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Livingston "blessed," Wizards try to stay perfect against Nets

Wizards (20-36) at Nets (6-52)

Wizards starters: Randy Foye, Mike Miller, Al Thornton, Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee

Nets: Devin Harris, Courtney Lee, Trenton Hassell, Yi Jianlian, Brook Lopez

Line: Wizards by 1.5

Newcomer Shaun Livingston only got to play two minutes in his Wizards' debut against the New York York Knicks on Friday. But for a guy who hasn't played in the NBA since Dec. 19 and hasn't had one practice with his new team, Livingston wasn't complaining.

"It was good. Not much of time, but in two minutes, you just try to go out and play hard and try to show what you can do. The timing is going to be off, but I'm just trying to go out there and playing the game that I know how to play," he said. "I'm blessed to get another opportunity. I'm just happy to be here. They showed some interest and I could see there was a need with Gilbert [Arenas] being gone."

Oklahoma City cut Livingston more than two months ago, he spent his time working out in Chicago and Florida waiting for an opportunity. Livingston, the former No. 4 overall pick with the Los Angeles Clippers, had his career sidetracked by a debilitating left knee injury in the February 2007. But he was pleased to be back with some familiar faces in former Clippers Sam Cassell, Quinton Ross, James Singleton and Al Thornton.

"A great support system here," Livingston said. "It's kind of reunion. It's good to be around some guys that you know."

Livingston is on a 10-day contract but said he realizes it will take some time before he's given a real chance to contribute with the Wizards. But he said that President Ernie Grunfeld and Coach Flip Saunders have told him that they want to take a serious look at him. "It's tough. He wants to implement me and see what I can do, but at the same time, he has a job to do, with the rotation and the guys who have been playing," Livingston said. "I'm just happy, the guys, Flip and Ernie, gave me a chance to come in here. They gave me another chance."

The Wizards have two wins against the Nets this season, including an 81-79 win in their last meeting on Jan. 29, but they have yet to play against Devin Harris this season. Harris missed the Wizards' 123-104 win on Oct. 31 with a strained right groin and was sidelined with a sore right wrist in the last meeting. Harris had 23 points and five assists in the Nets' surprising win over the Boston Celtics the night before.

"Devin's been hurt a lot, but when you put Devin in the lineup, he's an all-star type guard , he's going to make some things happen," Saunders said.

The Nets have the league's worst record at 6-52, but they are 2-4 since the all-star break. Saunders said that he was concerned about this contest, considering the Wizards' roster upheaval in recent weeks, and the loss of Josh Howard last week. "They are a team that's playing with a real sense of urgency because they don't want to be the team that doesn't finish with nine wins," Saunders said. "When they see a team like us, with injuries and under transition with a lot of new guys in, they are going to try to take advantage of that situation."

James Singleton is still going to try and play after suffering a mild ankle sprain on Friday...The Wizards set a new season high with 34 assists against the Knicks.

By Michael Lee  |  February 28, 2010; 5:39 PM ET
 
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Comments

Would it be smart to just cut Boykins now and move forward?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 28, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

This team crys out for an athletic point guard that pushes the Tempo and that can drive the paint for layins and set these guys for easy shots.

Can Livinston do this?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 28, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

We should be able to win this one. The only reason why they are leading is because Blatche had to sit with 2 fouls and also when he came back in, he was super cautious on D so he wouldnt get the 3rd. He was even a little cautious on O. In the 2nd half he will play aggressive from the jump on both ends since he never got that 3rd and I think he will carry us. I just hope he doesnt fall in love with the J since he's hot. He still has a mismatch on the block with Yi and thats where he should go

Posted by: dlts20 | February 28, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Would it be smart to just cut Boykins now and move forward?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 28, 2010 6:53 PM

YES.

Posted by: harrybalz | February 28, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

The Wiz are collecting Clipper castoffs...

I have nothing more to say.

Posted by: p1funk | February 28, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

JaTravel still getting his lunch eaten by bigger dudes.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | February 28, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Is Boykins that much better than Young? I just don't see it. Perhaps I'm not reading the stats correctly. Is Boyknis more likely to help this team improve? Is Boykins more likely to be part of this team's future? If Young isn't part of the former Bullets' future, then what are the former Bullets going to do with him?


Posted by: twomangame | February 28, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

blatche is playing like a monster

Posted by: marky367 | February 28, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Even monsters get tired. They need to give Dray the ball in the post and not have him create 1-on-1 on the perimeter

Posted by: detox04 | February 28, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

looks like a win for tha good guys. foye really bailed himself out with those two clutch js. I swear NY is taggin Flip's 19 year old twin daughters, cuz he is the enemy of the state. AB is about to laugh his way to the bank. JM is still learning, but worked hard and kept his head in the game down the stretch. OLDberto and Ross probably shouldn't play anymore. I'd rather see what Mike Harris can do over trying to watch Livingston try to resurrect his career right now. I mean people say NY looks lost. Livingston looks like he's not sure what to do in any capacity. Sure we could use a long rangy athletic defender, but Liv is nowhere near the player the clips drafted.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | February 28, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Even monsters get tired. They need to give Dray the ball in the post and not have him create 1-on-1 on the perimeter

Posted by: detox04 | February 28, 2010 8:29 PM

Exactly, is why you need a point guard with skills to move and take the ball where he wants.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 28, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Another confidence builder for this young team.
Slowly, but surely, Blatche & Company are learning how to win. Glad Flip wised up and put McGee in toward the end of the game, as the Wiz were geting smashed on the boards.
My only gripe is Flip's clear preference to play Boykins quality minutes. He's a dribble machine that needs to be unplugged.

Posted by: and_1 | February 28, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Even with McGee's mistakes, I would still rather see him log more minutes than to see Fabulous out on the floor not making rookie mistakes but getting killed 'cause he can't stop anyone.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 28, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

"Never forget this is a #1 and #5 league. The teams without, and are relying on #'s 2,3,4 to win a championship for them are just kidding themselve.Posted by: glawrence007"

Jordan, Pippen, and Dennis Rodman.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 28, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

And which of those three do you equate to our current #'s 2,3,4 ? There are exceptions to any rule when you have an exceptional player, but I remember a significant player at the five for CHICAGO in CHARLES OAKLEY on those early BULLS-JORDAN teams, and later BILL CARTWRIGHT, both essential to the complete development of the JORDAINAIRES. No? So why are #'s 1 and 5 not important again?

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 28, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Flip gambled on JM and it worked, had it not been for the 9-0 NJ run Flip mighta stuck with OLDberto, but he reluctantly rolled the dice with JM because we were getting killed on the boards and aroung the rim. JM stayed down on the harris drive and still got up to change the shot. That's the type of situation where a guy who's not focused blows that play. O really like his performance in that stretch.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | February 28, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

FAB este primo. La ultimo machismo. La guerraissimo numero uno.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 28, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Foye airballed two wideopen 3balls, that shoulda got him cut if he hadn't won the game for us. He can look so bad sometimes.

And anyone who says they aren't rocking with AB "just because he's played well in a coupla games" need to get yall mind right. AB has played really well in every game since the break. He's their go to player and he's coming up big every night. He's set and reset hi career high this week. He's set a career high in rebs with 18 followed up by 13+tonight. I know it kills some of you to say it, but right now AB is our most consistent player.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | February 28, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Foye airballed two wideopen 3balls, that shoulda got him cut if he hadn't won the game for us. He can look so bad sometimes.

And anyone who says they aren't rocking with AB "just because he's played well in a coupla games" need to get yall mind right. AB has played really well in every game since the break. He's their go to player and he's coming up big every night. He's set and reset hi career high this week. He's set a career high in rebs with 18 followed up by 13+tonight. I know it kills some of you to say it, but right now AB is our most consistent player.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | February 28, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

@and_1,

I feel you and as you probably know I am hard on coaching. But I tell there isn't a game that goes by where anyone, or anybody, or somebody doesn't second guess Flip's coaching moves.

I like to see teams go out and play and may the best team win based on hard action on the court.

However, in pains me to no end to see play on the floor short circuited by coaching decisions.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 28, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

I hear you, Larry.
I'm not crazy about Flip at all, but I fear he'll be with us at least two more seasons unless he goes to Ernie and cries "Uncle".

lilhollywood10,
I can't quite put my finger on it, but Nick's body language is off. After he apparently blew a defensive assignment, one of the assistant coaches was talking to him, trying to tell what he's supposed to do, and he just walked right past him while the guy was talking to him with no acknowledgement that he was even listening to what was being said to him. Nick's either frustrated as hell or pouting. I don't know which.

Posted by: and_1 | February 28, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

i guess that's what happens when guys off tha street get more pt than he does.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | February 28, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

"And which of those three do you equate to our current #'s 2,3,4 ? There are exceptions to any rule when you have an exceptional player, but I remember a significant player at the five for CHICAGO in CHARLES OAKLEY on those early BULLS-JORDAN teams, and later BILL CARTWRIGHT, both essential to the complete development of the JORDAINAIRES. No? So why are #'s 1 and 5 not important again? Posted by: glawrence007"

No need to have another imaginary argument with yourself, 007. You made a statement, I pointed out an exception. A big honking one, in this case. It's been fun, but it's done.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 28, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

someone here once mentioned that blatch should have played as he is now playing when he was coming off the bench. true as that might have been, different players are motivated in different ways. you could question his professionalism in how he handled coming off the bench, but IMO he has proven himself to be more than adequate as a starter. maybe he knew something we all didn't know. what i see now is a guy who is now a force to be reckoned with. he's doing it all and it seems without much effort. that's the talent flowing. he has maintained that level since he became the go to guy. MJ would imagine stuff to get motivated, maybe blatch just needed to start. in any event, you can't complain about how he performs now.

Posted by: joerutgens72 | February 28, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Blatche looking good and playing hard! Wish Nick could get significant playing time, just ridiculous!

Posted by: washwiz | February 28, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

It might be a simple case of Nick's game or personality conflicting with Flip's idea of what he wants in a player. For what it's worth, Nick is the only guy whose game seemingly has not gone up a notch since all the trades occurred and Flip still isn't running those "Rip Hamilton" plays for him, which was supposed to his role going back to training camp. I don't know what's up with those two.

Posted by: and_1 | February 28, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

I know it kills some of you to say it, but right now AB is our most consistent player.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | February 28, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Crap, ERNIE trade him to the GRIZZ......quick before he becomes an all-star. We can save some money and bring up THABEET from the d-league.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 28, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

A big honking one, in this case. It's been fun, but it's done.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 28, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Swell, SAMSON. You know for a big guy you don't dodge stones well.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 28, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Just another day for Dray!

The best part about ABs play is that none of it looks over his head. He's getting his in a controlled and relatively easy fashion, and it's really looking like what we're seeing now is the baseline for his game. If/when he gets a little stronger, goes hard to the rack more, and what have you...those things will be gravy. Nice friggin pick EG.

Rough day for JM, geezus he needs to be coached up. But good to see Flip go to him down the stretch. He made a few critical plays, good for confidence.

The NY situation is absurd, no two ways about it.

Posted by: divi3 | February 28, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

I too noticed that NY walked right past Sam Cassell without even acknowledging him.

My guess is that players get sick of emphasis being put on negatives rather than positives.

In the Laker game today Gasol was playing soft and in the 4th Q' Phil pulls Gasol from the game and dosen't say a word to him but puts him right back in about a minute later.

Gasol immediately impacts the game. Coaching technique. Probably yes. But, whatever Flip is doing with NY isn't working.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 28, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

@and_1

nick young can't come off a screen, catch a pass, rise up and shoot. that's what Rip does. in his mind he needs to dribble shoot. i think sometimes you want players to play the way others have done and it just doesn't fit their skill set. not saying nick can't play, he can't be Rip.

Posted by: joerutgens72 | February 28, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Dear andray, I apologize for saying that you'd probably never average twenty,and thank you for immediately vacating the memories of our last power forward, keep bringing it my man and you will be a very, very rich man

Posted by: bford1kb | February 28, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Ross plays 12 fairly ineffective mins, along with 5 mins from Livingston. I thin they combined for no pts 1 reb, no asst and 1 turnover. Those are 17 mins that coulda gone to the guy who almost bailed you out the other night against NY (coincidence???). It baffles me how Flip just rides out Foye,Earl, and Eminem's mistakes but cannot stand to see NY on the court. I'm telling you, Jeff Fisher benched and traded Billy Volek (back to back 400yd passing games) from the Titans cuz he banged his wife. The intel came out well after the trade. Don't be surprised..........

On another note ESPN reported CB had an injection of some medication into his knee five days ago in Dallas. No info on the type of medication but Butler is quoted as saying "...it has never swollen up like that before."

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | February 28, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

This team crys out for an athletic point guard that pushes the Tempo and that can drive the paint for layins and set these guys for easy shots.

Can Livinston do this?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 28, 2010 7:11 PM

Most of the teams in the league need one Larry they don't exactly grow on trees man.

Posted by: anacostia85 | February 28, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

NY said last month that he still talked to Tim Floyd regularly for motivation, hinting at how tough things were for him here currently. I'm sure Flip really loved that.

Posted by: divi3 | February 28, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

nick young can't come off a screen, catch a pass and go up for a shot. that's what Rip does. sometime one player can't do what another player specializes in. not saying nick can't play, he can't be Rip.

Posted by: joerutgens72 | February 28, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

@and_1

nick young can't come off a screen, catch a pass, rise up and shoot. that's what Rip does. in his mind he needs to dribble shoot. i think sometimes you want players to play the way others have done and it just doesn't fit their skill set. not saying nick can't play, he can't be Rip.

Posted by: joerutgens72 | February 28, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse


"Bull$#!& the god has horns"-Trueblood

i've seen him catch and shoot. But the fact is that NY isn't a pure jumpshooter or catch and shoot guy. He's more of a rhythm/volume scorer. He has a lot of skills but no real go to move. He can get to the basket sometimes off the dribble, but i suspect Flip has ripped him for his trademark step back between the legs dribble as i haven't seen it in months. There's nothing wrong with telling a guy not to over dribble, but NY only goes to the rim when there's a clear lane. And i don't blame him; if he drives and gets stipped with no call, he's coming out of the game. NY has no go to move cuz he's not the go to guy. the problem is he's rarely in the lineup long enough to find his game. i agree that he can't be Rip, but he can be our Vinnie Johnson if he's given the minutes, instead of us needing AB to up his career high every night to compensate for 0 bench production.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | February 28, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

NY said last month that he still talked to Tim Floyd regularly for motivation, hinting at how tough things were for him here currently. I'm sure Flip really loved that.

Posted by: divi3 | February 28, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Evidently NY responds to positive rather than negative reinforcement. He's in trouble.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 28, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

"......needing AB to up his career high every night to compensate for 0 bench production."

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | February 28, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Is that what the bench got tonight?

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 28, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse


It's obvious to anybody that Flip is bending over backwards to find minutes for Nick Young. Nick's as dumb as a box of rocks and is going to be out of the league in two years. Don't waste your time trying figure out why he's not getting playing time.

Posted by: harrybalz | February 28, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

@007

'scuse me Earl held the bench down with 4

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | February 28, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

It's obvious to anybody that Flip is bending over backwards to find minutes for Nick Young. Nick's as dumb as a box of rocks and is going to be out of the league in two years. Don't waste your time trying figure out why he's not getting playing time.

Posted by: harrybalz | February 28, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

As i said, 17 game minutes to 2 guys who can't have possibly shown Flip anymore in practice than NY has (c'mon yall Quinton Ross). If what's Flip is doing is considered bending over backwards, NY needs to tell him that he don't need no favors. I mean Flip is doing him over worse than Taps. The kid will be out the league because he's develpoing a complex. he can't take two steps without looking to the bench. He had 2 huge 3s against the Knicks. He was prepared,his head was in the game and when his number was called he came up big. For that he's rewarded with six minutes on a night when the bench was able to produce a whopping 4 pts (All Earl). You're F'ing crazy.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | February 28, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

It's obvious to anybody that Flip is bending over backwards to find minutes for Nick Young. Nick's as dumb as a box of rocks and is going to be out of the league in two years. Don't waste your time trying figure out why he's not getting playing time.

Posted by: harrybalz | February 28, 2010 9:59 PM

Harrybalz, that comment was made about NY at the begining of the season and I was inclined to believe it.

However, after evaluating Nick's play thus far, I am convinced that he isn't dumb.

He lacks patience and knows that this staff doesn't confidence in him. That should tell you all you need to know.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 28, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

i look at nick the same way i looked at blatch. different player respond in different ways. blatch needed to start, maybe nick needs someone to smile at him when he makes a good play. i don't know what it takes for nick. he is a sensitive kinda guy and negativity is not the way to reach him. i thought after the knicks game he would become more important. it baffles the mind...i don't understand the boykins thing either.

Posted by: joerutgens72 | February 28, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

@007

'scuse me Earl held the bench down with 4

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | February 28, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

The bench got 4 tonight?

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 28, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Most of the teams in the league need one Larry they don't exactly grow on trees man.

Posted by: anacostia85 | February 28, 2010 9:45 PM

Yeah, thats why it is so ironic that EG might have seen those skills in JC and went out and got him and fate has dealt him a cruel blow.

Is why a few blogs back, I was saying that come the offseason, we might not want to throw JC on the dung heap to quickly. We could have him probably for cheaper than anyone of like skills.

Surely, as Kal says we will have the opportunity to sign those skills from others, but a bird in hand is worth more than two in the bush.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 28, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

the situation is beyond finding the type of encouragement that works for Young, it's clear as day that Flip simply does not want him on the floor. Whatever the explanation, I doubt it has to do with what goes on at practice.

once again- wiz are 5-2 this season when NY plays 30 or mins

Posted by: divi3 | February 28, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Larry:

"....Is why a few blogs back, I was saying that come the offseason, we might not want to throw JC on the dung heap to quickly."

Off last year, I really like the kid, but I think that foot injury sealed the deal for EG even before the december debacle. The two together... fa' gidda' boud' 'dit.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 28, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

divi3:

Doesn't look like that stat's going to change anytime soon either.

NICK didn't show tonight, but I liked that taken charge and shot late in the last game. Obvious FLIP doen't want him on the floor though.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 28, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

with all things being said, what nick needs to do then is go into the office, sit down man to man and ask flip what it will take for him to be out there. there is obviously a lack of communication between the 2. sometimes you gotta ask.

Posted by: joerutgens72 | February 28, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse


with all things being said, what nick needs to do then is go into the office, sit down man to man and ask flip what it will take for him to be out there. there is obviously a lack of communication between the 2. sometimes you gotta ask.

Posted by: joerutgens72 | February 28, 2010 10:48 PM


If that "sit down" hasn't already occurred, then Flip and Young need to be severely flogged by Ernie. Deep down, I really feel that Nick is simply not Flip's kind of player.

Posted by: and_1 | February 28, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

remember they brought Livingston in off the street and he's saying Flip/EG promised him a "serious" look. Guy hasnt played anywhere since december, not 1sec of practice, and he's asked to inbound the ball at the most critical moment of the game vs knicks. 5sec violation.

Plays 5mins to NY's 6 tonight.

NYs motivation should be doing what it takes to get to his next team

Posted by: divi3 | February 28, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

the flogging of those 2 occur here on a regular basis...flip may be no nonsense about immaturity, nick hasn't grown up enough. they should have talked by now, of course, but maybe it hasn't occured to anyone to suggest it to them with all the distractions. i don't know that nick has the cajones to go demand a sit down.

Posted by: joerutgens72 | February 28, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

The (negative) comments being assigned to Nick Young were sinmilar to the ones made about Andre Blatche before the trade. The Wizards won this game simply because Andre Blatche put the team on his back. More and more he reminds me of Bob McAdoo, who could go inside or outside like Blatche is doing. Blatche, McGee and Thornton clearly form the nucleus of the franchise going forward.

Fortunately, Oberto's complete ineptitude forced "Flip Flintstone" to put McGee back in for the last 4 minutes, which was critical to us winning the game. His putback, block, defensive rebound and alteration of Harris's layup attempt could not have been duplicated by Oberto.

This nucleus plus a wing player through FA (Miller is a solid role player)and bringing back a focused GA (sans extended incarceration)makes this team a playoff contender next year.

Before the trade, I was not going to renew my season tickets because not only was the team losing but they were boring as hell. I am excited about next year and will be reupping my season tickets for next year.

Posted by: NewManagement | February 28, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

What the hell has NY ever done to get all this support in this post? The guy is a complete knucklehead who doesn't remember plays, sulks on the court if he misses a couple of shots, seems to lack any sort of focus or intensity, etc etc etc... In other words, yeah, he is closer at this point in his career to being out of the league than becoming a 9 year vet. Seriously, don't get you guys. Then there is the blaming of the coaches and other nonsensical excuse making for NY...blah blah blah.

Oh, the classic, the team is 6-1 or whatever it was when NY plays 30+ mins. Really? You have an education past 11th grade. Ever heard of correlation and causation? Perhaps, just perhaps, NY played those mins bc those games had more garbage time and, if not, correlation does not mean causation.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 1, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 1, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Same bag on Blatche til he got his shot. But you are right. just because he played 30+ mins in 6 wins doesn't mean that he had any impact on the game. We all know that the wiz have been so good this year that 7 48 minute games were so out of hand after 18 mins ( a quarter and a half) that NY logged 30 or more mins of garbage time.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 1, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

i'm pretty sure NY could help bring some scoring off the bench. Give him some of the mins you give ross or livingston and let NY work with like 20 mins off the bench. I'd estimate that he could give you 8-12 pts most night off the bench if he got like 20 mins consistently. I know a his PT is based on his performance, but he seems like the only one who's treated like that (McGee was let outta the doghouse by neccessity). My main point is that i think NY can give you good mins if you allow him to play and work through his mistakes ( a la MM in his 8 and 6 turnover games, respectively). I guess in a lost season Flip feels like he can sacrifice some bench scoring (4pts from the wiz bench, 0 from ross and livingston) to teach the young guys a lil bit, but it really sucks to watch games against teams that are supposed to be worse than us, hang in the balance because he wants to be stubborn.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 1, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

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