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Analyzing the Wizards, and the NBA playoffs

Morning brew

There's no Wizards "news" this morning, but here are a few team-related tidbits to read. The Big Lead weighs is running an occasional series of post-mortems on teams that didn't make the playoffs. Yesterday was the Wizards' turn.


Bullets Forever continues it's series on draft prospects. Today's intallment is on Greg Monroe of Georgetown.

And Truth About It relays a funny (but fact-challenged) story from Chris Webber about the 1997 playoff series between the Bullets and the Michael Jordan-led Bulls.

Around the league ...

Former Wizard DeShawn Stevenson -- and friend -- rev up the crowds in Dallas (courtesy of D.C. Sports Bog, via With Leather).

Cleveland's Shaquille O'Neal gets the Superman seal of approval.

And on Yahoo! Sports' Ball Don't Lie, Kelly Dwyer explains "Why we don't like Kevin Garnett any more."

Last night, the Cavaliers beat the Bulls, 112-102. Cleveland leads the series 2-0. (Check out 2 of LeBron James's 40 points below.)

Later, the Jazz defeated the Nuggets, 114-111, in Denver, tying the series 1-1.

Highlights of last night's action are below, courtesy of NBA.com.

By Alexa Steele  |  April 20, 2010; 10:06 AM ET
Categories:  Morning brew  | Tags: Basketball, NBA  
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Comments

NICE Mr. LEE. The BIG LEAD sounds eerily similar to my takes on all things WIZARDS. Can I get paid for writing a blog? My exception is HOWARD. In my humble opinion he gone in a WIZARDS uni. Even though he'll take much less I'm sure at this point, too much money for the current and former injuries plus off-court problems as well. We're trying to move past all that.

DeMARCUS COUSINS if possible, WES JOHNSON probable, COLE ALDRICH as a last resort.

Depending on what happens in the lottery, with the CAVS pick go SF (EBANKS)if COUSINS or ALDRICH are our lot, and a big (ALABI provided he's still on the board) if JOHNSON is the lottery pick. I would argue for another big in round two as well. JEROME JORDAN is my favorite.

Posted by: glawrence007 | April 20, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

I'm in the group of folks that don't think Greg Monroe is the guy for us. His weaknesses are what they are. He's some what of a below the rim finesse post player but has good b ball IQ and feel for the game. One the other hand there is that one thing that can't be measured drills and workouts. The person drive and heart. What if he puts in the work to become stronger and the confidence makes him more aggresive. I thought he had alot of the traits Jeff Green had at G'town but Jeff has put in alot work. He is alot more explosive than i thought he would play in the pro's.

Posted by: millineumman | April 20, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

The one thing that Greg Monroe and Jeff Green have in common is that they were coached by a know-nothing can get em past the first round i got the job because my daddy said so self absorbed stubborn head coach, ah let me see, who would that be?............JT3!

Posted by: dargregmag | April 20, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

I know, and his offense reminds me of Eddie Jordan alot.

Posted by: millineumman | April 20, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

All that being said i can't see Mornoe taking that shot that Green hit in the tourney (against Vandy?) to win it an d put them in the final four that year. Even with guys like summers,hibbert, and wallace, Green was the leader of that team and was the go to guy. I think monroe shied (?) away from that role this season, in a year when he really could have made the team his.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | April 20, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

In Grunfeld We Trust!!

Ernest Grunfeld is on the job and in the process of rebuilding the team according to HIS vision. Ted Leonsis is fully aware of Grunfeld's impressive resume and will undoubtedly keep him in his current position. There is no better man for the job, folks!

To those nitwit Wizards fans out there who believe the team's problems start and end with Grunfeld, know this: Grunfeld had no more responsibility for re-signing Jamison and Arenas than you did. Arenas declared that he would only re-sign if Jamison were re-signed and the late owner (RIP) badly wanted Arenas back because he had star power and was an undeniable fan draw, so Pollin complied. To make matters worse, in failing health and desperate for an impressive playoff run, Pollin signed off on going into luxury-tax territory for the first and only time in his tenure as owner. Surely, none of you is foolish enough to think that Ernest Grunfeld was behind any of these moves?

His February moves show we have the best GM in the league, bar none. It's time some of you opened your jaded eyes and realized that simple fact.

Posted by: melodious_thunk | April 20, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Monroe showed up to Hilltop this year looking like he ate donuts and pie all summer. Played himself into shape, which is exactly what AB has been rightly crucified for in these parts.

The big difference being AB has the pure talent to be a doughboy who cant still produce, whereas Monroe will find his 1 post move and lack of jumper will be eaten alive by the Singletons of the league.

Jeff Green was head and shoulders better than Monore imo, and the all around game Green is displaying the pros is the same game he had in college

Posted by: divi3 | April 20, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

"The big difference being AB has the pure talent to be a doughboy who CAN still produce"

Posted by: divi3 | April 20, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

People who thinks that Monroe will be a better version of Blatche is just plain stupid.

Posted by: Dave381 | April 20, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

I can remember JT2 numerous times mentioning that in conversations with Jeff he urged him to take over because he obviously was the most talented player on the team.

Posted by: millineumman | April 20, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

If the wizards draft a Georgetown player, let it be one who plays with toughness and heart, like under Thompson, Jr. The Wizards do not need another player who plays like they don't have a pulse.

Posted by: G-Man11 | April 20, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse


I don't like Monroe or Aldrich. They're both role players at the NBA level. I'm starting to warm up to Cousins a little bit but I'm still concerned about a guy who's 19 years old and already tipping the scales at 280. For the Wiz, it's one of the top two picks in the draft or bust!

Posted by: artiesliver | April 20, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

DeMarcus Cousins = Oliver Miller?

Posted by: artiesliver | April 20, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

In Grunfeld We Trust!! Ernest Grunfeld is on the job and in the process of rebuilding the team according to HIS vision. Ted Leonsis is fully aware of Grunfeld's impressive resume and will undoubtedly keep him in his current position. There is no better man for the job, folks! To those nitwit Wizards fans out there who believe the team's problems start and end with Grunfeld, know this: Grunfeld had no more responsibility for re-signing Jamison and Arenas than you did. Arenas declared that he would only re-sign if Jamison were re-signed and the late owner (RIP) badly wanted Arenas back because he had star power and was an undeniable fan draw, so Pollin complied.........
Posted by: melodious_thunk | April 20, 2010 11:24 AM
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Amen, "brother melodious". I concur. There's no GM better for rebuilding the Wiz. As you said, when not complying with Abe's wishes, he's the guy who did a great job this year freeing-up cap space. He also is responsible for drafting the young nucleus (Blatche, McGee and Young); especially consider that Blatche is well on his way to becoming one of the best 2nd round draft choices of all-time. All those wishing for Grunfeld's dismissal should look around and find the potential successor. Who do you think is such a great administrator of NBA talent and is available to be hired?

Posted by: phil27 | April 20, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Wizard options are very clear.they are rebuuilding ,no need to go by position or a tendency to fill a spot in the line up.one should not be concerned about that when all spots are open.The only spot seems to be occupid is the PF position.There is no need to pick monroe who is going to add noting on AB.
If they hit lottery, pick john Wall , no need to worry about Arenas, he will not stay more than a season, it will a stupid idea to relay on GA and trade down and give up any pick this season ,we should pick the best avaliable player.
if we pick #2 evans turner is a good fit for Arenas, he will be a dependable starter and cover the defensive weakness of Arenas.Infact he is the only player who could impact any lotery team right next season.
if we pick #3 i personaly will go for cousins,if he is taken that means one of the top two are avaliable ,he should not pass any of them.
At #4 i will go for Favours, he could win the starting position from JM.
at #5 oviously w. johnson
at#6 i will go for Aminuo
#7 i will go for Aldrich
#8 I will pick the best avaliable SF or a raw talent for the center position.The center from MARSHALL is a good pick.

Posted by: gtefferra | April 20, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

"The big difference being AB has the pure talent to be a doughboy who CAN still produce"

Monroe produced 16, 10, and 2 on a nationally-ranked team in one of, if not the, top bball conferences in the country. To suggest that he was unproductive is profound nonsense. He produced at a high level on a very good team. Blatche produced numbers on one of the worst teams in the NBA. Now, whether Monroe's production will translate into winning contributions in the NBA is an open question. But as things currently stand, it's just as much of an open question for your boy.

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 20, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

And, for the record, if the Wiz get a top 5 pick, I wouldn't take Monroe either. But if he's the best player available at the spot where they do pick, I wouldn't pass on him just because Blatche was in the house.

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 20, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Now, whether Monroe's production will translate into winning contributions in the NBA is an open question. But as things currently stand, it's just as much of an open question for your boy.

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 20, 2010 1:11 PM

That's one of the more ridiculous things you've written, but at least now there's a specific player in Monroe that you've stated is a better option for the team than AB.

I'm a hoyas fan and wish Monroe all the best, but he really has no offensive game from an nba standpoint and has a difficult road to hoe.

Posted by: divi3 | April 20, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

melodious_thunk | April 20, 2010 11:24 AM
In Grunfeld We Trust!! NOT!!!!!!!!!

Ernest Grunfeld is NOT on the job and in the process of rebuilding the team according to HIS vision. Ted Leonsis is fully aware of Grunfeld's UNimpressive resume and will undoubtedly keep him in his current position..NOT!!!
GO AWAY GRUNFELD:

Posted by: horace1 | April 20, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

"And, for the record, if the Wiz get a top 5 pick, I wouldn't take Monroe either. But if he's the best player available at the spot where they do pick, I wouldn't pass on him just because Blatche was in the house."

Posted by: kalo_rama

Agreed.

Posted by: nmik | April 20, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

melodious_thunk | April 20, 2010 11:24 AM
In Grunfeld We Trust!! NOT!!!!!!!!!

Ernest Grunfeld is NOT on the job and in the process of rebuilding the team according to HIS vision. Ted Leonsis is fully aware of Grunfeld's UNimpressive resume and will undoubtedly keep him in his current position..NOT!!!
GO AWAY GRUNFELD:)

Posted by: horace1 | April 20, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

oh and speaking of the draft, rubio is now averaging 6pts/4assists on 36% shooting in the euroleague....what a shame EG passed that up huh

Posted by: divi3 | April 20, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 20, 2010
Monroe produced 16, 10, and 2 on a nationally-ranked team in one of, if not the top, bball conferences in the country.
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Amen brother.

Posted by: horace1 | April 20, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

In Grunfeld We Trust!! NOT!!!!!!!!!

Ernest Grunfeld is NOT on the job and in the process of rebuilding the team according to HIS vision. Ted Leonsis is fully aware of Grunfeld's UNimpressive resume and will undoubtedly keep him in his current position..NOT!!!
GO AWAY GRUNFELD:)

Posted by: horace1 | April 20, 2010 1:36 PM

The tone-deaf are among us still.

As pointed out before, Grunfeld's post-Pollin maneuverings are akin to sweet melodies with rich harmonics. Needless to say, given your tin ear, your critique of his performance cannot be relied upon.

Posted by: melodious_thunk | April 20, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Grunfeld has showed to be moderate GM at best. His draft philosophy(or aversion to) is more of a personal gripe of mine than the end-all-be-all. I just believe that you do it consistanly and you eventually get very lucky. Its more cost friendly and can provide that youthful energy.

Anyhow, EG's ban of misfits have never been uniformed. It has been a collection of individual talents that have had no cohesion. One too many tweeners with one on one games. If Ernie had put as good of a team together as some thought (myself included) then they would have been better with GA gone for so long and even when CB's game faded. 19 wins was unacceptable.

Posted by: millineumman | April 20, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Oneee - WALL
Twooo - TURNER
Three - COUSINS
Fourr - FAVORS
Fivee - JOHNSON
Sixxx - AMINU
Seven - ALDRICH
Eight - DAVIS

Posted by: glawrence007 | April 20, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

EG is G*D and walks on water. FLIP is the perfect coach for a young rebuilding team.

Posted by: glawrence007 | April 20, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

In Grunfeld We Trust!! NOT!!!!!!!!!

Ernest Grunfeld is NOT on the job and in the process of rebuilding the team according to HIS vision. Ted Leonsis is fully aware of Grunfeld's UNimpressive resume and will undoubtedly keep him in his current position..NOT!!!
GO AWAY GRUNFELD and take your misfits with you please and your "rich harmonic "friends" who comment for you".
So enough of the propaganda and lies please! we are just getting over Bushism.

Posted by: horace1 | April 20, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

So do you do you like Grunfeld as GM or not, horace1?

Posted by: and_1 | April 20, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Correction:

So do you like Grunfeld...

Posted by: and_1 | April 20, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

DeMarcus Cousins = Oliver Miller?

Posted by: artiesliver | April 20, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

No.

Cousins = Mel Turpin!

Don't do it, Ernie.

Posted by: gimmedat | April 20, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I think his record... Wins versus Loses brother speaks for itself. Put all of the SPIN you want on it and collaborate with FOX if you like even but the NBA and all professional sports is about WINNING. On that point we are at the bottom of the barrel AND NO SPIN CAN CHANGE THAT and Grunfeld was steering the ship. End of story.
And speaking of free agents we need to take a good shot at John Salmons. Beginning of another story.

Posted by: horace1 | April 20, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Bottom of the barrel might be a little strong. Ernie constructed a team that went to four straight playoff appearances. There are many teams that can make no such claim. I won't lose any sleep if he gets canned but I tend to believe Ted L. has at least some familiarity with him and will keep him around.

Posted by: gimmedat | April 20, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

The big difference being AB has the pure talent to be a doughboy who can still produce, whereas Monroe will find his 1 post move and lack of jumper will be eaten alive by the Singletons of the league.

Posted by: divi3

But Monroe is only 19.....under divi rules doesn't that mean Monroe is destined for awesomeness??

Posted by: ts35 | April 20, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

OK gimmedat, we are at the bottom of the barrel with others, better? And the NBA, I think, is about getting the champions ring, not so much about "making the playoffs" (one and outs those).

Posted by: horace1 | April 20, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

could you please quote those rules kal? er, i mean ts35?

not sure why your panties are in a bunch, all i said was age is a factor when drafting- hardly a revolutionary concept given how many of the draft sites consider age in their ratings.

Posted by: divi3 | April 20, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

horace1,

The Wiz did make it to the second round one of those years. If it's all about championships, only a few GMs would still have their jobs right now.

Posted by: gimmedat | April 20, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

could you please quote those rules kal? er, i mean ts35?

not sure why your panties are in a bunch, all i said was age is a factor when drafting- hardly a revolutionary concept given how many of the draft sites consider age in their ratings.

Posted by: divi3 |
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yeah ts35 ? whats with all the expertise? reads like double talk or something.

Posted by: horace1 | April 20, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

My panties aren't in a bunch, I'm wearing a thong. My only concern, other than chafing, is that your standards regularly shift to support whatever point you're currently trying to make.

The only consistency in your arguments is that the players you like will automatically get better over time, and the players you don't automatically won't.

The part where Monroe is only a year older than AB was when drafted, but already far ahead of where AB was at that age in basketball skills, seems to have escaped your notice. Under the Aminu-to-Thornton comparison you commented on earlier, we should choose Monroe over Blatche because at 19, Monroe has more upside. Blatche at 23, must be capped.

Sites, scouts and GMs mention age because they worship at the altar of 'upside', without apparent concern for the ability to achieve that upside. The underlying rationale is that no one wants to be blamed for missing out on the next big player.

Posted by: ts35 | April 20, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

divi-3... don't be deceived by Rubio's Euro stats... he is playing excellent ball for arguably the best team on the continent, FC Regal Barcelona... He is setting up lots of buckets for Vazquez, JC Navarro, Pete Mickeal, our old terp friend Terrence Morris et al.

As far a Monroe goes... he is in the 9 - 14 area and will be in the league for quite a while I would think. I do not see him as a wizzie tho.

Posted by: khrabb | April 20, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

"The part where Monroe is only a year older than AB was when drafted, but already far ahead of where AB was at that age in basketball skills, seems to have escaped your notice."

Actually I would disagree, Monroe's lack of offensive talent is exactly why he wouldnt be a good pick for the Wiz imo. Hopefully he pans out somewhere, just cant see why this team would invest the time in developing him when there are already young players at PF/C.

"Under the Aminu-to-Thornton comparison you commented on earlier, we should choose Monroe over Blatche because at 19, Monroe has more upside. Blatche at 23, must be capped."

Never meant to imply we should or shouldn't decide on a player based solely on age, but maybe that's how it came across.

Posted by: divi3 | April 20, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

gimmedat: I enjoy your play with words and "logic".

Posted by: horace1 | April 20, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Fair enough on the age thing.

With Monroe, first, I am definitely not advocating the Wiz draft Monroe. Fairly certain I have said that clearly before. Another semi-finesse big is definitely not what the Wiz need. But 'lack of offensive talent'?

If you read the various reports on him, they sound remarkably like AB actually, with the exception that his jumper isn't as good right now. But all reports cite his passing ability as elite for a big man. That he's decent going to the hoop off of the drive (though his ball-handling needs work as AB's did) and off of the spin, but has some problems finishing because he's not overly explosive and doesn't finish through contact well. And he can't finish with his off-hand. Hmmmmmmmm.

Just by virtue of having played two years of college ball at a top school, in a top conference, and with a top coach, his skill level is higher than AB's was at this point in his career, especially as it concerns team basketball fundamentals -- passing out of double teams, etc. -- because he's had exposure to them and had to do them.

Posted by: ts35 | April 20, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

"Analyzing the Wizards" Whew !! Had me fooled, Mr. Lee. I thought why would YOU start now when you've just been a mouthpiece forEVER.

Posted by: renostaging2005 | April 21, 2010 2:21 AM | Report abuse

DeMarcus Cousins = Oliver Miller?

Posted by: artiesliver | April 20, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

No.

Cousins = Mel Turpin!

Don't do it, Ernie.

Posted by: gimmedat | April 20, 2010 3:37 PM

If Grunfeld passes over Cousins at the number 3 slot, it IS time for him to go. Cousins has a more solid build than Miller ever did and Turpin had nowhere near the quickness of Cousins. Why not just pull out a Sam Bowie reference too just to really make a bad analogy?
Given Cousins' productivity, his selection is a no-brainer if the Wiz somehow luck into getting the third pick.

Posted by: ArmChairQB | April 21, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

I didn't think Oliver Miller was 6'11". I thought he was about 6'9". Turpin was a big ole softy physically and personality-wise.

Posted by: G-Man11 | April 21, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

People who thinks that Monroe will be a better version of Blatche is just plain stupid.

Posted by: Dave381 | April 20, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse


i don't usually metion bad grammar or whatever, because I make plenty of mistakes myself...but I have to say to this one: "Oh, the irony!"

Posted by: Blurred | April 21, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

The lead, "Analyzing the Wizards and the playoffs," suggests comments on the playoffs are appropriate. Anybody have any thoughts on the playoffs rather than this pointless speculation on the lottery and draft before the ping pong balls have settled? Is there a better potential match up in the finals than the Lakers and Cavs? Anybody think it's going to be someone else? The Magic and Dallas? Is Boston too old and Atlanta not ready?

Posted by: midlevex_ | April 21, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

GREG MONROE is too soft to be a WIZARD. We need JAMES SINGLETON, and the management can't even do that with ownership in limbo. TED-IRENE, this is NO way to run a professional franchise, unless you're intent on turning off fans and destroying its value. Do the frickin' deal, and let's get some bodies for the summer league.

Posted by: glawrence007 | April 21, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

The lead, "Analyzing the Wizards and the playoffs," suggests comments on the playoffs are appropriate. Anybody have any thoughts on the playoffs rather than this pointless speculation on the lottery and draft before the ping pong balls have settled? Is there a better potential match up in the finals than the Lakers and Cavs? Anybody think it's going to be someone else? The Magic and Dallas? Is Boston too old and Atlanta not ready?

Posted by: midlevex_

Um, pointless? What exactly is pointless about debating which guy who won't be available the Wizards will take at a slot they won't draft in? Sheesh! Spoil sport.

I think we are heading for another Magic / Cavs showdown in the East, which should be great. Having the Hawks or the Celts slip in I think would spoil it. I think the Magic and the Cavs are both primed. Both want to make it to the Finals, both know they are capable of making it and winning it all, plus there's a burgeoning rivalry based on last year's series.

If the Lakers stay healthy, I don't see any team overtaking them in the West.

Either Lakers / Magic or Lakers / Cavs would both be good series. I think most people would prefer to see Lakers / Cavs just for the LeBron / Kobe matchup, but I don't know if the Cavs have enough to get past the Lakers in a seven game series.

Posted by: ts35 | April 21, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

The lead, "Analyzing the Wizards and the playoffs," suggests comments on the playoffs are appropriate. Anybody have any thoughts on the playoffs rather than this pointless speculation on the lottery and draft before the ping pong balls have settled? Is there a better potential match up in the finals than the Lakers and Cavs? Anybody think it's going to be someone else? The Magic and Dallas? Is Boston too old and Atlanta not ready?

Posted by: midlevex_ | April 21, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I think the Mavs will win it all this year. Some will opine that the refs gave it to Dirk, but I know that it will be the superior defensive effort of one Brendan Haywood in his 12-16 mpg that will be the difference.

Then again, it might be the Spurs, with the addition of DeJuan Blair, that make it to the finals in the West.

Posted by: Blurred | April 21, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Um, pointless? What exactly is pointless about debating which guy who won't be available the Wizards will take at a slot they won't draft in? Sheesh! Spoil sport.

Right, Can't imagine what I was thinking.

The Lakers - Cavs is where it's headed unless something unexpected happens and it should be very good. Nice side stories, Lebron-Kobie, Shaq-Kobie.

The Magic improved themselves with Carter but probably not enough. The Cavs pickup of Jamison could be critical and the Shaq-Howard match should be entertaining.

Interesting that former Wizards are critical components for Dallas and Cleveland. We'll have a chance to see them on teams where they are not primary but more fitting, second or third options.

The long shot Celtics, one last chance to prove if they are still relevant or just too old.

Posted by: midlevex_ | April 21, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I can't see the Celts progressing after they get rid of the Heat. With Garnett not what he used to be, I don't think they can stand up to the Magic or the Cavs. Unless some combo of Ray Allen / Paul Pierce / Baby Davis / Rondo just goes off for 4 games.

Posted by: ts35 | April 21, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Rondo may be the celts best player right now

Posted by: Blurred | April 21, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Interesting that former Wizards are critical components for Dallas and Cleveland. We'll have a chance to see them on teams where they are not primary but more fitting, second or third options.

Well said midlevel. Caron is doing a great job in Dallas and haywood is tearing it up against 2nd and 3rd stringers.

Posted by: Blurred | April 21, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

The lead, "Analyzing the Wizards and the playoffs," suggests comments on the playoffs are appropriate. Anybody have any thoughts on the playoffs rather than this pointless speculation on the lottery and draft before the ping pong balls have settled? Is there a better potential match up in the finals than the Lakers and Cavs? Anybody think it's going to be someone else? The Magic and Dallas? Is Boston too old and Atlanta not ready?

Posted by: midlevex_ | April 21, 2010 2:39 PM

Actually, the title suggests discussion of the Wizards and/or the playoffs is appropriate. Anyone rather discuss the Wizards rather than this pointless speculation of the who will make it out of East or West or which possible Finals matchups would be "good", especially considering the fact that no playoff team has even won a series yet? Pot meet kettle.

Posted by: artiesliver | April 21, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

"haywood is tearing it up against 2nd and 3rd stringers."
BH can't get no respect, the story in the Big Lead referred to him as Brenda.

I'm a little surprised at how easily the Celts are disposing of the Heat. They managed to make the Magic play seven games last season without a healthy Garnett. The West is credited with being more competitive but Boston, Atlanta and Orlando are probably better than anybody in the West other than the Lakers.

Posted by: midlevex_ | April 21, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Pot, meet Kettle!

Posted by: artiesliver | April 21, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

They Lakers have been terrible on the road (latter part of season) and barely won last night....dont count Thunder out just yet!

AJ is going to miss some critical FTs and possibly derail the Cavs. Not hoping it happens, can just feel it coming.

Would like to see a few Mavs games come down solely to how Caron and BTH play.

Posted by: divi3 | April 21, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Pot and Kettle duly introduced, thanks.

Posted by: midlevex_ | April 21, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

^^ ;-)

Posted by: artiesliver | April 21, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

They Lakers have been terrible on the road (latter part of season) and barely won last night....dont count Thunder out just yet!

AJ is going to miss some critical FTs and possibly derail the Cavs. Not hoping it happens, can just feel it coming.

Would like to see a few Mavs games come down solely to how Caron and BTH play.

Posted by: divi3

I sense the Lakers are coasting a bit, thinking they pretty much have this series in hand, and trying to rest for the next series....which is dangerous, but last night was likely their wake-up call. I like OKC's good young, nucleus, but I think they are too inexperienced and not talented enough as a team. Also, not-for-nothing, between Phil, Kobe, and it being the Lakers, the refs will bail the Lakers out of losing this series if need be. Not saying they will fix it, just saying that between Kobe's star treatment, Phil's lobbying and the Lakers tradition, they will get the benefit of the doubt.

Posted by: ts35 | April 21, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Pot, meet Kettle!

Posted by: artiesliver | April 21, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse


You missed the timestamp by 3 minutes

Posted by: Blurred | April 21, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Busted!

Posted by: artiesliver | April 21, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

With 4 picks I'd do you moving around. For our needs I like Greg Monroe with the 1st pick if we pick 7 or higher. I might be willing to trade my late first round pick and package my 31st pick of the second round if I could get Evan Turner.

Posted by: Gooddad | April 21, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

You gotta love the way the Celts are playing. Is it because the Heat sux or are the Celts peaking. All it takes is for a team to go on a big streak in the playoffs. I think they got complacent last year and let the easy games stay too close. When they are clicking they can stay with any team. I think they have the best chance to beat the Cavs. The talent and playoff experience is there but so is the wear & tear on the old men. I don't see that series going more than 5 and the Cavs sweeping theirs.

Posted by: VBFan | April 21, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

"Interesting that former Wizards are critical components for Dallas and Cleveland. We'll have a chance to see them on teams where they are not primary but more fitting, second or third options".

Posted by: midlevex_

In somebody's mind (Ernie Grunfeld) these guys were part of the "BIG THREE".. and they are role players-at best. That, plus the fact there was obviously NO PROFESSIONAL CRITERIA in this organization and the "BLATCHE TRIPLE DOUBLE FIASCO" and THE INDISCIPLINE CONTINUED UNTIL THE LAST DAY OF THE SEASON.
TED please save us. Lose these people.

Posted by: horace1 | April 21, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

I think Horace is bulletsfan78.

Even if he isn't boringfan78, he is just as boring and repetitive..

Posted by: Blurred | April 21, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

"Caron is doing a great job in Dallas and haywood is tearing it up against 2nd and 3rd stringers."

Too bad for Dallas Tim Duncan isn't a 2nd or 3rd stringer. He owned Haywood in the 4th of game two.

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 22, 2010 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Blurred
Horace thinks Blurred is ignorant and blurred.

Posted by: horace1 | April 22, 2010 6:37 AM | Report abuse

Give Horace (BF78) a raise?

Posted by: Blurred | April 22, 2010 7:34 AM | Report abuse

"Caron is doing a great job in Dallas and haywood is tearing it up against 2nd and 3rd stringers."

Too bad for Dallas Tim Duncan isn't a 2nd or 3rd stringer. He owned Haywood in the 4th of game two.

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 22, 2010 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Exactly my point

Posted by: Blurred | April 22, 2010 7:35 AM | Report abuse

Give Horace (BF78) a raise?

Posted by: Blurred
Hey Blurred, What is your problem? Its a forum - grow up and join the world.

Posted by: horace1 | April 22, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

I wouldn't mind seeing a player like brendan haywood coming back to the wizards. True he may have taken FOREVER to develop from Brenda brickhands Todd Haywood but hes now the serviceable center that dwight called one of the best defensive centers. In the 2007-2008 season he was posting career numbers and it wasn't his contract year.

Posted by: jefferu | April 22, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

yeah, BTH looked great last night. Held Duncan to a mere 25/17 while dropping 2pts on him. We really need to get him back.

Posted by: divi3 | April 22, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

"In the 2007-2008 season he was posting career numbers and it wasn't his contract year. "

And those "career numbers" were mediocre at best.

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 22, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

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