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Posted at 6:45 PM ET, 11/23/2010

Open thread: Wizards (4-8) vs. 76ers (3-11)

By Michael Lee

Most of the Wizards players arrived after the death of franchise patriarch Abe Pollin, but on the eve of the anniversary of his passing, Coach Flip Saunders remembered him as a giving person. Saunders participated in a luncheon for senior citizens that Pollin started many years ago. "The legacy that he's left, I think that strikes me," he said. "His generosity to the city and everything he did, to help the homeless, to help underprivileged kids and to give opportunities that give people a better life, as much as he can. The thing with him with the Wizards, he wanted this team to be successful, because he knew how the city would react to it; how they would embrace the success of this organization." Saunders said Pollin's presence is still being felt. "He's watching over us and it's a slow building process, and I'm sure he'll be a part of it." Chat about the game in the comments below, or join the conversation on Twitter with Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee). See your tweets here by using #wizards.

Tipoff: 6 p.m.; TV: CSN; Radio: 106.7 FM.


By Michael Lee  | November 23, 2010; 6:45 PM ET
 
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Comments

Philly not forgetting how they let their last game at the phone booth slip away trying to make amends, and the Wiz are cooperating by shooting like Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder.

Posted by: dargregmag | November 23, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse


The guys (other than McGee) are sleepwalking tonight. Flip has to raise hell at halftime for them to have a chance.

You'd think they'd be fired up after Detroit, but NOTHING carries over with this team!

Posted by: tgif11 | November 23, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Nick young is making an A$$ out of Blurred tonight.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | November 23, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

McGee with the patented Jamison out the bum scooper

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | November 23, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

McGee with the patented Jamison out the bum scooper

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | November 23, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Mcgee= Ernies best draft pick. Dude is AMAZING!

Posted by: Wizbullets88 | November 23, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Flip snatches defeat from the jaws of victory! He just had to get Kirk some 4th q tick. i know some guys needed a blow but kirk gave us nothing. i know we didn't have the lead so there wasn't a real victory in hand, but the 3rd quarter was really exciting. NY,Gil and Wall went off. McGee was balling. Dray was GARBAGE. I luv the Wave for Elton .

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | November 23, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

I like calling the play for NY too bad he blew it. Nice game from him kinda wish Flip woulda rode the hot hand in the 4th. Kirk is Stru-Guh-Ling. Kardiac Kids take it to overtime. awesome TV on a tuesday night. BTw how bout the #2 pick choking out those last 2 fts. Lets go Wiz.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | November 23, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

the dribble machine finds Jelly Ro to go up one.................those two guys lol

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | November 23, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

17 and 12 ain't garbage but it sure wasn't pretty by All Day Dray

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | November 23, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

omg mcgee! 18 boards!

Posted by: dcfanoutwest | November 23, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Season Changer

Stuff like that changes seasons. Wall came in and refused to let us lose. I also think our new starting lineup will be Wall-Gil-NY-Dray-McGee. Im hyped. We also played so much together that it got all the cobwebs out. We're going to look very comfortable from here on out. Cant wait for the Hawks on TNT. Wall=Beast

Posted by: dlts2041 | November 23, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Blurred, your vision is obviously blurry cause Nick Young is born again HARD, like it or not.

Posted by: zxhoya | November 23, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Great, Great win Wiz.

Posted by: AllDCSports | November 23, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

I still cant believe we won. I dont think weve ever won a game like this. We lose these games more than any team in the league every single year. Wall changing the culture.

McGee & NY are crazy consistent right now. Who saw that coming?

Posted by: dlts2041 | November 23, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

If Flip can stay out of his own way and let the lineup of Wall,Gil,McGee,NY, and AB play we might have something maybe not playoff's but at least watchable, great game by the Big Fella 24/18 is no joke, hell i might have to sign up for the league pass so i can watch these guy's here in the A-T-L and by the way the Hawk's lost again tonight and i can tell you this they are already putting the thursday game in the win column judging by their post game comments and the fans on the post game call in show.

Posted by: dargregmag | November 23, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Gil & Dray

Dray has to start playing with more intensity & hustling more. I still cut him a break due to the injury because everyone is just going to be faster than you at the start but he can still hustle alot more then he does. I think he would really benefit from a Wall-Gil backcourt and us running more.

Gil has to do something about those layups. Again, for him to jump so high on defensive rebounds but be so timid at finishing has to be somewhat mental. Also, sometimes he's nearly wide open. You can be a 14yo who cant jump at all and make a wide open layup. He still is doing that stuff that he did last year in that he's trying to draw the foul 1st & make the layup 2nd. That worked in his prime but he's not athletic enough for that now. Just try to make the layup. I think he probably doesnt even practice it. Most pros dont practice that kinda stuff but he should start just running full speed from the FT line & raising up high for layups. Then get someone to slightly defend the rim while he does it. Thats the only way to simulate it. Regular layup drills or shooting jumpers isnt going to do it. He has to get that confidence back because its so deflating when he does that

Posted by: dlts2041 | November 24, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Looking forward to a great game tonight. We have been either straight garbage or terribly boring seemingly in every single National TV game weve gotten the last few years. Its time for a change. Hopefully Wall's leg is ok and we can finally see the Wall-Gil backcourt make a start together. Maybe even Yi can make a return off the bench. Im torn on the NY thing. I think Id still rather have Al start this game if he can go because I think we will have enough scoring in the starting group without NY and then we can come off the bench with him, Kirk, and maybe Yi. That would be great.

Atlanta is a tricky team. Weve always matched up pretty well with them but this game will be different. They have a big SG in JJ and a big SF in Williams. Gil will be matched up against JJ and if we go small then Kirk will matchup against Williams. Williams has sucked this year but it would be dumb to start Kirk. It has to be either Al, NY, Gee, or Booker. Either way I expect to see alot of Zone this game. The Gil-JJ matchup will be special. Both have there advantages. I wouldve taken Gil in his prime easily because he would blow past a 6'8 guy like it was nothing & finish at the rim. He still can dribble past you when he wants even though he lost a step but the problem is he cant finish. Maybe he can do some drive & dish or kicks.

This is our chance to make a statement. We have a National TV game, our 1st game with the Gil-Wall backcourt, we have 3 games around with the top 3 in our division and 3 of the top teams in the East, and we can shut Barkley up for clowning us. I think we will show up. I think we will run, look very exciting, and come away with the victory

Posted by: dlts2041 | November 25, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

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