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Spurs (19-11) at Wizards (10-20)

Wizards starters: Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Andray Blatche, Brendan Haywood

Spurs: Tony Parker, Keith Bogans, Richard Jefferson, Tim Duncan, DeJuan Blair

Line: Spurs by 6

Flip Saunders said that changes were coming to the lineup and he decided to bench Randy Foye in favor of Andray Blatche, going with a big lineup that he has experimented with at times this season. The lineup of Blatche, Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison and Brendan Haywood works against the Spurs, which has a pretty big lineup. Saunders also said that Brendan Haywood would guard Tim Duncan one-on-one.

Blatche is making his third start of the season, giving Saunders his 12th different starting lineup. The Wizards are 0-2 this season when Blatche starts.

Arenas had developed some stiffness in his left knee this week, but Saunders said that he had improved to the point that he could play on Saturday. Arenas has been the subject of much speculation since it was revealed that he had a dispute with teammate Javaris Crittenton. Saunders said that he is somewhat worried that it could be a distraction for the team.

There is no question. You'd like as a coach for players to be totally focused on your game at hand. When you have other things to distract off the court or whatever. Those are things that you're always concerned about," Saunders said. "But from my standpoint is I've told our players, we still get judged by what we do on the court.

"Anytime something happens on the floor and your players don't have total focus, you're always going to have something," he said. "You always want players to be able to worry about what you have at hand and that's San Antonio."

By Michael Lee  |  January 2, 2010; 6:59 PM ET
 
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I said:

Defensive FG percentage has steadily gone up since Jamison came back, not to mention he's having more and more low, single-digit rebound games than double digit ones as the season progresses. Time to bench him and start Blatche or move Jamison to the three, Butler to the two and bench Foye. If we can't be faster on defense we can at least be BIGGER!


Posted by: and_1 | December 29, 2009 10:20 PM

kalo_rama said:

"If we can't be faster on defense we can at least be BIGGER!"

Bigger also usually means slower. Playing Jamison at the 3 and Butler at the two is just handing out engraved invitations for quicker opposing players to take them off the dribble. More size only matters when it's the kind of size that acts as a defensive deterrent. The Wiz don't have that.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 29, 2009 10:23 PM


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Well what do you know???
Blatche has been inserted into the starting lineup in tonight's game with Butler at the two and Jamison at the three.
Well what do you know???


Posted by: and_1 | January 2, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Different lineup = same results?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 2, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

DC_MAN88,
Since you took the time out to pick some songs. I tried to pick some songs from the same artists. What do you listen to?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0y-yhCav8Zw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNcloTmvTeA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfXwmDGJAB8&NR=1

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 2, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 2, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Hard to tell from TV but does anyone think that the Spurs can just flip a switch and turn things up two notches?

Kinda' going through the motions and then, bang!, time to play.

Posted by: SteveMG | January 2, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 2, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Has basketball season started yet?

I can't tell.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 2, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Gilberts knee isn't sore I guess, huh.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 2, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 2, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

this blair kid sucks. i'm sooooooooooooo glad we took Tha Cash and then paid OLDberto 2 mil.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 2, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

They are really flying around out there on defense tonight...

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 2, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

The Money Quarter. Lineup and Matchups are critical. Lets see now.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 2, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

How long can Flip stick with Oberto. They're not even checking him.

Posted by: 33dgriffin | January 2, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Why not come back to the starting lineup?

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 2, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Spurs, a smart Team just posted boykins.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 2, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Boykins in for Haywood, thats good.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 2, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 2, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Now Foye in and Haywood sits.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 2, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

The end of SD's Rap attack...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUfex4_fHug

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwRUpL-Gjrs

I could go on and on but I'd rather watch the game. Mainstream is what they play on TV and radio. That doesn't mean it represents the entire culture. That's pretty much common sense...which is exactly why I don't expect you to understand.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzeZhCt5PVA
I think that link is perfect for you.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 2, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Don't or can't understand why we just didn't come back with our starting lineup.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 2, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Boykins on Parker. Give me a break.

You can't be serious about the lineup of AB, BH, AJ, CB, and GA if you don't let them try to win it in the Money Quarter.

Thanks for the Tease Flip.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 2, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Spurs toyed with them until crunch time and then said, "Let's go."

Wizards couldn't keep up with them.

On the bright side, they were competitive, played hard, gave a good effort. They're just not in a league with the Spurs.

Posted by: SteveMG | January 2, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

By time Mike Miller comes back it might be too late. Miller is what the team is missing. I can at least say they would have 5 yo 6 more games won if he was in there playing.

It is quite clear we do not have a steady 2 guard other then Mike Miller. The Wiz need to give that kind of effort against every team from this point on and maybe they might come out on top. They just do not match up well against the Spurs or the Suns.

Posted by: BulletsFever | January 2, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Please tell me how McGee is still not seeing "ANY" time at all....? Why do I see Etan Thomas highlights running through my head when I see Roberto out there? Are you kidding me, Flip??????

Posted by: BulletsFever | January 2, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Flip Lost The Game!!!!!!!

So he goes and blast the team about playing no D. Everyone talks about how were losing every game in the 4th quarter because we cant stop anyone. We go with the big lineup tonight against a Spurs team who is the hottest team in the league right now. The 3rd quarter comes and were up 71-66 with our D looking amazing for the 1st time ever. Then all of a sudden we go back to our normal regular lineups. Now you have to sub players so I understand that. However, the 4th quarter comes and the whole time we have 2 of the 3 of out Gil, Boykins, and Foye on the court. The whole 4th quarter. I mean all game long we had defensive lineups in with Blatche starting, we played Oberto alot, we played DS. The big lineup got us the lead and we were defending and rebounding well. Then the 4th we come with this same small lineup.

Again, Im about sick of the Boykins love affair. In the last 4 games he is 2-21 and averaging 2ppg. He also has been scouted and is getting straight abused on D. Even the smallest guard from the opposing team is shooting right over him or posting him up. He's killing us in the 4th. He's getting some assist but thats because he holds onto the rock like he's the star or something. All that 4th quarter stuff has gone to his head and he starts forcing up shots or just holding the rock too long and then gives up easy looks on the other end.

I was screaming for Flip to take out Foye & Boykins and replace them with Blatche. Lets finsish the 4th big to see how it works. I dont want to hear him say anything about getting stops late with that lineup he had out there again. It was so dumb. Its like he played the first 3 quarters the new way and reverted back to the same stuff that didnt work in the 4th. You can get away with it againt some teams. We dont have to play big against everyone but the Spurs are one team that we do. They are big and execute perfectly. He lost that game and he better take responsibility for it

Posted by: dlts20 | January 2, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

More than 19,000 were in attendance at tonight's game at Verizon Center. Where is the outrage of the fans? That place should have been empty tonight in protest.

Posted by: john24 | January 2, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

DOMINIC McGUIRE just doesn't have quick feet. He's trying, but guys are blowing past him causing the defenders to get off their own men to compensate.

But the Big 9mm distraction didn't cost the WIZARDS this game. It was open shots that did it. The SPURS knocked their's down, the WIZ didn't. Gloom and doom at the GLOCK center tonight.

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 2, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

It looks like the Wizards have money on the other team the way they play in the 4th?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 2, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

It makes no sense. Even if you dont get it at 1st, you saw them starting to pick us apart so why not switch then? Late he finally brings Blatche in when were down by 9 and the game is basically over but I look out on the court and he took Wood out instead of Boykins. What is he doing?

Posted by: dlts20 | January 2, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

You cannot win allowing the Spurs to shoot 67% from the three-point line. That was the ball game.
On a positive note, we got six blocks from our bigs which is higher than the team average coming into this game. Blatche led the team with three blocks and Jamison had two blocks. Jamison still has problems recognizing when he has the advantage on the blocks. He should have been giving Jefferson the blues tonight, but he settled for a lot of jumpers. He...just...doesn't...get...it.

Posted by: and_1 | January 2, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

"Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 2, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse"

Again, it's nothing more than glorified violence, drugs, bling, hoes, cars, etc. with a beat.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 2, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

I agree with what Tony Massenburg said....Gilby just took too many stupid shots with a hand in his face....nothing new there.

Roger Mason comes back to haunt Les BouleS once again, just like other former Les BouleS.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 2, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Again, it's nothing more than glorified violence, drugs, bling, hoes, cars, etc. with a beat.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 2, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Whats that saying about being able to take an ass to water or something? If that's what you see in those songs...especially one about Jesus...suicide is your best option.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 2, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Les BouleS must have the most unathletic starting 5 in the league.

Gilby who can't elevate anymore.

MeTawn who can't get above the rim resorting to dipsy doo shots.

BTH, a solid inside defender, but with small hands and no solid lift.

AB with duck feet.

Caron is probably the most athletic starter.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 2, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

I really want a season ending injury for Earl Boykins....

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 2, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

More than 19,000 were in attendance at tonight's game at Verizon Center. Where is the outrage of the fans? That place should have been empty tonight in protest.

Posted by: john24 | January 2, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Most of those fans have no idea what's going on. Many of them know nothing about basketball and probably don't even know what the Wiz record is. They only go to games to look pretty or because someone at work handed them tickets. They would cheer for this team on the 82nd game even if the record were 0-81.
I, for one, have committed not to contribute one penny to this sorry franchise. In the past, I have always found a budget and time for a few games every season but it's not going to happen until things drastically change.
If there is one thing Management is forced to remark, it's an empty arena. If they are still drawing 19,000 delusional fans buying their nasty hot dogs, burgers and $15 beers, why change anything?
We spend considerable time complaining about the players or chastising our beyond inept management, but our idiotic fans attending games and buying merchandise are as much to blame.

Posted by: Utilityman1 | January 2, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

You gotta know i'm lovin this the man Ernie wasn't smart enough to keep or one of the pawns he was using to undermine EJ(Roger Mason Jr.) burned em big time with an unbelievable shooting display but i know none of you EG/Flip supporters want to hear from me, now let me think did EJ ever have the kind of scandal that has this current roster looking like boyz from the hood? LMAO!! I TOLD ALL OF YOU THEY WOULD RUE THE DAY THEY FIRED EDDIE JORDAN.

Posted by: dargregmag | January 2, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Miller is about to come back so to me we should be coming off the bench with Foye & Miller together. Enough with this Boykins crap

Posted by: dlts20 | January 2, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

"Whats that saying about being able to take an ass to water or something? If that's what you see in those songs...especially one about Jesus...suicide is your best option.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 2, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse "

I would recommend a lobotomy for you, but you're past that being effective.

BTW, a gangsta rapper writing a sob story ballad rap song about the death of his homie or his mom on crack as a result of people like him who used to sling crack or fired his AK into a crowd...can't get much sympathy there.

Also, bringing Jesus into the song doesn't mean squat when that one one sob story single in his album is part of a compilation filled with other singles mostly about braggadocio with drugs, how much cash he has, bustin' caps, hoes, guns, etc.

After all, Biggie is dead b/c of the lifestyle he chose, and TI is in jail for packing heat.

Also, Lil'Wayne is headed to jail for weapons charge as they also found drugs in his tour bus.

http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2009/03/27/ti-sentenced-to-one-year-and-a-day-in-prison-could-serve-less/

http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/people/1963937,CST-FTR-wayne30.article

I'm sure moms and dads out there feel comforted that their kids could use these dudes as role models just because of their lovely rap ballads.

How touching.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 2, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

You gotta know i'm lovin this the man Ernie wasn't smart enough to keep or one of the pawns he was using to undermine EJ(Roger Mason Jr.) burned em big time with an unbelievable shooting display but i know none of you EG/Flip supporters want to hear from me, now let me think did EJ ever have the kind of scandal that has this current roster looking like boyz from the hood? LMAO!! I TOLD ALL OF YOU THEY WOULD RUE THE DAY THEY FIRED EDDIE JORDAN.

Good to see you Coach Jordan...how is that Philadelphia weather. Glad you checked in with us again.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 2, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

I TOLD ALL OF YOU THEY WOULD RUE THE DAY THEY FIRED EDDIE JORDAN.

Posted by: dargregmag | January 2, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

dargregmag - Trust me, Eddie's record would be just about the same. It is time to blow the big three up. By the way, what is Eddie doing up there in Philly record wise anyway?

Philly fans might rue the day Eddie was hired. Oh yea, it looks like the only team the Wiz can beat is Philly. How ironic, huh....?????

Posted by: BulletsFever | January 2, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

@dargregmag,

What does Flip have to do with Gil allegedly brandishing a weapon in the locker room? Are you suggesting Flip encouraged it or that "Weak Eddie" was a disciplinarian with Gil?
As said before, Eddie will never be given the reins to an elite team. He is a journeyman coach on his best day.

Posted by: and_1 | January 2, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Check out this link about from Mike Jones about some trades that are being discussed pertaining to the Wizards.......

http://www.mikejonessports.com/2010/01/startling-picture-starting-to-become.html

Posted by: BulletsFever | January 2, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Good to see you Coach Jordan...how is that Philadelphia weather. Glad you checked in with us again.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 2, 2010 10:11 PM

Spot on!! He's Eddie Jordan for sure.
You thought he had a death grip on Eddie's sack, little did you know it was Coach himself.


Who are you starting at Denver tomorrow, Eddie?

Posted by: and_1 | January 2, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

"Well what do you know??? Blatche has been inserted into the starting lineup in tonight's game with Butler at the two and Jamison at the three. Well what do you know???

Posted by: and_1 | January 2, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

I know that Haywood and Blatche played the first 10 minutes of the 1st quarter together. I know that during the first quarter, the Wizards never had a lead and allowed the Spurs to shoot almost 70% from the field. I know that on the very first play of the game Jamison went out to the perimeter to cover Spurs SF Richard Jefferson, only to have Jefferson put the ball on the floor and drive by him like a traffic cone before sidestepping a flatfooted Haywood on the lane and making a layup without a single Wizards' player laying a finger on him.

Oh yeah, I know the Wizards lost the game.

What do you know? (Rhetorical question, of course. We all already know the answer.)

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 2, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Good to see you Coach Jordan...how is that Philadelphia weather. Glad you checked in with us again.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 2, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

We aren't talking about what EJ is doing in Philly, we are comparing his tenure here compared to Flip's. Stop trying to distort people's statements by using underhanded remarks.
The fact of the matter is EJ has done a much better job with ALOT less talent than what Flip is doing now. Once again, we are talking about the Wizards, not Philly.

Posted by: Utilityman1 | January 2, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Don't or can't understand why we just didn't come back with our starting lineup.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 2, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Well, I'm just spitballing here, but maybe it had something to do with the fact that the starting lineup wasn't very good. They got schooled by the Spurs in the first quarter, surrendering 70% FG shooting to the Spurs.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 2, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

I know that Haywood and Blatche played the first 10 minutes of the 1st quarter together. I know that during the first quarter, the Wizards never had a lead and allowed the Spurs to shoot almost 70% from the field. I know that on the very first play of the game Jamison went out to the perimeter to cover Spurs SF Richard Jefferson, only to have Jefferson put the ball on the floor and drive by him like a traffic cone before sidestepping a flatfooted Haywood on the lane and making a layup without a single Wizards' player laying a finger on him.

Oh yeah, I know the Wizards lost the game.

What do you know? (Rhetorical question, of course. We all already know the answer.)

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 2, 2010 10:24 PM

I know the Spurs have a better team from to to bottom.
I know that Jamison scored more than he gave up to Jefferson (17 vs. 11 pts), outrebounded Jefferson (9 vs. 2) and had more blocked shots than Jefferson (2 vs. 1). I'd say he held his own at the SF position. Wouldn't you??

Posted by: and_1 | January 2, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

correction:

...from top to bottom...

Posted by: and_1 | January 2, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

"I'd say he held his own at the SF position. Wouldn't you??"

No, because having actually watched the game, I know that after that first quarter (when the Wizards got spanked), he actually ended up playing the majority of his minutes at the PF spot, including the second quarter, when he was a key player in the run that tied the game going into the half.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 2, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

You can crap stats all you like. The only stat that matters is the final score. As expected, the much vaunted "big lineup" failed to produce any different or better results than any of the other ones. If you want to beat your drum because the Wizards "won" one individual matchup, be my guest. I'll save my celebration for when they actually win.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 2, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

No, because having actually watched the game, I know that after that first quarter (when the Wizards got spanked), he actually ended up playing the majority of his minutes at the PF spot, including the second quarter, when he was a key player in the run that tied the game going into the half.


Posted by: kalo_rama | January 2, 2010 10:40 PM

In the first and third quarters he played the majority of his minutes at SF with Blatche playing PF. Again, Jamison outplayed his fellow SF. FACT.

Posted by: and_1 | January 2, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Flip Lost The Game!!!!!!!


So he goes and blast the team about playing no D. Everyone talks about how were losing every game in the 4th quarter because we cant stop anyone. We go with the big lineup tonight against a Spurs team who is the hottest team in the league right now. The 3rd quarter comes and were up 71-66 with our D looking amazing for the 1st time ever. Then all of a sudden we go back to our normal regular lineups. Now you have to sub players so I understand that. However, the 4th quarter comes and the whole time we have 2 of the 3 of out Gil, Boykins, and Foye on the court. The whole 4th quarter. I mean all game long we had defensive lineups in with Blatche starting, we played Oberto alot, we played DS. The big lineup got us the lead and we were defending and rebounding well. Then the 4th we come with this same small lineup.

Again, Im about sick of the Boykins love affair. In the last 4 games he is 2-21 and averaging 2ppg. He also has been scouted and is getting straight abused on D. Even the smallest guard from the opposing team is shooting right over him or posting him up. He's killing us in the 4th. He's getting some assist but thats because he holds onto the rock like he's the star or something. All that 4th quarter stuff has gone to his head and he starts forcing up shots or just holding the rock too long and then gives up easy looks on the other end.

I was screaming for Flip to take out Foye & Boykins and replace them with Blatche. Lets finsish the 4th big to see how it works. I dont want to hear him say anything about getting stops late with that lineup he had out there again. It was so dumb. Its like he played the first 3 quarters the new way and reverted back to the same stuff that didnt work in the 4th. You can get away with it againt some teams. We dont have to play big against everyone but the Spurs are one team that we do. They are big and execute perfectly. He lost that game and he better take responsibility for it

Posted by: dlts20 | January 2, 2010 9:38 PM

Thank You.

It is good to see an evaluation on here that Kalo_rama won't be disagreeing with me about.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 2, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

You can crap stats all you like. The only stat that matters is the final score. As expected, the much vaunted "big lineup" failed to produce any different or better results than any of the other ones. If you want to beat your drum because the Wizards "won" one individual matchup, be my guest. I'll save my celebration for when they actually win.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 2, 2010 10:46 PM

Again, the Spurs are the better team and the better team won.
Stats are a part of the game (and let's be honest here, you quote stats ALL the time to support your assertions), so let's not abandon them now.

Posted by: and_1 | January 2, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

"In the first and third quarters he played the majority of his minutes at SF with Blatche playing PF. Again, Jamison outplayed his fellow SF. "

(A) Last I checked there were 4 quarters in the game. Over the course of the entire game he logged most of his minutes at PF. (A) The Wizards most productive quarter was the second, when they outscored the Spurs 26-20, when Jamison played almost exclusively at PF. (C) Who cares if he "outplayed" Jefferson on the stat sheet? The point was to win the game. They didn't. Which means playing Jamison at SF was a failed experiment.

FACTS ALL.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 2, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

"Again, the Spurs are the better team and the better team won."

Exactly. Which means that Jamison 6 more points than Jefferson is meaningless, because his better stats didn't do anything to make his team better in this game.

"Stats are a part of the game (and let's be honest here, you quote stats ALL the time to support your assertions), so let's not abandon them now."

I use stats when they're relevant. They aren't relevant here. The argument for playing the so-called "big lineup" was that it would help the team's defense and improve the team's chances to win games. It didn't. The Spurs shot 51% from the field and 67% from the 3 pt line and won by double digits. In the face of that, it makes no difference whatsoever than Jamison scored a 6 more points than Jefferson.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 2, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

BLOW IT UP!!

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

(A) Last I checked there were 4 quarters in the game. Over the course of the entire game he logged most of his minutes at PF. (A) The Wizards most productive quarter was the second, when they outscored the Spurs 26-20, when Jamison played almost exclusively at PF. (C) Who cares if he "outplayed" Jefferson on the stat sheet? The point was to win the game. They didn't. Which means playing Jamison at SF was a failed experiment.

FACTS ALL.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 2, 2010 10:56 PM

A) Prove that he played more minutes at PF than SF.
A) The Wiz also outscored the Spurs in the third quarter with Jamison logging most of his minutes at SF with Blatche at PF. FACT.
C) The experiment cannot be called a failure because it has not yet been concluded. Or are you saying you know that Flip will have a different starting lineup for their next game.
My hypothesis: The "experiment" has only just begun.

Posted by: and_1 | January 2, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

"Exactly. Which means that Jamison 6 more points than Jefferson is meaningless, because his better stats didn't do anything to make his team better in this game."

That's BS and you know it. Prove that his points were "meaningless" and didn't do "anything" to make his team better. Or did some of his made buckets somehow reduce his team's point total?

Posted by: and_1 | January 2, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

I really can't see how anyone to include Flip himself can conclude that the big lineup was a failure when it wasn't used in the 4th Q'. The Money Quarter.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 2, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

This team is pathetic. Major bust. Totally embarrassing. I can't even watch them any more.

Posted by: analyzerman | January 2, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

"I use stats when they're relevant. They aren't relevant here. The argument for playing the so-called "big lineup" was that it would help the team's defense and improve the team's chances to win games. It didn't. The Spurs shot 51% from the field and 67% from the 3 pt line and won by double digits. In the face of that, it makes no difference whatsoever than Jamison scored a 6 more points than Jefferson."


You use stats when you want to.
WRT Jamison's points, the reason they sum up each player's points is because each and every one of them counts. Jamison can't beat anybody by himself. He won his matchup. It's a TEAM game and the better TEAM won.

Posted by: and_1 | January 2, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

What it comes down to is this is “Ernie's team”.

Ernie drafted, traded, or signed as a free agent every player other than BTH.

If Ernie is the one who built this mess why would anyone want him to be the one who tries to take this team in another direction?

Ernie needs to be fired before the team goes into another direction.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 2, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: rnorris6 | January 2, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Flip Saunders is such a joke. What a bunch of hot air. What changes? He keeps the same starting 4 with a rotating 5th and does the same thing in the 4th quarter. What happened to the socalled changes.
Just fastforward every game to the 4th quarter with the same lineup and watch them wilt.
This guy has made no adjustments. All he's done is keep 3 guys that can really help--Young, McGee and McGuire on the bench. Flip Saunders is awful.

Posted by: dovelevine | January 2, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Look on the bright side....

We get to play the Nets Friday January the 29th!

That should be a win...shouldn't it?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 2, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

What could really stink is any proposal the club's new ownership might make to change the name of the team from Wizards back to Bullets. Let's face it, 95 percent of people in basketball circles want the return to "Bullets." But if it turns out that even innocent goofing around with guns in the team's locker room is true it would be a little difficult to become the "Bullets" in the immediate future. Then again, everything the franchise attempts to do seems sabotaged by poor planning, poor performance, bad luck, bad judgment, bad karma. And when such is the case, cleaning everything out and starting anew, seems the only place to start

Posted by: rnorris6 | January 3, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Flip can go along with whoever else. The rotation, or reverting back to a guard oriented/smallish lineup, throughout the 4th quarter determined the outcome. His infatuation with Boykins, the over-dribbling defensive liability, is truly dumbfounding.

Posted by: alvin4 | January 3, 2010 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Gil is up tweeting right now.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 3, 2010 12:26 AM | Report abuse

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