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Fourth-quarter collapse, injury update

Morning brew

The Wizards melted down in the fourth quarter of the season's final road game, falling to the Knicks last night, 114-103.

After the game, Michael Lee caught up with Josh Howard, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in February. He was in New York meet with his doctors and says he is ahead of schedule in his recovery.

Lee also caught up with injured guard Randy Foye, who was also in New York, to visit a hand specialist.

Here's a briefing on last night's game against the Knicks from Bullets Forever's JakeTheSnake.

Meanwhile, Truth About It's Kyle Weidie looks back at Saturday's game vs, the Hawks, in words and pictures.

Slam Online offered Shaun Livingston, In His Own Words.


Around the League ...

As the playoffs approach, Fanhouse's Tim Povtak thinks LeBron James owes fans a refund.


There were 11 games last night. Highlights are below, courtesy of NBA.com:

By Alexa Steele  |  April 13, 2010; 10:04 AM ET
 
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Comments

You might want to wait until the new ownership brings in a new medical staff to evaluate the progress of injury recovery. Josh Howard "being ahead of schedule" is scary considering our crack medical staff.

Posted by: G-Man11 | April 13, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Mercifully; the season that was a train wreck is almost over what an improvement(LOL) over last year's record. i wonder what kind of bonus Flip and Ernie earned?

Posted by: dargregmag | April 13, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

I don't think its the wizards medical staff because the article said Howard went to meet with HIS doctors in NEW YORK. But it was kinda ironic head athletic trainer Eric waters went somewhere else to get his appendix removed instead of staying here for voodoo magic

Posted by: jefferu | April 13, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

good stuff G-man

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | April 13, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

"But it was kinda ironic head athletic trainer Eric waters went somewhere else to get his appendix removed instead of staying here for voodoo magic"

Didn't he just have the appendectomy where he was (Charlotte maybe?) when he had the appendicitis?

Posted by: EestiLaps | April 13, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Interesting to read that some writers think that LeBron owes the fans an apology or a refund for not playing. I guess these morons would rather some phantom injury be cited instead of being told the truth.

Posted by: artiesliver | April 13, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

artiesliver

If LeBron owes the fans a refund for not playing the Pollin family should split the money they are going to make from the sale of the teams to anyone who has had season tickets over the last 30 years.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | April 13, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

hell hath no fury like a woman scorned

Posted by: G-Man11 | April 13, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

"Didn't he just have the appendectomy where he was (Charlotte maybe?) when he had the appendicitis?Posted by: EestiLaps"

That's the thing about appendicitis: it doesn't like waiting rooms.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 13, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

If LeBron owes the fans a refund for not playing the Pollin family should split the money they are going to make from the sale of the teams to anyone who has had season tickets over the last 30 years.

Posted by: bulletsfan78

Normally I don't go in for Pollin bashing, but I'm actually in on this one. During the time I had season tickets, my tickets in consecutive seasons went from $27 > $28 > $35 > $50 > $75 > $85 per seat per game, without a ton of dramatic improvement on the court. I had to bail at $85, but those seats in the VC are the $150 seats now I think.

I'll never call Abe cheap, but there's no question that except for a few bright spots, the team has not delivered on their end, and certainly not commensurate with the price increases.

Posted by: ts35 | April 13, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

I bet the kid whose first game to the Quicken Loans arena and missed lebron is somehow going to get seats to the first round of the playoffs on the floor behind mike brown

Posted by: jefferu | April 13, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Leonsis is no stranger to raising ticket prices, something tells me my cheap seats are in danger.

Worth it if they start winning of course

Posted by: divi3 | April 13, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Those same Cav fans complaining would complain in the opposite manner if LeBron got hurt for playing in a meaningless game.

Posted by: G-Man11 | April 13, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

ts35

The people who bought season tickets this year thought they were going to see Gil,CB,AJ and BTH.

The ownership had Ernie trade 3 of them so they could make more money?

And people get on me?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | April 13, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

as someone who bought season tix, i am thrilled EG moved cb/aj/bth. The only thing that would have made this season worse is watching those 3 lose games in disinterested fashion.

they're better off, and so is the team.

Posted by: divi3 | April 13, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

ts35

The people who bought season tickets this year thought they were going to see Gil,CB,AJ and BTH.

The ownership had Ernie trade 3 of them so they could make more money?

And people get on me?

Posted by: bulletsfan78

But was that a downgrade or an upgrade?

And, while I'm sure the prospect of making money certainly was a factor in the moves, I don't think it was the only factor. I think the compelling factor was "why are we going to pay luxury tax payments for a cellar-dwelling team that isn't going anywhere?", and in that case I actually agree.

What makes less sense is jacking up your prices when your 'big 3' are Tom Gugliotta, Rex Chapman and Calbert Cheaney.

Posted by: ts35 | April 13, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

ts35

The people who bought season tickets this year thought they were going to see Gil,CB,AJ and BTH.

The ownership had Ernie trade 3 of them so they could make more money?

And people get on me?

Posted by: bulletsfan78

Are you being for real right there? The ownership paid all three good salaries for their worth, Caron being the most economical. They then traded them when it was obvious the core of the team was overrated and a cellar dwellar as someone else said. I even recall you critisizing AJ and Gil quite a bit. Now you say they got orders to trade them so they could make more money?

Look sometimes you are right about how the organization is not run like a competant NBA franchise that truly desires a championship, but otherwise you seem to have an agenda.

Posted by: millineumman | April 13, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

What makes less sense is jacking up your prices when your 'big 3' are Tom Gugliotta, Rex Chapman and Calbert Cheaney.

Posted by: ts35 | April 13, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Don't rag on Googs. he never did anything other than play hard and outperform.

Cal, though...lol

And Rex! I actually liked the Chapman/Walker/Muresan days. At least the team was fun to watch while they lost.

Posted by: Blurred | April 13, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to see SANDERS going pro blurred.

Posted by: glawrence007 | April 13, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Kinda' like now huh?

Posted by: glawrence007 | April 13, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

So the Knicks are now interested in Shaun Livingston.....

Let's hope he doesn't leave like Gee left....

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | April 13, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope he doesn't leave like Gee left....
Posted by: DC_MAN88


I think he good as gone.... Hopefully not though. I think Gee wishes he were still here, now back in the D-league.

Posted by: dsquare | April 13, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

I think it will be extremely funny that Ernie G. would give up a 2nd rounder to SA for the rights to Gee next year. I would not be opposed, but just entertained.

Posted by: dsquare | April 13, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

"I think Gee wishes he were still here, now back in the D-league."

I think he'd be hard-pressed to tell the difference. Besides, the thought of the partially guaranteed contract for next season is probably keeping him warm.

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 13, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

McGEE
BLATCHE
THORNTON
YOUNG
ARENAS

COUSINS - PF/C
BJELICA - SF/SG
JJORDAN - C

BRAD MILLER*
JOE SMITH*
JAMES SINGLETON^
TRAVIS OUTLAW*
RANDY FOYE^
SHAUN LIVINGSTON^
RAFER ALSTON*

*FA
^SIGN

Posted by: glawrence007 | April 13, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

It kinda sounds like Livingston is willing to jump at the first team that offers and appears to be a further along the playoff derby than the Wizards.

This may be selfish, being a Wizard Fan and all, but sometimes the business decision may not be the best decision.

What if a backcourt of he and Gilbert found a niche and worked out quite well next year?

How many situations cound be better than than that?

What contending Team that might sign him needs a point guard that still needs to get back to top form next year?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 14, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

nothing particularly selfish about Livingston not wanting to be stuck playing some hybrid form of 2guard to make way for the 3rd return of the $80mill man.

Posted by: divi3 | April 14, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

SL is still have a lot of limitations in defense due to his Knee injury.He has a huge chance to improve more provided that he gets consistant minutes next seasom.If he is smart which i expect he will pick a team that garant him minutes than big money for short term contract.Any team will give him a MLE around 5 million for one season but i am sure every team will have a hard time to offer him a long term contract of equivalent money.The wiz can offer him a 3 year around 12-14 million and gamble on his knee.If any one give him more than this he can go for it.

Posted by: gtefferra | April 14, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

nothing particularly selfish about Livingston not wanting to be stuck playing some hybrid form of 2guard to make way for the 3rd return of the $80mill man.

Posted by: divi3 | April 14, 2010 9:15 AM |

Butchasee Divi3, I would not and Livingston should not have to play the two guard to accomodate Gil.

Gilbert does not have the point guard skills that makes the whole Team better. I see in Shaun a skill and court moxy/intelligence to run the gameplan for the Wizards allowing Gilbert to maximize the two position whilst also getting everyoneelse involved.

I think we make a grave misstake to assume that Gilbert must play the one or even control the ball predominantly.

IMHO, Gilbert playing the one and/or controlling the ball predominantly will not take us to a first rate winning Team.

However, the advent of Livingston running the squad with Gilbert play off of him along with the Team seems more right to me.

The prevailing opinion though is that Gil want or can't play the two with a pure point.

I BEG TO DIFFER.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 14, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

I think gilbert can thrive when there is another ball handler like larry hughes but nobody knows if livingston can fill that void that makes the wizards handle the ball and win games not just wizards score score score with Arenas and win games.

Posted by: jefferu | April 14, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

However, the wisdom in convincing the players and Shaun and Gilbert that the best way forward is for SL to run point predominantly would be good forward thinking.

Does Flip and/or the organization have a forward thinking blueprint that the players can see themselves achieving going forward and is it being communicated to them?

This type of foresight and wisdom on the part of the Team also has implications for decision making by the player when it comes to reupping.

We said we wanted to sign Gee for the rest of the season, however, was any gameplan/blueprint for him going forward translated to him in a face to face sit down.

If there was, would he have signed so quickly with SA whom did indicate some future plans for him.

Is the roles for how Gilbert and Shaun is left to speculation by them or has the team indicated some defined future blueprint for how they see them playing together.

I would absolutely suggest that a clear defined role for Livingston going forward with Gilbert is crucial for the Wizards to relay to SL, now, before they have any chances of signing him.

If they have not done so as seems to be the way they handled Gee, then SL may clearly sign elsewhere.

The other day I jested that the Wiz would wait on the ping bong ball to decide on whether they should sign SL. John Wall, no sign. No John Wall, sign.

To wait on the Lottery ball would be foolish.

I say gamble on SL and sign him now. He is more of a sure thing now than John Wall is.

And the bonus is, if we sign SL now, it solves our biggest need, then we go after our second need, another Center with McGee.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 14, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

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