale would likely get more minutes.

Do the rockets have any young talent that could be thrown in a deal?

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | December 29, 2009 9:14 AM | Report abuse

And Larry - my comment about McGee was facetious. Everyone should know by now that I am a big proponent of getting McGee as many minutes as we can.

Posted by: Blurred | December 29, 2009 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Sorry Blurred. I guess I missed your stance on JM.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 29, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Zardsfan; Blatche is not a starting PF. I've said enough about Haywood.

Houston figures to be a mediocre at best team if theya re rebuilding, but sending then CB and Jamison for an injured player would likely inprove them immediately.

So, mid-1st round picks have a value of about $1.5 million/yr, right? Let's get two 1st rounders (2010-2011) to go with McGrady and I'd be willing to try it.

Posted by: Blurred | December 29, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Zardsfan; Blatche is not a starting PF. I've said enough about Haywood.

Houston figures to be a mediocre at best team if theya re rebuilding, but sending then CB and Jamison for an injured player would likely inprove them immediately.

So, mid-1st round picks have a value of about $1.5 million/yr, right? Let's get two 1st rounders (2010-2011) to go with McGrady and I'd be willing to try it.

Posted by: Blurred | December 29, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

What I'd like to see is us trading our players to a team that is likely to be a lottery team so we can start picking up a slew of lottery picks - our own and someone else's.

Then we can start getting some young talent to go with what we have. Of course, we'd only be able to play 4 players at a time, b/c our coaches don't believe in playing youn players.

Posted by: Blurred | December 29, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

20+and 19 from Snack Randolph??????? 20 and 10+ from Gasol?????Why is BTH above reproach?sit his soft a$$ down for a few ticks and light a fire under him. if he's out there playin for his bank account then the coach needs to show him who has the power in that situation. BTH needs to be focused and work harder. That was grown man's bsuiness last night. a game where he could have showed his improvement as a big. Instead he folded. Those guys balled outa control on our front line.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 29, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Yawn. Blow it up.

Posted by: TheFunBunch | December 29, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Hang on, naysayers. Flip said 40 games. Let's give him 40...then blow up the team. Side note, I thought Gasol was riding his brother's pedigree when he got picked up in the draft. Man, how wrong I was. The kid has his stuff together. Solid baller. Good head on his shoulders. Shows you don't need to be the most athletic guy on the court to help your team win. He got great minutes on a lousy team, and he's much improved.

Posted by: creativefunk | December 29, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Blurred: I'm not saying Haywood/Foye/Miller would be the "core group" of a contending team, but they are nice complimentary pieces. Everyone in the NBA needs defensive minded big men, shooters and scorers off the bench. The only reason to T-Mac would be to clear salary space this summer, not for any long term use.

I see you're not sold on Haywood....in that case find me a starting caliber center available this summer who can give you 8-10 pts, 8-10 boards, 2-3 blks and not complain about getting shots. And be the anchor for your defense! Eddy Curry, Camby? Please.....Right, there are none available, so you keep what you have and develop McGee to eventually take his place. $6-7 mil a year would be worth the investment.

Posted by: dscottp169 | December 29, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Haywood is serviceable, that's it. But he's going to be asking for a lot of money next year. If EG is here, he needs to excercise the same amount of caution that he demonstrated when he negotiated with Hughes and Jeffries.

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | December 29, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

FIRE EG!!! HE PUT THIS GARBAGE TOGETHER!!!

This science experiment of having the little 3 play together is now over and done with. It's not working!

Neither Gilby nor MeTawn should have been resigned. It does not matter how many points the little 3 put up when they can't stop the other team from scoring and can't outrebound them.

Gilby with only 2 FT's taken in the game means he was gunning all night.

Not a winning formula, but then again, what's new?

Also, out rebounded by 13.

SAD, but real!

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 29, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

"More muddled nonsense that means nothing, combined with yet another idiotic poorly-worded screed about Blatche and Haywood being the 2nd coming of McHale and Parrish."

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 29, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 29, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

EJ's offense was not run&gun and i'm not gonna say it, i will spare all of you including myself any references to EJ but i will say what i posted yesterday and that was Zack Randolph was going to make Brendan look like Brenda and he did, again free throws did the Bullets in Gil,Antawn, and Haywood missed crucial freebies that would have made the difference,well OKC's in town tonite and............... who knows from here they are not a playoff team, and i don't see as some suggest "blowin" them up What? you think they can get equal value for Tawn or Caron(hey i'm a poet and i didn't even know it!) a little levity in the face of a depressing situation hey look on the bright side they can go up........... can't they?

Posted by: dargregmag | December 29, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

More the same. These guys have played like this for 4yrs the only difference is the other teams have gotten better and Wiz older. Our GM has no vision and should not be allowed to make anymore trades or draft picks. The coach has players to break up the fake 3 he needs to do it.

- Blatche needs to start at PF and split time with AJ.
- McGee needs 20mins at center.
- Nick should start at the 2
- McGuire needs to play 10 to 15 at SF.
- Foye 1st guard off the bench.

The new owner at the end of the season should fire Ernie and Flip. Hire a real GM.
- Oberto, Stevenson, James go away.
- Do not resign Haywood he is a cancer.
- Trade Jamison or tell him he's the 6th man
- Trade Butler or have him coming off the bench.
- I'd keep Earl around. He's a pro
- Draft or trade for a real point. We missed out on Andre Miller and a number of guards in the draft. Thanks Ernie
- Do not resign Mike Miller. He's a good player but been hurt his 10yr career.

Posted by: rnbrown4 | December 29, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

I long for the days of Ed Tapscott.

Posted by: dovelevine | December 29, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Haywood is serviceable, that's it. But he's going to be asking for a lot of money next year. If EG is here, he needs to excercise the same amount of caution that he demonstrated when he negotiated with Hughes and Jeffries.

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | December 29, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse
you mean two key contributors to playoff teams, real young contenders? EG will prolly offer BTH max money. This organization is a joke.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 29, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

"I see you're not sold on Haywood....in that case find me a starting caliber center available this summer who can give you 8-10 pts, 8-10 boards, 2-3 blks and not complain about getting shots."

"Not complain about getting shots"? Have you seen the shots he takes?

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 29, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

The Wizards need a, in football terms, "a running game".

The problem with Haywood is that his offense is below average and the reason he scores is because he is being singled. His offense is an afterthought to opponents who focus on the Big 3 and others before they even think about Haywood. Sure he will score sometimes, but he is far from dominant offensively. Not that the team needs more scorers, but he is no threat that needs extra attention. Defenses have the attitude of "if HE scores, he scores. He won't beat us".

Blatche looks like he will always be up-and-down offensively because his mid-range game is not pure, butter, or whatever term you want to use. Yes, he hits the shot sometimes, but he has no back-to-the-basket game. Seems like he has one up-and-under move for a finger roll. We got Jamison for those funny flip shots. Blatche needs to get to the point where his mid-range jumper is a "layup" for him, right now, it is not. C-Webb developed that mid-range jumper. Maybe Blatche can too.

Posted by: G-Man11 | December 29, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Did not see the game, but looking at the box-

Flip Stinks

seriously y'all, the guy is fricking clueless if he is not getting Mcgee 1min on a night Brenda is being raped by 2 big men.

and i know it was OT, but good lord are you THAT afraid of your bench that the starters all log a million minutes? It's ludicrous to have the So-So3 playing this much while the youngs languish on the bench.

What did NY do to get benched? Play D and take good shots for 2 weeks?

Flip SUCKS.

There's enough on this roster to be a better team if the coach utilized the players.

But I guess it's 1 down and 4 to go before Flip "reevaluates" the rotation, apparently he can only do that every 5th game for some reason. Maybe be AB will eat Durantula's nutsack for dinner tonight

Posted by: divi3 | December 29, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

>>he needs to excercise the same amount of caution that he demonstrated when he negotiated with Jeffries.

Same amount of caution? That EG even offered Jeffries a cent shows how much he lacks in talent evaluation. Is this guy even in the NBA anymore. He couldn't crack the rotation of the Knicks when they won about 5 games. Jeffries was terrible. And EG is clueless.

Posted by: dovelevine | December 29, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

The Wizards need a "running game", to use a football analogy. They need a low-post threat.

Haywood scores sometimes but he is not the focus of the opponents defense and guys don't cheat towards him. Defenses have an attitude of "if he scores, he scores. We can live with Haywood shooting. He won't beat us." Yes, he scores, but he is a minimal threat at best.

Blatche seems like he will be as consistent as his mid-range jumper. He needs to develop it to the point where it is a "layup" for him. Right now it is far from that. He too, has no post-up game. He is a 7ft Jamison with better defense and no three-pointer range. He has to get to the point where his mid-range jumper is pure. C-Webb developed his mid-range to that extent. Maybe Andre will too.

This team will still need a running back though.

Posted by: G-Man11 | December 29, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

"The Wizards need a "running game", to use a football analogy. They need a low-post threat.

Haywood scores sometimes but he is not the focus of the opponents defense and guys don't cheat towards him. Defenses have an attitude of "if he scores, he scores. We can live with Haywood shooting. He won't beat us." Yes, he scores, but he is a minimal threat at best.

Blatche seems like he will be as consistent as his mid-range jumper. He needs to develop it to the point where it is a "layup" for him. Right now it is far from that. He too, has no post-up game. He is a 7ft Jamison with better defense and no three-pointer range. He has to get to the point where his mid-range jumper is pure. C-Webb developed his mid-range to that extent. Maybe Andre will too.

This team will still need a running back though.

Posted by: G-Man11 | December 29, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

"

So why do you pay $50 million to a jump shooting PF in MeTawn who's good for stats, but not for wins?

Answer: You shouldn't have.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 29, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

dscott - my problem is that you are going to be paying that salary for YEARS down the road.

And as far as available centers (of guys currently playing center) that are 8-8-2 guys...we already have two of those on our roster, not including Haywood. But here you go:

Chandler (who I don't like, but is as good as Haywood)
Z
Shaq
Gooden
Jermaine Oneal
David Lee
Pech!! (just kidding)
Al harrington (PF that could play C)
Amare
Bosh (a PF that basically plays C)
Boozer (same as Bosh)

All of those could do what Haywood does at either a better investment (same/larger contract as haywoods but with a better/younger player with more upside) or could be had for a shorter contract or a smaller contract.

And that doesn't even count the fact that we could draft a good center or trade for one.

I am not saying Haywood is bad. he is just not a starting C on a contending team. We shouldn't pay him like one.

Posted by: Blurred | December 29, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

the only good to come out of AB at center is I've found i can get 'nutsack' through the blog filter

Posted by: divi3 | December 29, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

the only good to come out of AB at center is I've found i can get 'nutsack' through the blog filter

Posted by: divi3 | December 29, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Flip may or may not suck, but who hired him?

Who brought in the FA's and sent them packing for more non productive FA's?

Who drafted Peter John Ramos?

Who re-signed AB after his john arrest?

Who signed Dee Brown? Where's Dee Brown?

Who let Roger Mason walk?

Who signed a broke down shoot first PG to mega money who's nowhere near mega money in ability anymore?

Who said Umberto was the last piece of this masterpiece?

Who fired Hopla, but kept Wes Unseld Jr.?

How are Foye and Eminem working now for that draft pick, and cash money for the 2nd round pick?

How was JaTravel grown as a player from last season?

Who resigned MeShawn?

How has Nick Young and DMac developed into solid bench contributors?

EG must go, as as Shaq wouls spell

P-E-R-I-D!

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 29, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

"We couldn't make a big stop," Coach Flip Saunders said. "We couldn't get a key rebound and it cost us. That was difficult. Situations being like we're at, you got to be able to make a stop. We're trying to stress to our guys to play smart on defense, get defensive stops in the fourth. There is no question we got tired and couldn't come up with some plays and they pounded us on the boards with their two big people."

Maybe Flips rotation is too tight. Loosen it up a little and we won't be so tired late in the game.
I don't understand how they cudda got tired all they did most of the game was stand around and watch on O & D.

Too tired to make critical FT's at the end.
Too tired to play any any any "D" at the end.
They were so tired in the beginning of the game that the Grizzies couldn't find a reason to foul any of them until the 2nd Q was almost over.
I'm sure that they will bounce back tonight.

Posted by: VBFan | December 29, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Flip Saunders is a major disappointment but this all leads back to Ernie Grunfeld. Simple as ABC or EG.

Posted by: dovelevine | December 29, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Saw most of game and this is pitiful. We can't get over the hump. Biggest issue is the same it's been for years- they have a little more commitment to defense but still the bottom line is that they still can't get it done. They still can't figure out how to defend screen roll offense. Players on the opposition continue to have "best game of the season" against us. Jamison, Haywood, Blatche, Butler simply do not do it in terms of defense. McGee is not the answer yet but I do think he needs to play more to just get experience. His shot blocking at least makes the other team think rather than beat their man, soar and dunk.

The on ball defense is not much better. They don't hustle back to play D. How many times do they turn to the ref and whine?

Seems that Flip is what we heard he is: not able to get into their faces and demand they play D. His best move of the year was pulling the starting 5 a few games ago. Yet we still see them jacking up early 3's and playing poor defense. I want to see him do it again. In fact start the bench and embarrass all the starters! Now that would be coaching. I thought by January things would be turned around. Looks like it's just never going to happen.

Seems that EG's moves to keep the 3 together may have been more Abe's wishes. In light of that I can't really fault him for being too hopeful and unrealistic.

BmoreRev

Posted by: stanlong23 | December 29, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

OK...now that DCman is on, I am off, but first let me respond to a couple of his rants:
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Who let Roger Mason walk?

Mason is a FA this summer, so we could have him back. I doubt he gets much contract this time.

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How are Foye and Eminem working now for that draft pick, and cash money for the 2nd round pick?

Better than the guy drafted with that pick.

*****

How was JaTravel grown as a player from last season?

How would we know? we never see him. Strictly speaking though, I'd say about an inch and 15-20 lbs.

*****

How has Nick Young and DMac developed into solid bench contributors?

Who missed 2nd grade conjugation? Or are you a product of the DC school system? If so, its not your fault.

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Who re-signed AB after his john arrest?

AB is one of the best bargains in the NBA. No, he is not a top teir PF by any standard, and I have said he should not be a starter yet, if ever. But he he is a lanky 7'fter with nice touch who can handle the ball.

****

Who signed Dee Brown? Where's Dee Brown?

I think about 5 GMs hired Dee brown over the years. As to where he is, maybe with Gil's woman?

Thank you...Good night.

Posted by: Blurred | December 29, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

when you're talking about max deals to the tune of over $100mill, EVERY owner in the league is hands-on and there's never a case where it was all the GMs decision.

in Abe's case, he knew he didnt have time for a rebuild so he took a shot with the all-stars we had.

Posted by: divi3 | December 29, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Again, why is BTH being blamed for both Gasol AND Randolph's numbers? No one is talking about AJ because he scored 20+ and 10+ rebounds?
I think we should all take a look at 82games.com to see the real deal.

Plus/minus numbers and PER rating comparisons between positions don't lie.

How is it that a guy who's 9th in the league in rebounding and 3rd in blocks, shoots 53% and doesnt complain about shots is being blamed for our losses? This is completely baffling to me. His job is to play a role. If someone had asked anyone on this blog before the season what they wanted from him, they'd have been thrilled at 10 point, 11 rebounds and over 2bpg. Role played.
Folks, BTH is not the problem here. The last foul was questionable and how about looking at the guy who should have been guarding him on that last play in regulation. Granted, Gasol was 8-11 and played well. BTH didnt have his best game. But ppl are looking at this game and blaming the season in the guy. Fact is, as bad as our defense is now..it would be a helluva lot worse without him. Ditto for the rebounding.

Posted by: original_mark | December 29, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

"His job is to play a role."

Isnt that role defense? So when the opponents bigs go off on him, doesnt it make sense to look his way?

Posted by: divi3 | December 29, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Let's just not re-sign him and see if we can get someone who plays a bigger role. Or try to develop one anyway.

Posted by: Blurred | December 29, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

this may be by design, but haywood's complete offensive ineptitude serves to facilitate an over reliance on the Sometimey3 taking too many Js

again, maybe that's what people upstairs had in mind so not really brenda's fault for just being who she is, but it doesnt work

Posted by: divi3 | December 29, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

a jump shooting PF in MeTawn who's good for stats, but not for wins.

Perfect description.

Guys like this should be complementary players coming off the bench.

Posted by: original_mark | December 29, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

the only good to come out of AB at center is I've found i can get 'nutsack' through the blog filter

Post of the Day nominee...

Posted by: original_mark | December 29, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Isnt that role defense? So when the opponents bigs go off on him, doesnt it make sense to look his way?

Absolutely. He is solely responsible for Gasol's night (even though he steps up a lot trying to help and gives up points to his own guy).

I'm referring to the posts about Randolph's big night. Let's blame AJ for Zach. If defense is identified as our main problem, BTH is not the primary culprit. Based on 82games.com, neither is Gil or CB.

SG is the problem and has been since Larry Hughes left.

PF is also a weakness since bigs are supposed to help the guards with their interior presence. BTH is 3rd in blocks. He has a presence. Where is AJ on the bpg list?

Posted by: original_mark | December 29, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

While blocks arent the defnitive measure of good defense, they at least are a decent indicator.

AJ has a grand total of 5 blocks in 20 games this year.

NY has 4 in only 9 games. CB and AJ have 7 each.

AJ also has 19 assists....in 20 games. CB is averaging 2 assist per game.

That's why we are losing. Too many one on one players and not enough guys who can get their points in the flow. Gil, AB, NY get theirs either way because they can catch and shot, drive rather than isolate and hold onto the ball.

Posted by: original_mark | December 29, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

It's getting close to 'blow it up' time. But if we do, Gil should NOT be the guy to leave. His play hasnt been stellar but I'd rather roll the dice with him than with iso players who cant score any other way.

As critical as I've been of CB, he's at least holding his own against other sf's.

Solution: Stick NY in there til MM gets back.

Posted by: original_mark | December 29, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Memphis is actually a decent team. They have the 16th best record in the NBA and they play in the West.

I was totally suprised this game was even this close (though I hadn't counted on Rudy not playing).

The bench gave us absolutely NOTHING. Blatche looked pathetic. He had I think 2 good assists and that was it. He needs to concentrate on defense and rebounding and stop trying to be a 2 guard.

As for Arenas, his defense is pathetic as well. He had a good night shooting % wise but when your team is in a slump, you can't take bad shots and you can't turn the ball over 4 times.

Ahh what's the use, I'm sure everyone was super impressed with his STAT line last night. But he still MISSED a free throw down the stretch. As did Antawn.

OKC will FRY us tonight. At least we get to see some of our boys perform @ home tonite....

Posted by: kevenjones | December 29, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

It must be the weather, or something. But I'm actually going to defend Brendan Haywood.

This team is structured to get 60+ points per game from the Big 3 every night. We have complimentary scorers in Nick Young, Randy Foye and Earl Boykins. All you can reasonable ask BTH to do is grab 10 rebounds, defend the paint, and as a bonus, score 8-10 points every night. Well, that's pretty much what he does.

Sure, I'd like him to be David Lee or Carlos Boozer. But, try as you may, you can't make a Buick into a Cadillac. Brendan's a Buick!

Posted by: musicmanjr | December 29, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Give the Rockets Jamison and Haywood if they want him for McGrady and his expiring contract. Blow this thing up now.

Posted by: dovelevine | December 29, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Re McGee not being used - He was inactive and unavailable.

Posted by: SteveMG | December 29, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

All of you talking about Haywood really don't have a clue. Seriously, Haywood is the only defensive player, besides Mcguire on the team.

The wizards are some sh** because they don't play defense. They don't get stops. Not because they need to score more points.

Haywood, especially for the money he makes is a bargain...

Arenas is who needs to be gone. Stop looking at the stats, or look deeper at the stats, and get a clue.

For the $111 your supposed to have a leader on/off the court who holds players accountable.

Gil is very entertaining but I for one am more interested in paying to see a team that can potentially contend for a title.

Not some make it from beyond half court, and score 30pts but my team loses because I make bad descisions with the basketball when the game is on the line player that can't make free throws in the final 2 minutes of a game...

Posted by: kevenjones | December 29, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

This has to be the dumbest team when considering the experience on the floor I have ever seen.

You'd think they were all 1st or 2nd year players, with their terrible D and awful shot selection.

No coach can win with these guys - they don't run anyone's offense anyways but when they feel like it.

Blow it up. It is over.

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | December 29, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

@blurred,

As far as the trade to the t-wolves for draft pick:

Ah yeah we could've drafted:
Brandon Jennings
Stephen Curry
Johnny Flynn
Ty Lawson
Tyler Hansbrough

I think a number of these are working out over Foye/Miller at this point. What you think??

Posted by: kevenjones | December 29, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

when flip got to Detroit he had a team of better than average defensive players individually and collectively. his offense worked with them because they only needed to score about 95 points a game. when he got to washington he got a team of less than average defensive players. I don't know the exact numbers, but memphis scored 116 points against them. the fact that they need to out score memphis tells you where the defense stands. he needs to expand his rotation to include at least dom and javale. they at least have defensive tendencies on the positive side. to all the mad bombers...if u blow up the ship u will see even less wins than u see now...imagine how that would feel...a lot like last year. flip needs a few minor adjustments in the rotation, to stop being afraid of the bench(there are some good pieces if used correctly),and follow the age old advice.."sometimes the talent dictates and not the scheme"

Posted by: joerutgens72 | December 29, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

kevin - as I said yesterday, saying Haywood is the best defender on this team is like saying you are the best looking guy at a leper colony...it doesn't mean much and it doesn't get you much.

I am not saying that haywood is the biggest problem, but the guy gets beat every single game. Last night was one of his better games and he still got tooled by Gasol.

I have also said, from the start, that there is no reason to get rid of him this season, mainly b/c he is working hard for a contract and is a pretty good deal (by pro sports standards, anyway). Re-signing him means paying too much for too long to a petulant, soft, average center in his declining years. He isn't going to be getting any better.

that's why I say start playing McGee...Playing Haywood doesn't win games, so why not see if we have any hope sitting on our bench.

I have already said today that I wouldn't mind looking at trades for Arenas, Jamison and/or Butler.

Brendan isn't the only problem, but is PArt of the problem and the easiest part to change.

Posted by: Blurred | December 29, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

BH has 2 rebounds until mid in the 3rd quarter and he was in the court the whole time.I think it is natural to hide your self if you know that no one is not going to see it.BH would play well if he get's challenged in the training court.Even if he get the challenge he is already sure no one will take his minutes.Still it is not his fault.

Posted by: gtefferra | December 29, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

@Blurred,

I agree McGee should be getting minutes. I don't understand why he is not at least getting 7-8 minutes a night...go figure..

But I just don't see Haywood as part of what is wrong with this team. Big mean are the hardest commodity in the NBA. Especially 7footers.

Depends on what Haywood wants but I would resign him @ 9-10mil a year...

Posted by: kevenjones | December 29, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

C-Webb developed that mid-range jumper. Maybe Blatche can too.


Posted by: G-Man11 | December 29, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

cwebb developed his jumper as a starter, getting starter's minutes. he didn't have the same weaknesses as Blatche, but if you want to get Cwebb out of Blatche you gotta let him play, him playing like Webber in practice, but not knowing what to do in a game does us no good. i think that's an issue with some of our young guys like McGee he only gets to play in practice against BTH (no moves?skills) and OLDberto he has little to no experience playing real centers in game situations.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 29, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

How are Foye and Eminem working now for that draft pick, and cash money for the 2nd round pick?

Better than the guy drafted with that pick.

u can try to base your evaluation ofthis move solely on the fact that rubio didn't come to the nba to play at all, however there were plenty of other guys in that draft that we coulda picked. the wiz wanted a "sure thing" because their championship window was closing and didn't want another young guy. the move hasn't worked at all to this point because we didn't have to pick rubio with the number 5 we coulda got anybody or looked at other trades.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 29, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, we coulda shoulda woulda.....nobody was picking those players in the draft at that position. Nice use of hindsight. If it was an obvious mistake like Detriot taking Milicic over Wade and Carmelo, you could make those sorts of accusations. But, in this case, it's a stretch. A big one.

Posted by: rphilli721 | December 29, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

how much of a stretch really tho? i didn't like the trade when they made it and i don't like it now. the results up to this point have been poor. all i was saying as a response to blurred's previous post, was that people make the trade out to be good just because rubio didn't go to minny and that p.o.v. is kinda skewed. Rubio wasn't the only player available at that spot, just like Johnny Flynn wasn't projected as the 6th or whatever best player in the draft, but minny took him even after getting Rubio. You go and get guys that can help your team, The wiz organization (Abe, EG or whoever makes the personnel decisions) thought it would be better to bring in 2 vets w/expiring contracts that 1 unporven player with a 3 yr guaranteed contract. The logic isn't terrible, it just didn't work. Don't act like trading the pick to minny or drafting Rubio were the only 2 options and therefore we got over b/c rubio isn't here. we got beat,MM can't stay healthy (i know it's not his fault but it's a fact so far), foye is an avg sg at best, and we are 10-19 right now. at 10 and 19 you have the confidence to say that the trade has worked out well for us??????

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 29, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Not to pile on Haywood but he just isn't a true difference maker out there.

When you start to see young guys like M. Gasol, B. Lopez, A. Bogut with legit offensive abilities it makes you sour on Haywood's overall game.

So if he wants to play hardball and start with a $6 million a year price tag I'd say thanks but no thanks.

Take your chances with JaVale and save some money.

If Channing Frye can start for the Suns, JaVale can start for the Wiz for crying out loud.

Posted by: elfreako | December 29, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

the only guy I wanted to draft (and said so on here) was tyreke evans, and I pleaded with EG not fall for the rubio hype...and he didnt.

Past evans, i dont see anyone that would have really helped the team this year or definitely in the future.

johhnie flynn, jennings, lawson...the more you see, the more you know there's no certainty they'll amount to THAT much imo

in theory the trade was a good one, but hasnt worked out so far. The question is "does Foye suck or is Flip a lousy coach? Or both?"

Posted by: divi3 | December 29, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

All I'm saying is they should've drafted a PG. There were several available. All better for the long term than Boykins.

Posted by: kevenjones | December 29, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

ANOTHER GAME EARL BOYKINS MESSES UP AND FLIP GETS OUTCOACHED..GAME TIED IN THE FOURTH QUARTER..HE TAKES NICK YOUNG OUT AND PUTS IN EARL IN THE BACKCOURT WITH GIL..THEY GO ON A 10-2 RUN AND BY THE TIME FLIP PUTS RANDY ROYE BACK IN THEY ARE DOWN 10 WITH 5 MINS LIEFT..AS SOON AS RANDY GETS IN WE GO ON A 10-2 RUN AND TIE THE GAME OUT..EARL BOYKINS ALWAYS MESSES UP THE FLOW..HE SOULD PLAY RANDY AS BACKUP POINT AND NICK AT THE SG..BOSTON GAME WE LEAD AFETER 1ST QUARTER, GO INTO HALFTIME DOWN BY 14..WHY???EARL PLAYED THE WHOLE SECOND..CLIPPERS GAME, WE HAVE A 17PT LEAD IN THE 3RD QUARTER AND GO DOWN BY 9..WHY??EARL BOYKINS..INDIANA GAME WE LEAD AFETR 1 AND GO INTO HALFTIME DOWN 15..WHY???EARL PLAYED THE WHOLE SECOND QUARTER..FLIPS SUBSTITUTION PATTERNS ARE THE REASON AND ONLY REASON WE ARE 10-19..HE DIDNT PLAY NICK YOUNG UNTIL A COUPLE GAMES AGO..HE PLAYED DESHAWN AND LOST 6 STRAIGHT..HE PLAYS EARL AND THE OTHER TEAM ALWAYS GOES ON A RUN WHEN HE IS IN THE GAME..JUST WATCH.

Posted by: swish300400 | December 29, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

"There is no question we got tired and couldn't come up with some plays"

It's funny Flip saying this after all the hoopla this preseason about how amazingly deep this team was.

Posted by: Darnell1 | December 29, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

If you watch Wizards games, you have to notice that their opponents almost always get a lot more easy baskets than the Wiz do. Last night was no exception. The Grizzlies were constantly just laying it in the basket with little or no opposition. All those easy points add up after while.

Meanwhile, the jump shooting, one-on-one Wizards struggle, whether it's coming back, staying even, or building on a lead. Their horrendous defense and pig-headed refusal to work the ball for a better shot puts them at a decided disadvantage before the ball is even tipped off. Until Flip can change their ways, or Ernie acquires some team oriented players, or Ted steps in and blows the whole thing up, we can all expect more of the same frustrating, aggravating losses we've been seeing all along.

Posted by: clfrdj | December 29, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

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