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Morning brew

Last night Antawn Jamison led the Wizards to a 106-102 win over the Toronto Raptors. Here are Michael Lee's game story and postgame wrap-up.

The Washington Times' Mike Jones was also on hand.

Bullets Forever's Mike Prada's immediate reaction to the 6-10!! Wizards was to note the gradual progress the team has made. This morning, JakeTheSnake says Aggressive Gilbert is back, at least for one night.

Before the game the Sports Illustrated roundtable expressed disappointment in the Wizards' slow start.

Meanwhile, former Wizard Etan Thomas writes about his memories of the late Abe Pollin on Hoopshype.com. He says that what impressed him most about Pollin was "the way he cared for people."

Around the league ...
Allen Iverson has agreed to a deal with the Philadelphia 76ers. Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski warns the 76ers about a reunion with Iverson. Don't they realize that Iverson would run the show in Philly?

The New Jersey Nets try to avoid going 0-18 against the Dallas Mavericks. Jason Kidd has an opportunity to make his former team infamous -- and you can bet that he's really looking forward to sticking it to them.

Rasheed Wallace is the perfect fit for Team Technical. Wallace has eight technical fouls in 18 games, which puts him on pace for 36 this season.

Here's a look at last night's hardwood action, courtesy of NBA.com's Daily Zap:

By Alexa Steele  |  December 2, 2009; 10:15 AM ET
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Love the blog Mike.

Posted by: closg | December 2, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Not a fan of Butler anymore. Guaranteed he gets at least 2 charges a game. He turns the ball over a lot for how much he handles it. His plus/minus last night was awful.

Posted by: mepalmeryoshi | December 2, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

milleneuman,

i think running through screen is where gil may be more concious of contact to his legs. trying to run through screens is where guys bang knees, get thigh bruises or bone bruises. he might be taking a less agressive approach to fighting through screens because he's worried about not seeing the contact coming, and not being prepared to brace himself as he would going to the basket or taking a charge.

Posted by: lilhollywood10
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Oh yeah, I think he is tentative because of his knee, on many regards. I tore my ACL and had the surgery as recently as May 09 and there is definatly that apprehension of exploding too hard off that knee until it is strong enough.

I still think that he has handled screens that way for maybe as long as he's been here.

But your right, the knee is in the back of his mind.

Posted by: millineumman | December 2, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Not a fan of Butler anymore. Guaranteed he gets at least 2 charges a game
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Most of his charges are bone-headed

Posted by: millineumman | December 2, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Bucks game is the Zards to lose. It's against yet another team that doesn't play well on the road. The Bucks are 2-5 on the road with wins at Memphis and Minnesota.

After the Charlotte debacle, are the Zards capable of actually showing up to compete against an opponent THEY'LL think is "below" them?

Zards owe us a sustained effort on the home court.

Posted by: bozomoeman | December 2, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Arenas looked tentative until the 4th quarter. He truly need another ballhandler next to him (like Larry Hughes) who can handle the ball and run the offense. The first 3 games it appeared that Foye would be the perfect fit since he's a combo guard and a better defender than Arenas. Foye got hurt and now seems to have lost his confidence. Arenas truly struggles on offense when he's the only good ballhandler (such as when NY is the starter).

He played great with Boykins because he wasn't the primary ballhandler and could work on his pick and rolls with Jamison or driving. I'd still like to see him show a lot more 'lift' going to the basket. He isn't getting the calls this year because most of the contact is below his waist, not on his arm, hand, etc. I think the call which was missed last night where he got T'd up was a prime example. Yes, he got fouled, but the ref probably didn't think he had any real chance to make the shot and let it go.

Posted by: wizfan89 | December 2, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Not a fan of Butler anymore. Guaranteed he gets at least 2 charges a game
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Most of his charges are bone-headed

Posted by: millineumman | December 2, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

folks talk about gil and his confidence or lack there of, but this guy caron looks lost in the woods. his game is so far from being natural of free flowing. everything is forced, and everything is mechanical. he's not letting the game come to him, even in the catch and shoot situations that are set up through the offense he tries to drive when he's got an open jumper. then he'll throw up the contested 3 ball with 2 hands in his face and 16 left on the shot clock.he just looks like a bad fit for the system.
BTW how interesting is it that flips offense has our starting sg setting screens for our starting PF the majority of the game? i luv last nights results tho hope the big 3 can put up a coupla more 71 point games.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 2, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

"Zards owe us a sustained effort on the home court."

so effing true! game's like tonight are the one's that show what type of resolves the players have, not "must win" games like last night.

Flip needs to be on the lookout for any player who seems to let up a little tonight, as if something was accomplished last night.

Not that winning last night is irrelevant, but you gots to bring it EVERY night. Or at least 90% of nights

Posted by: divi3 | December 2, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

CB looks like he's lost significant weight in his effort to get in supreme shape this offseason....maybe he needed the bulk to do his thing?

Posted by: divi3 | December 2, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

wanna hear something supre funny? i know yall heard about tiger issuing a statement, but have yall heard about shaq issuing a statement of support for Tiger? It's pretty funny all things being considered i believ one commenter described the statement like "ike turner stepping up in support of chris brown"

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 2, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

CB does look like his heads not in the game.
Maybe someone's doing his woman too.

Posted by: VBFan | December 2, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

guilty as charged

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 2, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

I think he is still adjusting to not having the sugar and caffiene jolt from his Dew's.

You ever hang with someone who drank 4-5 cups of coffee a day and then their doc tells them to lay off? It takes like half a year for them to get back to normal.

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

i have to admit i expect to witness an egg laying tonight, hope i'm wrong though


Posted by: divi3 | December 2, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

i feel you bruh

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 2, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

You guys are killing it today! LMAO

Posted by: millineumman | December 2, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

i'd like to see flip show some semblance of having a lineup he trusts coming off a win, rather than 12mins from Oberto tonight and zero for Dom. Or the return of DeBrick with NY's minutes cut because he smiled at the wrong time.

Posted by: divi3 | December 2, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I am kind of disappointed in the play of Butler too. I just have this feeling he is trying to make the AllStar team which is why he sometimes jackup and make illadvised shots. He should just focus on playing team ball and not bolstering his stats.

Posted by: ivyleague | December 2, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

The game is surpassing Butler.

Posted by: G-Man11 | December 2, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

i don't even know what that means, but i think it has something to with CB being a$$ nowadays and the game passing him by so i will agree.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 2, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Caron Butler's the best and toughest player on this candy-a s s team.
Not only that but he always plays well when he knows his Wisconsin peeps are watching. Now watch him drop 30 tonight and bring you whining crybabies a victory!

Posted by: CBsUncle | December 2, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

How good would Wiz be if they drafted B. Jennings at #5 and had him handling the ball with Arenas at shooting guard?

Posted by: t-train | December 2, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

hope so unc or should i say UNK cuz u must be smokin tha killa thinkin that yer man is droppin 30 after a back to back. CB is tough (avgs 20 missed games since he's been here i believe) and the best player (3rd in scoring of the big 3). i hope his wisconcin folks (coo coo cal??) are watchin everynight, b/c he needs your support. btw do you root for the rest of the "candy a$$ team"? or just one candy a$$ underachieving (so far) ex superstar????????????

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 2, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Butler was never a "superstar"

A hard working player and an allstar? yes, but superstar? no

Posted by: Blurred | December 2, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Jennings has cooled off over the past 2 weeks, shooting poorly and turning the ball over a lot...let's hope we arent his 'get right' game like we've been for so many others over the years.

bring it tonight zards!

Posted by: divi3 | December 2, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Caron Butler's the best and toughest player on this candy-a s s team.
Not only that but he always plays well when he knows his Wisconsin peeps are watching. Now watch him drop 30 tonight and bring you whining crybabies a victory!

Posted by: CBsUncle | December 2, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse
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CBsUncle,

This may come as a shock to you, but this blog is full of CB fans. We have seen him earn the nickname "Tuff Juice".

But this version of CB looks entirely different. He looks lost on the court. Forced shots, dribbling into trouble, bad passing.

In fact, he's starting to play like DeShawn Stevenson! Maybe its something contagious.

Posted by: bozomoeman | December 2, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

missed the game....but hope AJ isnt going to have to log 40+ a night for us to win, cause you know that aint good.

caron had 1 assist? wtf

Posted by: divi3 | December 2, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Snap-shot of CB tonight in the third. Dribble drive, blocked, turnover. Next possession, drives, pulls up for a seventeen-footer, clangs the rim. Next possession, drives, charge, turnover. On the other end, loses his man and doesn't close out in the corner. His man buries a three.

That was a nasty sequence. But once the ball was out of CB's hands. the team rallied, and played great ball, especially on defense in the fourth.

Posted by: glawrence007 | December 2, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

CBsUncle,

This may come as a shock to you, but this blog is full of CB fans. We have seen him earn the nickname "Tuff Juice".

But this version of CB looks entirely different. He looks lost on the court. Forced shots, dribbling into trouble, bad passing.

In fact, he's starting to play like DeShawn Stevenson! Maybe its something contagious.


Posted by: bozomoeman | December 2, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

And maybe he wants out of D.C. I've been guessing that since last mid-season. If your head's not with the program, it's hard to excell.

Posted by: glawrence007 | December 2, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

How good would Wiz be if they drafted B. Jennings at #5 and had him handling the ball with Arenas at shooting guard?

I don't think that would be a good combination. Besides Jennings wouldn't be the same player he is in Milwaukee if he was here. No chance in hell.

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

I don't think that would be a good combination. Besides Jennings wouldn't be the same player he is in Milwaukee if he was here. No chance in hell.

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

gotta agree with u there cuz. he'd be gettin JM like mins.he'd be behind DS and lil Earl

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 2, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse


Anybody else of the opinion that Boykins might do a better job of defending Jennings than Gil?
Jennings is just too quick for Gil and if we start giving him too much defensive attention, Bogut and Redd can just pick us apart.
I think Gil defending Redd might be just what we need to have a fighting chance tonight since Redd is a pure jumpshooter now after his injuries, more than ever before. Gil should have no problem staying in front of him.

Posted by: tgif11 | December 2, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

I feel for the BRICK. I just don't think he can bring that stifling "D" he had when he was brought in here to take LARRY HUGHES' place. The only game this season I saw him get after it was against MIAMI, and afterward he looked absolutely whipped. The next game he had nothin', I mean absolutely nothin'.

He's done as a regular IMO, and his salary's way too much to be a third SG off the bench, plus he's lost confidence in his offense which was never too much above average, although there was improvement before these latest injuries.

Waving his hand in front of his face, saying I'm all that, and that trash talk for the last two WIZARDS post-seasons hasn't endeared him to management either.

DeSHAWN is still a young guy, but he's playing like an old worn-out veteran. I don't think he'll ever overcome that back injury, at least not with the WIZARDS.

Almost every stastical catagory is off this year compared to his career totals. The only two exceptions are defensive rebounds at 2.1 this season vs. 1.8 career, and TO's at .50 vs. 1.18 career. Blocks, steals, dimes, shots, percentages, way down, and personal fouls way up. He's really struggling to come back. The team's not waiting either. They're just going around him.

Same for J-CRIT, although I think EG's got it in for the kid. I think ERNIE advised JaVARIS not to go to HOTLANTA to play this summer, and he did it anyway, then got hurt. ERNIE's had to go to BOYKINS to bail out the PG situation, and still has no real idea how CRITTENTON can handle the PG job. Consequently, his contract was not extended while ERNIE wipes the egg off his face. EG doesn't appear to be someone you want to cross......IMHO of course.

Posted by: glawrence007 | December 2, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

u wanna start gil and earl together tonight?

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 2, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

"u wanna start gil and earl together tonight?"

No. If Gil is giving up more than he gets/facilitates, I hope Flip doesn't hesitate to give Boykins a try and put Gil on Redd.
I do not want to see Jennings get in the "zone" and score at will. If he does that we have no shot of winning, imo.

Posted by: tgif11 | December 2, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Nah I just don't think they would be a good combo because they both need to dominate the ball. Jennings has the green light for real...then 2nd leading shot taker is Hakim Warrick, then Illysova or whatever. He turns the ball over a lot and has a lower assist to turnover ratio than Gil.

Everyone saying we need a pure PG but then saying we should've taken Jennings. He's basically a clone of Gil right now.

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

Off winning three of our last four, who wants to guess which expiring contract will be re-upped first? And which will be most likely to wave sayonara to the PHONE BOOTH.

List of suspects:

BOYKINS, Earl
CRITTENTON, Javaris
HAYWOOD, Brendan
JAMES, Michael
MILLER, Michael
McGUIRE, Dominique
OBERTO, Fabricio
STEVENSON, DeShawn

I vote for DOMINIQUE McGUIRE and MIKE JAMES.

Posted by: glawrence007 | December 2, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Oh, crap. I gorgot next year. Have to strike STEVENSON. He's in for 4.1 million next season. Sorry.I also see a potential trade of CB's 10.56 million with BH resigning and taking his contract to the nine million level.

Posted by: glawrence007 | December 2, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Caron's trying to fit into Flip's system(whatever that is!) yeah he 's gets' a lotta love on this blog and rightly so some of you wishy-washy whichever way the wind blows so called fans need to take that weak azz krap somewhere else, he'll be fine all Flip needs to do is turn him loose let Caron be himself stop trying to micro manage your best players, as the saying goes let your thoroughbred's run.

Posted by: dargregmag | December 2, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

glaw i think i lose all credibility with this statement, but on NBA 2K10 on my xbox haywood never stays with the wiz after this season, a couple of years he even refused to negotiate with me and tested the FA waters. but seriously i think BTH will go wherever the biggest payday is coming from and we'll hear him talking SJK about the wiz organization and ripping his former teamates from whatever locale that is i got him going to OKC or SAC, maybe NYK.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 2, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

I don't think that would be a good combination. Besides Jennings wouldn't be the same player he is in Milwaukee if he was here. No chance in hell.

Posted by: SDMDTSU

Would not be the same player here because we would alienate him for two years at least.

Anyway, I also think Boykins would be better to guard Jennings because Gil is not going to cut and play that quickness game with Jennings. Jennings may be scoring the basketball a lot but I think he is if not a true PG at least a competent one.

Posted by: millineumman | December 2, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

i think before the 55 pointer he was avging like 22 and 11 over the previous handfull of games.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 2, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Would not be the same player here because we would alienate him for two years at least.

No. He wouldn't be the same player because he wouldn't be able to shoot whenever the hell he wants...and he hasn't shown that he can run an offense. Which everyone says we need.

Boykins can't guard anything. Not for lack of effort...he's just too small.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | December 2, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

but after viewing his profile on nba.com i discovered this to be impossible because he only has 1 dub digi asst game this year and that was in the preseason

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 2, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

James will not be re-seigned. The question is, does he bring more value riding the pine and giving us his salary space at the end of the season or traded to someone else so they can have the space and we get???

I think Miller gets first nod for a re-signing, if he actually gets healthy. He brings an energy to this team that they desperately need.

Haywood will not be re-signed outside of free agency. Miller may feel a decent contract with a team he can believe in is good enough, while Haywood is going to want to get paid!

The downside for Haywood's free agency is that careerwise, he is a serviceable 7 fter with occasional stretches of good games (last night?) that can't hit free throws and doesn't offer enough offensive firepower to overcome that problem.

The upside for his free agency is that there are few 7 fters in the league that can play at all and even fewer will be free agents this summer. There will be 10 teams that set aside $15 mil/yr to sign Bosh or Lebron or Wade or whomever that won't get any of the tiny number of top tierplayers and will have money to burn and holes to fill. Haywood could get a contract that would have not been possible last year or the following year, but makes sense to someone next year.

Sort of like Jim McIlvaine getting his 7yr, $35 mil deal in what ever crazy free agency year that was (94? 95? 96?) A year before he would have picked up a 3 year $9 mil deal and a year later a 2 yr, $5 mil deal. he hit it just right for him.

Posted by: Blurred | December 2, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

u think that yr was crazy for fa's?rememberwhen ernie resigned Etan Thomas to a 36 million dollar deal, that was like 6 yrs back

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 2, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

If Crit gets healthy and can show by the end of the season, Critt stays and Boykins goes.

Do we still have our 1st round pick next year? If so, who are the PGs we look for. Boykins can earn a spot on this team only if there is nothing better out there (like right now). he is getting it done, but just isn't someone you want to tie up any future with.

Dom will want free agency rather than settle for whatever we offer. Maybe he doesn't get anything better or maybe we match his offers, depends on too much. Either way, he is replaceable, although plays with a lot of heart and jumps out of the room.

Oberto is not getting re-signed.

Posted by: Blurred | December 2, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

every so often a big FA year comes around and people pay crazy money for mediocre players cuz they have to fill roster space.

Etan...geez. At least McIlvaine could shoot and block for 15 minutes a game!

Posted by: Blurred | December 2, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

@blurred
i can't see lil earl coming back next year if critt earns the sopt from him or not. Earl has surprised us since he signed with the team, but there was a reason that every other team in the league brought a different 1st,2nd,and 3rd string pg into camp other than earl. he's a stop gap. if earl's back next year and in the rotation we're in major trouble.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 2, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

mark my words dom mcguire will become our version of sacramento's (now charlotte's) gerald wallace, a super athletic combo sg/sf with no J, tuff D,and ridiculous bounce. he'll go on to be a glue guy on a contending squad.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 2, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

McGuire doesn't have anywhere near the instincts on offense that Wallace has.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 2, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

ok bowse whatever you say.
do u remember G Wallace when he first got to Sacramento (which was the wallace i compared him to , saying DM will become the wallace we see now, later in his career) he was all hops and no J, his 1st 3 yrs in sac town he posted scoring avgs of 3.2 ,4.7 , and 2 ppg .he was virtually chained to the bench avging about 10 mins a game.and his offensive instincts were so good at this point that he couldn't even get mins over anthony peeler,tony massenberg,doug christie and rodney buford all of whom are known for their offensive prowess.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 2, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

look at both guys careers, DM's past 3 yrs look pretty similar to Gerald Wallace's first 3 yrs, with the exception of Taps liking DM's "game playing" instincts enough to give him 26 mpg in his second year vs wallace's 12ppg. GW didn't become a double digi scorer until sac town left him unprotected in the expansion draft and he became a starter in charlotte. i don't believe for one second that he had more offensive instincts in his first 3 yrs than domo.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 2, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

look at both guys careers, DM's past 3 yrs look pretty similar to Gerald Wallace's first 3 yrs, with the exception of Taps liking DM's "game playing" instincts enough to give him 26 mpg in his second year vs wallace's 12ppg. GW didn't become a double digi scorer until sac town left him unprotected in the expansion draft and he became a starter in charlotte. i don't believe for one second that he had more offensive instincts in his first 3 yrs than domo.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 3, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

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