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Knicks (19-37) at Wizards (20-35)

Wizards starters: Randy Foye, Mike Miller, Al Thornton, James Singleton, Andray Blatche.
Inactives: Josh Howard, Mike James.

Knicks starters: Sergio Rodriguez, Tracy McGrady, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, David Lee.
Inactives: Eddy Curry, Cuttino Mobley.

Line: Wizards by 1 1/2.

You may notice JaVale McGee isn't in tonight's starting lineup. That's because he was late for today's shootaround, and Coach Flip Saunders is desciplining the second-year center.

Blatche will start at center, and Singleton moves into the starting power forward slot. Both players figure to have a role in guarding the Knicks' Lee, an all-star whose shooting range goes well beyond a typical inside player and presents a difficult matchup for most big men.

Saunders also said Mike Harris, signed earlier this week after the team learned starting forward Josh Howard would be lost for the season with a torn ACL in his left knee, would get some playing time. Harris played 1 minute 22 seconds in his first game with the Wizards on Wednesday, a 99-94 loss to Memphis.

The newest member of the Wizards is Shaun Livingston, who signed a 10-day contract with the Wizards. Livingston has been trying to come back from a devastating knee injury in late February 2007 when he was with the Los Angeles Clippers.

"Give him an opportunity for us to get a look at him and see what he can do," Saunders said. "He's a guy that's definitely always been able to pass the ball. He's a guy if he can ever get healthy again -- he doesn't have to get 100 percent -- he's got unbelievable basketball instincts, high IQ and can really pass the ball."

Livingston was the Clippers' fourth overall selection in the 2004 NBA draft. Last season he appeared in 12 games with Miami and Oklahoma City.

By Gene Wang  |  February 26, 2010; 6:45 PM ET
 
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Comments

Maybe Javale was watching rerun of the Super Bowl.
Jamison watched the SB and "MISSED A WHOLE PRACTICE" and didn't lose his starting job.
HMMMMMM====

Posted by: VBFan | February 26, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Livingston should be able to help Young. I doubt Flip has forgotten all that talk last summer about Young coming off screens.

Posted by: djnnnou | February 26, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Repost from prior thread on Caron/barkley video...

Hey Caron, from a former fan, Fu, seriously. Nobody, I'll repeat, nobody, needs to stand by and let ignorant things be said. Would you stand by when a girl was kicked or abused on the street too? Would you stand there and watch an old man or woman get beaten? Would you join in? All you have to do is call out the ignorance of barkley, obviously a punk full of himself. Right there, to his face. Are you are a man, or a mouse? Mouse, I think. There is an historic name for that, Judas. Caron, 6 minutes, just lost all respect for you, dude. I'll remember next time you are in DC for a game. Welcome back to the NBA, what's that crap?. Who was out on the court, me, Abe, Ernie, or you? So you prove now who you are, supporting character to others, no leader. Notice how we are winning here now you are gone. We beat Denver, and we have to listen to you giggle like a school girl about welcome back to the NBA? Good riddance, you, your underacheiving for the past 2 years, and your fat contract. We have some hungry basketball players here now to enjoy, who bring it every night. Now that's the NBA. Hey stern, how is it that you don't find this barkley crap insulting to you and a detriment to the league?

Posted by: ragtop4spd | February 26, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Double Standard Saunders strikes again.

Posted by: gimmedat | February 26, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Watching these guys play...loose, attacking, not afraid to play D, team play, etc....is so much more fun than I can remember.

I wouldn't/can't even compare it to when Gilby was on the court b/c I never enjoyed watching Gilby on the court.

AB looks so relaxed on the court...confident. If he keeps this up, he's going to get paid...seriously.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | February 26, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Hey stern, how is it that you don't find this barkley crap insulting to you and a detriment to the league?

Posted by: ragtop4spd | February 26, 2010 7:16 PM

As long he's not out with Urkel, drunk and looking for a BJ, Stern's cool with Barkley.

http://thesuperficial.com/2009/01/charles_barkley_on_dui_i_just.php

Posted by: and_1 | February 26, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

I agree, fun to watch local basketball again. We get over the star infatuation and reliance on name recognition, and we find we have a great team to watch. I've enjoyed every game. Too bad I was barely getting used to Howard's game before we lose him.

Posted by: ragtop4spd | February 26, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Howard - down
Singleton - down
Thornton - foul trouble

The basketball gods do not want us to have hustle players on the court.

Posted by: 2020doc | February 26, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Blatche has more turnovers right now than the entire Knicks team. Sheesh!

Posted by: 2020doc | February 26, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse


What are these refs looking at? Shouldn't 1.2 seconds have been put on the clock since the ball never touched the rim on New York's last possession?

Posted by: Firuz1 | February 26, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

JaVale...you're 7 feet tall.
Don't take the charge block the shot.

And I never wanna see another teardrop from you again.

That is all.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | February 26, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Nick Young is a bum. I'd rather see Harris or Livingston at this point.

Posted by: Firuz1 | February 26, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

No hesitation on calling 5 seconds on Livingston but they swallow their whistle on New York's inbound play.

Posted by: Firuz1 | February 26, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

LMAO. The fix is in.

Posted by: Firuz1 | February 26, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Damn Nick! LOL

Posted by: SDMDTSU | February 26, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Blatche has more turnovers right now than the entire Knicks team. Sheesh!

Posted by: 2020doc

FYI Knicks have 19 turnovers.

Posted by: Mark_Edwin | February 26, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Damn Nick! LOL

Posted by: SDMDTSU | February 26, 2010 9:52 PM

Damn, Nick is right (tonight)!! LOL

Posted by: and_1 | February 26, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

I love how after all the games in which there should be a 5 second call on the wizards opponent, this is the game they finally call one. ON THE WIZARDS. This league is a joke.

Posted by: amorris525 | February 26, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Tough one.
I have to believe that all the young guys are learning (the hard way) about how to win. Kudos to Nick for keeping his head in the game on a tough shooting night.

Posted by: and_1 | February 26, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Man, that's sucks.

On the plus side, McGee looked much, much better in this one. Without him on the court the Wiz would have lost in regulation tonight.

Posted by: JPRS | February 26, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

When's the last time you saw a Wiz team get 34 assists? Even in four OTs.

But 57% FT shooting -- that can't be good.

Still, a fun game to watch. McGrady's presence is a factor for NY even if he isn't playing particularly well.

I mostly watched Dallas at Atlanta. Not sure it's a good idea to give Dirk that many minutes at this point in the season. Still, Dallas looked like a different club even without Butler. Funny to see Stevenson getting significant minutes. I feel like I ought to insert 'the much reviled' next to his name.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 26, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

In no way was that a "good loss." that was a dreadful OT. shouldn't be having that hard of a time beating the knicks. i mean, they lost 8 in a row before tonight? we're reverting back to playing no defense. now i've given up any slim hope, since they can't beat mediocre to really bad teams... this was supposed to be a soft stretch to try to get back into this thing but it's not happening since the schedule gets brutal in a week.

but i guess it's still refreshing to see this, it's a little better than before.

Posted by: rachel216 | February 26, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Mcgee= Tale of Two Cities

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

But here was a game that clearly illustrates, just let the kid play. Go through the mistakes while making the positive plays. Just let him play.

Stat:

JM was 18/10/5blks in 27mins. Number of times in 9 seasons BTH went 18/10 or better in under 30mins:

0

Just let the kid play.

Flip's bonehead move of the night, bringing Livingston in off the street to inbound that OT pass which ended in a 5sec violation. Flip, you really suck sometimes.

Posted by: divi3 | February 26, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Defensive breakdowns are killing the Wiz. We gave up a TON of layups. Too many new faces and not enough time playing together.

Posted by: and_1 | February 26, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Having watched the game from about the third quarter, I have to agree that Boykins is very annoying when he dribbles around letting the shot clock wind down.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | February 26, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Singleton could very well have been the difference in the game, he was having a field day checking the knicks smallish roster.

kudos to AB on defense. He had no trouble killing David Lee and made some nice stops on Harrington too. JM was the weakspot, even with all the blocked shots

Posted by: divi3 | February 26, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Flip has to be the worst game coach in the league. There is no way this guy watch film or even his own team practice. How is it that we end up with 2 of the worst coaches ever in Tapscott and Flip. If this guy is around come draft day we are in big trouble for many years to come.

This game also is an indictment on Ernie. We sign a guard to 10 day contract. I can not believe there is not a D league big man better than hackem everytime Oberto. Ernie you did good or lucky with the guys we got for Haywood, Jamison and butler. I guess everyone has a little luck.

Posted by: rnbrown4 | February 26, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

As long he's not out with Urkel, drunk and looking for a BJ, Stern's cool with Barkley.

http://thesuperficial.com/2009/01/charles_barkley_on_dui_i_just.php

Posted by: and_1 | February 26, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Your best response is attacking the individual for joking about the truth? This organization has been fooling all of you for years and this should hopefully change once ownership transfers hands.
In the meantime, and to Barkley's point, this team is not an NBA caliber team (albeit the effort is there) and is calling on D-League players to somehow develop into solid NBA performers. And this will only get worse next year as EG calls on more D-Leaguers to fill out roster spots when none of the free agents is resigned (he has already alluded to not spending any money). Because obviously, Irene will not be spending any money but she will make sure to institute a marketing campaign based on the team developing with young, hungry, excitable young players that need our support. The delusional and the blind followeres will believe again and once again, the VC will be buzzing, season tickets will be renewed and thousands of nasty burgers will be sold. And all of it will be under the notion of hope......false hope that is!

Posted by: Utilityman1 | February 26, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Things took a turn for the worse once players on the team resorted to one on one, too much dribble play.

The game was pretty much lost on the FT line and with steals by the Knicks.

http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=300226027

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | February 26, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

U-Man

troll

there it is

Posted by: ragtop4spd | February 26, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

@Utilityman1,

Your last post was not your best. Sleep well tonight and begin tomorrow anew.

Posted by: and_1 | February 26, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

I did not see the whole game, but with 6.2 secs left and the game tied, my strategy is to control my own destiny. As soon the opposing team gets the ball the steal or foul is in.

If I don't steal outright they go to the foul line on the throw in, especially since I have no time outs left.

They have to make two from the line and I have 6 secs left to control my destiny.

That is playing to win and not to loose.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 26, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

U-Man

troll

there it is

Posted by: ragtop4spd | February 26, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Let me guess, you are one of the blind followers I mentioned. Don't be mad at me, be mad at how this organization has treated fans and operated the past couple of decades.

Posted by: Utilityman1 | February 26, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Just a moment to give some ups to NICK YOUNG for getting the defensive charge call late, and dropping a heavily contested three when it counted. Despite much of his game being mediocre, and a couple of times awful, he's at least trying to improve.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 26, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Defensive breakdowns are killing the Wiz. We gave up a TON of layups. Too many new faces and not enough time playing together.

Posted by: and_1 | February 26, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Certainly true. They looked whipped in the OT. Just flat out of gas. McGEE was bent over panting like a dog on a swealtering summer day, but he hung in.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 26, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

What are these refs looking at? Shouldn't 1.2 seconds have been put on the clock since the ball never touched the rim on New York's last possession?

Posted by: Firuz1 | February 26, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Yes.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 26, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

As each passing day goes by I keep asking myself. Do the Wizards have a better point guard than Javaris Crittenton?

And I answer, well, no I haven't seen one yet.

So then, I ask, why are we so set on throwing Javaris Crittenton in the dung heap?

And I answer, well, I don't really know why we really hafta' throw Javaris in he dung heap.

Can somebody, anybody, or does nobody know why Javaris Crittenton has jus' gottabe' put in dung pile?

LarryInClinonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 26, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

"As each passing day goes by I keep asking myself. Do the Wizards have a better point guard than Javaris Crittenton?

And I answer, well, no I haven't seen one yet.

So then, I ask, why are we so set on throwing Javaris Crittenton in the dung heap?

And I answer, well, I don't really know why we really hafta' throw Javaris in he dung heap.

Can somebody, anybody, or does nobody know why Javaris Crittenton has jus' gottabe' put in dung pile?

LarryInClinonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 26, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse "

WTF have you seen from JCritt that lends you to believe that he can do anything beyond tying his own shoelaces?

GET REAL!

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | February 26, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

WTF have you seen from JCritt that lends you to believe that he can do anything beyond tying his own shoelaces?

GET REAL!

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | February 26, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

CRITTER says his foot is STILL only 80-85 percent. I'm not sure he'll be his old self on the court for quite some time.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 26, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Well, I ask again, WTF has anybody seen from any current Wizard point guards that has proven to be any better than one Javaris Crittenton?

Just remember, he dosen't come back this year, but next year, his ankle will be all healed.

So again, can anybody, somebody, or can nobody name a better point guard than Javaris Crittendon?

Randy Foye. Aurgh Aurgh, No.

Boykins. Aurgh Aurgh, Hog No.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 27, 2010 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Who gives a rat's ass whether Crittenton stays or goes? Really, what possible difference could it make at this point?

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 27, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

I think he would have made a difference tonight in overtime in setting the team up for easier shots with his dribble penetration that was solely needed.

Not one time in overtime did our gaurd play penetrate the defense to draw easy shots for the team.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 27, 2010 12:34 AM | Report abuse

If by chance this Team decides to keep Gilbert or not, we better have and need first rate point guard play and awls' iams' uh' sayin' iz' we oughta not be to quick to throw Javaris in the shat' heap, cause he is really the best point guard that we have right now.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 27, 2010 12:41 AM | Report abuse

U-Man, I enjoy the hell out of paying only $16 a pop to sit midcourt and see any team in the league, and $31 when I want to sit LL. I've met all the players through my season tickets, talked to EG, talked to Flip, and get all the other benefits of the "marketing campaigns". I get occasional free dinner events and more. I like basketball. I'm not shilling, its just a reasonable deal. I've been to NBA finals in MD, I've seen good hometown playoff basketball in the last few years. Unfortunately, EG gathered a group of good players who first had, and then lost, the drive to succeed. Our DC situation is better than that of roughly 50% of the rest of the league, not great, not terrible. Things are looking up because we have a group of players who now are interested, and while the roster will look different next season, there is lots of money to spend. What do I have to be bitter about? I enjoy life. We're not a major sports market. We've done pretty well this decade, and I'm looking forward to more. And dam straight, as soon as the invoice comes, I'm re-upping for me and my friends, because come fall, there will be basketball once again in DC. Its up to the players to do what they can do.

Posted by: ragtop4spd | February 27, 2010 7:51 AM | Report abuse

"If by chance this Team decides to keep Gilbert or not, we better have and need first rate point guard play and awls' iams' uh' sayin' iz' we oughta not be to quick to throw Javaris in the shat' heap, cause he is really the best point guard that we have right now.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 27, 2010 12:41 AM | Report abuse "

This is genius right here.

Everybody better recognize.

BTW, please keep the ebonics to a minimum.

It's not helping you emphasize your point, whatever that may be.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | February 27, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

LOL DC_MAN88.

Just shows what you know.

Dems' not ebonics smarty pants. Dem' dar' words ain't nuthin' but good ole' southern twang'.

As my daddy always says, "Son if you don't know, you beddar' ask somebody."

Ebonics, Hah, Hah, you like dumpin' on black doncha'.

You remind me of Bill Cosby. In his old age he attributes unwittingly negative traits to blacks when the fact of the matter those negative traits he is talking about is universal.

So before you drape Ebonics over Southern dialect you mit' wanna' fin' out whut' dey' iz' are'.

DC_MAN88, get your stuff together man, and then maybe you can holla at a big dog like you know a little something.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 27, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Crittenton = Joe Forte, he will be out of the league so fast his head will spin. Nobody wants to put up with that.

Livingston looked horrible last night.

Wiz are a freak show again, the smallest point guard and now the tallest point guard. Ah the memories of Muggsy and Bol.

http://www.newstalk650.com/files/u47/mugsy_bogues.jpg

Posted by: dcinmd1 | February 27, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

(A) Technically, Crittenton's not actually on the Wizards roster now and (B) he's a FA at the end of the season, so it doesn't matter if he's the best PG they have under contract now. In fact, all of the Wizards' PGs other than Arenas are FAs this summer, so there's a good chance that none of them will be back. The only question that really matters is whether he's the best PG they'll be able to sign in the offseason. The answer to that question is, of course, "no."

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 27, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Some thoughts about the Knick's game.

*We had 34 assists which is great. (Thorton had 5, AJ would need 3 games to total 5 )

*JM is looking better. He just needs to play and develop a short range jump shot. (He can shoot better than BH and and is a better shot blocker)

*Foul shots at 57 % is dreadful. It can be improved.

I agree, there should have been 1.2 seconds remaining.

*After Caron wrote a nice letter to the Wiz fans, he backed down when Barkley referred to the Wiz as a NBDL team. I thought he should have manned up to Charles.

*AB had 8 turnovers which is not a critical statement. He played great otherwise. He lets himself get doubleteamed in the corners. That can be corrected. He is playing with a lot of confidence.

*In overtime, we were without MM, Thornton, and Singleton.

* I like MM, but he may have lost it. His previous season was not great. I see these other teams able to spot up players for open shots, but we do it seldom. We need to improve our plays for MM.

Posted by: Bailey51 | February 27, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

When Charles and Kenny both welcomed Caron back to the NBA and characterized the Wizards as a NBAD League team, I thought that it was hilarius.

It was a way of saying you have come from one of the worst teams in the League to one of the better ones.

Because they characterized the Wiz as D'League was all symbolic and a joke to boot. It was witty and very funny.

I do not feel that Caron Butler needed to turn it into a serious dissing of himself or the Wizards. I think he handled it appropriately and I think that it is unfair the way he has been criticized.

Especially, when he had already went a step further and gave a sincere thank you on his tenure in Washington in the Post article.

To me it was great stuff and Caron Butler has only said good things about the Wizards, so what is really the real deal here?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 28, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

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