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On to the draft lottery

Morning brew

The Wizards won their final game of this regular season last night, 98-97 over the Indiana Pacers. But was it a costly victory? Michael Lee says it may have hurt the Wizards' chances of a better spot in the draft lottery. In his "gamer" Lee looks back on the entire bizarre season, and he compiled a timeline of key events.

And check out Gene Wang's in-game chat from last night.

Here's a briefing on the regular season finale from Bullets Forever. And here are some pre-finale thoughts from Truth About It's Kyle Weidie.

Around the league ...

The regular season wrapped up and final matchups are determined for the playoffs. Here's the complete first-round playoff schedule. Also, teams are making decisions about their head coaches. Former Wizards coach Eddie Jordan is apparently getting the axe has been fired by the 76ers.

Highlights of last night's 14 games are below, courtesy of NBA.com:

By Alexa Steele  |  April 15, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
 
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Comments

Yes, it helps to get lucky in the draft lottery but it's more helpful to have a GM who can make good draft picks.

New poll question...

Who don't you want to see with the Wizards organization next year?

1) The Pollin family
2) Ernie
3) Flip
4) Gil
5) a 1st round draft pick
6) All of the above

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | April 15, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Why not trade the draft pick for some vets with expiring contracts, like last year? Sure, you sacrifice your future, but you could win a couple more games that way in the upcoming season.

I know that sounds stupid, but it seems like that is how the Wiz think.

Posted by: EdDC | April 15, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

I think #1 is the only one close to for certain we will not see next year.

I'd be happy if #4 were gone. I don't think he's the worst person on the planet, and he does have a ton of basketball talent, but I don't think he helps the Wiz get to championship level. Because of his contract, the Wiz have no choice but to try to accomodate his style on the court at least to some degree and I think that ultimately hurts the long term development of the franchise.

While I frequently defend some of his moves (certainly not all of them), I think it's time for #2 to go as well. I don't think he's as bad of a GM as some people do, but we are in full scale rebuild mode, and I've never been a big fan of players he's drafted...even the ones who have turned out to be good.

We'll never know how many of his decisions were his own and how many were Abe-directed or financially dictated, but I think the first thing the Wiz need going forward with the rebuild is a FO with a focus on scouting, acquiring and developing young talent. Even though EG's resume contains three reasonable rebuilding jobs (Knicks, Bucks, and yes, the Wiz), I don't think he's the right fit for it going forward.

Posted by: ts35 | April 15, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

bulletsfan78:

The top of the list. Keep the other four.

Posted by: glawrence007 | April 15, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

REVISED after last nights victory.

McGEE C
BLATCHE PF
THORNTON SF
YOUNG SG
ARENAS COMBO G

COUSINS - @ 4 PF/C or WES JOHNSON @ #5 SF
BJELICA - SF/SG if COUSINS is picked, or LARRY SANDERS if there with the Cavs pick.
JJORDAN - C second round, no matter who we get in the lottery.

BRAD MILLER C* unless we go WES JOHNSON. Then DAVID LEE instead.
JOE SMITH PF*
JAMES SINGLETON PF^
TRAVIS OUTLAW SF* unless we pick WES JOHNSON SF.
RANDY FOYE COMBO G^
SHAUN LIVINGSTON PG^
RAFER ALSTON PG*

*FA
^SIGN

Posted by: glawrence007 | April 15, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

"Forget the Princeton offense, we should have been focused on defense," Dalembert said.
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/B/BKN_76ERS_JORDAN_FIRED?SITE=TXDAM&TEMPLATE=SPTBASKETBALL.html&SECTION=HOME

Apparently, not just people in Washington are unhappy with lack of defense in EJ's system.

Posted by: sagaliba | April 15, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Brad Miller and Joe Smith?

I know we'd like to get back to the playoffs, but the 2004 Playoffs?

Posted by: ts35 | April 15, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

"Forget the Princeton offense, we should have been focused on defense," Dalembert said.
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/B/BKN_76ERS_JORDAN_FIRED?SITE=TXDAM&TEMPLATE=SPTBASKETBALL.html&SECTION=HOME

Apparently, not just people in Washington are unhappy with lack of defense in EJ's system.

Posted by: sagaliba | April 15, 2010 12:18 PM |

I was happy when EJ got fired from the Wizards, however, I think EJ got a raw deal in Philly. The fans hated the hire and management didn't resign the driver of their offense in A. Miller. Also, as we saw with Wizards, teams catch up with you game and pass you. People in Philly saw their team as a playoff team and they learned like we did that their team wasn't good enough to make the playoffs. However, they are blaming the coach when really they don't have the talent to compete. They'll have basically that same team next and they will learn that it's time to start over.

Also, what Dalembert isn't true. I remember reading about how EJ used their entire training camp to focus on defense. Plus, Philly wasn't running the offense the Wiz ran under EJ. It look nothing like what the Wiz ran and EJ said he modified the offense a lot to fit Philly's talent. They just don't have any talent. They actually played their best ball when AI was on the court because he was an upgrade in talent.

Posted by: 33dgriffin | April 15, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

33dgriffin,

While I agree that Sixers management should at least share some blames, I'd like to make two points here.

1. EJ himself believes that his system does not need a traditional PG like A Miller, and stressed this point at his hiring. So the blames should go to both him (for unable to deliver what he promised), and the management (for believing it).

2. Yes, EJ always "preach defense" during training camp, but it is a fact that his team canot play defense. Is it all players' fault? Remember "preaching defense" is not the same as "coaching defense." Otherwise we can all be NBA coaches, because we can all preach defense!

Posted by: sagaliba | April 15, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

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