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Lack of scoring punch hurts in Milwaukee

Bucks 100, Wizards 87

It was bound to happen sooner than later. Eventually, the Wizards' lack of depth and scoring options was going to place them in a position that cannot be compensated simply by effort and execution. Andray Blatche had done an excellent job of carrying the offensive load since the all-star break, averaging 26.6 points, in the previous seven games. He didn't play poorly against the Milwaukee Bucks, as he tied Randy Foye for the team lead in scoring with 18 points.

But he shouldn't have to provide Herculean performances each night, as he did on Sunday in New Jersey where he doubled in scoring output against Milwaukee. The last time Blatche failed to score 20 points - when he had 18 against the Denver Nuggets - the Wizards were able to pull out a win with Al Thornton coming off the bench and scoring 21 and Josh Howard adding 20 points.

Ah yes, Howard. The Wizards have played relatively well since Howard went down with a torn ACL, but his absence was glaringly obvious on Wednesday. Because after Foye and JaVale McGee (14 points), the Wizards really didn't have anywhere else to turn for offense. Their margin for error is quite thin right now.

Thornton had his first bad game as a Wizard, scoring just two points on 1 of 4 shooting. He was scoreless in the first half. Thornton said afterward that he wasn't aggressive, which has been his calling card - even in Los Angeles, where often was a bit too aggressive on the offensive end. He just didn't appear to have his usual burst. "It was one of those nights," Thornton said.

Mike Miller had just three points on 1 of 3 shooting, which isn't usual for him, since he hasn't been assertive offensively most of the season. Even after the trades, and with most of the scoring punch dealt elsewhere, Miller has only taken 10 shots on one occasion (against New York). His night was summed up late in the first quarter when he missed a three-pointer and failed to get back on defense, allowing John Salmons to sprint down the floor and catch a pass from Ersan Ilyasova for a dunk as time expired.

"Our starters never got into, as far as Mike and Al," Coach Flip Saunders said in a brief, 69-second post-game interview. "Those guys did not have great practices the last two days. We practiced the way we played."

You would expect Nick Young to make something of his opportunity, but he was just 1-for-8 and finished with six points against the Bucks. In the past eight games, Young has only scored 39 points and reached double digits in scoring on one occasion (he had 12 points in the win against Denver). So, in the other seven games, he has scored just 27 points, including a scoreless outing in six minutes in New Jersey.

If there is one thing that the Wizards can feel good about with regards to this game, it was their ability to keep Bucks center Andrew Bogut off the glass. Bogut finished with just two rebounds - all in the fourth quarter - as McGee used every ounce of his strength to keep the 7-foot Aussie from getting near the basket.

"Just trying to stay on his big body and not let him get inside of me to get the rebounds," McGee said of defending Bogut. "A lot of the [Bucks] guards got rebounds. I was trying to keep him off the glass and keep him from uncontested shots in the post."

McGee had two blocks of his three blocks in the first quarter against Bogut, including one shot that he swatted into the second row seats behind the basket.

James Singleton also did his part in pushing back against Bogut, despite giving up about five inches in height and 30 pounds in weight - and playing on a sprained left ankle suffered last week against New York. Singleton had six points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots in more than 26 minutes. He was limited to just two minutes on Sunday in New Jersey, saying that Saunders yanked him when he saw Brook Lopez outleap him for a rebound.

Singleton shook his head and said, "Don't nobody outjump me for rebounds."

After the game, Singleton put on a walking boot, saying that he wears it to take the pressure off of it. He also joked that it's tough to find outfits to go with the boot. But he didn't seem slowed down on Wednesday, especially after he caught a lob from Randy Foye for a dunk and howled after he hit the ground.

"I'm still going to do me. It still hurts every now and then, but I'll be all right," Singleton said of the ankle. "I don't think no more about it. I just play."

By Michael Lee  |  March 4, 2010; 1:49 AM ET
 
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Well , mama said there'd be days like this,.......my mama said........

SINGLETON has got to get a contract. The pieces for the new team are there. Move on. This MARCH is not going to be pretty.

Youse guys that think JaVALE should get burn are going to get your wish. Me too. YOUNG nowhere in sight. I think he's trying to play himself off this team. This season may be it for him in a WIZARDS uniform.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 4, 2010 7:05 AM | Report abuse

The bookies sure called that one -- they had the line at 10 points Milwaukee.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 4, 2010 7:27 AM | Report abuse

"The pieces for the new team are there."

I'm not at all sure they are. Who are your anchor players?

Posted by: Samson151 | March 4, 2010 7:29 AM | Report abuse

The pieces - McGEE and BLATCHE with SINGLETON and THORNTON. Four players to build around. Everything else is negotiable.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 4, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

I don't see HOWARD, MILLER, OBERTO, BOYKINS, CRITTENTON, or ROSS on next years team.

Maybe's are FOYE, YOUNG.

ARENAS will be here, but I don't consider him a long-term player or building block. At least, I hope not. His contract could be as much as four years. As far as I'm concerned he'll just be putting in the time 'till he's gone. If he helps in the meantime great, if not we'll just have to deal with him.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 4, 2010 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Anybody gonna’ take in the A10 tournament in ATLANTIC CITY, the 12th-14th? I’ll be there. RICHMOND is burning to play XAVIER on a neutral court. 29 FT’s to 6 for RICHMOND, and a XAVIER inside player fouled out. None for RICHMOND. Same bs as the game at WAKE FOREST. 40 – count ‘um forty FT’s for WAKE, 21 for RICHMOND. But on neutral courts RICHMOND takes MISSOURI, FLORIDA and MISSISSIPPI STATE. Too easy.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 4, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Mike Lee was spot on when he said "Eventually, the Wizards' lack of depth and scoring options was going to place them in a position that cannot be compensated simply by effort and execution."

Effort and execution are wonderful components to winning a basketball game. You also need scoring. Add Gilbert Arenas to last nights game and the Wizards probably win it.

I'm reading some Nick Young bashing from some posters. What about Oberto, Livingston and Mike Miller? Oberto is a statue. Why is he even here? Livingston cannot handle the ball, or shoot it very well. And Mike Miller is completely out of sync with the offense. So don't lay this loss on Nick Young, who admittedly had a bad game.

Posted by: musicmanjr | March 4, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

YOUNG nowhere in sight. I think he's trying to play himself off this team. This season may be it for him in a WIZARDS uniform.

Posted by: glawrence007


Nick Young has one more year in the league and then he's DONE. Flip is trying to squeeze blood out of a turnip with this guy and it's just so disappointing to watch. Honestly, I don't think he'd stick with a good overseas team. To all you Nick lovers out there, buy a nice satellite dish and try to catch some of his games when he's playing for Angola.

Posted by: harrybalz | March 4, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

"I'm not at all sure they are. Who are your anchor players?"

There aren't any. There's no one on this team right now that would be higher than 3rd or 4th on the depth chart of a good, legit playoff caliber team.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 4, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

There's no one on this team right now that would be higher than 3rd or 4th on the depth chart of a good, legit playoff caliber team.

Posted by: kalo_rama

C'mon, man. Blatche would be the third or fourth-string PF on Atlanta's team?

Posted by: harrybalz | March 4, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

"C'mon, man. Blatche would be the third or fourth-string PF on Atlanta's team?

C'mon man, learn to read. I didn't say "3rd or 4th string" I said "3rd or 4th on the depth chart." There's a pretty major difference.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 4, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

if players were evaluated on their first 10 shots a lot of guys would be riding pine. Miller can shoot himself into rhythm if he shoots it. NY is another rhythm/voulume scorer, he needs to see his shot falling to get going. It doesn't help when the team is running no semblance of structured offense, and the coach is too proud to " call plays for guys" to get them easy looks. I know Flip can't suit up and play for these guys, but he has to coach'em up. I can remember McGee getting a litany of DNP-CDs for his work in practice. If Al or MM weren't bringing it in practice maybe someone else shouda got the start. I never thought MM played with any sense of entitlement, but he is definitely out there giving us nothing in his guaranteed starter's role (Flip won't sit MM). MM's been pretty bad of late, you can call it adjustment to the changes or him just being off, but he has played no better than NY since he had his 25 pt 3 pt barrage against New York. I'm not saying that NY has to get the start but maybe Ross (yuck) or singleton, or livingston and foye at the 1 and 2 with both sharing ballhandling responsibilities. I can always admit when NY doesn't play well, but there are some of you who are too eager to talk about a guy who outscored our starting SF and SG in 1/3 the combined mins ( Al+MM=48mins, scored 5 total pts)

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 4, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

JCrit would be logging major minutes at the point if not starting for quite a few Teams.

Ha! Ha! A point that can't be disproven, he's suspended.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 4, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

talk about sensitive!

Posted by: millineumman | March 4, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

harry, I think kalo is trying to say that no one here would be better than a third or fourth option on a playoff team - at least I hope that's what he's saying because the other statement would just be absurd. With a 12 man roster, most positions aren't going to 4 deep. Some not even 3 deep.

I'm apt to agree with kalo on this point. Although, as good as Blatche has been playing, he could probably be a solid second option for a team that has a good inside/outside balance and pick and roll game. Looking around at the playoff teams right now, I see maybe two teams (Miami and Milwaukee) where Blatche would get the amount of touches a second option sees (although neither are the type of team I described earlier).

The rest of these cats - I see some nice complimentary pieces, but not a single "building block" among them. JaVale is the one player on the current roster (outside of Blatche) that could develop into one of those blocks, everyone else - including the message board's favorite man crush, Mike Miller - is what they are. They're role players, and without a star their roles don't really amount to much.

Keepers - Blatche, JaVale, Singleton...everyone else can be shown the door.

Posted by: sober_stinks | March 4, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

At power forward, Blatch would be starting for Miami, Phoenix, and a few others.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 4, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

there might also be some truth in the post someone put up earlier this week about NY and his production and how it related to his pt. This season NY has only been held to single digits 5 times when he's played over 20 mins . he's been in double digits 12 times when playing more than 20 mins. I also stated in an earlier thread, that if NY is gonna be playing bench player mins (less than 20 mins) then people shoud expect bench player numbers (8-14 pts). Everyone talking about NY not having a big game, how bout your starters? How hot has MM been over the past two weeks? Foye Lovers, are you content with his 1 asst per quarter avg last night in contrast to his 3 shot per quarter avg. Maybe we shoud talk about the 12 turnovers made by everyone playing guard NOT named Nick Young.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 4, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

How many of these playoff contenders could Flip be the coach off?

Ha! Ha!

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 4, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: sober_stinks | March 4, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

MM is losing his lustre with every game minute

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 4, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

It's not the lack of scoring punch that hurts, it's the turnovers. They could not even inbound the ball right!

BTW, don't know why Ross receives so much PT, he looks like a D-leaguer to me. Can't shoot, if he is there for defense, I didn't see it either.

Posted by: sagaliba | March 4, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

The points about MM are more telling and disappointing than Nick Young.

Great observation guys.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 4, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

The game tomorrow will tell a lot. Even though the Bucks are a good Team, I feel that the Wizards still should compete very well against them.

Is there a big point guard out there anywhere that can drive the ball up the floor without turning it over?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 4, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Larry,

Can your Heels pull off an upset and beat Duke Saturday night to give the Terps the ACC championship?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 4, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

You have got to have a guy on the floor that basically is the go to guy to control the ball when things get harry.

Believe it or not we lost a lot with Howard's injury, because he controlled the ball a lot and kept things moving.

Now that vacumm is being filled by guess who, Miller. It also shortens our rotation and we see more of, guess who, Fabulous.

Howard provided a lot of the unseen intangibles that contributed to aggressive good ball movement.

His play made players around him better. He probably was more valuable than most realize.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 4, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

As I said, MM will be useful if we have a drive-and-kick player, but we don't. And he is ill-suited for the role that hs is trying to do, i.e., being the drive-and-kick player himself.

Posted by: sagaliba | March 4, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Yes, we lost a lot due to Howards's injury if you are talking about trying to win the remaining games. But in terms of the future, we don't.

Posted by: sagaliba | March 4, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

C'mon man, learn to read. I didn't say "3rd or 4th string" I said "3rd or 4th on the depth chart." There's a pretty major difference.

Posted by: kalo_rama

Learn how to express yourself properly, man. Every basketball team "depth chart" I've ever seen is broken down by position--not by best overall, second best overall, etc., as you foolishly imply.
There's no charge for the tutorial you've just been given. You may now talk about sports with your friends without them snickering.

Posted by: harrybalz | March 4, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

I don't know why people on here think a bunch of guys who couldn't get playing time when caron, aj and bth were here are going to now turn into all stars?

Foye isn't a point guard and a below average shooting guard

Singleton is a McGuire type who was traded for a 2nd round pick

Thornton was a great player in college but hasn't developed into a great player as a pro

Blatche isn't a power forward and when he goes up against a true PF he will get eaten alive

McGee is too young and needs a big man coach to help him along

Yes, this is now another rebuilding project with maybe 2 or 3 players out of 13 you need for a championship roster.

Ernie's trading and/or selling draft picks in the past will hurt this team for years to come.

Look at how long it took Atlanta to build through the draft?

I am going to take a nap so wake me up in 2014!

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 4, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

harrybalz

kal doesn't have any friend who he can talk too about sports?

They are all in their mid 40's living at home still playing dungeons and dragons like they did in high school?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 4, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

BulletsFan78,

They can because of the intense rivalry, but I don't think they will. This group has got to be the most underperforming Tarheel Team I have seen.

It seems that not one of their players is a game breaker. They will need that against Duke.

The ACC champ though is a lot less important than who wins the tournament, especially if that Team finishes 1 or 2 in the conference.

Even if we were to beat Duke, Maryland would still need to win the ACC tournament to get their just deserts in March Madness.

Marland's tie is huge though.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 4, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

keep: Foye, Blatche, Thornton, Singleton, Boykins, McGee

cut/dont resign: Oberto, Young, Miller, Howard, Ross, Crittenton

Pick up via FA: Millsapp or another quality pf/c

Draft: Wall/Wesley Johnson/ Cousins/Monroe/whoever is the best available player period w/ first pick.

Draft: a point guard first player for the future with second overall pick/ both second round picks/ trade a pick or two for Kyle Lowrie

Add Arenas and we got a legit team!

Predicted lineup:
Lowry, Arenas, Thornton, Monroe, Blatche

Posted by: bbachrac | March 4, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse


@ millineumman - Nostradamus is NEVER wrong

Posted by: Dave381 | March 4, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

The Wizards could not handle pressure - Boykins is supposed to be able to do that if nothing else; Livingston is supposed to be able to do that, Foye is supposed to be able to do that. They could not run an offense, none of them, getting the ball to Blatche in a scoring position did not happen. When the guards went (Boykins continually), Blatche poppped out, no pass back to him or anyone. Frankly this was the worst game of the post trade area and it was because the Wiz could not handle physcial play - a trait of all Scott Skiles teams. Friday should be fun unless the refs protect us from them.

Posted by: h20law2000 | March 4, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

bulletsfan78,

I think Blatche will be all right as a PF as long as there are other threats so he won't be double-teamed, or if he is the opponents will pay the price.

Posted by: sagaliba | March 4, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Too bad NY didnt step up last night but he'll get more chances as Miller stinks.

This team cant win a game where Thornton takes 4 shots.

Foye looks like a career backup far too often.

Solid night from AB.

Great to see Javale go toe-to-toe with Bogut and handle him. His positioning was improved immensely last night, and suddenly he wasnt being pushed around. Also took 11 shots which I like to see.

Silver lining on the dismal month ahead....AB/JM are going to be leaned upon to score, which is exactly the development the team needs to establish a permanent inside identity.

Posted by: divi3 | March 4, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

"Blatche isn't a power forward and when he goes up against a true PF he will get eaten alive"

That's just not true. He's been playing great and against some excellent frontlines. And btw, he went 7-10 against KG earlier this season, does Garnett count as a "true PF" to you?

Posted by: divi3 | March 4, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

I agree about Foye. He seems to great at nothing. Looking like a very marginal player.

Posted by: millineumman | March 4, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

seems to be great at nothing'

Posted by: millineumman | March 4, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

When the Big Three were on the floor [Gil, Antawn and Caron for those of you who have forgotten], the Wizards had three scoring options. You could basically count on averaging 20 points a night from each of those guys. When Andray Blatche is on the bench and Boykins, Foye, Oberto, Singleton and Thornton are on the court, who is supposed to score the basketball? Every team needs a guy who's a threat to score everytime he has the ball. The Wizards scoring threats are Blatche, Thornton and Young [and Miller when he's hitting 3's]. Randy Foye makes buckets, but no team fears Randy Foye going to the basket.

Question on last nights loss to the Bucks: How can Coach Saunders put five non-scoring threats on the court, even as substitutes, and expect to come back from a 12 point defecit in the 3rd quarter?

Posted by: musicmanjr | March 4, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

How can Coach Saunders put five non-scoring threats on the court, even as substitutes, and expect to come back from a 12 point defecit in the 3rd quarter?

Posted by: musicmanjr | March 4, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

musicmanjr

Please don't ask questions that no one can explain, even Flip!

This was Ernie's guy so what does that tell you...

Ohh I'm sorry, I'm sure Abe told Ernie to sign Flip?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 4, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

There were lanes available for dribble penetration last night. None of the guards took advantage of an over playing defense.

None of the ball handlers felt confident enough in their handle to blow pass a defender and put pressure on the defense.

Foye took advantage only a few times even though he was drawing fouls.

Posted by: bozomoeman | March 4, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

AB is what you call a modern PF. Can switch to a 5 down to a 3. Gone where the days of the true "Power" Forwards (Karl M, McHale, Barkley, Oakley, Mahorn, etc.)

Posted by: Dave381 | March 4, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

divi3

When I said "True" power forward I meant a guy like Amare who uses his body to get to the rim.

Unless Blatche has changed his game (I'll admit I haven't seen him play since all of the trades) I never saw him as a guy who could take his man to the rim.

He was more like AJ, a power forward who didn't like the contact and in today's game that seems to work.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 4, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

There were lanes available for dribble penetration last night. None of the guards took advantage of an over playing defense.

None of the ball handlers felt confident enough in their handle to blow pass a defender and put pressure on the defense.

Foye took advantage only a few times even though he was drawing fouls.

Posted by: bozomoeman
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Another observation;
Our big guys are doing a half aszed job of setting the picks. Most of the time they look too anxious to roll off and never really set one. Even though some of the offensive fouls we get on that call are a little petty, I still think they could be more savy when setting picks. That could help with the dribble penetration.

Posted by: millineumman | March 4, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse


Nick Young has one more year in the league and then he's DONE. Flip is trying to squeeze blood out of a turnip with this guy and it's just so disappointing to watch. Honestly, I don't think he'd stick with a good overseas team. To all you Nick lovers out there, buy a nice satellite dish and try to catch some of his games when he's playing for Angola.

Posted by: harrybalz | March 4, 2010 8:56 AM

Nick's future is hard to gauge since he doesn't get much playing time, but it doesn't look good. Flip's trying to make him a basketball player instead of a designated gunner and it's not going to work.

Posted by: gimmedat | March 4, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

BF78,

Blatche would be a very good power forward. Not only is he a very good power forward, he is a versatile one which could lead to him being one better than very good.

The capability that he has is why I have always pushed for him to play more beside Haywood and now with McGee.

Blatche's versatility leads Flip to put him in at center and play him by himself as the only true big on the floor for major minutes. A flawed strategy.

Tim Duncan can play both PF and Center, but he is a killer when he has a real Center playing with him. He is damn near unstoppable. When the Admiral played with him, no one could handle Duncan.

Now, if the Wizards had truly developed McGee at Center last year and Blatche at the PF and moved AJ to the three, this would be a much different team, even now with the changes.

But no, we waisted time fooling around with loosing strategies last year and it has continued up till now.

The greates teams developed and played what they had and used their talents to the Teams benifit.

They don't waist time trying to fit players into some grand strategy or scheme on how the game ought to be played.

Look at the Boston Team now and the most significant thing that stands out to me is that besides their big three, all of their role players has always gotten significant development on the floor. It has been reported that Boston has run plays for Kryptonite that New York runs so that he will be effective right away for them.

We can argue till we turn blue in the face that the Wizard players are not good enough and not as good as those players, but it is irrefutable, Javale McGee is a Center, Andray Blatche is a Power Forward and Antwann Jamison is a Small Forward and is being used mostly as that with the Caviliers.

And there hasn't been one valid reason for this organization not to have used and strategized those three players as a major part of this Teams development and the desire to win.

Saying Andray Blatche is not a Power Forward is like saying Brendan Haywood is not the Center we wanted him to be.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 4, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm reading some Nick Young bashing from some posters. What about Oberto, Livingston and Mike Miller? Oberto is a statue. Why is he even here? Livingston cannot handle the ball, or shoot it very well. And Mike Miller is completely out of sync with the offense. So don't lay this loss on Nick Young, who admittedly had a bad game.


Posted by: musicmanjr | March 4, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

No body ever said Miller, Oberto or Livingston were going to be real contributors to this teams long term success.

Livingston was out of the league just a week ago.

Oberto was signed to play 5-10 minutes of back up---hold the floor while our 1 & 2 centers got a breather.

Miller is a bit more difficult, as he was supposed to be a starter, but it seems well agreed on this site lately that Miller can take his walking papers at the end of the season.

The reason I, for one, am being hard on Young is that he is expected to be a solid contributor to this team in the future (2 more years on his contract? right?) I don't see him being anything other a desperation 3rd stringer on even this team, much less a contender.

Posted by: Blurred | March 4, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Unless Blatche has changed his game (I'll admit I haven't seen him play since all of the trades)

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 4, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

I think this statement disqualifies any of your arguments until you watch a few games and get caught up to speed. Hard to argue what you don't know. Ask as many questions as you please, though.

Just Kidding...sort of.

Posted by: Blurred | March 4, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I was hard on Nick last night, but you have to ask yourself who is on first with this guy?

Last night it looked liked he played with no purpose whatsover. But, at the same time I put the blame on him and the Coach.

Take Mike Miller for instance, why is his bad play being continually allowed on the floor. Is it all on him?

I know some of you are tired of me always going back to coaching, but coaching is way more important than some would like to believe it is.

Coaching is very important.

Let me tell you how important I think coaching is.

Listen very carefully.

If the Wizards had hired Mark Jackson as the Coach, the Gunfight At The OK Corrall (VZ) would never have occurred.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 4, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

@Larry,

Yeah, coaching is NY's problem? Please. You're a joke sometimes. Just stop. The only thing keeping NY from being a very useful player at the very least is between HIS ears. Coaches aren't God. And you're suppositions are flat out comical.

As for the game, there is really no need to analyze much of anything these days except the play of AB and JM who both played decently. Criticizing rotations on a team that can barely field a competent starting lineup bc of all that has occurred this year is pretty useless as well don't you think?

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 4, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

divi3

When I said "True" power forward I meant a guy like Amare who uses his body to get to the rim.

Unless Blatche has changed his game (I'll admit I haven't seen him play since all of the trades) I never saw him as a guy who could take his man to the rim.

He was more like AJ, a power forward who didn't like the contact and in today's game that seems to work.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 4, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

just because Amare gets to the rim more than blatche doesn't mean he uses his body more like a traditional four. It actually could mean the opposite. STAT has the benefit of playing alongside a hall of fame point and a former all star volume scorer on the wing in JRich. The offense is wide open and he gets most of these dunks off of dishes from nash that only require Stat to take one dribble and then elevate. Dray on the other hand usualyy has to position himself on the block, and then hold his man off to get an entry pass. from there he either can face up and shoot or drive, or he can back his man down to set him up for the baseline spin reverse layup he likes so much. Either of these moves requires a much larger emphasis on physical positioning, and using his body to get where he wants to on the court. i don't know if we've seen much of dray not getting what he wants out there. i mean he's harlyd wilt or hakeem or any other unstoppable big form the past, but the game has been coming to him and he's been making it look easy. No he is'nt as explosive as STAT, but he's getting it done his way, without a Hall of Fame pg holding his hand to cross the street.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 4, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

harrybalz ---

Look, I find Kalo-rama as annoying as you do, but in this case you're just wrong. He was referring to the 4 or so best players on a team. People do it all the time. All the time. For example, Foye is good as your 7th best player, but if he's your 2nd best player, you're in trouble. 2nd string, 3rd string etc. is a DIFFERENT concept. If you're clearly wrong and clearly can't read, don't get all onery about it. Be humble and thank people for helping you read. Kalo is plenty annoying, but if you mess up (as you did), then you messed up and should play it cool. You really have NO point with your post.

Posted by: Urnesto | March 4, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

@Harrybalz,

I think you're confusing sports. It's football were the term "depth chart" is used and is delineated by position.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 4, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Wow. When even people as dim as Urnesto can clearly see you're dead wrong, you must be touching new depths of ignorance.

"There's no charge for the tutorial you've just been given. You may now talk about sports with your friends without them snickering."

Actually, I'll be snickering quite a bit when I tell them about the stupid wad who tried to be an Internet wiseass only to have his manifest idiocy laid bare for all the world to see. Hilarity will ensue.

Oh, and there's no charge for this lesson, but be sure the next one will cost your dumb ass.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 4, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

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