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Morning brew

Michael Lee describes another deflating loss for the Wizards, in the newspaper and on the blog, this time to the Clippers, 97-95, in a late game in Los Angeles.

Mike Jones of the Washington Times offers his views on the debacle in his game story and his post-game wrap-up.

In his Briefing, Bullets Forever's JakeTheSnake rounds up reactions to the Wizards fumbling the game away.

Around the league ...

Off the court, CBSSports.com's Ken Berger reports that despite ticket sales being down, the NBA's vital signs are just fine.

On the court, seven games were played last night, with local products Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant putting on a show as the Nuggets defeated the Thunder, 102-93.

Here are highlights fro all seven games, courtesy of NBA.com's Daily Zap:

By Alexa Steele  |  December 15, 2009; 11:22 AM ET
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From M. Jones of the Washington Times

Said Gilbert Arenas: "The third quarter we were up 17, and then I felt we subbed a little too early. I picked up that fourth foul and had to sit, and then from there, Baron Davis threw some life back into them and he started making plays and getting them back into it. By the fourth quarter came and we got back in, we were down again."

Said Caron Butler: "It was a situation where coach, I think thought he had to take some of us out. we had a nice run going and I think Gilbert picked up a fourth foul. I came out. Antawn Jamison was hot, so he was still out there. But Baron Davis, some of them guys got into a rhythm and felt a groove. A team like that, with so much talent, gets a rhythm, it’s kind of hard to cool them off."

Flip better tread carefully. He may be about to lose the whole team.

Posted by: tgif11 | December 15, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

hey caron, it was also a situation where the lead is built despite you on the floor not because of you.

Posted by: divi3 | December 15, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

It's funny how Caron gets real opinionated when he has a decent game points-wise. I wouldn't want to be in Flip's shoes for $18 million.

Posted by: tgif11 | December 15, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

I love Caron, but what can we get for him before the trade deadline?

Posted by: Kev29 | December 15, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

NY has played better starting that he does off the bench. i don't know what Flip's thinking, but it's good to get a streaky shooter/scorer going early rather than hoping he can turn it on when you need it. This is especially true when you put the streaky guy on the court with known jackers like AJ,Gil and CB. eventhough these guys all start, i think it helps NY to get that early action and get into the flow of the offense. It's better putting him in there early, b/c once one of the big 3 get it going no one else but a member of the big 3 is shooting. And if AJ's hitting, forget about it, he's shooting regardless of shot clock or floor balance. Watching DS pretend to play D while not scoring is painful. In 24 mins he scored 2 pts and effectively stopped no one but himself. The only offense DS shuts down is ours.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 15, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Good job by Bullets Forever giving a variety of perspectives on the game.

As for the game itself, when a team's bench is getting badly outplayed night after night, it's time to take a hard look at the GM who assembled the bench. The injury excuse won't cut it anymore, because almost all the opponents have had similar or worse injury problems.

Hopefully the new ownership will come in and get a new GM who'll move the team in a more promising direction.

Posted by: shovetheplanet | December 15, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

NY has shown that he'll 'defer' to the supposed3 when he's on the floor with them, doesnt hog the ball or take stupid shots. It's like Flip has succeeded in psyching him out to where he is playing much smarter....now he just needs to play more.

although what flip said about NY high fiving while his man was shooting is terrible

Posted by: divi3 | December 15, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully the new ownership is smart enough to understand no matter what business you are in when things are going bad you always start at the top.

That means look at Ernie...

Yes, last year he fired EJ to prove the coach was the problem. Before that it was always injuries?

The years the Wizards made the playoffs the eastern conference was just average and now teams like Bos, Orl, Clev and Atl are better.

This is the team Ernie has put together and they suck as a team.

I hope the new ownership has a say in the direction the team goes this year and doesn't let Ernie make the trades needed to correct the Wizards problems, he has already proven he can't do the job.

People are going to hate me for saying this, but I think this year pretty much sums up the kind of organization Abe has built over the years.

Like I said it starts at the top...

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 15, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

although what flip said about NY high fiving while his man was shooting is terrible

Posted by: divi3 | December 15, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse
been watchin replays of the game and i ddin't see that play, btu i saw plenty of replays of NY on Dunleavy ( which is who the 2 guard DS was assigned to in the games last moments), i saw him on jones and even ford, not so much on Rush. But you hear folks talk about guys who celebrate and say " act like you've been there before" well what if the guy doesn't "be there.." like that. Treat the kid like an NBA player for chrissake.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 15, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

'78 u r on point. Is anybody else paying more attention to college ball now, with eyes on the draft? John Wall welcome to DC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 15, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Leonsis is no sports genius, the Caps tanked and got lucky with Ovie. There's usually a luck element involved in many franchises success. Yes Pops is a superb coach, but boy did he look better after grabbing the Admiral and then TimVP etc etc

This is the team we have for the most part, and at the very least it should be expected the HC maximizes the talent on his roster.

Posted by: divi3 | December 15, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse


Every coach needs a whipping boy and Nick is just that for Flip. And don't hand me that "he makes mistakes" junk since nobody on this team is mistake-free and our veterans commit some of the biggest errors at the absolute worst times. Maybe Flip and Ernie are already in chess mode, strategizing to get one or two of the Big 3 outta here because his rotations are becoming more and more strange as the season unfolds.

Posted by: and_1 | December 15, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

'78 u r on point. Is anybody else paying more attention to college ball now, with eyes on the draft? John Wall welcome to DC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: lilhollywood10

The Wizards are far too unlucky for that.
Think more like Larry Sanders.

Posted by: and_1 | December 15, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

yes John Wall (we ain't that lucky . LOL )
Ed Davis (his dad was a cold bum for the Wiz)
Derick Favors
Patrick Patterson
Cousins (can't think of his first name for Kentucky)

Or better yet maybe we should first see if there is an available vet, preferably recovering from a recent major surgery.

Posted by: millineumman | December 15, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

"Or better yet maybe we should first see if there is an available vet, preferably recovering from a recent major surgery."

millineumman,

Got a good laugh from that!

Posted by: and_1 | December 15, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

The Wizards are far too unlucky for that.
Think more like Larry Sanders.

Posted by: and_1 | December 15, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse


Sanders is a bad ass. Doesn't take a gazillion shots. focusses on playing D, blocking shots, intimidating the other guys and slamming it home. Seems to have started a bad habit of taking 3s though. if he makes them, it makes him a threat like Raweed and Duncan (not necessarrily in their league, though), but so far, he isn't making them.

Posted by: Blurred | December 15, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

CB is the only one of the supposed3 who could be moved and with the way he's playing it's hard to see anyone jumping after him.

This is our team!

Posted by: divi3 | December 15, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Now lay off my boy, Cap'n Gil!! lol

Posted by: and_1 | December 15, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

hey caron, it was also a situation where the lead is built despite you on the floor not because of you.

Posted by: divi3 | December 15, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse


but he had the highest +- at 16 in the game.

Posted by: Blurred | December 15, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

and even though he had 5 TOs, he also had 5 steals

Not to mention his 20/7/5 stat line.

Those are pretty nice numbers.

the w-l ration is what kills him.

Posted by: Blurred | December 15, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

and even though he had 5 TOs, he also had 5 steals

Not to mention his 20/7/5 stat line.

Those are pretty nice numbers.

the w-l ration is what kills him.

Posted by: Blurred

Good numbers, but the TOs are not offset by the steals, imo, when the team is struggling to establish any kind of rhythm on offense.

Posted by: and_1 | December 15, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

and_1: I agree. I'd rather have a guy that gets no steals and no TOs than this.

I like the tenacity he is showing though in getting the steals. If he can keep that up and dribble less he can maybe turn that into 4 steals and 1 TO.

I think he has value...loads of it. That said, if we could trade him for a REAL starting C, I'd be happy.

Posted by: Blurred | December 15, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

too many point blank misses, TOs, and charges from CB this season

Posted by: divi3 | December 15, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Blurred,

who's a real center that we could get? real question. cs in the league go from elite to role player/average contributor like it's nothing. I mean Superman is an elite big, but not especially skilled. Is shaq still a real c would u want him, Okafor, Chandler,Lopez, Hibbert,Dalembert,Oden, Bynum. all those guys are starters and i don't know if any of them are really better than BTH. I don't have their #s on hand, but i don't see many 15-20 and 10 guys there. the REAL C is nearly extinct in today's NBA. I doubt there's any team willing to part with theirs, at least not for CB.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 15, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully the new ownership is smart enough to understand no matter what business you are in when things are going bad you always start at the top.

That means look at Ernie...

Yes, last year he fired EJ to prove the coach was the problem. Before that it was always injuries?

The years the Wizards made the playoffs the eastern conference was just average and now teams like Bos, Orl, Clev and Atl are better.

This is the team Ernie has put together and they suck as a team.

I hope the new ownership has a say in the direction the team goes this year and doesn't let Ernie make the trades needed to correct the Wizards problems, he has already proven he can't do the job.

People are going to hate me for saying this, but I think this year pretty much sums up the kind of organization Abe has built over the years.

Like I said it starts at the top...

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 15, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

bulletsfan78 - I will have to disagree with you on that. You ask and hear any well known NBA analyst (hubie brown, john thomson, kenny smith etc.) they all comment on how much talent this team has 10 deep. The problem is not Ernie. He did his job. He brought "plenty" of good food for the Chef (Flip) to produce a great gourmet meal.

As for the Eddie J firing, Eddie's time was just up. Eddie had very questionable rotations and played to many mind games with the players. You better believe the players were letting Ernie know it.

Now to Eddie's credit, he knew he had a hybrid point guard (Gilbert) so he knew he could not trust him with the ball the majority of the 24 seconds (like Flip is trying to do), so he had him run the Princeton offense. This offense keep the ball out of Gilbert's hands for extended seconds and got cats like CB touches. This is why he looks like he is in a funk right now.

Now you have Flip Saunders running a point guard driven offense. The point has to "lead" in the offense and Gil at this stage in his recovery is not ready yet. That in turn causes a ripple affect on CB.

That is why you see Flip favoring Bokins because the offense is made to setup the other players by ball penatration, pick and rolls and kickouts. Something Gilbert is unable to do at this stage.

So if any blame is to go around it should go to Gilbert (not his fault though because he has missed two years of pro ball). Flip's offense works when he has the "right point guard" running it (i.e. Terrell Brandon, Stephon Mulbury, and Chaucey Billips). The Wiz do not have that yet........

***I liken this situation to the Skin's. This system (i.e. West Coast Offense) needs time to be absorbed by the players first, then tested in real games where they will lose most of them, and then the "light bulb" comes on and the wins follow.

Watch out for Feburary after they have about 44 games under their belts and Gilbert is geting his game legs back. Also, Mike Miller will be back and he is no joke. Love that dude's game.....

Posted by: BulletsFever | December 15, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

any update on mike miller?

Posted by: artiechin | December 16, 2009 8:56 AM | Report abuse

I never thought of Terrell Brandon as a point guard. I thought he was a small shooting guard playing point, with no more point guard skills than Gil.

Posted by: G-Man11 | December 16, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

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