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Morning brew

In this morning's newspaper, Michael Lee notes that Earl Boykins has become the Wizards' closer.

Mike Jones of the Washington Times makes a similar observation.

Here are post-Bucks-game notes from Bullets Forever's Mike Prada.

In the wake of all the Tiger Woods news the last week, has a story on the lives of athlete's wives and it quotes Caron Butler's wife, Andrea. She says that her life with Caron is no different than that of any married couple: "I hate that people think we live this fairy-tale life."

Around the league ...

Superman is done dunking? Dwight Howard told the Orlando Sentinel that he won't participate in another Slam Dunk contest. Why? Because he's ... getting old. Howard turns 24 next week. But the Magic might be more concerned about losing Howard's backup, Marcin Gortat, who also tells the Orlando Sentinel that he may have to ask for a trade in order to get out from under Superman's cape.

Could trade winds be blowing in Chicago? Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Bulls are shopping forward Tyrus Thomas and the New York Knicks might be willing to acquire him in exchange for Al Harrington. Portland, he says, may also be looking to deal with Travis Outlaw, who is out the next four to five months with a foot injury. Tracy McGrady and Elton Brand could also be available, according to the story.

Lakers forward Ron Artest tells the Los Angeles Times that he shared his story about drinking Hennessey cognac at halftime when he was with the Chicago Bulls to help the children. Of course.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been second-guessed for drafting two point guards in the draft -- and overlooking Brandon Jennings in the process -- but Director of Basketball Operations David Kahn said that he has no intention of trading Ricky Rubio, who elected to stay in Spain rather than join the NBA.

The precipitation expected to hit the area this weekend has nothing on the showers that poured from Allen Iverson's eyes during an emotional press conference in Philadelphia.'s Scott Howard-Cooper writes that Iverson's reunion with the 76ers could take him from unemployed to the All-Star Game.

Here are highlight's from Thursday''s games, including Boston's impressive win in San Antonio, in the Daily Zap.

By Alexa Steele  |  December 4, 2009; 10:08 AM ET
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Posted by: millineumman | December 4, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

WIZARDS revert to form tonight, to wit: LIZARDS. Winning five of six is too heavy a burden for this team to carry. "Glory, glory, hallelujah, when I lay my burden down...."[PORGY and BESS].

Posted by: glawrence007 | December 4, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

are you saying they are afraid of success?

Posted by: millineumman | December 4, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

You could say that they are ripe to stink up the joint. However as some are seeing they just may be turning the corner.

Mentally, as a Team they I think they are acutely aware what a loss tonight might mean. It would send the message that they are still haven't gotten it together yet.

Look for them to respond well tonight against a good Toronto Team and win.


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 4, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

too much time to feel good about themselves and lose their hunger. i expect a strong effort from TOR especially Chris Bosh look for he and calderon to have big games.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 4, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

About Boykins: I don't think we should treat the guy as a sideshow attraction. He's got real skills. One of those skills seems to be getting the team to play together when they seem to have become scattered. Sure, he's a defensive liability against a lot of the League, but I certainly wouldn't feel you had to make excuses for having him on the court during crunch time.

The guy's a player.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 4, 2009 9:34 AM


Boykins is the perfect example why sometimes you have to let players just go and play and not worry about matchups and all the other reasons we keep players on the bench.

All players have their negatives, but if they can ball, then the net sum effect may actually be positive.

If the object is to win, and you lose, to me in the final analysis, in doesn't matter that you kept a Javale McGee on the bench because he is young and still has a lot to learn.

When we worry about matchups, and experience, and mistakes to much, we may only just be limiting all that we really can achieve.

Matchup problems, and mistakes from lack of experience or just plain bad play is going to always occur.

The way you handle it is what determines how successful your Team can be.

Playing Boykin indicates that Flip is not being hamstrung by perceptions of inadeqaucies by his players.

Playing Nick Young might not have happened except for injury, but he is playing. It dosen't matter that injury gave Nick his opportunity, only, that he is playing well.

At first Flip was really in the mode of experience first and a short bench. With all the injury he has been forced to a more flexible rotation and player results on the floor.

Did you noticed the other night how quickly Oberto was taken back out of the game when Milwalkee started to turn the momentum once he got in.

Flip is starting to coach in the moment, and matchups or perceived weaknesses are less of a concern than results are.

I like what Boykin is doing and I hope that Crittenton, when he comes back can solidly the point guard position even more.


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 4, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

i have no problem with earl on the floor, and in fact i think late in the game with a lead he absolutely excels.

i have a problem with no discernible offense being run for the last 3mins of the bucks game.

but that's the past, looking for a big performance tonight! we always play well against toronto and now we're in great position to build on the fragile momentum we've got going.


Posted by: divi3 | December 4, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

That funny that you guys are calling Boykins a closer, because that is the exact samething I said after the Miami Heat win. Whats his record...3 saves (Cavs,Heat, and Bucks) and 0 blown saves. We have a 7+ lead going into the 4th, we should always put him in.

Posted by: ATLredskin | December 4, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Naw; they'll do just fine tonight but beware of Chris Bosh,he stunk up the joint here in the A-T-L so there will be the obligatory redemption factor, but i still like the Bullets on their home court the test will be Sunday in Detroit where the Pistons put the beat down on a very good Hawks team last Sunday and that was without Rip and Tayshaun so if this team is gonna "turn the corner" then the Sunday contest could be the difference.

Posted by: dargregmag | December 4, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

I think one thing that Earl brings is energy.
If you have one guy playing quick and pushing the ball up the rest of the team gets in the flow and plays with more energy.
Sometimes the Wizzies look like they are just plodding along -- lethargic. Make one miss a couple get beat back on "D" then just do again.
Earl gets them playing at a higher RPM. When they play like that they are reacting not thinking, just doing.

Let's hope it lasts.

Posted by: VBFan | December 4, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

TrannyBosh is a soft player, just the kind Brendon can muscle around in the paint. I feel like Calderon kills us and I'll be sick if Bellini is droppin career 3s all night as guys have done on us many times before

Posted by: divi3 | December 4, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

"WIZARDS revert to form tonight, to wit: LIZARDS. Winning five of six is too heavy a burden for this team to carry. "Glory, glory, hallelujah, when I lay my burden down...."[PORGY and BESS]."Posted by: glawrence007

They do have a split personality, but I prefer The Wiz, and "The Whizz"

Posted by: Samson151 | December 4, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

I hope this means something,the only other time this season the Zards played consecutive games at home, they looked really good whipping the Cavs in the second game at home. Zards have this mini home stand now and should draw a decent crowd in the Phone booth considering it's a Friday game.

This team's been in and out of town so much so far this season, that Verizon Center has to have felt a bit like playing on the road especially for the new arrivals.

So with Toronto having some issues with 5 consecutive losses, let's hope tonight the Zards play like they've been able to sleep in their beds for the last three nights.

Posted by: bozomoeman | December 4, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Tranny Bosh had what 18 pts in the 2nd Q tuesday night? I'd expect him to take advantage of the times BTH is subbed out just like last game in TOR. Calderon is still smarting over Gil calling him out on Gil's old Blog. It was during Gil's last full healthy season,i think. At the time folks were talking about coaches possibly putting Jose in the All-Star reserves for that year. Gil blasted him, not on merit but just because he wasn't a household name.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 4, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

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