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Hoopocalypse now

Morning brew

The Wizards will kick off their roughest stretch of the season - a five-games-in-six-nights affair also known as the Hoopocalypse - tonight against the Atlanta Hawks at Verizon Center. The Wizards will play three games over the next three nights.

The offense has been a problem for the Wizards, who have lost four games in a row, but Shaun Livingston provided a lift in a 20-minute spurt on Tuesday against Houston.

Former Wizards Coach Eddie Jordan said he isn't worried about reports that he could be fired between now and the end of the season. Peter Lukko, chief operating officer and president of Comcast-Spectacor, told the Philadelphia Daily News that the team has not made a decision about Jordan's future.

The Dallas Mavericks tied the third-longest streak in franchise history when they won their 13th game in a row on Wednesday against New Jersey. The streak has coincided with the acquisitions of Brendan Haywood, Caron Butler and DeShawn Stevenson, but Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he nearly blew up the entire team before making the trade with Washington.


By Michael Lee  |  March 11, 2010; 11:39 AM ET
 
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The sale of majority ownership of the team went smoothly, this wouldn't be DC!

Posted by: millineumman | March 11, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

"If the sale

Posted by: millineumman | March 11, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

It will be interesting to see how many minutes Livingston gets in this up coming stretch, and how the knee responds.

If the guy can start to play himself into game shape, and shake off about three years of rust, the Wiz could have their selves a potential find. The game smarts and vision are still there. The shot will take some time to come back.

Big question will be how the knee responds to back to backs and increased minutes. If he holds up, he's going to start to get the minutes.

Contrary to some of what has been said here, the hype about Livingston when he came in the league had little to do with his height, he was just flatout that good.

Even after one of the worst injuries I've ever seen the guy still shows those flashes of the vast potential that he had. His big advantage in this comeback is that the injury happened when he was so very young. He's still young enough to adapt to the new reality of what he can still do, and young bodies can comeback from some horific injuries.

I know I'll be pulling for the guy to get minutes and respond well to them. Because of what he lost he my never be more then a rotation guy.

But if he holds up physically to a heavier work load, who knows, the Bullets pulled a pretty good guy off the scrap heap years ago when he was supposed to be done.

Benard King went on to have some pretty good years for the old Bullets. So who knows, maybe the Wiz can get lucky...
GM

Posted by: flohrtv | March 11, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Alright now we have something to watch these next few days

Posted by: jefferu | March 11, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Hell Week begins. Good thing the team is coming off a ... uh... Hell Week begins.

I'm with you, flohrtv, in rooting for Livingstone. Flip's comments the other day almost made it sound like he was going to test Shaun's knee to see how it would hold up. But five games in six nights could put the hurt on a lot of players. I think Flip needs to watch his players' minutes to keep them from overuse injuries.

Posted by: 7snider7 | March 11, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

javale needs more than 17 mins, the other night he was awful in the first half and then played pretty well in the 3rd quarter only to not be reinserted into the lineup and while I understand we were "making a run" it was in spite of the small unit which began to surrender inside not because of it, scola abused singleton and to my recollection, in the third, luis had no points while javale was in, and when blatche plays the 5 he's much less effective

Posted by: bford1kb | March 11, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

It will be interesting to see how the young guys handle the rest of the season and how many times Flip shoots himself in the foot.

Hopefully Flip will get out of his own way and he lets them play.

With all due respect to Flips coaching record it’s clear he’s not interested in teaching and coaching at this point in his career.

If the Wizards really want to move forward with AB, JM and AT as their foundation I suggest they go out and hire a young coach who will grow with them over the next 3 or 4 years to see what they have.

I would like to see the new owner hire a guy like Mike Budenholzer of the Spurs.


His bio….The Suns interviewed the 38-year-old Budenholzer during their search for D'Antoni's replacement. Phoenix eventually settled on Porter, but the buzz has grown around Gregg Popovich's No. 1 assistant. Budenholzer began his career as the Spurs' video coordinator in 1994 and is starting his 13th season as an assistant coach.

"First of all, Mike has a wonderful understanding of the game," Popovich said. "That's a requirement. He's really good relationship-wise, too. He's secure in his own skin and he's able to tell a player the truth whether the player wants to hear it or not."

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 11, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 11, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 11, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

a kinder....gentler 78???????????????

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 11, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Boo Hoo...

What else would they be doing if they didn't have hoopacalypse?

playing video games.

spending money pimping up their rides.

more time to spend with hoes in the hot tub.

buying more jewelry.

getting more tattoos.

making more terrible rap songs.

what what?

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 11, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

it wasn't funny so were you intending to offend people with your thinly veiled racially motivated commentary? I mean MM has a few tatts, but you're not talking about guys who look like him right. And the guys you are talking about have nothing better to do with a couple days off than "playing video games.

spending money pimping up their rides.

more time to spend with hoes in the hot tub.

buying more jewelry.

getting more tattoos.

making more terrible rap songs.

what what?"

i mean fareal if you'da made a gun violence joke it woulda been relevant to the team. that crap you wrote is only relevant to the stereotypical young thug with too much money. i don't think that type of commentary is needed, especially when it's not funny.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 11, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

DC_Mann is bitter chump who cant help himself but post stuff like that.

Posted by: divi3 | March 11, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

"DC_Mann is bitter chump who cant help himself but post stuff like that.

Posted by: divi3 | March 11, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse "

Truth hurts, chump!

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 11, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

"i mean fareal if you'da made a gun violence joke it woulda been relevant to the team. that crap you wrote is only relevant to the stereotypical young thug with too much money. i don't think that type of commentary is needed, especially when it's not funny.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 11, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse "

Not funny to you, but true nonetheless.

FAREAL!

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 11, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

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