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Wizards hopeful Wall will play tonight

By Gene Wang
Morning brew

Even with John Wall absent from last night's 109-94 victory over Toronto, the Washington Wizards departed for Boston self-assured not just because of the convincing result minus their prized rookie but also knowing he could be back tonight against the Celtics.

Wall made the trip with the team shortly after the Wizards put the finishing touches on their third win of the season and the first with Wall out of the lineup. The No. 1 overall pick missed the game after he sprained his left foot in Saturday's loss at Chicago and watched from the bench last night as Gilbert Arenas had 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists in his first start this season.

Wall moved around fine yesterday with a walking boot on his left leg, and Coach Flip Saunders was so encouraged by his progress that there was some thought he would be able to play last night.

Washington's backcourt didn't miss Wall too much against Toronto. Arenas and Kirk Hinrich started at guard, and they combined for 33 points, including four three-pointers, and 18 assists with just five turnovers. Arenas made 7 of 14 shots and shot 50 percent for a second consecutive game. That's no small feat considering he had gone 3 for 21 combined in two games before that.

Coming off a season-high 30 points against the Bulls, Arenas has been trying to get back to full health following an ankle injury during the preseason. He's also battled through soreness in his knee and groin, but he looked energized against the Raptors, often driving with authority into the lane.

"He's starting to get his legs under him," Saunders said. "Just playing well, making shots. He's a threat, so what he does is he puts so much pressure on the other team that they have to guard him."

Benefactors from the attention Arenas drew included forward Andray Blatche, who had a game-high 22 points on 9-for-13 shooting, and Nick Young, who came off the bench to contribute 20 points and six rebounds. Washington outrebounded Toronto 47-36 and limited the Raptors to 41 percent from the field.

The Wizards' bench had a lot to do with the win, and it was more than simply Young. Forwards Hilton Armstrong and Trevor Booker also chipped in with rebounding and energy as they received extended minutes because of a knee injury to Yi Jianlian that kept the reserve center on the bench in street clothes. 11:03 a.m. Update: Yi made the trip to Boston, too.

"Yi goes out or Dray or JaVale [McGee], anybody, any of the bigs, the next big has got to step up at any given moment," said Armstrong, who had 10 points, four rebounds and two assists. "We have a bench that wants to play. Everybody plays hard. We just have to stay disciplined and smart about what we do, and we'll be fine."

FROM THE POST
Here is the game story from today's newspaper.

NBA Commissioner David Stern appeared on "The Colbert Report" on Monday (courtesy of The Early Lead).

AROUND THE WEB
A recap of the Wizards-Raptors game from Bullets Forever's Sean Fagan. And another recap from Wizards Extreme.

By Gene Wang  | November 17, 2010; 8:04 AM ET
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Comments

Flip: Why force it with Wall? Rest the ankle. Think long term with this guy, always.

Posted by: DKSW | November 17, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Wall plays and Gill goes back to the bench. Any bets on that. I back that no way Golden Boy comes off the bench.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | November 17, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Anybody catch Flip's postgame? Sounded like he said NY has earned or is earning (kinda mumbly) the role as scorer off the bench for the team. Never thought I'd hear that.

Posted by: divi3 | November 17, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

they should just rest wall tonight, but the wiz medical staff is among the leagues worse. so he might be on the court

Posted by: skinsfan09 | November 17, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Flip needs to win now to keep his job and he knows this. He doesn't care if he burns Wall out to get five extra wins this season-which is a huge problem for the future of the team.

Posted by: sjp879 | November 17, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Anybody catch Flip's postgame? Sounded like he said NY has earned or is earning (kinda mumbly) the role as scorer off the bench for the team. Never thought I'd hear that.

Posted by: divi3 | November 17, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

That's encouraging because for all of the analysis about the bball IQ/knucklehead factor that has been assigned to Nick and JaVale, this is one of the fist times I have heard the coach give a straight up complement to Nick. The reality is that when they play extended minutes they play well. Nick Young is a good basketball player with a style that can be an asset to your ballclub. Last night he was matched against long athletic defenders and got his shot off with ease. Will he occasionally take a bad shot, absolutely. But if he is shooting well, you can live with an occasional bad shot.

I have always been amused at the chorus of posters on this blog, who have mandated that Gilbert Arenas be flogged and run out of town before even the first regular season basketball game. Watching this guy over the last 4-5 games confirms one thing in my mind, this man can play the game of basketball at a high level. While he clearly is not 100%, he is still able to impact the game with an ease that few players can. To me he is a smarter, more all around ballplayer than he was before.
If he plays at this level (and lets face it he still has a strong fan base in DC),why in the world would you thimk of trading him for some hypothetical game changer. For all of the knucklehead talk assigned to Gil, he clearly is respected by his teammates and has shown a work ethic and love for the game that is positive. The guy is 28 years old and can probably play at this level (barring injury) for a 4-5 year period. Moreover, he has shown a hunility with the John Wall annoitment that is a classic example of maturity.

Kirk Hinrich played well and is a good ball player. Flip's coaching dilemna is how do you saisfy your 3 guards. Wall may have to sit more because there is no way you can justify Arenas not playing 35 minutes a game.

Posted by: NewManagement | November 17, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Flip needs to win now to keep his job and he knows this. He doesn't care if he burns Wall out to get five extra wins this season-which is a huge problem for the future of the team.

Really cant blame Flip for trying to win every game can you?

But the thing is....who says Wall gives us the best chance to win every night? Gil/KH on a given night may be a better combo than Wall/Gil or Wall/KH.

Wall is not (yet) automatically the best player on the team night in and out, so winning doesnt necessarily mean he has to be on the floor 40mins.

That said, if he's healthy, you want him out there lurnin

Posted by: divi3 | November 17, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

I dont care what anyone says, Im pumped for this game. I still say we matchup really well with this team. Dray dominated KG more than anyone in the league did last year. Thorton gives guys like Melo & Pierce fits. Now we have Gil & Wall to go against Allen & Rondo. We can matchup with that team. The only problem is that I think they wont take us for granted considering how we played them last year and the C's fans are already talking about Dray & McGee going up against a now healthy KG and how he will get big time pay back.

I think Wall is going to play and Flip will start Gil. Gil has also always played well in Boston before he got hurt. He use to drop 40 on the regular in that building. Defense is the big question. Im actually more concerned about Allen then I am Rondo. Gil has played awesome D this year but he's always hated chasing guys off of screens and it seems to hurt him on Offense. I probably would put him on Rondo & Wall on Allen but Wall has that bad ankle so you might not want him to chase guys off screens either. You also might not want him getting hit by big guys setting picks alot. This may open up the door for Flip to again start Kirk just to guard Allen but I hope not. I want to see that Wall & Gil tandem with a motivated Dray & Al going against the C's forwards. If it comes down to it then just play more zone.

This could be a classic game and I think we will play way better than everyone thinks. Unless we get blown out and then forget I said that..............;-D

Posted by: dlts2041 | November 17, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Best game offensively for the season. Everybody passes the ball and not just standing round. They also rebound the ball well.

Posted by: sagaliba | November 17, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Please find an editor for both the posts and the articles. Today's article was full of mistakes. And in the post above, Andray Blatche wasn't a "benefactor from the attention Arenas drew." He was a beneficiary. I know Michael Lee works hard and deserves a night off, but at least find someone who can write to take his place. If this guy can't cut it, I'd be happy to moonlight as a fill in when Lee needs a breather.

Posted by: press5 | November 17, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Weird to hear somebody insist that Flip would 'burn [Wall] out' to keep his job. That would be a sure-fire way to lose it. The team's got exactly one major asset and Grunfeld and Leonsis will team up to draw and quarter anyone who endangers it.

Flip's even conservative with Arenas' minutes, and I doubt Ernie and Ted are holding him accountable there.

As far as Flip's job, IMO that will be determined not by the won-loss record -- which will mostly likely be terrible -- but by perceived improvement, particularly Wall's development. From a long-term perspective, another year or two in the lottery is what the team needs. It's just painful to watch.

Posted by: Samson151 | November 17, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Another observation is that it is clear that the 3-gaurd offense all through pre-season and so in games has really hurt/slowed the overall development and play of the entire team.

Despite Flips penchant for benching players and not letting others play at all, it is apparently obvious that players actually play better and improve on their games when they actually play in games.

Going forward, I donot see a need to have the 3-gaurd offense usurping playing time from others, as well as playing extended minutes with two forwards on the floor.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | November 17, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse


Oddly, the Arenas-Hinrich backcourt appears to have more chemistry at this time than Wall-Arenas or Wall-Hinrich. Obviously, that doesn mean that Wall and Arenas shouldn't play a ton of minutes together. The Wizards have to find out if they can play well together.

I predict that if Wall, Arenas and Hinrich are all healthy at tipoff, Flip will trot out his vaunted 3-guard offense and start all three, rebounding consequences be damned. He seems to be incapable of bringing Hinrich off the bench and Thornton hasn't helped matters by strug-uh-ling the last three games. The Wiz will get killed on the boards tonight if Flip goes 3-guard for extended stretches.

I agree with some of the previous posters: I'm not really expecting a win for the Wiz but if Flip coaches smart, I wouldn't be surprised if they left with a 'W'.

Posted by: tgif11 | November 17, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

From today's paper: "That allowed rookie Kevin Seraphin, for instance, to score the first points of his NBA career and fellow rookies Hilton Armstrong and Trevor Booker to gain valuable playing experience."

So Armstrong has re-enrolled in rookie class now?

Posted by: sagaliba | November 17, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

A win tonight, though unlikely, would be huge for this team. I'll miss most of the game, but I am more interested in how Flip runs the lineup.

More than anythingelse, the lineup is probably the biggest key to success for the Wizards.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | November 17, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse


Interesting that Flip said he didn't put McGee back in the game in the fourth quarter because Toronto was playing a small lineup. What?? How about forcing Toronto to matchup with McGee? Maybe he didn't want to say that he was resting McGee for tonight's game, but I thought that was a curious comment to make.

Posted by: tgif11 | November 17, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

flip did a decent job in his lineup yesterday. he better keep it up, NO 3 GAURD OFFENSE. its a sorry excuse to keep his lover kirk hinrich on the court. arenas and wall need to play together ot build for the future. and in a way, its sad, but yi's injury kinda helps the wiz. we can play a pf and not a 7 footer who plays soft.

Posted by: skinsfan09 | November 17, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Am imagining things or did Nick young have one of the most complete games of his career? Even when he missed like 3 straight, he got back in it, which he usually gives up.

Last season I said I was almost ready to write off Blatche, so he came round. This year I said the same for Nick.

Who do y'all want me to slag next so they can become a real live NBA player? I've been complementing McGee, but maybe thats the wrong tack.

Just kidding of course, but good to see a game worth watching. I think we'll be this way all season: One to the wire loss followed by a blowout loss and then a good solid performance and a win. we'll see a 5 game or more losing streak and few back to back wins, but the team will get better as the season goes along.

Any word on when Howard can start playing??

When do we play Miami?

Posted by: Blurred | November 17, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Coach Twitch is at it again.
JMc is a game changer. took him out last night and immediately Raptors were driving directly to the basket for layups.
He brings energy and athleticism to the team.
what does Jmc have to do? He runs the floor, like the wind,can jump through the roof, and has developing skills.
other than Jw I bet he is the most coveted player on the roster. And yet he can not get on the floor in the 4th???
When will they learn the lesson that AB, and now NY are proving with court time and patience.
We know that Twitch is not a good coach. His only success was with a previously successful, veteran laden Piston team, that ultimately ran him out of town.

Posted by: mricklen | November 17, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

NY is the only player in washington that can cool down RA.I hope RA will have a bad shooting night so that we will see more minutes on GA.For some reason KH has some sucess in defending PP, flip might consider that and start the three gards.
The best way for wiz to night to win or get a respectable loss is to start wall and arenas, give equal minutes for NY and KH specially if NY scoring. Booker need to stay on Paul just to see how he is going to much up.I think booker's only chance to be a starter is at 3,he need to improve his range.

Posted by: gtefferra | November 17, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

That "Rookie" Armstrong is settling in and giving Flip some solid minutes. Against a team that's not real big and physical upfront the Wiz looked quite good on the boards last night, tonight they'll really get tested against Boston. The Celtics are big, and bigger upfront, they've got big bodies that can come at you in waves.

Strong rebounding,defensive stops, and turnovers are the key to a fast breaking offense. The more that a team gets out and runs, the more points in the paint, the higher the shooting percentage, it just all starts to fall together.

No team can get a fast break layup every time down. The Wiz did a really nice job getting wide open transition baskets last night,great job ot finding open shooters quickly once the initial break was stopped, but the Raptors were still scrambling to match up. The Veteran backcourt did a good job of moving the ball around, keeping the floor spread, and canning the open shot. Hope J Wall was taking mental notes...

I read gripes about the Wizards' player development all the time, but you know, Flip's staff does seem to be getting through to some of thes young guys. McGee and Young played very complete games last night, they really looked good. And though Gil doesn't have his explosion back, he's taking shots within the flow of the offense and is participating in the defense too. He's really not forcing things and playing within himself and the flow of the game.

Not going to get carried away over the 3rd victory of the season over another bottem feeder, but it was a nice solid game. The "real rookie" Booker seems to be carving himself out a niche on the team, he gains some confidence in himself, he could be a nice peice as the year progresses.

Not much of a look, but it was good to see Seraphin and H get on the court. I know Seraphin got a foul on the play, didn't give the guy a full step, but it was so nice to see a Wizards player set a pick and see the man hit the floor. The guy's built solid as a rock, people might just have to start to call him "Sir".

He also showed some nice hands and that little baby hook looked soft. His development is important to this team, from what I hear he's been a hard worker so far in practice, so he could start to push for minutes as the year goes on.

Wall's a potential future Allstar,maybe even an MVP type of player down the line. But a lot of this team's future rides on Ernie having got it right with Booker and Seraphin. Anything they get out of H is a pure bonus, but Grunfeld needs Booker, and Seraphin, to be solid NBA players for this to have been a draft that could be the foundation for this team's future.

Time will tell...
GM

Posted by: flohrtv | November 17, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

"...it was so nice to see a Wizards player set a pick and see the man hit the floor."
GM

Amen to that! I'm tired of us being the softest team in the league. Simple self-respect requires the bigs to lay some people out on the floor once in a while. Besides, imagine the damage Wall can do with a big who sets him some serious picks.

Posted by: mugsybol | November 17, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

I would like to see J-Wall come off the bench tonight. I think he will bring a great chaange of pace for the second unit. I also like how GA and KH player off each other. Flip will probably do something stupid like go to the 3 guard line up and have us get torched by Paul Pierce or bring GA off the bench again.

Posted by: lemekdivine | November 17, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

No such thing as a bad win.

McGee did a nice job doing what he was supposed to do. The Raptors, front line isn't esp. big, physical, quick, or athletic, so it should be expected that he have some success against them. He basically just went out and did his job which, as far as I'm concerned, is progress. If he can approach every game with a workmanlike attitude, his consistency would likely improve.

As for Young . . . on the upside, he had a nice game. On the downside, he was sitting in front of a monitor watching his own highlights after the game, so engrossed that he was half ignoring the guy trying to interview him. Some things never change.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 17, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Note To dlts2041: Whatever you're putting in your coffee or whatever you drink in the AM you need to cut down on it, The Celtics have beaten the Heat twice already this season, yes the Wiz used to give the Celtic's the blues whenever they played them but that was when Eddie Jordan was coaching and AJ,CB,BH was in the starting lineup Jordan ususally outcoached Doc Rivers and Caron almost alway's matched Paul Pierce basket for basket in addition Haywood alway's brought his "A" to Boston they'll be lucky to not to get blown out tonite with or without John Wall.

Posted by: dargregmag | November 17, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

what does Jmc have to do? He runs the floor, like the wind,can jump through the roof, and has developing skills.
Posted by: mricklen

Saunders complimented McGee's play last night and basically said he would have put McGee into the game in the fourth quarter had he been needed.

Posted by: nmik | November 17, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Yes, NY did have a very nice game last night. Good fg % and minimal TO. Unfortunately he may take his talent to the European League next year. It's time to adjust the crystal ball.

Posted by: Dave381 | November 17, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

I think right now, although Gil is not a "pure pg" he has much better tempo and gamesmanship with the ball than JW does. The way he plays off of the screens set for him and waits for the defenders to over commit, etc.. Hade nice touch on some of those long passes also.

I was sitting there thinking this could be good for JW to get that perspective from watching that much.

Posted by: gmac78 | November 17, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse


The Celtics have beaten the Heat twice already this season, yes the Wiz used to give the Celtic's the blues whenever they played them but that was when Eddie Jordan was coaching and AJ,CB,BH was in the starting lineup

Posted by: dargregmag | November 17, 2010 12:25 PM

Wizards beat the Celtics last season without ANY of the aforementioned on the roster or on the sideline. Think much?

Posted by: and_1 | November 17, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

No such thing as a bad win.

McGee did a nice job doing what he was supposed to do. The Raptors, front line isn't esp. big, physical, quick, or athletic, so it should be expected that he have some success against them. He basically just went out and did his job which, as far as I'm concerned, is progress. If he can approach every game with a workmanlike attitude, his consistency would likely improve.

As for Young . . . on the upside, he had a nice game. On the downside, he was sitting in front of a monitor watching his own highlights after the game, so engrossed that he was half ignoring the guy trying to interview him. Some things never change.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 17, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

I am flabbergasted with your positive comments about McGee. Nice to hear. The kid actually has shown improvement in every area this year and hopefully will gain more confidence from his coach going forward.

Nick Young is aloof and a typical young cat. Sometimes us older dudes misunderstand the way these young dudes carry themselves and mistake it for selfishness or lack of committment. I really think that this organizations culture has been a major issue with respect to development of their young players especially with Andray, Nick and Javale. The way of these young dudes often color our general impression which often leads to the hoodlum and thug momnikers that are unfair.

We would have never known that Andray had starter potential unless the Jamison trade had taken place. Nick is instant offense but his defense has been improving and he also had 6 rebounds last night. The kid has game, and in this dunk first era, has some offensive tools that are not seen often today.

Posted by: NewManagement | November 17, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

"We would have never known that Andray had starter potential unless the Jamison trade had taken place."

Posted by: NewManagement | November 17, 2010 12:56 PM

Nonsense. It's not like no one knew Blatche could play before last season. Blatche started the same number of games in 08-09 (36) as he did last season, and he played well in those games (although he didn't put up huge numbers because he wasn't the "go-to" guy). People had been clamoring for Blatche to replace Jamison in the starting lineup for a couple of years now. Aside from the size of the numbers (which were largely cosmetic) nothing Blatche did last season was particularly revelatory. We've long known he had talent. His attitude, commitment, focus, and toughness were (and to an extent, remain) the issues.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 17, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

As for Young . . . on the upside, he had a nice game. On the downside, he was sitting in front of a monitor watching his own highlights after the game, so engrossed that he was half ignoring the guy trying to interview him. Some things never change.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 17, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

maybe he was trying to see if there was anything useful on tape for his auditions for euroleague clubs, you know since there's no place for a knucklehead like him in the NBA.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | November 17, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Nick Young watches his own highlights on Washington PGL

"I ain't seen myself on television in a long time." During a live interview. Classic.

Posted by: djnnnou | November 17, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

In 08-09 no one looked at Blatche in the same light as he did after last season, in which he started 32 games consecutively. His play last year was relevatory becuase it solidified that he could be a major piece of the rebuilding puzzle. Because the team after the trade was terrible was not his fault. Clewarly, his broken foot and its effects have had an impact on his game. Your perception of his "attitude,focus, committment and toughness" surely must consider the fact that the kid was on the shelf from June to the end of August.

Posted by: NewManagement | November 17, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

On the downside, he was sitting in front of a monitor watching his own highlights after the game, so engrossed that he was half ignoring the guy trying to interview him. Some things never change.

Why should he really give a rat's azz what Chris Miller is asking/saying to him? I saw the interview, he was having fun with his teamates the whole time. Referring to the "the great Andray Blatche" and " the great Kirk Hinrich" when those guys were obviously in earshot. Basically being more about the team than the spotlight from the media.

Not sure what there is to criticize in that.

Posted by: divi3 | November 17, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

"

In 08-09 no one looked at Blatche in the same light as he did after last season, in which he started 32 games consecutively. His play last year was relevatory becuase it solidified that he could be a major piece of the rebuilding puzzle. Because the team after the trade was terrible was not his fault. Clewarly, his broken foot and its effects have had an impact on his game. Your perception of his "attitude,focus, committment and toughness" surely must consider the fact that the kid was on the shelf from June to the end of August."

Posted by: NewManagement | November 17, 2010 1:42 PM

Blah, blah, blah. You said:

"We would have never known that Andray had starter potential unless the Jamison trade had taken place."

That is flatly untrue. Half the people here were calling for Blatche to replace Jamison in the starting lineupbefore the trade, based largely on his performance as a starter in games the previous season. And the main argument against his doing so was that, for all his talent, he wasn't consistent or reliable. The evidence is quite clear that it was known Blatche had "starter potential" well before the trade.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 17, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

"Nick Young watches his own highlights on Washington PGL"

"I ain't seen myself on television in a long time." During a live interview. Classic.

Posted by: djnnnou | November 17, 2010 1:42 PM

I thought he was watching his highlights from the game, but looking at it again, it appears he was actually watching himself in the video feed of the interview as he was giving it.

Ye gods.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 17, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Mcgee didnt play that different than he has all season. He had 5rebs in the 1stQ against Yao for instance. He blocked a ton of shots last night, just like he always does. Stayed on the floor in the face of pump fakes, just as he's generally been doing this season. Made some bad plays here and there, just like everyone else.

And it's pretty amusing to see him blocking those shots and realize there are Wiz fans watching thinking "He's not really a good shot blocker, he's just getting beat and recovering."

Come on. The kid sets people up for many of these blocks, he's a gifted shot blocker.

Posted by: divi3 | November 17, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

His play last year was relevatory becuase it solidified that he could be a major piece of the rebuilding puzzle.

The revelatory part to folks like myself was how much better he was than AJ.

Posted by: divi3 | November 17, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

"Not sure what there is to criticize in that"

Divi - Some (things) one never change.

Posted by: Dave381 | November 17, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

I thought he was watching his highlights from the game, but looking at it again, it appears he was actually watching himself in the video feed of the interview as he was giving it.

Ye gods.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 17, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

what's the big deal? 20 pts and like 6 boards off the bench. tough defense. so since there's nothing basketball related to rag on him about you choose to go in about him looking at the monitor while he's being interviewed. Sheesh control that haaaaaaaaaard on Kal

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | November 17, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

It seems to me that Wall and Arenas are learning from each other. Arenas is learning to trust and include others. Wall is learning that Gil is the first option in order to get this team to score. With Gil not being as explosive as he used to be he is relying on others to make plays. He is not driving as well but he is dishing off better. He is rewarding players who made the steal or set a pick. They in turn look to him to make the outside shot when they can't work it inside. Wall is getting his jump shot off with good efficiency as of late. That shot is now making him hold onto the ball longer. He is now either driving or shooting more often. He is still getting his assists, but his scoring is more solid. When things work out for this team they look great. There is talent! If Seraphin can earn some minutes, and learn to play with this team, it could be trouble for teams like Boston and Orlando. He would add some beef and have more fouls to give. He is still an unknown to the fans as to what his talents are. McGee and his shot blocking was changing the way the Raptors were attempting their shots. He often does block the shot and keep it in play. I have seen more shots blocked and caught in the air by McGee than I have ever seen by anyone else, including Chamberlain,Russell,or Kareem. He could average six blocks a game if he had the minutes. That is at least 6 points a game denied, that is a very good winning margin.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | November 17, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone REALLY care if Nick Young looks up at the video screen to see replays of himself? If Nick continues to put up 15-20 points and play decent defense, why should his self indulgence matter?

The next time Nick goes on one of his hot streaks, maybe Flip Sauders should look up at the video screen. That way, he can see the talent that was being squandered on the bench!

Posted by: musicmanjr | November 17, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

He could average six blocks a game if he had the minutes. That is at least 6 points a game denied, that is a very good winning margin.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | November 17, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

12 points unless Javale has learned how to get the elusive "Free throw block"

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | November 17, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Nick Young watches his own highlights on Washington PGL

"I ain't seen myself on television in a long time." During a live interview. Classic.
Posted by: djnnnou

Young has ADD, understandable

Posted by: closg | November 17, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone REALLY care if Nick Young looks up at the video screen to see replays of himself? If Nick continues to put up 15-20 points and play decent defense, why should his self indulgence matter?

The next time Nick goes on one of his hot streaks, maybe Flip Sauders should look up at the video screen. That way, he can see the talent that was being squandered on the bench!

Posted by: musicmanjr | November 17, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

BOOM!

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | November 17, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Young has ADD, understandable

Posted by: closg | November 17, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Does he really have ADD? i thought i remembered someone saying something about him having a learning disability. i just chalked it up to the usual mean spirited humor i relish encountering on wizinsider

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | November 17, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

You guys are funny as shiggity :-) I love reading the posts here even if sometimes I don't always agree. As far as Wall is concerned, why is Flip pushing Wall to play tonight?? There are over 70 games left to play. I would let him heal and see how if this group can ride to the occasion. I swear, Flip, leaves me scratching my head at times with some of his decisions. Let Wall watch from the bench, completely heal his foot and learn from Gil and Hinrich.

Posted by: ivyleague | November 17, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

I believe he does have a slight learning disability. I remember reading it too. And I saw the journalist attempt to interview him on Comcast after the game last night. It was funny as heck cause he was watching himself on the TV. That guy is a crack up. You just gotta love him though :-)

Posted by: ivyleague | November 17, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Let's see, the Celtics. They're 8-2 and have played only 4 games at home, if I'm counting right. The Wiz have to keep Ray Allen from getting going; he's currently at 46% outside the arc. The surprise contributor has been Big Baby Davis, who apparently takes a phenomenal number of charges, The Celts equate charges with blocked shots. Once people run into Davis, they supposedly avoid the lane for quite a while, which Doc Rivers appreciates. He's to play center tonight for Jermaine.

Posted by: Samson151 | November 17, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

"As far as Wall is concerned, why is Flip pushing Wall to play tonight??"Posted by: ivyleague

I doubt he is. Just hyping the gate for Boston, because people want to see Wall. Should be Arenas and Hinrich this evening, with Nick getting minutes as well.

Posted by: Samson151 | November 17, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

lilhollywood10- I think you may be joking. I said 6 points because not every blocked shot would have resulted in a made basket. Since the shots are so close to the basket I gave a 50% guesstimate. Your comment was creative though. Boston has a stacked deck. I dont see how anyone could beat them consistently. Young may not always be hot, but he gets separation and has a beautiful shot.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | November 17, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

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