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A rare blowout win for the Wizards

Morning brew

The Wizards thrashed the Golden State Warriors 112-93 last night at Verizon Center, denying Coach Don Nelson a victory that would have broken Lenny Wilkens's record for career coaching wins.

Michael Lee later blogged that the Warriors are very generous guests. Nick Young scored a season high 29 points. In fact -- with JaVale McGee coming off the bench for a career-high 25 points and 15 rebounds, Shaun Livingston tying his career high with 21 points and Andray Blatche adding 21 points -- the Wizards had four players score at least 20 points for the first time since Dec. 26, 2007.

Washington plays the Magic tonight in Orlando.

In other team news, Ball Don't Lie interviewed Wizards assistant coach Sam Cassell. And here are more details about the halfway house where Gilbert Arenas will serve his 30-day sentence.

Around the league ...
There were nine games last night. Highlights are below, courtesy of NBA.com:

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By Alexa Steele  |  April 7, 2010; 10:39 AM ET
Categories:  Morning brew  | Tags: Gilbert Arenas, Golden State Warriors  
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At least the Wiz do try, I think in most if not all the games.They just don't have the talent and have constant line up changes. I seriously question rather anyone other than Steph Curry was trying out there for Golden State.

Posted by: millineumman | April 7, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

ts35- believe i mentioned the other day livingston seems to be getting more explosive each game. No doubt confidence and strength in his knee is increasing.

he is absolutely a keeper, the kid is hugely talented. Unlike Foye and to a certain extent Gil, he doesnt make up his mind to pass or shoot until the situation plays out. He can be really, really good if that knee holds up. There's no doubt.

Posted by: divi3 | April 7, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

and btw, yes it was the warriors with a short bench, about a weak a team as you'll find (besides ourselves on some nights).

but

I think AB scored 14pts in the first 10mins of the game, blowout underway. He came out and dominated on both ends, and then kind of just flowed the rest of the way while others had big nights.

Real Deal Holyfield!

Posted by: divi3 | April 7, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

For all the gv luv i showed yesterday, he has absolutely no parts of that move Manu made against the kings in his game. Manu may be the funkiest Latin ballplayer in the world.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | April 7, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

PLEASE!!!! The Warriors are worse than Galludet College so the Wiz should not be patting themselves on the back nothing can be derived from last night's laugher but i am happy for Shaun Livingston he's a good player trying to ressurect his career.

Posted by: dargregmag | April 7, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Also loved Flip's pregame comments talking about how Nelson coached Run DMC back in the day....uh that's Run "T"MC, Flip. Run DMC would mean that Hardaway's first name is Dim.....oh, no wait, maybe that's right after all.

Posted by: ts35 | April 7, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

For all the gv luv i showed yesterday, he has absolutely no parts of that move Manu made against the kings in his game. Manu may be the funkiest Latin ballplayer in the world.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | April 7, 2010 11:25 AM

just peeped it....SICK! And he's supposed to be "old" now too

Posted by: divi3 | April 7, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

ts35- believe i mentioned the other day livingston seems to be getting more explosive each game. No doubt confidence and strength in his knee is increasing.

he is absolutely a keeper, the kid is hugely talented. Unlike Foye and to a certain extent Gil, he doesnt make up his mind to pass or shoot until the situation plays out. He can be really, really good if that knee holds up. There's no doubt.

Posted by: divi3

Yep yep, he definitely is regaining his game. Hopefully his knee holds up. And the countdown begins until he is signed for next year....by the Spurs ;-)

Posted by: ts35 | April 7, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

anytime i see hardaway i think of that old commerical...I GOT SKIIIIILZ

sounded like he was saying skittles

Posted by: divi3 | April 7, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

The previous thread held an interesting debate regarding the viability of a Gil/Livingston backcourt.

I have two thoughts on it.
1. It wouldn't be the best defensive backcourt. And given both players have had serious knee injuries, I wouldn't look for improvement in that area.

2. Offensively, Livingston and Arenas are both excellent ball handlers and passers.
Every back court mate Gil has had, has put up career numbers playing along side him.
Hughes, Stevenson and even non guard Jeffries.

Livingston a superior passer and post up guard to all of them. Hughes was a better slasher, similar shooter. Gil made Stevenson look like a three point shooter and got Jared Jeffries a ridiculous contract offer from the Knicks.


Posted by: bozomoeman | April 7, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

I'm in rare agreement with kal, it's tough to envision both Gil and Livingston being effective at the same time unless Arenas completely sheds his ball dominating ways.

Posted by: divi3 | April 7, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Gil made Stevenson look like a three point shooter and got Jared Jeffries a ridiculous contract offer from the Knicks.


Posted by: bozomoeman

That's partly true, Jeffries also got a lot of props for being a good defender because he was able to somewhat make life harder for LeBron because of his length. It lasted one season. Kind of like that season Muresan gave Shaq problems because Shaq wasn't used to going against taller players who were also close to his weight. JJ was viewed as the sort of prototype for the kind of guy who could defend LeBron....Haha haha haha. It was funny then, hysterical now.

Posted by: ts35 | April 7, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

PLEASE!!!! The Warriors are worse than Galludet College so the Wiz should not be patting themselves on the back nothing can be derived from last night's laugher but i am happy for Shaun Livingston he's a good player trying to ressurect his career.

Posted by: dargregmag | April 7, 2010 11:26 AM

NOTHING can be derived from last night's game?? Of course, if the Wizards had lost you'd be saying that they lost to a joke of a team, blah, blah, blah.
Do everybody a favor and worry about your joke of a team, Eddie Jordan.

Posted by: artiesliver | April 7, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

"Kind of like that season Muresan gave Shaq problems because Shaq wasn't used to going against taller players who were also close to his weight."

the only time i remember us beating a Shaq-led team was way back in the CapCenter. O'neill was trying to back down Gheorghe all night and simply could not budge him from his spot, must of been the only player shaq's ever faced that had him there. In fact, o'neil got all salty and started a fight with him. loved gheorghe

damn you billy crystal!

Posted by: divi3 | April 7, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Larry, Agree with you 100%. This team is all about playing team ball. Arenas should adjust to them and not the other way around. This current team is compose of good and WILLING passers (Livingston, Blatche, Miller). No more blackhole (AJ, Etan, CB). No more contested shot with still 15 seconds left in the clock. With some luck in the draft and FA we'll see some improvement next season.


Posted by: Dave381 | April 7, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

the only time i remember us beating a Shaq-led team was way back in the CapCenter. O'neill was trying to back down Gheorghe all night and simply could not budge him from his spot, must of been the only player shaq's ever faced that had him there. In fact, o'neil got all salty and started a fight with him. loved gheorghe

damn you billy crystal!

Posted by: divi3

Yep, there was pretty much one season where Gheorghe gave Shaq difficulty because Shaq at that point (rookie or second season maybe? Still with Orlando) had no moves other than bull you out of the way and dunk on you. He couldn't really move Muresan and he couldn't shoot well over him....that season. It was great! Of course Penny and Nick Anderson still killed us.

Posted by: ts35 | April 7, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

"I seriously question rather anyone other than Steph Curry was trying out there for Golden State.Posted by: millineumman"

They certainly didn't look like they were trying, did they? Of course they were playing without a center.

I think if Javale could just play teams without centers, he could be an All-Star.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 7, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Plus I think it's clear that based on the Wiz' success when Nick plays a lot, that if Flip would just let him go for 40 minutes a game, the Wiz would win the NBA championship.

It's all in the numbers, folks.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 7, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

"I'm in rare agreement with kal, it's tough to envision both Gil and Livingston being effective at the same time unless Arenas completely sheds his ball dominating ways.Posted by: divi"

I think Gil would score 40 and the other team's guards would score 108.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 7, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I think if Javale could just play teams without centers, he could be an All-Star.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 7, 2010 1:02 PM

DHoward is 6'9" at most. If Javale makes him look like it for some stretches tonight, would be another good sign of things to come.

Posted by: divi3 | April 7, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I am trying to stay tempered in my enthusiasm for Livingston but it is getting harder. A month ago I said let's see if he is still playing at the end of the season before we proclaim him point guard of the future. With a few games left he only appears to be getting stronger.

Lots of knee scar tissue on this franchise, and it would certainly be a gamble, but I am leaning toward offering a multi-year before he can explore. Too much upside to let him get away, clearly a natural point guard and the tallest in the league? Is there another 6'7" point right now? Such a huge advantage to be able to see and pass over the top of any other point guard in the league.

I can't think of another available guard I like more right now and there is a significant learning curve for a rookie point. I say let's roll the dice and lock him up...not like we are pressed for cap space.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | April 7, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

DHoward is 6'9" at most. If Javale makes him look like it for some stretches tonight, would be another good sign of things to come.

Posted by: divi3

Haha. Haha. Oh, wait, you were serious?

Going against Dwight Howard is a little different than dominating Anthony Tolliver.

Given Dwight's size, weight, strength and love from the officials, I'll be a little surprised if McGee gets past the 1st quarter without picking up 3 fouls.

Posted by: ts35 | April 7, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of ones that got away . . .

I don't generally much care for Bill Simmons, but he outright nails this one on Rasheed Wallace. The fact that he does it in the context of whining about his beloved Celtics only makes it better:

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/100407&sportCat=nba

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 7, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

"Too much upside to let him get away, clearly a natural point guard and the tallest in the league?"

I think Livingston has very limited upside. That's not to say he can't be a useful or productive player, but at this point the physical limitations imposed by his injury effectively cap how much better he's likely to get, beyond getting back into shape and getting his timing back. If he can be had for the minimum (or close to it) on a 1 or 2 year deal, go for it. But I would tie up significant money or make a long-term commitment to him until there's a chance to see him do more over a longer period in a more competitive circumstance.

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 7, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

I haven't watched the Wiz much this year but I heard he hasn't played Young too much. To see him score 29 points is awesome but to see him sitting on the bench when he has the potential to score 29 is disheartening. What is the coach thinking?

Posted by: mgilbo | April 7, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

"2. Offensively, Livingston and Arenas are both excellent ball handlers and passers.
Every back court mate Gil has had, has put up career numbers playing along side him."

That's true. But the problem isn't what Livingston can do with the ball, it's what he can do without it, because most of the time he's on the floor with Arenas, the ball will be in Gil's hands. Livingston has never really been an off the ball player and the other guards that have played successfully with Arenas (primarily Stevenson and Hughes) both were able to be productive off the ball (Stevenson with spot up shooting, Hughes with spot ups and by moving with out the ball and catching-and-shooting). Hughes is a guy who needs the ball in his hands to do his thing.

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 7, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

ROFL, mgilbo, please allow me to sum up the past month or two of debate on these boards about that very subject:

Side 1: Nick would play better if the coaches gave Nick more consistent minutes.

Side 2: The coaches would play Nick more if he would consistently play better.

Side 3: This season is down the tubes anyway, so why not play him even if he sucks?

Feel free to pick the side of your choice, or make up another one of your own.

Posted by: ts35 | April 7, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

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