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Shaun Livingston starts in place of Randy Foye

Wizards (21-43) at Jazz (42-24)

Wizards starters: Shaun Livingston, Mike Miller, Al Thornton, Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee

Jazz: Deron Williams, Wesley Matthews, C.J. Miles, Carlos Boozer, Mehmet Okur

Line: Jazz by 11.5

After his breakthrough performance against the Orlando Magic on Saturday, Shaun Livingston will be rewarded with his first start since the regular-season finale on April 15 with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Coach Flip Saunders will utilize his 23rd different starting lineup this season, pushing Randy Foye back to the bench for the first time since Jan. 8.

"Shaun played really well last game. Gave us a different look and changed things up," Saunders said of Livingston, who had 18 points and eight assists in 31 minutes against the Magic. "I think we're bringing Randy off the bench, as much as anything, so Randy can give us some scoring and maybe some leadership."

Foye had started the previous 31 games, but has slumped considerably this month, averaging just 8.9 points and 4.7 assists while shooting 33.8 percent in the Wizards' seven losses. "I was definitely surprised by it, but at the same time, the way things was going, I could tell something was going to change," Foye said. "Coach feel as though that's the way things should go, I'm with it 100 percent. I'm not going to sit here and pout about it. It happened to me before, earlier in the year, I'm not going to sit here and be upset about it. I'm going to go out there and do what I can do to help the team."

Saunders said he thought that Foye struggled balancing his scoring instincts with trying to run the offense as a point guard. "It's not natural," Saunders said. "It's like taking a guy that is not a post player and saying we're going to post up all the time. I'm hoping that we're putting him in a position that we brought him here for as the third guard, come in at both positions; that he can keep some of his aggression as a scorer. I think he sometimes loses when he should do that and when he shouldn't do that."

Livingston is just on his second 10-day contract, but Saunders didn't want to speculate beyond that. "We'll have to wait and see how everything reacts. We like the thing's he's does," Saunders said. "He's going to have a helluva test tonight - his first start against Deron Williams. For him, it's a good opportunity for him."

Saunders also called out JaVale McGee for his play the past two games. After scoring a career-high 20 points with nine rebounds against Atlanta, McGee has been held to just nine points and seven rebounds against Detroit and Orlando.

"Our center has got to rebound for us," Saunders said. "He had a couple of good games and now people have seen a lot of tape and they've realized, when you hit him, he's not going to hit back right now, or he doesn't give as much resistance as you need to be. What happens is teams are really getting into him physically and it's taking him out of games."

Although Mehmet Okur is back after missing the past game in Oklahoma City with back spasms, McGee will be matched up against Carlos Boozer.

The Jazz is playing its fifth game in seven days, but Saunders wasn't feeling sorry for the team. "I'm not giving any sympathy to anybody. We've had three in a row," he said with a laugh.

By Michael Lee  |  March 15, 2010; 8:50 PM ET
 
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sign livingston for the rest of this year...stop trying to fool anybody. he's the best point guard you have, even with the rust. start him every game the rest of the season. play him at least 35 minutes every game. cut the crap.

Posted by: joerutgens72 | March 15, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

"sign livingston for the rest of this year...stop trying to fool anybody. he's the best point guard you have, even with the rust. start him every game the rest of the season. play him at least 35 minutes every game. cut the crap."

Posted by: joerutgens7

As long as Livinston's knee can hold up, yeah. If it's going to hurt him, I hope he doesn't get asked for that many minutes per game.

Posted by: fansincebullets | March 15, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

now is when you find out if he can play. the knee holds up and you may have something, the knee doesn't, and you know what to do in the off season. how else do you know?

Posted by: joerutgens72 | March 15, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Shaun Livingston should start in place of Foye! He gives the wizards a better chance at the point guard spot! Mike Miller has mailed it in...tooo many turnovers every game! Picking up where Caron butler left off!

Posted by: rf2litenva | March 14, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse


I guess FLIP and crew read this cause I called for this yesterday! Mike Miller has played a much better game thus far! I better not speak tooo soon!

Posted by: rf2litenva | March 15, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Missed the 1st half. How did Livingston do?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 15, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

WTHEY!

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 15, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Hey joerutgens72, you any relation to that tough, hardnosed DT on the 'skins I enjoyed watching when I was a kid?

As for Livingston, play him as much as his knee will allow. It's possible he could be a nice part of this team going forward. Now's the time to see.

Posted by: clfrdj | March 15, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

no relation...just showing my roots as a skins fan...giving props to my first favorite redskin. he was no superstar, but in those days there were not many on the skins defensively. all offense, no defense.

@larry
hard to tell what the guy can do...he's spent a lot of time on the bench. WTF!

Posted by: joerutgens72 | March 15, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

it's like 6 minutes left in the game, down by 30 or so. why isn't mcgee in the game?
i guess he's in the dog house cause he can't play good........

Posted by: joerutgens72 | March 15, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

@joe,

Who cares? And he is in the game now sucking like he was sucking all game. He's got a LONG way to go and it involves things that playing time alone is not going to improve.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 15, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Gee is really starting to impress. It may be junk time, but 10 pts, a couple of steals, and 3 rebounds in a quarter is pretty good. He plays with energy and he plays hungry. Hell, he plays defense. Couple more performances like this and I'll be ready to have him replace NY next season on the roster. Tired of NY's body language and overall play on the court. He plays like he could give two shhhts and it shows.

Ummmm....Livingston didn't play very well at all. 6pts and 4assts in 24 mins??? Sat out much of the second half as the game was out of hand. Tough assignment for your first start, but DW had his was with him. Well, with everyone, but SL did nothing to stop him either and did not compensate on the other end.

But, the whole team was kind of just there tonight. Imagine what tomorrow is going to look like??? lol

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 15, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

the only thing he learns sitting on the bench is how to count floor boards. he needs work in lots of areas, sitting on the bench does him no good. put him out there and let him suck. it can't hurt the outcome of any game this year.

Posted by: joerutgens72 | March 16, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

@rphilli
fareal? i mean the most garbage of garbage time. he was in there with his old buddies tryna help him get another 10-day deal. i like that he went to the basket every time he got the rock. didn't see much else, i only watched the 4th q( i passed out from 6-10). he's def explosive and bringing some intensite .But we had a Dom McGuire already. I wouldn't have a problem bringing him back next season.

What about singleton, if you bring him back, do you think he keeps that backup role or do you look for and upgrade at the 3/4 through FA or the draft. I dunno i like the hustle,reb and toughness, but i think he still leaves a lil bit to be desired.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 16, 2010 12:12 AM | Report abuse

praise to GEE for doing something against Utah's d-leaguer's. you guys are really tough on guys trying to learn something and lay great praise on people trying to get another 10-day against the other teams 3rd string. livingstone sat for boykins against deron. deron was eating up everybody tonight and boykin's gets the PT? he's a big part of your future? livingston should have been out there to see what he has, even if it sucks. now is the time you evaluate, and you're down by 30 so what is boykins going to do better than livingston? you know what boykins is going to do...dribble the air out of the ball.

Posted by: joerutgens72 | March 16, 2010 12:20 AM | Report abuse

I didn't see the game but for the fans on here that think Ernie is going to find a gem in the D league when he can't find one in the draft don't hold your breath because it's not going happen.

There is a reason these players are in the D league and not in the NBA!

Too bad Ernie has turned the Wizards into a D league team and I think a good poll question would be could the current Wizards win the D league championship?

Give Ernie a raise!

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 16, 2010 12:55 AM | Report abuse

"the only thing he learns sitting on the bench is how to count floor boards. he needs work in lots of areas, sitting on the bench does him no good. put him out there and let him suck. it can't hurt the outcome of any game this year."

Put him out there and let him suck? There's a rallying cry.

Playing a guy who clearly doesn't "get it" big minutes has consequences beyond the outcome of a game. Clearly he needs work in a lot of areas, but real games isn't where guys work on things they don't know. They put in work in practice the offseason, individual workouts, trying to fix the kinks in their game. Real games is where they take the stuff that they've worked on and put it to the test under live conditions. Letting a guy run around with no leash when he clearly doesn't even grasp multiple basic fundamentals of the game isn't going to do much but reinforce his lack of understanding. McGee's problems are not the kind that simple repetition will fix.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 16, 2010 1:02 AM | Report abuse

real games isn't where guys work on things they don't know. They put in work in practice the offseason, individual workouts, trying to fix the kinks in their game.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 16, 2010 1:02 AM | Report abuse

Too bad he plays for an organization who hasn't developed a single player under while Ernie has been the GM?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 16, 2010 1:16 AM | Report abuse

Too bad he plays for an organization who hasn't developed a single player under while Ernie has been the GM?

Posted by: bulletsfan78

/////////////////////////////

With the exception of Blatche and Haywood.

Arenas also blossomed from a mid-level free-agent into a repeat All-Star and marquee draw. Jamison and Butler also made their first appearances as NBA All-Stars while in a Wizards uniform.

But maybe those aren't supposed to count.

We should also blame EG for the failure of Kwame Brown's development. Why not add Sam Bowie to the mix too.

Posted by: JPRS | March 16, 2010 1:34 AM | Report abuse

65 million is mid level now? jeez, i remeber when that was serious money for a 3rd yr player.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 16, 2010 2:40 AM | Report abuse

" . . . for the fans on here that think Ernie is going to find a gem in the D league when he can't find one in the draft don't hold your breath because it's not going happen."

Maybe not, but it is worth a try. Other teams seem to find players in the D League. In fact, the Wizards have been burned recently by two of them: Will Bynum, and Sundiata Gaines. Of course, as you point out, some organizations have a knack for finding a valuable player others have overlooked.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | March 16, 2010 6:34 AM | Report abuse

With the exception of Blatche and Haywood.

Arenas also blossomed from a mid-level free-agent into a repeat All-Star and marquee draw. Jamison and Butler also made their first appearances as NBA All-Stars while in a Wizards uniform.

But maybe those aren't supposed to count.

We should also blame EG for the failure of Kwame Brown's development. Why not add Sam Bowie to the mix too.

Posted by: JPRS | March 16, 2010 1:34 AM | Report abuse
all seven footers should be able to avg 10 and 10 9 yrs into their career. I don't think he was developed as much as he's 7ft tall. he should be able to make 2 layups per q and 3 rebs per quarter. Blatche wan't developed by the team as much as he was allowed to be around guys with game. The didn't give up on him after his "run ins". But AB credits his "development" to AJ. I don't know how you make the arguement that the wiz develop players by citing and avg NBA center and a guy who up until a month ago, almost everybody wanted to get rid of, as players we developed.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 16, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

@JPRS,

LMAO, best post in a long time. Great you shut up the eternal idiot pessimist!!!!! Ha!

@joe,

If you cared to watch the game, NY played the same garbage mins against Utah's D-leaguers as you put it and did nothing. So, maybe that tells you more about NY than Gee. But, Gee plays with heart and I like that. NY should learn to do the same although I don't think he can.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 16, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

@wood,

Can you just spare us your typical bs about who is developed and how??? You know nothing about what you are talking about and you make yourself sound foolish every time you do.

And, yeah, in case you haven't noticed a $60 million dollar contract is not a "top tier" contract. So, it would have to be considered a "mid-level" contract. Unless of course, LeBron, Wade and the gang sign for less than $150 million this summer. Yeah, not happening.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 16, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Randy Foye has been misused all season long.. plus he's been coached to be someone he's not.. teams that have someone like Foye need to let him play and not coach him.. Saunders has done that too much..

But Randy also needs to learn to attack the basket almost every time he has the basketball.. before he got his knee injure in Minnesota, he was much more explosive..

I think Foye's speed is underrated but he needs to show the fire that he had as a rookie if he wants to make it in the NBA.. I've seen Randy Foye play and this year, he's not playing

Posted by: petermdavis | March 17, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

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