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Clippers (19-23) at Wizards (14-28), Taking football

Wizards starters: Randy Foye, DeShawn Stevenson, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Brendan Haywood

Clippers: Baron Davis, Rasual Butler, Al Thornton, Marcus Camby, Chris Kaman

Line: Wizards by 2.5

Early afternoon games often present problems for players who are accustomed to playing in the evening, but Caron Butler found something positive in facing the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.

"It's convenient because you get a chance to get back and obviously watch Brett Favre go to work later. That'll be huge," said Butler, who is looking forward to the NFL conference championship games today featuring the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings in the NFC and the New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts in the AFC.

Butler grew up in Wisconsin, where he became a huge fan of Favre. But he has had no problem rooting for him despite Favre playing for the rival Vikings after so many years with the Green Bay Packers. He's already picked the Vikings to win the Super Bowl.

Coach Flip Saunders didn't hesitate to announce his pick for the Super Bowl. "The Vikings." When asked if he felt that the organization had aligned with the "darkside" by signing Favre, Saunders smiled and said, "Hey, he's wearing purple and gold now."

Saunders said he actually was at the Vikings facility the day that Favre arrived and spent time with Vikings Coach Brad Childress over the summer. Saunders watched Favre's first workout with the Vikings and was amazed with his incredible arm strength. He said one of Favre's first throws throws got stuck in the foam padding along a wall. "He just wanted everyone to know just how strong his arm was," said Saunders, who is still amazed by his effectiveness at age 40.

"I think everyone becomes amazed with how he steps on the field, the respect that he has and the command that he has," Saunders said. "I think he's proven at his age, to be able to do what he does. I think the most impressive thing is not how he does it, but the enthusiasm he does it with. The ability to take a pounding as he does and come back every game. I hope he has a few more."

Mike Miller is also supporting the Vikings. "I'm a lifelong Vikings fan," said Miller, who grew up rooting for them growing up in South Dakota.

The Saints have some support from Dominic McGuire, who is a San Diego Chargers fan but has always been upset when the Chargers chose Philip Rivers over Drew Brees, allowing Brees to sign with the Saints. McGuire remains a Brees fan -- especially after Rivers and the Chargers lost to the Jets.

Randy Foye is backing the Jets, but by default. Foye, a native of Newark, N.J., is a fan of the Dallas Cowboys and decided to go with the team closest to home.

Brendan Haywood, the reigning Madden champion, has been a fan of the Colts ever since they drafted Edgerrin James from Miami. Haywood was a huge fan of the Miami Hurricanes and actually thought about going there before selecting North Carolina. He followed James to Indianapolis and has remained of fan since his departure. You can probably guess who he is picking.

"I'll take the Colts," Haywood said. "I think they play pretty good at home and I don't think the Jets will score enough points to beat them. Combine that with having a rookie QB. [Jets quarterback Mark] Sanchez will probably make a big mistake. Also, I'll take the Vikings because I like what they do with Brett Favre, mix in [Adrian Peterson]. Then being able to get a pass rush with Jared Allen. Let me get the Colts and the Vikings."

Mike James is active today and McGuire has been put on the inactive list.

By Michael Lee  |  January 24, 2010; 12:24 PM ET
 
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Comments

Wow. I just knew that Blatche or Miller would start this game over DS. Flip is killing me

Posted by: dlts20 | January 24, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Dominic McGuire is inactive today.

Does that mean Mike James will get burn? Flip is so clueless ya'll.

Posted by: elfreako | January 24, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

3 people have to be inactive every game and right now thats Gil, Critt, and then every game I think he rotates between Dom, McGee, and MJ

Posted by: dlts20 | January 24, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Well this is only the 2nd time this season Mike James has been active I believe.

Maybe Big Ern has mandated he play for trade purposes...

Posted by: elfreako | January 24, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Yeh, think Mike James is getting showcased... but then so is just about everyone else. Go Wizzies, get a W just for the heck of it!

Posted by: khrabb | January 24, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Nothing about the ESPN report that the league/Stern will be handing out Arenas's suspension this week?

It's interesting that this will come out before the Judge sentences Arenas. That indicates to me that the parties want to get this matter resolves ASAP.

Posted by: SteveMG | January 24, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

"It's convenient because you get a chance to get back and obviously watch Brett Favre go to work later. That'll be huge," said Butler, who is looking forward to the NFL conference championship games today?

Caron did you ever think about sticking around and going over the play book to learn plays...I'm sorry I guess everyone on this team lost their IPods?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 24, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Mike James been healty for 3 weeks and he just playing now. You rather have DS,NY & EB over him. I wonder what the hell is wrong with management. Yes I wan the Wiz to lose for a high draft pick. But that cant be management and the coaches mind state and stand point. Thats Crazy. It has to be Ernie and not Flip. Whats up with that.... Ted please hurry

Posted by: dsquare | January 24, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Mike James and DeShawn Stevenson are on the court together right now.

Yuck.

Posted by: elfreako | January 24, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

the only thing about mike james that needs to be showcased is his salary that is coming off the books. Nobody will be picking him up to improve their lineup.

Where's nick young? Deshawn, again, are you serious? Maybe Flip should start 4 players instead.

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | January 24, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Every game he starts DS. He's horrible but its not just him. The chemistry just doesnt fit. Every 1st quarter we get down by double figures or close to it before he brings in the bench, then we come back. Every halftime I think he's going to start Blatche or atleast Miller but he again starts DS and in the 3rd we suck again and go down by double figures until he goes to the bench and we come back. Stop Start DS, idiot

Posted by: dlts20 | January 24, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

seems as if they're in the football mood. Instead of moving their feet on defense, they're just tackling guys. Nice. Bunch of quitters it seems to me.

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | January 24, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I just don't understand why Oberto is playing over McGee. It makes no sense to me.

Posted by: 33dgriffin | January 24, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Ouch, Mavs beating the Knicks by 50. At Madison Square Garden.

Hey, Spike, how's it hanging?

Posted by: SteveMG | January 24, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

good lost guys....keep up the good work...JohnWall here we come...LOL

Posted by: dsquare | January 24, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

10 points in the fourth quarter.

At home. 'Nuff said.

Saunders (whoever) can't "coach 'em up" if you don't have an "up" to coach.

Posted by: SteveMG | January 24, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

"It's convenient because you get a chance to get back and obviously watch Brett Favre go to work later. That'll be huge," said Butler

Caron when you are watching the game pay attention to how a winner (Farve)plays the game.

The way the Wizards play the game the 12,356 fans should have stayed home and waited for the football games to come on instead of wasting their money watching the Wizards.

Give Ernie a raise!

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 24, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

MeTawn with another nice stats game in a blowout loss.

BTH showing good against Kaman.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 24, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

"The Pollin family wants Gil back because he raises the price of the team.
Teddy L doesn't want him back for the same reason.
Stern wants him back to draw in fans.
The Pollins have as much influence in DC as just about anybody. They can put pressure on the Judge to give Gil a slap on the wrist and get back to B Ball.
I see this whole gun affair going away and before March.

Posted by: VBFan | January 24, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse "


Yeah, which is exactly why the Pollin family came out with a statement that Gilby is responsible for his own actions which led Gilby to say the franchise is not supporting him?

I don't know how you dream up your BS.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 24, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

"I just don't understand why Oberto is playing over McGee. It makes no sense to me.

Posted by: 33dgriffin | January 24, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse "

Playing JaTravel only happens if the game is out of hand and/or you don't care about winning.

Oh wait.....

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 24, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

As much as we love AJ, he really plays terrible defense. How many times today did his guy get by him with AJ just swiping his hands at him?

McGee needs playing time. Butler just shoots 15-20 footer and plays no defense.

The only players that hustle are Miller and Haywood and Foye.

Young and Blatche look like they play the game for money only and could care less whether the Wizards win or lose.

EG, please blow this team up!!!

Posted by: fearturtle44 | January 24, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

With the loss to the Clippers, the Wizards are 14-29. Next game is the Lakers. If they lose to the Lakers, the Wizards will be 14-30, thus slumping down to the record of the Wizards under Gar Heard.

I wonder if anyone is going to care.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | January 24, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Analyzing these games is pointless. This team is soon blown apart. Saunders has got next to nothing to work with now considering the talent that is remaining is pretty much demoralized realizing this "core" is over as is the season. Then you got other players that might perform well if everything else is going right like NY or AB. Otherwise, they become complete duds and are close to it regardless. So much for "7 Day Dre", he and NY both have a losers mentality. It's over folks! I doubt there is a player on the team that is not on the trading block and that is as it should be.

See Mike James played today. That serves two purposes: 1) He is healthy enough to play if traded for. 2) He is better than Boykins. Obviously, the main attraction to him for other teams is his expiring contract. Then again, we could use that cap space as well to begin the rebuild.

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 24, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

I don't know how you dream up your BS.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 24, 2010 4:49 PM |

I use something called logic.

Posted by: VBFan | January 24, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

"BTH showing good against Kaman.

Posted by: DC_MAN88"

0pts, 0rebs, 1TO in the 4th quarter, padded his stats well in the first 3 though- definitely gonna get paid.


Posted by: divi3 | January 24, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

They are almost 15 games under.500 and they play like they could care less,the coaching staff is a joke and the GM is getting what he deserves what goes around comes around Ernie and by the way see if you can do at least one thing right..............trade Caron to a winning team.

Posted by: dargregmag | January 24, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Ernie Grunfield was not smart enough to realize that it would be fatal setback to improving the Team by having Tappscott coach virtually a entire season of bull manure.

His cohort in cahoots allowed him to waist all of last season because he knew he was the coach coming in this year.

They both should be the very first move that Ted makes. Send them both packing, just as fast as Michael Jordan drove his converticle from the basement of the Verizon Center the same day Abe Polling fired him.

They should not even be allowed to pack up their offices. Just leave, leave now, as in right now, the minute he takes over.

I said last year after Ed Tappscott was hired and it was immediately evident that he did not have a clue as to what he was doing, that it would create a worse problem to allow him to coach the rest of the season with these players.

Now we see the full impact of a whole season waisted last year. Grunsfield and Saunders thought they had a plan.

But we see now that neither guy clearly did not and do not know what they are doing.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 24, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

@DC_MAN88,

You can't say that I have no cred because I wanted Mark Jackson as the coach of this Team.

No one knows how Mark Jackson will turn out as a coach if he ever gets the chance. But, something is very peculiar about Mark Jackson.

He hasn't coached but he will only accept a head coaching job so far. He must have a big ego and probably extreme confidence in himself.

To start out that way he has to know that his only measurement would be success.

I don't have any doubt that he would not have imposed his will on these players and gotten their attention and respect.

Up to this point, I can't say that for Flip Saunders.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 24, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

They are almost 15 games under.500 and they play like they could care less,the coaching staff is a joke and the GM is getting what he deserves what goes around comes around Ernie and by the way see if you can do at least one thing right..............trade Caron to a winning team.

Posted by: dargregmag | January 24, 2010 5:59 PM

It is just this simple. We got the wrong coach.

Flip's system dosen't work at all. Want to blame it on the players because Flip's system dosen't work. Go ahead.

Go Ahead. Blow up the Team. Any bets that Flip's system will work for the next group brought in.

You know it is really so sad. There is one telling statistic that can give you a huge clue about full-court basketball.

It is quite simple. Fast-break points.

I haven't even checked the stats but I bet you the Wizards rate dead last in fast break-points.

Basketball is a full-court game, not a half-court game, something you play when you have 4 or less players.

The Wizards play half-court ball. Flip's system.

Check it.

DarGregMag, I feel you.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 24, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

"@DC_MAN88,

You can't say that I have no cred because I wanted Mark Jackson as the coach of this Team.

No one knows how Mark Jackson will turn out as a coach if he ever gets the chance. But, something is very peculiar about Mark Jackson.

He hasn't coached but he will only accept a head coaching job so far. He must have a big ego and probably extreme confidence in himself.

To start out that way he has to know that his only measurement would be success.

I don't have any doubt that he would not have imposed his will on these players and gotten their attention and respect.

Up to this point, I can't say that for Flip Saunders.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 24, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse "

You have no "cred," because you don't.

EG had no room for a gamble on Jackson, so he went with Flip.

Les BouleS lost in the last season with EJ, lost last season with ETap, and are losing this season with Flip.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 24, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

"I use something called logic.

Posted by: VBFan | January 24, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse "

Warped logic.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 24, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

"0pts, 0rebs, 1TO in the 4th quarter, padded his stats well in the first 3 though- definitely gonna get paid.


Posted by: divi3 | January 24, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse "

And Les BouleS were competitive until the 4th quarter where BTH didn't enter until it was 1/2 over.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 24, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

He hasn't coached but he will only accept a head coaching job so far. He must have a big ego and probably extreme confidence in himself.

To start out that way he has to know that his only measurement would be success.

I don't have any doubt that he would not have imposed his will on these players and gotten their attention and respect.

Most pro athletes have big egos and extreme confidence in their abilities. They pretty much have to in order to succeed. Doesn't mean that it's warranted or justified. Isiah Thomas is widely know to have a gigantic ego. Didn't make him a great coach, though.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 24, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

For that matter, Magic Johnson was certainly no shrinking violet. How'd his coaching career go?

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 24, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

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