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Miami Heat (21-20) at Washington Wizards (14-27)

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

Heat starters: Quentin Richardson, Michael Beasley, Jermaine O'Neal, Dwyane Wade, Rafer Alston.

Line: Heat by three.

The most pressing concern for the Wizards tonight is defending Wade, who is averaging 28.6 points this month. Wade is second in the Eastern Conference in scoring average in January.

"I would say that anytime you have a player of Dwyane's caliber, he's going to try to establish things early," Wizards Coach Flip Saunders said during his pregame media session. "I said kiddingly, but I said the other day we were going to run a box-and-one, with four guys on him and play a one-man zone, so that might be something we have to look at."

Named an All-Star starter last week, Wade twice has scored 40 points against Washington. He had 41 in a 90-76 win on Nov. 10 and 40 in a 93-89 victory on Nov. 4. In the teams' last meeting on Nov. 27, the Wizards limited Wade to 18 points and beat Miami, 94-84.

The Heat is coming off a 104-65 loss to Charlotte on Thursday and has dropped two of its past three games.

Also, Antawn Jamison and Mike Miller are making contributions to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. They are donating $1,000 for every point they score in tonight's game.

By Gene Wang  |  January 22, 2010; 5:24 PM ET
 
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Comments

Starters suck right now except Foye. This blows.

Posted by: elfreako | January 22, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

This team, if you just look at talent isn't a lottery team. However, they play like a lottery team.

Why is that? My obvious answer is Flip's system isn't a fit. And not so much that he isn't a good coach, but that his system dosen't fit.

And he isn't as good at adapting to the players. Adapting to what you have also goes to developing what you have if that is necessary for your team to be successful.

And it further goes to, did Ernie Grunfeld hire the right coach in Flip Saunders?

With the many calls to bust up the Team and start over the answer would have to be no, Ernie did not make the right hire.

For, the perception was when Flip was hired that the Team of players was adequate to win.

And, we can't say that since Gilbert is out of the mix that is the reason, for we played badly with Gilbert.

The most prevailing disappointment for me this season is that Flip's system isn't working for not only Butler, but the entire Team.

My vote was for 14-27 and Leonsis taking over.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 22, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Was McGee that bad that he needed to be yanked after 5 trips up the floor?

Butler is killing his trade value. Flip should sit him to protect what value he has left!

Posted by: bozomoeman | January 22, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Why has Miller only attempted one shot so far?

He's passing up open looks and dishing to teammates who thought he'd shoot it.

Posted by: elfreako | January 22, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Larry, I know you want to blame everyone but the players on this team. Simple fact is that this team won 19 games last year and is currently 12-27. One would conclude from the record that the roster is lacking. If you start blaming the players, you make excuses for poor effort, bad decision making, and poor execution.

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | January 22, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Was McGee that bad that he needed to be yanked after 5 trips up the floor?

Posted by: bozomoeman | January 22, 2010 8:09 PM

Don't you get it yet Bozomoeman, the young players in this system have to show that they are ready when they get pt.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 22, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

They(Wizards)had to know after the Heat were embarassed the other night by the Bobcats they would come out focused and ready to play you have to at least show up ready to meet that challenge there is absolutely no excuse to come out lackluster because if you do then Dwayne Wade will kill any chance you think you have of winning, tough enough to beat Wade and the Heat when you play your A game but when you come out flat you can forget it.

Posted by: dargregmag | January 22, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Larry, I know you want to blame everyone but the players on this team. Simple fact is that this team won 19 games last year and is currently 12-27. One would conclude from the record that the roster is lacking. If you start blaming the players, you make excuses for poor effort, bad decision making, and poor execution.

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | January 22, 2010 8:18 PM

ZardsFan1,

We have seen what these players are capable of with and without Arenas. We fired Eddie Jordan and I felt his time had come to be let go, but daggummit', we haven't had anyone come close to his coaching success yet with mostly the same, but better group of players.

Work with that will you.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 22, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Caron now believes he's channeling Kobe. This will not end well. No ball movement at all.

Posted by: bozomoeman | January 22, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

BRENDA is killing us tonight! No hustle what so ever! But Javale gets yanked after 2-3 blocks ! This is unreal!

Posted by: rf2litenva | January 22, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Brenda regressing again:
2 pts, 2 rebs in 17 lackluster minutes

Does BTH understand that getting up for DHoward then getting punked by JO nullifies his street cred?

We know your deal dude. All you do is bring it enough to get paid.

Posted by: elfreako | January 22, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

A frightening sight. Caron and Stevenson two man game. It didn't end well.

Posted by: bozomoeman | January 22, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Well I can't believe I actually thought this team could somehow make it to the playoffs. I'm disappointed.

Posted by: amorris525 | January 22, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Last season I kept trying to get someone with some knowledge as to whether they thought that Butler chewing a straw would have an impact on his play/health.

Chewing on a straw is different from a mouthpiece or gum. It requires a different set of reflexes to always control the straw.

I think it contributes to Butlers inexcusable unexplained play at times.

Am I just stupid or what, or does this make any sense at all.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 22, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

No one humiliates themselves quite like the Zards. We do it poorly on our home court, baby!

Posted by: bozomoeman | January 22, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

A guy that can block shots like JM deserves to have PT created.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 22, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Game over before it even started.

Who's fault is it that this team doesn't come out ready to play? You knew it right right from the beginning, that the Wizards weren't even going to be in this one. Poor effort all around. (Except for Blatche, Foye and Boykins.)

Posted by: rachel216 | January 22, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Javale McGee 4 blocks in 5 minutes! Haywood....2 points, 2 rebounds in 18 minutes! WOW.... PLEASE BLOW THIS UP and start over...im sick of this debacle! Im not renewing my season tickets!

Posted by: rf2litenva | January 22, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Ok, the Wiz had a bad game (boo hoo!), after playing three pretty good games.

The last game the Heat played they got beat 104 to 65, worse than the Wizards played tonight and the Heat have a winning record.

We'll just have to beat the Clippers on Sunday.

Posted by: cannontl | January 22, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

I cannot believe that I had to invoke EJ's name as a rebutal to why it isn't just the players why this team is so bad.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 22, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

"No one humiliates themselves quite like the Zards"

Miami did a pretty good job of self-immolation in Charlotte last game. 104 to 65, something like that.

They shot the lights out tonight. 59 percent -- from the three point line! When's the last time you saw that?

Sorry if I don't feel like castigating the club tonight. Next.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 22, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Every time they lose I am gonna post this. So everybody get use to it because its gonna get worse before it get better.

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

Posted by: dsquare | January 22, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

So who are the biotches always crying for JaTravel?

Dude has absolutely no offense past 5 ft. from the rim.

One shot was a horrendous attempt at trying to be Kareem Abdul Jabbar with a stupid looking hook shot.

Another was a terrible attempt at a layup with a defender between him and the basket.

Dude is like a boxer with only knockout power and no boxing skills. JaTravel can only dunk.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 22, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

We have good coach and some good players.

Posted by: cannontl | January 22, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

It's the players!
They just got out hustled on both ends.
When they want to play hard and bring it they can compete with any other team.
When they play like they did tonight they won't beat anyone.
Give the Heat credit they upped the intensity and the Wizzies folded from the opening tip.
No coach can help this.

Posted by: VBFan | January 22, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Money earned per player for tonight's home 24 blowout home loss.

Jamison 162,000
Butler $128,000
Miller $118,000
Haywood $73,000
Stevenson $50,000
Foye $58,000
James $78000
Blatche $36,000
Young $21,000
Mcgee $18,000
Boykins $14,000
Oberto $25,000
Mcguire $10,000

2009 Median yearly US salary $28,000

Average US salary ‘per game’ if divided into an 82-game season $341

Average Wizards ticket cost $44

That was awful. I don't know how anyone can justify paying to see these guy 'play' anymore.

Posted by: SammyT1 | January 22, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

The Heat have usually been tough on the Wiz in recent history, and they just got beat bad (embarassed) by the Bobocats so they were obviuosly more motivated tonight, unfortunately.

Posted by: cannontl | January 22, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

So who are the biotches always crying for JaTravel?

Dude has absolutely no offense past 5 ft. from the rim.

One shot was a horrendous attempt at trying to be Kareem Abdul Jabbar with a stupid looking hook shot.

Another was a terrible attempt at a layup with a defender between him and the basket.

Dude is like a boxer with only knockout power and no boxing skills. JaTravel can only dunk.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 22, 2010 9:34 PM

Where I come from, players learn how to play from playing. Not from watching from the sidelines on the the bench.

The more JM sits the bench the more he will have to learn what goes on in gametime.

Of course he is going to make mistakes if you give him a few token minutes every blue moon when you thinkaboutit.

But if you gave him 5-10 minutes every game and you can with this team, cause we ain't beatin' nobody, his play would improve.

Even a caveman would know that. Flip Saunders looks like a caveman over there on the sidelines, but he is clueless.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 22, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

......Dude is like a boxer with only knockout power and no boxing skills. JaTravel can only dunk.

Posted by: DC_MAN88

McGee is frustrated; he has no true point guard to get him the ball in the right position. So when he does get the ball, he tries things that are not beneficial to his game. He also needs a good big man coach. But I think to really unfair to criticize him to much at this point in his career.

Posted by: dsquare | January 22, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Jeffreys is guarding Kobe in the Knick game.

Funny. Good for Jeffreys. He got no love here.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 22, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

"McGee is frustrated; he has no true point guard to get him the ball in the right position. So when he does get the ball, he tries things that are not beneficial to his game. He also needs a good big man coach.

Posted by: dsquare | January 22, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse "

Funny....no one has used this reasoning when critiquing BTH.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 22, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

"Where I come from, players learn how to play from playing. Not from watching from the sidelines on the the bench.

The more JM sits the bench the more he will have to learn what goes on in gametime.

Of course he is going to make mistakes if you give him a few token minutes every blue moon when you thinkaboutit.

But if you gave him 5-10 minutes every game and you can with this team, cause we ain't beatin' nobody, his play would improve.

Even a caveman would know that. Flip Saunders looks like a caveman over there on the sidelines, but he is clueless.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 22, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse "

Waaaa....waaaaa....

If JaTravel was not ready for the big leagues, he should have stayed in college and learned.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 22, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Quick, somebody take the keys away from EG.

He's high on crack and can't drive!!!!

The BS below is another "old for young, big for small" debacle....Mitch Ritchmond/CWebb part deux.

Scroll down, read, and cry.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AhjlSEpmqTYRr6dAdqTgDJC8vLYF?slug=mc-afterthebuzzer012210&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 22, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Andre Miller has game.

However, DC_MAN88 it appears that the Wizards may not be intending on matching what Haywood can get next year and Haywood may not resign with the Wizards regardless of what he is offered by them.

So, to get Miller might be a good deal, but with our ownership flux everything is in question.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 22, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

If JaTravel was not ready for the big leagues, he should have stayed in college and learned.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 22, 2010 10:15 PM

The reality though is that he is with the Wizards now, so they would be smart to coach him up now and as expertly as possible.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 22, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

They shot the lights out tonight. 59 percent -- from the three point line! When's the last time you saw that?

New Orleans shot 13-23 about two weeks ago.

Posted by: djnnnou | January 22, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Also on the note of Haywood resigning with the Wizards, unless there is some serious change with the coaching philosophy, we know that Haywood will not resign, but nor will Blatche or McGee when their turn comes up.

Those of you that continue to bemoan Blatche and McGee want have to worry because neither of these 3 big men will resign. They all will leave and sign elsewhere for any fair offer.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 22, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

"The reality though is that he is with the Wizards now, so they would be smart to coach him up now and as expertly as possible.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 22, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse "

Keep dreaming.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 22, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Let's start with swinging a trade with Portland,acquiring Andre Miller and the 21st pick for Haywood.Use that pick on Larry Sanders or Dexter Pittman.Miller's contrct expires after next season and we will get a young big man as well as a PG while only giving up Haywood.Ship Caron for a defensive- minded specialist, dont care what position as long as he is younger and more athletic. Use our lottery pick on the best available player who can play defense and score. Trade Jameson fairly soon as he is only getting older,for a defensive-minded player as well.Sign Foye, but let MnM's contract expire, we may need that space for luxery tax purposes.Start Foye,A. Miller,Blatche, Mcgee and Mcguire.Bring MnM, Young, and the new acquisitions off the bench, while we let the Arenas debacle play out.Draft a mature Vasquez in the second round as a combo guard with heart.This strategy is not sexy, but it's time to find out what we do have and simply move any underachievers during the summer.

Posted by: Raef | January 22, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

I was against the notion of blowing this thing up now. I wanted to see how they would do with Miller back. The same problems keep resurfacing. There have been too many times this season this team has not come ready to play. No effort at all on defense. I rhink I've seen enough.

Posted by: irw20 | January 22, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

The core guys play as if they are done with being in Washington. I'll be glad when Leonsis takes over. I'm eager to here his plan for this team. It's time for some fresh faces and fresh ideas.

Posted by: irw20 | January 22, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

If Arenas comes back, we need to surround the team with defensive-minded players.If we trade him, I believe the Magic would be willing to part ways with Brandon Bass.This team needs some tough minded players who have a bit of a R.Mahorn or J.Ruland type of attitudes.I believe Brandon Bass would fit in chemistry wise.There are no soft-minded teams who win championships in the NBA.

Posted by: Raef | January 22, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

They shot the lights out tonight. 59 percent -- from the three point line! When's the last time you saw that?

When was the last time a poor 3-pt. shooting team played the Wizards.

Teams seem have a habit--going back a few years, really--of having season best nights in areas of the game they're generally weak in when they play the Wizards. Three point shooting, rebounding, FTs, turnovers, you name it. It's kind of a an interesting phenomenon, actually.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 23, 2010 5:15 AM | Report abuse

This team should change it's name to Catch 22.
There are so many holes, that whatever they try it just gets worse.
I know there see the BTH lovers. But he is the defensive weakness, not the strength. Because of his lack of mobility, and his tendecy to take ays off, the team defense if you will excuse the expression, is forced to sag in at all positions. This leaves everyone open outside. Thus wide open jumpers consistently.
Yes it is a ver weak individual defensive team, but BTH is just not a defensive stopper.
On offense he has no game skills, and with the new lineup inserting DS they are now playing 3 on 5 offensively. Thus the gunning by Cb and Aj, not that they have to be encouraged.
Do the WIZ even have a strength coach??
This is the most putrid and languine group of "atheletes" I have ever seen on a professional sports team!!!

Posted by: mricklen | January 23, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

I don't see anything wrong with trading Haywood for Miller. If anything that will increase our need for a big guy in the draft and there is a lot of talent in that field this year. Favors, Cousins, Ed Davis, Aldrich. We can really rebuild this team in one draft if we get enough draft picks.

Posted by: ATLredskin | January 23, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

BTH is a free agent, anything we get for him is gravy. Plus, he's really not that good and we need an upgrade at the position or at least some potential on the floor.

Arenas' suspension determined as soon as Wednesday. He's already served 10...any guesses on what Stern rules?

Posted by: divi3 | January 23, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

and btw the team is past the point of any redemption. Last night during the tv timeouts Flip wasnt even bothering to coach'em up, players were wandering around the floor aimlessly waiting for play to resume...while the HEat were huddled up around their coach.

you had to figure this would happen eventually

Posted by: divi3 | January 23, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

"Teams seem have a habit--going back a few years, really--of having season best nights in areas of the game they're generally weak in when they play the Wizards. Three point shooting, rebounding, FTs, turnovers, you name it. It's kind of a an interesting phenomenon, actually."

Indeed they do. Supports the idea that the team takes the night off every so often, ignoring the wishes of those folks up in the stands shouting at them.

The Heat are 34% from the arc season-to-date, respectable but nothing that would make you think they'd suddenly arrive at a vistory's arena and sink 13 of 22.

There's an article today about the 'pack line' defense that Dick Bennett invented and that his son Tony is using at Virginia. The idea is to keep the defenders within an invisible line that makes it easier to help one another and to prevent easy buckets inside. The game slows down because you're forcing your opponent to use more clock on every possession. You're vulnerable to the three, of course, but teams don't seem able to take advantage of it, maybe because they don't have enough outside shooters.

Many NBA teams are short on spot-up three point shooters, too. Best 3 point shooting club is Phoenix (only one currently above 40%) and teams like Boston and Chicago rely on penetrating PGs who can't reliably convert an outside shot.

The pack line doesn't produce much in the way of pressure or turnovers, but apparently opponnent's FG percentages drop pretty dramatically.

I'd think another advantage would be that you wouldn't need the sort of super-athletic individual defenders to make the scheme work. Packed in tight, with help available, the scheme requires less of each man. In college that's a plus because teams don't have that many great athletes. It's a plus in the NBA as well because the great athletes often don't like to play much defense.

If you run into Miami last night at Verizon, you're still going to lose.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 23, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

teams even shoot their FTs better against the Wiz, truly inexplicable phenom

Posted by: divi3 | January 23, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

"Do the WIZ even have a strength coach??
This is the most putrid and languine group of "atheletes" I have ever seen on a professional sports team!!!"

watching aussie open after the loss.....serena is built like a marvel superhero, i swear she's got stronger arms than AB. inexcusable!

Posted by: divi3 | January 23, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

"The Heat are 34% from the arc season-to-date, respectable but nothing that would make you think they'd suddenly arrive at a vistory's arena and sink 13 of 22."

it's not that surprising if you watch this team is it? The wizards help D is absurd. They consistently end up with 3 guys on 1 player who then makes an easy pass for either a wide open J or a layup.

But the real problem last night wasnt the Heat's 3s....it was scoring 15pts through 16minutes of play (or whatever it was).

Cant have Deshawn and BTH on the floor together for significant stretches; and Miller needs to start looking for his own shot rather than setting up, lack of scoring punch is killing us

Posted by: divi3 | January 23, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

"I don't see anything wrong with trading Haywood for Miller."

I'm betting the Blazers would. They need a big man, but if they're giving up Miller they're gonna want better than Haywood. And from the Wizards' perspective, why the hell would they trade an expiring contract for a 34 year old PG with two more years at about $7 mill/per? That deal only make sense for a team that's looking to contend in the short-term. That ain't the Wiz.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 23, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

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