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John Wall, Yi Jianlian to miss game against Toronto

By Michael Lee

The Wizards will not have rookie John Wall or reserve Yi Jianlian for tonight's game against the Toronto Raptors. Coach Flip Saunders said at the morning shootaround that Wall was out with a sprained left foot, which has him moving around on crutches. Gilbert Arenas will likely make his first start of the season in place of Wall.


You won't be seeing this tonight. (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Wall, the No. 1 overall pick, leads the Wizards and all rookies in scoring (18.1 points) and assists (9.8). He also leads the entire league in steals (3.3). He was injured defending Chicago all-star point guard Derrick Rose in the third quarter of a 103-96 loss on Saturday and later crashed into Yi after coercing Luol Deng into an offensive foul. Yi suffered a hyperextended right knee and a bone bruise on the collision.

Wall left the game with 4:29 remaining in the third quarter to have his foot examined and taped. He came back to play the final four minutes of the game, burying a three-pointer that brought the Wizards within six with 30.9 seconds left and assisting Arenas 20 seconds later for a three-pointer that cut the deficit to 99-94. Afterward, Wall said he couldn't sit out while his teammates were fighting back. Arenas said, "We're proud that he hurt his foot and came back and gave us what he gave us."

Arenas had been coming off the bench in his first five games, averaging 14.2 points and three assists in 27.6 minutes. He scored a season-high 30 points and made seven three-pointers against the Bulls. He is shooting 45.5 percent (16 for 35) from beyond the three-point line this season.

By Michael Lee  | November 16, 2010; 10:49 AM ET
Categories:  John Wall, Yi Jianlian  
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Comments

Can you say Cartier Martin & Kevin Seraphin?!?!

Posted by: CantWait90 | November 16, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Can you say Cartier Martin & Kevin Seraphin?!?!

Yes, but will flip?

Posted by: spoooooooon | November 16, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Can you say Cartier Martin & Kevin Seraphin?!?!

Posted by: CantWait90 | November 16, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Can we say FREE THROWS. Gilbert used to be the master of getting to the line. Now the whole team just shoots jumpers all night. JWOW, Blatche, and GIL need to get to the free throw line atleast 5 times a game or more.

Posted by: AllDCSports | November 16, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse


Arenas doesn't take it to the rack as fearlessly or aggressively as he once did and hence he doesn't get free throws.

It's too bad that as soon as Arenas shows a pulse Wall gets hurt and Blatche might miss tonight's game too. Not the best way to build chemistry with the most potent scorers on the team.

Posted by: tgif11 | November 16, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Arenas doesn't take it to the rack as fearlessly or aggressively as he once did and hence he doesn't get free throws.
Posted by: tgif11 | November 16, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Exactly. He need to revert back to playing that way. That was the soul of his game. He made defenders play off of him, which allowed him to shoot. When hot, the defender would play up on him and he'd go past him, looking to score at the rim and perhaps getting the AND 1. Now, the whole team shoots jumpers allllllll night. They will never WIN this way. Its a staggering statistic of how many times they go to the line versus the opponent.

Posted by: AllDCSports | November 16, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, injury has a way off determining who plays at times and so does the coach. I can't believe earlier we had someone crowing how Hinrich is still standing.

Isn't McGee and Young still standing?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | November 16, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, injury has a way off determining who plays at times and so does the coach. I can't believe earlier we had someone crowing how Hinrich is still standing.

Isn't McGee and Young still standing?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | November 16, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Let's see NY and his 57%TS get some good minutes. Or Cartier. But please don't run Gil and KH 39mins a piece

Posted by: divi3 | November 16, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

If you watched Gil last year (and even this year), you'll see he's not getting the calls the way he used to. As such, I'm not surprised he's as reluctant as he is to put his body through that kind of bruising if he knows they're not gonna bail him out with the whistle.

Posted by: EYoung77 | November 16, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Taking the ball to the rack has a lot to do with gametime playing condition. Once Gilbert is flush with starting and gametime conditioning, taking it to the rack should not be an issue.

If you've noticed that up till the last game Gilbert was basically just a catch and shoot kind of guy.

Taking the ball to the hoop means that he is controlling the ball on the break. Wall has mostly been doing that.

Even controlling the ball in the halfcourt set has mostly been done by Wall and Hinrich.

It is why I said that Wall and Gilbert needs to play together more and Gilbert needs to start. Playing together as starters, with starters minutes, should help Arenas get his whole game back instead of just the catch and shoot he has been doing up till now.

There isn't any reason for Gilbert not to control the ball some even playing alongside of Wall but they need more playing time together.

Another reason we may not have seen Gilbert to the basket yet is that Flip isn't including that in the limited role that Gilbert has had till now.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | November 16, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Gil doesn't take it to the hoop as strongly as he once did because he's lost some explosiveness. I'd like to think that it's just post-injury apprehension but it's much more likely he's lost something over the last 3 years. Not saying he can't be effective or shouldn't start but based on what I saw last year, Gil needs to reinvent himself a little.

Posted by: mugsybol | November 16, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

I agree they need to play more together but they need to attack the rim. Wall likes to penetrate and dish the ball, he never really tries to finish. Gil acts as if he's still hurt or just unable to finish at the rim, but together if they can develope that type of killer instinct the team will be better.

I agree that Arenas and Wall should handle the ball, theres no way a rookie albiet a good one should dominate the ball as much as JWOW. If they both can just play off of instinct, remember to finish at the rim, get some free throws, they would be something to watch. as of now I'm sick of all the jumpers its as if thats the offense that Flip runs. GO TO THE HOLE BABY!!!

Posted by: AllDCSports | November 16, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

[Wall left the game with 4:29 remaining in the third quarter to have his foot examined and taped. He came back to play the final four minutes of the game, burying a three-pointer that brought the Wizards within six with 30.9 seconds left and assisting Arenas 20 seconds later for a three-pointer that cut the deficit to 99-94. Afterward, Wall said he couldn't sit out while his teammates were fighting back. Arenas said, "We're proud that he hurt his foot and came back and gave us what he gave us."]

Do the Wizards have a coach? Oh no, I forgot, they have Flipper, who might as well be a Dolphin as far as his ability to coach this team.

It's great that Wall wanted to come back into this game, but what about the next game? The coach should have told him no, considering the possibility that Wall could further aggrivate his injury and miss THE ENTIRE NEXT GAME, and maybe games after that. That's stupid coaching. Seeing how hard Wall plays, wouldn't a good coach sort of reign him in and not let him play top five minutes of anyone in the league? Wall is a rookie, Flipper. He's one year removed from high school. He has no idea how to pace himself for a full NBA season. You're supposed to help him out there. But again, Flip is clueless, just like Grunfeld. This team will go nowhere with those two in leadership positions.

Posted by: sonny2 | November 16, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Isn't Blatche hobbled as-well? Expect to see Neck play a season-high for minutes for him tonight.

Posted by: closg | November 16, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

they would be something to watch. as of now I'm sick of all the jumpers its as if thats the offense that Flip runs. GO TO THE HOLE BABY!!!

Posted by: AllDCSports | November 16, 2010 1:23 PM |

Of course as you have observed, Flip offense is a jump shooting offense, it has been noted here. Fastbreaking, defensive team isn't one of Flips strengths.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | November 16, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

"If you watched Gil last year (and even this year), you'll see he's not getting the calls the way he used to. As such, I'm not surprised he's as reluctant as he is to put his body through that kind of bruising if he knows they're not gonna bail him out with the whistle."

He just needs to be more judicious in his decision to drive. When his outside shots falling, he will have that chance. Referees may not bail him out, but they will have to blow the whistle on obvious fouls. As Gil started scoring, he will have his "star status" (reads more favorable treatment from the refs) back.

Now the question is, is he physically capable of finishing at the rim? I believe he can. In the past few games, he was grabbing rebounds against players who are taller than him! Besides, he was able to take it to the rim last season, I don't see why physically he cannot do it this season.

Posted by: sagaliba | November 16, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

"Now the question is, is he physically capable of finishing at the rim? I believe he can. In the past few games, he was grabbing rebounds against players who are taller than him! Besides, he was able to take it to the rim last season, I don't see why physically he cannot do it this season."

Posted by: sagaliba | November 16, 2010 2:00 PM

Rebounding and finishing shots at the rim in traffic are two completely different things (ask Kevin Love). It's not like he was jumping over guys and snatching rebounds out of the air. He (A) got good position on a few and (B) simply out fought/worked the opposition for some others. He had trouble finishing at the rim all of last season (at least all of the 32 games he played). He appeared to be improving towards the end of his brief run, but he was nowhere near where he was and still isn't. It's unlikely he ever will be, really.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 16, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Gil doesn't take it to the hoop as strongly as he once did because he's lost some explosiveness. I'd like to think that it's just post-injury apprehension but it's much more likely he's lost something over the last 3 years. Not saying he can't be effective or shouldn't start but based on what I saw last year, Gil needs to reinvent himself a little.

Posted by: mugsybol

Agreed. Although Gil was never that explosive. I think he is tentative about where/how will he land on that leg.

You know the saying, "What goes up, MUST COME DOWN!" That was my problem after I returned to the court after a knee injury. The takeoff may be clear, but the landing...You know the lane closes quickly and that slight hesitation to make sure you have a good landing cause you to be late.

Posted by: G-Man11 | November 16, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

If you were to take a guy with the skill set on McGee, what would most think would be the type of game that would fit his talents most, especially, if he is really your best center.

Would it be a traditional back to basket, dominate the paint, controlled halfcourt game?

Or, would you want him in a fast paced, running the floor, pushing the ball kind of game?

Flip says he wants the 2nd type of game, but he actually coaches the first type of game.

Is it any wonder what we see on the floor?

John Wall understands what it is to Uptempo the game. Stealing the ball comes from pressuring the ball and always looking to take it away.

You cannot expect your players to be an Uptempo team without always pressuring the ball.

That means that in the half court defense you determine the flow of the ball as much as possible by constantly pressuring it.

Constant ball pressure upsets the offense and makes it harder for them to score and also makes help defense easier.

If you aren't always pressuring the ball, then it is too late for McGee to bail your arse out at the basket.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | November 16, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Let's see NY and his 57%TS get some good minutes. Or Cartier. But please don't run Gil and KH 39mins a piece

Posted by: divi3 | November 16, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

With SAUNDERS I'd expect the latter before the former.

Posted by: glawrence007 | November 16, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

It's great that Wall wanted to come back into this game, but what about the next game? The coach should have told him no, considering the possibility that Wall could further aggrivate his injury and miss THE ENTIRE NEXT GAME, and maybe games after that.

Coaches don't decide if players are healthy enough to play. Gil's fine for lying about his knee should of made everyone aware of that. Wall had his foot examined and taped, and was allowed to play presumably because he couldn't damage it further.

Seeing how hard Wall plays, wouldn't a good coach sort of reign him in and not let him play top five minutes of anyone in the league?Posted by: sonny2

He isn't in the top five in minutes. He's not even top 50. Eric Bledsoe has played more minutes than Wall.

Posted by: djnnnou | November 16, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

"He isn't in the top five in minutes. He's not even top 50. Eric Bledsoe has played more minutes than Wall."

Posted by: djnnnou | November 16, 2010 2:47 PM


Wall is currently #7 in mpg. The only reason he's not higher in the overall minutes rankings is because the Wizards have only played 8 games so far this season, while most other teams have played 9-to-11. That said, among players whose teams have only played 8 games, he's the leader in overall minutes. He's also ahead of several starters on teams that have played 9 or more games, including Chris Paul, Jason Kidd, Ron Artest, Andrew Bogut, and Manu Ginobili.

http://www.nba.com/statistics/player/Minutes.jsp?league=00&season=22010&conf=OVERALL&position=0&splitType=9&splitScope=GAME&qualified=N&yearsExp=-1&splitDD=All%20Teams

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 16, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

"Its a staggering statistic of how many times they go to the line versus the opponent.Posted by: AllDCSports"

You might be less staggered if you removed one game and looked at the other seven they've played so far. The outlier is the Bulls. In that game, the Wiz had only 8 FT attempts, vs 34 for Chicago -- a wildly uneven result. Washington has played a couple fewer games than most other NBA teams, and that's magnifying it. For the remaining 7 games, the Wiz averaged around 25.14 attempts, and their opponents 25.42.

I'd have trouble explaining the disparity in that Chicago loss without resorting to paranoid rantings about home-court reffing, so I'll avoid the subject.

Posted by: Samson151 | November 16, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Now the question is, is he physically capable of finishing at the rim? I believe he can. In the past few games, he was grabbing rebounds against players who are taller than him! Besides, he was able to take it to the rim last season, I don't see why physically he cannot do it this season.

Posted by: sagaliba | November 16, 2010 2:00 PM

While grabbing rebounds is different from finishing at the rim, going for rebounds can be as tough on the legs and knees. Of course those of us who have played the game would know that.

I really feel though that the more Gil plays and his whole game gets atuned to 'gametime' action, he will be able to finish at the rim as well.

His body probably has to slowly relearn the muscle memory required to finish amoungst the trees, at the rim, mentally as well as phyically.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | November 16, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

The only thing I like about the injuries as a Wiz fan is that Gil will finally get to start and Im sure that once he starts, he will stay the starter. If Wall played then our idiot coach would probably still bring Gil off the bench for awhile. Not only does he bring him off the bench but he treats him like a regular bench player and brings him in with only like 2min left in the quarter. You can tell that it makes him nervous & throws his timing off, espically at home.

As a Wiz fan I think we will still win "if" Gil is right and thats a big if. He still seems nervous & scared at home while he also has a mental hurdle of attacking the rim hard & jumping high in the air. He'll miss 9 out of 10 layups now. You could argue its because of injury but I think alot of it is mental and he just has to be pushed to jump as high as he can at the rim. However, I think being a starter will help in all of that.

The one problem is that he will probably play alot of PG without Wall. The Wiz fans who do want him to come off the bench for a few more games and some local media see one problem as that Gil has struggled off the ball but been dominant with the ball in his hands. Thats a bad thing when you have him & Wall. I dont feel that way. I think it just seems like that because Gil is off the bench but if they both started then they could both have the rock enough to be happy & both clearly will help the other. We were dumb in the Preseason when Flip started Gil, Kirk, & Wall. I didnt like it because its too many ball handlers and its another guy to take the ball out of the hands of Wall & Gil but just those 2 togehter will be fine

Posted by: dlts2041 | November 16, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

"While grabbing rebounds is different from finishing at the rim, going for rebounds can be as tough on the legs and knees. Of course those of us who have played the game would know that." Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | November 16, 2010 3:09 PM

Walking down the street is tough on the knees. Those of us who have actually stepped outside our mothers' basements would know that. They'd also know that "tough on the knees" isn't the issue under consideration, it's lift and elevation. He doesn't necessarily need it to compete for rebounds with taller players (again, ask Kevin Love). But for an undersized player to finish in traffic among the trees, he does.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 16, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

And, right now, he doesn't have it.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 16, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

And another thing that just occurred to me about finishing at the rim amoungt the trees is that, it is a learned skill and art.

Some players are never able to finish at the rim on two good legs. So, we all shall see rather Gilbert gets that part of his game back.

Would we characterize our golden boy Kirk Hinrich a rim finisher in all his 9 yrs of NBA time on two good legs.

I don't think so.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | November 16, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Wall is currently #7 in mpg.

Tied actually, and he's played 1 more minute over the same amount of games as Noah. We get our stats from the same source. My response was to the lazy use of stats to insinuate that Wall's foot injury was due to heavy minutes. This early in the season, I see no reason to believe that high mpg are worse than a higher total minutes played.

Posted by: djnnnou | November 16, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

"Tied actually, and he's played 1 more minute over the same amount of games as Noah. This early in the season, I see no reason to believe that high mpg are worse than a higher total minutes played."

Posted by: djnnnou | November 16, 2010 3:36 PM

No one said it was worse, did they? If so, I missed it. The point is, however you slice it, Wall has played a lot of minutes so far this season. (It's not like the effects of playing a lot of minutes are only felt in aggregate at the end of the season, it takes a toll on a game-by-game basis.) And given that (unlike Noah) he's only 1 year removed from high school, his body's not yet used to the amount of pounding it's taking, so it's not a surprise if he's dinged up.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 16, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

"And another thing that just occurred to me about finishing at the rim amoungt the trees is that, it is a learned skill and art.

Some players are never able to finish at the rim on two good legs. So, we all shall see rather Gilbert gets that part of his game back.

Would we characterize our golden boy Kirk Hinrich a rim finisher in all his 9 yrs of NBA time on two good legs.

I don't think so."

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | November 16, 2010 3:27 PM

Maybe someone who made it to the end of that without nodding off can point out the part that's even remotely relevant to the issue of whether Arenas has gotten the lift back in his legs yet or if he ever will.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 16, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Not really worried about the minutes he has played. I don't know this for sure but i'm guessing guys like Durant, Lebron, Carmelo all played a lot of minutes their rookie year. It comes with being a high pick and potential team changer. Definitely has its consequences but that's what comes with athletics. Sucks he hurt his foot but we're not winning games so it would be hard to take arguably our best player out of the game.

I expect Gil to light it up tonight. All the players who have played with him in the summer say he has the same explosiveness and people were saying he was throwing it down. If anything it's his confidence. The more he plays the more confident he'll get and we'll start feeling the heat from Hibachi again. Go Wiz!

Posted by: Wizbullets88 | November 16, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

You might be less staggered if you removed one game and looked at the other seven they've played so far. The outlier is the Bulls. In that game, the Wiz had only 8 FT attempts, vs 34 for Chicago -- a wildly uneven result......For the remaining 7 games, the Wiz averaged around 25.14 attempts, and their opponents 25.42.

If you're going to play around with the stats, shouldnt you throw out both outliers? Wiz had 43FTAs against Philly, that's just as much an outlier for this team as getting only 8FTAs against Chicago. Take that game out too and the numbers become:

Wiz- 18 FTA/game
Opp- 25 FTA/game

Posted by: divi3 | November 16, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Gil is getting his explosion back and he's playing his way back into getting to the rim aggressively. He has been going to the rim a lot already but he's been using his drives to feed the bigs who are loosing the ball. The sad thing is he's trying to change his game to fit in and he needs to play like an aggressive Gil for the Wiz to be successful. He's already doing much better at the defensive end of the court.

He DOESN't get the calls yet but they are coming. Once he starts to finish strong again, the refs wil have to change the way they ref the game. There was a drive in the Charlotte game where the ref called carry on a simple in and out. That was bs. The offensive foul call on Gil when he was rtying to bring us back against Chicago was terrible too. It should have been an "and one". We will start to get those calls again and yes, Gil needs to start with JWall. Kirk Hinrich is a solid backup. He should be the first guard off the bench.

JWall is a 20 year old #1 draft choice. Let hime run around and get his feet wet for as many minutes as he wants in his rookie year. He will be on another level by mideseason and toward the end of the season. Look out for next year. He should be even more amazing.

Trevor Booker will surprise a lot of people once he feels confident on the court. He is a undersized beast that can play the 4 in this league. Many are missing his true potential and he is a hard worker. When he gets comfortable on the floor, the 15-17 foot jump shot will be consistent and brings so many other intangibles to the game. Rebounding will be one of his strong points. A great compliment to JWall for years to come.

A player can be 7'0 and play like he's 6'5". And then again a player can be 6'4" and play like he's 6'10". Watch out for Trevor Booker. He will definitely be an undersized achiever.

Posted by: JWADE4 | November 16, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

No one said it was worse, did they? If so, I missed it. The point is, however you slice it, Wall has played a lot of minutes so far this season. (It's not like the effects of playing a lot of minutes are only felt in aggregate at the end of the season, it takes a toll on a game-by-game basis.) And given that (unlike Noah) he's only 1 year removed from high school, his body's not yet used to the amount of pounding it's taking, so it's not a surprise if he's dinged up.Posted by: kalo_rama

Who's surprised? Athletes get injured all the time for all kinds of reasons. In this case, 8 games into the season, there isn't evidence of a causal relationship between Wall's MPG and his sprained foot.

Posted by: djnnnou | November 16, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Constant ball pressure upsets the offense and makes it harder for them to score and also makes help defense easier.

If you aren't always pressuring the ball, then it is too late for McGee to bail your arse out at the basket.
LarryInClintonMD.

Of course if they happen to beat your ball pressure, then you leave McGee, et al, hanging out to dry, and it makes the offense easier. If you have a team that is not capable of maintaining pressure on the ball, then you just get schooled. Tonight for example, it will likely be a lot of Gil and KH in the backcourt, assuming Wall does indeed not play. Personally, based on what I've seen this season, I'm not particularly sanguine about either's ability to apply pressure to the ball.

While grabbing rebounds is different from finishing at the rim, going for rebounds can be as tough on the legs and knees. Of course those of us who have played the game would know that.

Wow, really? We're pulling out the "those of us who have played" card? If I've coached my nephew's Muresan league team, does that mean I can pull out the old "those of us who have coached would know that" card?

Gil's had 3 surgeries and hasn't played a lot of basketball in several years. Safe to say even if he was 100% there would be an adjustment period. Imo, he looks a step slower, which would give defenders more time to affect his shot. He also does look like he's not quite getting as much lift. Who knows if that's the injury, the conditioning, the three week (or whatever) layoff to start the season, or the 10 lbs he gained (by his admisssion). Any and or all could be factors. Confidence in the knee, or confidence finishing could also be factors, but it looked like he was starting to come around a bit in that regard, being more willing to seek out contact.

As for his tendency for jump shots, a) he's always had a bit of that, b) he's not finishing well right now (pick your favorite reason) so naturally he's a bit more reluctant and c) I'm sure the fact that he's not controlling the ball as much and is more of the 2-guard in Flip's offense is a factor. I tend to think b) is the primary factor for now, with a bit of c) thrown in.

He'll likely get more opportunity tonight with the ball in his hands (though he may not get more minutes). So we'll see what he's got.


Posted by: ts35 | November 16, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

"If you're going to play around with the stats, shouldnt you throw out both outliers? Wiz had 43FTAs against Philly, that's just as much an outlier for this team as getting only 8FTAs against Chicago. Take that game out too and the numbers become:
Wiz- 18 FTA/game
Opp- 25 FTA/game
Posted by: divi3"

Well, the outlier status has to do with the margin between the teams, because some games just include a lot of FTs, more evenly distributed. For instance, Philly had 29 FT attempts of its own. So the gap was 14 in that game. Not so unusual: Charlotte had 14 more FT attempts than the Wiz in their game, although neither team shot more than 24. The Knicks had 11 more than the Wiz. That suggests something about our tendency to foul on defense -- doesn't prove anything, mind you, but suggests it.

The Bulls, however, took 26 more FTs than the Wiz. That's pretty unusual. Given the small number of games, it skewed the result. That skew would disappear as the game sample grew, however, and FT attempts 'regressed towards the mean', as the geeks like to say. But for now, it's there.

Looks at first glance like our opponents average 26.5 attempts per game. That's high. That's slightly less than the Knicks and the Pacers and the Nets, & way less than Utah or Philly, but still, that gives us plenty of room for improvement. One way to narrow our margin is to hit more FTs; another would be to put our opponents on the line less.

So that was my point to the guy who was feeling staggered. It's not all about the offense.

Posted by: Samson151 | November 16, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

...I may be proven wrong, but I cant see how the Wiz can win a single game without Wall this season. Also, beginning to think Flop won't last the entire season. But Ernie will probably exit first, shortly after the trading deadline.

Posted by: oddjob1 | November 16, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

I would be surprised if you weren't proven wrong. Considering we won games last year with Earl Boykins and Livingston as the point guards with essentially the same team.

Posted by: Wizbullets88 | November 16, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

"...I may be proven wrong, but I cant see how the Wiz can win a single game without Wall this season." Posted by: oddjob1

LOL this is why I won't make predictions -- too easy to get embarrassed.

Posted by: Samson151 | November 16, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

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