Al Thornton will play, JaVale McGee pledges to rebound more
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.
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"
| November 13, 2010; 1:30 PM ET
Categories: Al Thornton, JaVale McGee
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