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Mavericks (27-14) at Wizards (14-26)

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

Dallas: Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, Shawn Marion, Dirk Nowitzki, Erick Dampier

Line: Mavericks by 4.5

Before the game, Coach Flip Saunders was asked to give his team a grade through the first half of the season. "Incomplete," Saunders said. "We're not where we want to be, no question. With the expectations things haven't gone, since Tawn got hurt in Cleveland, things haven't fallen into place."

Dallas Mavericks sixth man Jason Terry is an Arizona product like Gilbert Arenas. He left for the NBA just before Arenas enrolled. Terry said that he has yet to speak with Arenas since he was suspended indefinitely but he has his back.

"Us Arizona guys, we're a brotherhood," Terry said. "Right now, he's going through a rough time, but we're here to support him. He knows he made a mistake and hopefully he can put it behind him and bounce back."

Terry and Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki both rank among the top 10 players in fourth-quarter scoring. The duo combined to score 16 of the Mavericks' 24 fourth quarter points on Monday in Boston. Saunders said it takes a certain mentality to produce in crunch time.

"I think fourth-quarter mentality, one is having confidence. And having confidence to score and finish games," Saunders said. "Both those guys have that type of confidence and I think the other thing is they are not afraid to fail. The guys who are afraid to take those shots aren't very good and they use those as a last resort.

"Nowitzki, I've always said, there's five guys that you consider just matchup nightmares and he's one of those guys," he said. "Because of his ability to shoot the ball from the perimeter. You put a big guy on him, he goes around him, you put a little guy on him and shoots right over him. He's one of those guys that's going to be a Hall of Famer."

Josh Howard is out with a stomach ailment. Howard, who is averaging 12.5 points this season, missed the season opener with an ankle problem.

The Wizards only have two starters left from their season opening win in Dallas -- Brendan Haywood and Caron Butler. Fabricio Oberto started in place of Antawn Jamison, who was out with a shoulder injury. Gilbert Arenas is currently suspended indefinitely and Mike Miller is being used in a reserve role as he works himself back from a right calf injury.

Saunders said he has been pleased with the work DeShawn Stevenson has done since being inserted into the starting lineup against Chicago.

"I think he's given us stability. He does a lot of little things, defensively and offensively," Saunders said. "He's a guy right now, you can put him on somebody, and you don't' have to give a lot of help even though he might get scored on - say he's playing a Derrick Rose - but you don't have to give a lot of help because it's probably not going to matter nearly as much. I think he's getting in better shape, one by playing some extended minutes. He's put himself in a situation to get in better shape, and I think it's helped his shooting a little bit. I just think it's just being able to play with a bit more energy over consistent periods."

By Michael Lee  |  January 20, 2010; 6:35 PM ET
 
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Comments

deshawn ftw

Posted by: prescrunk | January 20, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

I think he's given us stability. He does a lot of little things, defensively and offensively," Saunders said.

Well Flip is correct about that. DeShawn does do A LOT of little things on offense.

2.2 PPG on 30% shooting from floor
9/46 3-point shooting (.196)

Posted by: elfreako | January 20, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

I mean seriously DeShawn shouldn't even be starting in the D-League.

Posted by: elfreako | January 20, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

What Flip fails to mention is that nobody has to guard DeShawn. At least opposing 2 guards must chase NY around screens and such.

DWade is gonna roast his DSteve's azz again on Friday.

Posted by: elfreako | January 20, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

^and u are??

Do you know more about basketball than Brian Hill, Eddie Jordan, Tapscott, and Flip Saunders? Ernie?

There's a reason Deshawn started every single game for 4 years... its funny how people who don't know a lot about basketball think that scoring a lot of individual points is the only thing that matters.

Posted by: prescrunk | January 20, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

^R u watching this garbage?

DeShawn has more technical fouls than points!

Posted by: elfreako | January 20, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Oh my god, if Earl isn't gonna make open shots, then just get him out. It isn't worth it.

Posted by: amorris525 | January 20, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

The zone defense is a joke, but necessary b/c Boykins can't guard.

Posted by: alvin4 | January 20, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

I swear, Blatche gets blocked at the rim more than any big guy I've ever seen.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 20, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

"The zone defense is a joke, but necessary b/c Boykins can't guard. "

Which makes him different than the rest of the Wizards' players how, exactly?

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 20, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

DeBrick so far:

2 turnovers
0 points
0 rebounds

Posted by: elfreako | January 20, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Boykins kills me with his completely excessive dribbling.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | January 20, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

27 seconds.

Miller is golden when he gets an open look at a 3

Posted by: crs-1 | January 20, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

They called a TO to run that?

Posted by: learnedhand1 | January 20, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

What a piece of cr*p effort by Caron.

Posted by: farstriker | January 20, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Nice one Caron. EVERYONE in the building knows he was going to shoot a contested jumper.

Posted by: t-train | January 20, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

And I was going to write about how Butler was the Wizards best iso player and should be taking the shots at the end of quarters/games.

Posted by: djnnnou | January 20, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Another winnable game goes by the wayside. That would have been a huge win.

Posted by: amorris525 | January 20, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

lmao, moronic last play of the game. Let's have CB who has not been particularly great at one on one's all year go one on one with Shawn Marion one of the premier defenders of SF's in the NBA. Just stupid! Again. Caron was having trouble getting his shot off with Marion guarding him without time constraints. He made some tough ones, but I would have liked to have seen a pass for Foye or Miller.

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 20, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Don't like Caron with the ball in his hands with seconds left and a chance to win it. Why not Randy Foye instead?

To battle back and then not even get a shot off at the end is pretty sad. Just did not like the last possession AT ALL.

Posted by: rachel216 | January 20, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

This is why I feel it's so hard to watch this team. Everytime it seems like they're coming along, this happens. A perfect opportunity, wasted.

Posted by: rachel216 | January 20, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

In Caron's defense, the Wiz inbounded with 6.7 seconds on the clock, and he was in a lot of traffic. It was close -- looked like Caron was clearly going for the foul, and I think he almost got it. If he had, it's probably 3 in a row. But alas . . .

Posted by: 7snider7 | January 20, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

"And I was going to write about how Butler was the Wizards best iso player and should be taking the shots at the end of quarters/games."

Not this season. He has been a turnover machine. And, with Marion on him, he was having trouble getting good looks the whole game. He made some hard shots and some hustle plays, but to call a timeout and that is the best you come up with is pathetic. What do you say on the sidelines? Let's attack their best defender? When he caught the ball and the one on one was developing, I told my gf he is going to get his shot blocked.

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 20, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

But I told my son I wanted Miller or Foye to get the last shot. Then you think -- or Jamison.

Posted by: 7snider7 | January 20, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Good Lost guys.....Keep up the good work...John Wall here we come...LMAO

Posted by: dsquare | January 20, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

deserved to lose that one. Where is all the ball movement that supposed to be evident now that Miller is back and Arenas is gone?

did Flip call that last "play"? Just send Caron into their best defender and hope for the best? what a coach!

Posted by: divi3 | January 20, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

It looked like Miller was open in the corner close to where CB was making his move against Marion. But CB was not going to give the ball up.

Posted by: cannontl | January 20, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Update: According to USA Today, ESPN’s Chad Ford is reporting there are rumors of a possible trade which would bring the Wizards’ Caron Butler(notes) to New Jersey in exchange for point guard Devin Harris(notes).

Recommendation: ESPN’s Trade Machine would call this deal a match, since both players’ salaries match up pretty equally. There has been talk of the Nets becoming disgruntled with Harris’ (lack of) leadership ability and constant injuries, leading to owner Rod Thorn saying that he’s no longer sold on Harris as a core piece of the team. The deal is strictly speculation at this point, but the fantasy value of both Courtney Lee(notes) and Chris Douglas-Roberts(notes) would take a hit should this deal materialize.

Posted by: anacostia85 | January 20, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

"There has been talk of the Nets becoming disgruntled with Harris’ (lack of) leadership ability and constant injuries"

sounds like the perfect replacement for Arenas

Posted by: divi3 | January 20, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Agent 0.2

Posted by: djnnnou | January 20, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

I bet Mark Cuban fell in love with Brendan tonight. Josh Howard anyone?

Posted by: djnnnou | January 20, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

"I swear, Blatche gets blocked at the rim more than any big guy I've ever seen."

Nah, that title belongs to Juwan Howard.

Posted by: sagaliba | January 20, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Howard is 6'9", 36 years old, and couldn't jump even when he was young. Blatche has the size and ups to finish strong at the rim but lacks the heart and toughness.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 20, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Well, Jamison turned the ball over just a couple plays earlier, and Boykins din;t fair too well near the ned of 3P either. It is Wizard-itis, folks.

Posted by: sagaliba | January 20, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

CB had Marion all night long one on one and took it to him. Problem is with 6.2 seconds left in the game, not a lot of time to shake and bake, gotta go straight to the rack. Marion stopped the one that mattered most. Good effort from Wiz.

Posted by: Section102 | January 20, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

"Howard is 6'9", 36 years old, and couldn't jump even when he was young."

True, and he was blocked quite often even when he was young. :)

"Blatche has the size and ups to finish strong at the rim but lacks the heart and toughness."

Is that so? I thought his contract prohibits him to dunk!

Posted by: sagaliba | January 20, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

But let's be fair, McGee was blocked on his only shot tonight too and I was wondering why a dunker like him forgot about that too.

Posted by: sagaliba | January 20, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

I am with you, Section102, no time for Butler to do his usal jab and fake; which means, not a good call!

Posted by: sagaliba | January 20, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

The WIZ as presently constituted can beat the worst temas consistantly and the mediocre teams about half the time IF they try like hell the whole game.

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 20, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

I wish Caron would have passed the ball to Miller in the corner. He is almost automatic when he does shoot. Another game pissed away.

Posted by: irw20 | January 20, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

And another thing, Caron has not played particularly well last season and most of this season. He just seems out of rhythm.

Posted by: irw20 | January 20, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

No chance Butler was the intended recipient of the last shot. That he ended up trying to take the Matrix off the dribble drifting to his weak/left side was his own selfish call. Check Flip, Foye and Haywood's post-game comments.

Posted by: alvin4 | January 20, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Caron is sooooo selfish. Miller was wide open in the corner. Why not put the ball in Foye's hands? Caron can't create of the dribble, Can't penetrate and create shots for his teammate either. Just wish Foye could have had the ball in his hands and drive to the basket. But Caron for Devin Harris would be a terrible trade for the Wizards.

Posted by: lemekdivine | January 20, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Flip sounded pissed. Sounds like the called play was not for Caron to go one-on-one. Suspend him for a game due to insubordination.

Posted by: rbelleisle | January 21, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Caron was KILLING Marion one on one all night... give me a break. That was the match up we wanted, it just didn't go our way this time. I can live with that.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | January 21, 2010 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Why not put the ball in Foye's hands?

Did you see the Chicago game?

Posted by: djnnnou | January 21, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

This team as constructed has no "go to" player like Arenas. Even though he failed in some earlier games, I believed he was coming around and would have been fine by playoff time after 2 1/2 years away. Right now Caron has peaked as a player and is starting his downward spiral which started last year. He is not going to get any better. I can't tell you the last time Jamison has hit a game winner, whether with the Wiz or Mavericks. Foye is regaining his confidence after his yo-yo playing time before Arenas' suspension. Miller seems to think shooting is a secondary option these days. Young could be, but he seems to be Flip's whipping boy, as does Blatche and McGee. Sound familiar? And for the life of me I don't know what it is Stevenson does to these coaches, but he continues to get minutes at the 2 guard and he can't score. Name another starting 2 guard in the league who's more abysmal that him? And the defense stuff is truly overrated. The team lacks direction, focus and identity even before the Arenas stuff and I lay that directly at the feet of the coaching staff. This seems like the Tapscott year, revisited........

Posted by: garrybrown | January 21, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

I guess I am not the only one whom has a very high opinion of the importance of coaching.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 21, 2010 1:04 AM | Report abuse

Why do players disregard the spirit of the coaches instruction as Caron did tonight?

Caron had no intention on running the play called. Why?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 21, 2010 1:17 AM | Report abuse

guess I am not the only one whom has a very high opinion of the importance of coaching.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 21, 2010

You are wrong on this one Larry Coaching had nothing to do with the loss it was Butler being a me first player not doing the play because it was run for another player and Saunders and a few other players were mad at him all you had to do was listen to the post game conference by saunders and the locker room interviews of the players because i did watch them

Posted by: rnorris6 | January 21, 2010 1:18 AM | Report abuse

Larry because Butler is not a team player never has been

Posted by: rnorris6 | January 21, 2010 1:23 AM | Report abuse

"We deserved to lose that one. Where is all the ball movement that supposed to be evident now that Miller is back and Arenas is gone?

did Flip call that last "play"? Just send Caron into their best defender and hope for the best? what a coach!"

lol...exactly. Dumb play. Not only that he had a crowd behind him which is not exactly ISO 101. Just dumb call. We've lost too many games in the last minute this year on bad coaching. At least 3/4 games.

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 21, 2010 2:06 AM | Report abuse

Oh here we go again dang just missed a win, really? What you saw last night was what you will continue to see as long as there's no change made within the roster or GM or Coach. Lets face the facts here that obliviously the Mavs were not so concern about this team that for 3 and half quarters of the game they played as if what me worry about this team and then they start to play like ok its time to win the game. One thing that's noticable and that is that Flip is not a teacher or knows how to instruct younger player and the older vets just tunes him out, alas butler.

Posted by: getagripped | January 21, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

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