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Al Thornton will play, JaVale McGee pledges to rebound more

By Michael Lee

Al Thornton will play against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday. He was examined on Saturday in Chicago and discovered that a stomach virus contributed to his sluggish performance the night before. After his worst game of the regular season, Thornton expressed some concern over the stomach ailment that limited him to season-lows of two points, on 1 for 8 shooting, and two rebounds in the Wizards' 93-85 loss to Charlotte.

If I can get this high for a dunk... (Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Thornton said the pain was so unbearable that he had to decline entering the game when Coach Flip Saunders wanted to insert him in the second half. He played just 21 minutes and left the bench momentarily to head to the locker room in the fourth quarter. Before leaving the Verizon Center to catch a flight to Chicago on Friday, Thornton said, "It's still kind of painful."

And, after matching his season-low with two rebounds, JaVale McGee didn't speak to reporters on Friday. He quietly walked out of the locker room wearing dress slacks, dress shoes and a Wizards T-shirt. He had a lot to say on his Twitter account on Saturday morning. The Bobcats dominated the Wizards on the boards, pummeling them 48-30.

Making matters worse, McGee likely saw highlights of Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love grabbing more rebounds (31) than the entire Wizards team in a win over New York on Friday, became the first player since Moses Malone had a game with at least 30 points and 30 rebounds nearly 28 years ago. This season, Love has had games with 24 rebounds and 31 rebounds. The Wizards, the worst rebounding team in the league, have now had games with 25 rebounds and 30.

McGee has only had double-digit rebounds in one game this season, when he grabbed 10 in a loss to Cleveland. After being held to a season-low 16 minutes against the Bobcats, McGee wrote, "Definently [sic] enrolling in K.Love's school of rebounding online.... bout to watch these 31 and 24 rebounding games... especially after 2 rebs." He then added, "tired of losing.. been thru this for 2 yrs now that i can contribute im [sic] not letting it happen again"

By Michael Lee  | November 13, 2010; 1:30 PM ET
Categories:  Al Thornton, JaVale McGee  
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Talk is cheap, JaVale. The next time you put a body on someone and box out for rebounds will be the first.

Dude is still relying SOLELY on athleticism to get it done. My guess is Flip put him on notice that he's about to lose his starting job and then his minutes. Tonight is a good test.

Posted by: bobabuie | November 13, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Weird thing is, apparently Love knew he'd get 30 rebounds in the first half. He saw how NY was playing him. Nonetheless there's a fairly steady drumbeat among some fans in the Twin Cities to get rid of him. Can't get his shot off in traffic, is the complaint.

Of course, some of those fans are just ticked off because the team traded Jefferson...

Posted by: Samson151 | November 13, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Javale's problem is at root, he's not really a center. Sure, he can play there, but you see the sort of problems we saw last night. Same thing's true for Yi. Hilton might generously be termed a center, but he has other deficits.

The Wiz could still turn into a fairly good team, as Tom Boswell said, if they play hard and stick together. But they're a long way from a winning record.

Posted by: Samson151 | November 13, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

The Wizards' big men just don't box out -- they turn and go for the ball, but they don't seal their men off the boards. Rebounding is a team sport and it is won by guys who don't care if THEY get the rebound, so long as their TEAM gets it. This is stuff that should have been taught back in high school but obviously is still over the heads of McGee and Blatche.

Posted by: dolph924 | November 13, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

enrolling in K.Love's school of rebounding online

Online? I thought it was a boarding school. Zing!

Posted by: djnnnou | November 13, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

There will be nights in which the onball defense is so poor that your center has to defend the rim (and is not in defensive position). Thats why you will find the power forward getting a lot of rebounds. Kevin Love is not an anamoly look at Ben Wallace, Dennis Rodman, Reggie Evans and Paul Silas. On nine of the plays on SportsCenter of Love was he defending the rim.

In a rush to place blame, none of the basketball geiuses on this blog or the joke of a coach (Flip Wilson) has addressed the onball defense of his two guards Hinrich and John Wall. They have been horRendous defennsively. The opposing guards have had a field day on us from Jameer Nelson, Mo Williams, Boobie Gibson to rhe kid with the funny jumpshot from Houston. You know your frontcourt defense is bad when Gilbert Areenas is talked about as your best defender.

That is the problem with this coach and why these kids have not developed. The only people he holds accountable are Blatche, McGee and Young.

If you want to criticize Javale for rebounding give him enough continuous playing time to judge him fairly. Hell also put a real small forward in the game so that he can help on the boards.

It should be obvious that (a) we need Arenas 's scoring and (B) its time to play him more significant minutes to develop his timing, confidence and conditioning. We may lose games in the intrerim but I am willing to bet taht shooting nights like last night are few and far between.

Posted by: NewManagement | November 13, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

"On nine of the plays on SportsCenter of Love was he defending the rim.

I never heard of that show --- Sports Center of Love. Stars FlavaFlav, right?

Posted by: Samson151 | November 13, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

"In a rush to place blame, none of the basketball geiuses on this blog or the joke of a coach (Flip Wilson) has addressed the onball defense of his two guards Hinrich and John Wall"

Hey, that's an insult to Flip Wilson.

Posted by: zxhoya | November 13, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Excuse me if I'm wrong..but do you realize the Wizards shot 17 more shots? Who is going to get those rebounds? TThe defense. I appreciate that Javale is ina position to say he is going to get more rebounds. I think he has a good attitude. But I don't think he had a bad game. Saunders doesn't let him play. If he were Wall Saunders would focus on the TOs and bad shooting %. He was taken out of the game after about 3 minutes in the 4th when he was playing well and Wizards were taking control. I really don't understand where all this lack of love is coming from.

Posted by: bobilly1 | November 13, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

enrolling in K.Love's school of rebounding online

Online? I thought it was a boarding school. Zing!

Posted by: djnnnou | November 13, 2010 4:25 PM

Okay, that was pretty good.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 13, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

DeJuan Blair!!!

Posted by: jaguar2490 | November 13, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

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