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Ex-Wizards get fresh start

In Part 4 of Home and Away, Michael Lee reports that former Wizards Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson are enjoying their opportunities in Dallas, even though the Mavericks are on the brink of elimination from the first round of the playoffs.

Yesterday, Michael Wilbon's online chat touched on the Home and Away series and the rest of the NBA playoffs.

The Charlotte Bobcats were swept by Orlando last night. If the Bobcats' vagabond coach, Larry Brown, decides to become the 76ers' president, it could trigger a domino effect that would shake up the Wizards' front office.

Truth About It's Kyle Weidie offers a long, thoughtful look at Shaun Livingston and the business of happiness.

Back to the playoffs: the Suns beat the Trail Blazers 107-88, to take a 3-2 series lead; and the Bucks topped the Hawks, 111-104, to tie their series at 2.

Check out highlights from last night's playoff games below, courtesy of NBA.com:

By Alexa Steele  |  April 27, 2010; 10:12 AM ET
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haywood is looking at fresh start next season too, doubt Cuban is interested in keeping him after this series. Wouldnt be surprised if CB is gone too.

Posted by: divi3 | April 27, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Crunch time in the National Basketball Association playoffs is not supposed to belong to a 20-year-old rookie.

Then again, Brandon Jennings is no ordinary rookie.

The lightning-quick lefty dropped in a pair of huge baskets down the stretch to punctuate a 23-point effort, leading the Milwaukee Bucks to a 111-104 victory over the Atlanta Hawks Monday night, evening their first-round series at 2-2.

Jennings made 9-of-16 shots and all five of his free throws. But no shot was bigger than his floater in the lane with 4:35 left to give the Bucks a 94-86 lead.


That's okay we have MM and Foye.

Great job Ernie?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | April 27, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

""If the Bobcats' vagabond coach, Larry Brown,...""

Larry Brown epitomizes the word vagabond. Coaching in Charlotte while apparently negotiating a front office position in Philly. Nice.

Posted by: gimmedat | April 27, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Caron is a one-on-one player. He doesn't pass, and is turnover prone (as Mavs have found out recently). He averaged 3.5 TOs in theis playoff, which is a no-no in the playoff when every possession counts (more so than in the regular season), that's why he was benched in the 2nd half of the 3rd game.

However, the Mavs rise and fall with Nowitzki (unlike Duncan in Spurs). When he scores just 17 points, they are not going to win, period.

Watching Mavs is a lot like watching Wizards, they rely on outscoring their opponent and don’t play defense. That's why they always failed in the playoff regardless of the regular season success. There is a lot similarity from their fans comments too. Their star player (Nowitzki) don't play defense. The players who have to be on the court to score (Nowitzki, Terry) are the worst defenders on the team. Of course they found out that CB isn't that good a defender either, he gambles too much. I think the biggest problem they encountered in this series is Kidd didn't play well. Kidd has not only rejuvenated himself during the regular season, but has also found (developed) his 3 point shots during the season (42.5%). Unfortunately, Spurs has him scouted out, and he shot just 28% (2pt + 3pt) in the series, and his assist (his greatest asset) number is down too.

Posted by: sagaliba | April 27, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | April 27, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

don't you remember, Rubio is the ONLY player the wiz coulda picked with the 5th selection. that's the reason why all these rubes think that the trade was a good idea, then and now. They didn't want to believe that MM and RF weren't that good to begin with, and they are stuck on Ricky Rubio, while two pgs we didn't even consider (Lawson and Jennings) are contributing members of playoff teams, and have been all season.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | April 27, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

But the mavs have something to talk about these past few weeks.

Posted by: jefferu | April 27, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Ernie Grunfield is old school NBA. Flip Saunders is old school NBA. This dosen't mean that experienced NBA folks can't put together winning org's and Teams.

But, from what I see from these two is that they would have no success with a Jennings, or any of the other young rookies of promise whom have proven they can play in this League.

Their dogmatic approach and faith in NBA traditionalism would prevent them from integrating young inexperienced talent into a winning system.

Those of you that were so adamant that this thing needed to be blown up did not get your wish.

The cornerstone is still here in Flip and Ernie. Nothing is blown up when you still are using the same old tired philosophy.

Ted hasn't even come in yet to remake those two. For, if he does not remake those two, it is going to be more of the same.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 27, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

I remember mentioning Ty Lawson as a money player and NBA ready at draft time. But Lawson was considered by many as not the player to draft as the 5th pick.

I also felt that Ty Lawson was a better prospect than Ricky Rubio and it did not follow to me that RR was a 5th pick either.

But in HINDSIGHT Samson151, and this is what hindsight is Samson151, drafting at the 5th pick should have been considered what was best for your team and not solely, who is worthy of the 5th pick.

In the Wizards case we did not get it right at all. The best pick for the Wiz, in HINDSIGHT Samson151 should have been a point guard not named Ricky Rubio.

Brandon Jennings would have been a great pick at the 5th slot, and in HINDSIGHT Samson151, we would have hoped that Flip Saunders would have been smart enough to play him, which I doubt.

A point guard as good as Jennings is could have arguably held/kept this team from having to be blown up.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 27, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

LarryInClintonMD

You are right "IF" Ernie would have drafted Jennings Flip wouldn't have played him anyways.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | April 27, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

But, isn't is ironic that Michael Jordan has been the only real president of Basketball operations that this Team has had?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD

Ironic maybe in an Alanis-Morrisette-I-don't-really-understand-what-irony-means kind of way. How was MJ any more of a 'real' pres?

Posted by: ts35 | April 27, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Only in the since that he made real basketball decisions as the President of Basketball Operations and no one else to my knowledge has for the Wizards.

Thats what I mean in that it is ironic that he has been the only one and he got crucified for it, but the Organization has been devoid of a decision maker as the Pres of BasOps' besides him.

Is it any wonder for the sorry state of affairs?

Thats what I mean TS35.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 27, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

DC to Dallas: We coulda told you that....

More than anything, it was the way Butler attempted to take control of the game that raised eyebrows. He jacked up nine shots in the first 11 minutes of Game 4, many of them ill-advised and/or contested jumpers. He clanged a 15-footer, a 20-footer and an 18-footer to go with a missed layup and an offensive foul before making his first basket (itself an 18-footer). The pattern of settling for mid-range-and-beyond tries continued throughout the game, as Butler only managed two free-throw attempts.


http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Caron-Butler-shooting-the-Mavs-in-the-foot?urn=nba,236746

Posted by: divi3 | April 27, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

"But in HINDSIGHT Samson151, and this is what hindsight is Samson151, drafting at the 5th pick should have been considered what was best for your team and not solely, who is worthy of the 5th pick.
In the Wizards case we did not get it right at all. The best pick for the Wiz, in HINDSIGHT Samson151 should have been a point guard not named Ricky Rubio.
Brandon Jennings would have been a great pick at the 5th slot, and in HINDSIGHT Samson151, we would have hoped that Flip Saunders would have been smart enough to play him, which I doubt.A point guard as good as Jennings is could have arguably held/kept this team from having to be blown up.LarryInClintonMD."

Well, LarryinClintonMD, you show, LarryinClintonMD, a deep and abiding, LarryinClintonMD, fondness for your own ideas, LarryinClintonMD, above all others.

So you, LarryinClintonMD, are welcome to them.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 27, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

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