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Wizards (10-21) at 76ers (10-23), Haywood out, Miller active

Wizards starters: Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Andray Blatche, Fabricio Oberto

76ers: Louis Williams, Allen Iverson, Samuel Dalembert, Thaddeus Young, Samuel Dalembert

Line: 76ers by 5

Brendan Haywood was dressed in street clothes before the game and missed his first game of the season with a stomach ailment. Coach Flip Saunders started Fabricio Oberto, giving him his 13th different starting lineup this season. Saunders joked that he didn't think that Oberto would be around long.

"Fab will play a minute and a half, pick up a couple of fouls and we'll get him out of there," Saunders said.

Saunders said that the team would also activate Mike Miller for the first time since he strained his right calf on Nov. 21. Saunders said he would only use Miller in case of an emergency, at the end of the quarters. Asked how much time he would see, Saunders said, "Seconds."

When someone told him that he would have enough time to get some shots off, Saunders said, "Not with this team."

Saunders was asked before the game to address demands for the Wizards to blow up their underachieving roster. "We haven't been together yet," Saunders said, rattling off the injuries to Antawn Jamison and Mike Miller and Gilbert Arenas's return from a two-year hiatus. "When you really think about it. Until you talk about breaking things up, you want to see what you have when they are all together."

By Michael Lee  |  January 5, 2010; 7:15 PM ET
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Looked like a typical Eddie Jordan 4th Q.
10 points even the Wizzies can take advantage of that.
That's either some real good "D" or the 76ers are really bad.

Wonder if the Wizzies can carry that "D" over to Cleveland?

Posted by: VBFan | January 5, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Flip Saunders is correct.

Let this team play together for a few weeks with all players healthy and see what they can do. It is possible that they might even succeed as a unit without going through the disruptive exercise of blowing it up.

Posted by: JekyllnHyde | January 5, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

"Let this team play together for a few weeks with all players healthy and see what they can do."

Um, no.

They have been saying this for the past FIVE years. Of the Wiz's 11 wins now? Three have been against the Sixers so tonights win means nothing. They aren't going to beat Cleveland tomorrow night, in fact it's going to be ugly.

I don't know if anyone caught between the 2nd and 3rd period of the Caps game, but they interviewed Leonsis and he said:


But out of respect for the Polins he would not say anymore.

Thank God, it's started.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 5, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

I like Flips answer to blowing the roster up that a lot of folks are clamoring for.

He indicates that they haven't really gotten it or everybody all together yet. I agree with him.


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 5, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

we're now 8-3 when NY plays 20+ mins, will Flip finally learn or can we expect some more Earl next game?


what were you saying I was supposed to see with Haywood out?

Posted by: divi3 | January 6, 2010 12:24 AM | Report abuse

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