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Posted at 9:23 AM ET, 12/27/2010

Wizards continue to lose in San Antonio, on the road

By Michael Lee
Morning brew

Hard to say what to make of it, but the last time the Wizards won in San Antonio, on Dec. 11, 1999, was also during the season that they set the franchise record with 15 consecutive road losses -- a string of putrid play that actually began less than two weeks later, in Houston.

The Wizards are 0-14 away from Verizon Center this season and matched the franchise record of 15 road losses in a row on Sunday in San Antonio, as they continued a run of road futility that dates back to last April. Now the Wizards will look to avoid setting a new record, while also matching the record for most consecutive road losses in one season, in Houston.

They will have Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee back in the lineup after both served one-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team. Josh Howard admitted that playing without Blatche and McGee in San Antonio "was a strain, but we showed up. Nobody quit. We get our guys back tomorrow and we'll be ready to turn that page. That's going to be a sign of growth for us."


The Wizards (7-21) are just 1-3 since dealing away Gilbert Arenas, but they have been making some progress, especially on the defensive end. They have held all four of their opponents below 100 points, and only Charlotte and San Antonio have shot better than 45 percent from the floor.

John Wall has finally returned after missing 12 games this season with a variety of ailments to his feet and knees. Wall missed 7 of 9 from the floor and grimaced after nearly every off-target shot. "I think I did pretty good, I just wasn't making shots," he said. "That'll come later on down the road."

And also, one would assume, is that first road win of the season.

FROM THE POST
John Wall returned to action after missing the past two weeks with a bone bruise under his right kneecap. Here's the game story and postgame wrap-up from Sunday's loss in San Antonio.

The Wizards suspended Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee for one game after the two got into a fight outside an area club last week. Blatche and McGee both apologized.

Newcomer Rashard Lewis always finds a way to maintain a low profile, even when his contract and playoff success suggest that he should be more well-known.

Josh Howard has returned from his left knee injury and helped the Wizards defense improve.

Kobe Bryant has gone from being the hunter to the hunted in the later stages of his career. But he remains in pursuit of more rings.

AROUND THE WEB
Kyle Weidie of TruthAboutIt talks to the Wizards about their favorite Christmas memories.

After Otis Smith's gutsy moves, Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix writes that the pressure is on Orlando to keep Dwight Howard beyond the summer of 2012.

LeBron James may have undermined the players' union with his talk about contraction, but he also did a good job of riling Kobe Bryant on Christmas as well.

By Michael Lee  | December 27, 2010; 9:23 AM ET
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Comments

Any professional team in any sport has to at least win 40-50% of the time. These are professional players and re-building is not an excuse. You have to play from day one!!! If not, then the coach should go.

Posted by: venky1 | December 27, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

"Any professional team in any sport has to at least win 40-50% of the time. These are professional players and re-building is not an excuse. You have to play from day one!!! If not, then the coach should go.Posted by: venky1"

What about the players? Should they go, too?

Posted by: Samson151 | December 27, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Maybe if AB can switch agents to Fletcher Smith, he can try to convince everyone that AB was actually in bed in his PG's when the actual drama unfolded.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 27, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

PJ's

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 27, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Hilton Armstrong: "With Tim [Duncan], he's one of the top 50 players ever, so I was really excited for this game... Usually when I come here in the past, he gets me in foul trouble because he plays so smart. My main thing, I was trying to take advantage of the time I was going to get, telling myself, I have to be smarter than him today. I have to beat him to the spot, stay on my feet, jump straight up and stay out of foul trouble."

Looks like somebody has been paying attention to the coaches, at least.

Problem is that this sort of play doesn't generate the stats that we pay attention to: blocks and steals. But it's more effective against a quality big man. This is probably what Javale should focus on when he goes up against the better NBA centers. But then he might not get his 2 blocks per game.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 27, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

"Any professional team in any sport has to at least win 40-50% of the time. These are professional players and re-building is not an excuse. You have to play from day one!!! If not, then the coach should go.Posted by: venky1"

In a way, this is the delusional sports fan's version of the Jack Welch strategy: when he was at GE, Welch put in a rigorous performance eval program and sought to fire or retire the least productive 20% of his workforce annually (I don't know why they didn't call him 'Chainsaw Jack'). Of course, he could fire line employees as well as the manager, and it was easy to find replacements.

Nonetheless, it was an 'off with their heads' methodology.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 27, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

"Nick Young failed to score at least 20 points for the first time in six games, as he was limited to just 10 points on 5-of-19 shooting. It was the first time in weeks that Young had looked so hesitant and indecisive"

NY haters will be coming out and telling everybody that he's a D-league player or a Euro player at best.

Posted by: Dave381 | December 27, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

I was impressed by Armstrong. He's been up and down as far as results, but he generally gives good effort. I wouldn't mind (in fact I'd prefer) if he and Lewis kept the starting spots for a while, just to give the team a different look and see how things went.

"This is probably what Javale should focus on when he goes up against the better NBA centers. But then he might not get his 2 blocks per game."

Posted by: Samson151 | December 27, 2010 10:11 AM

That, and saluting the crowd after playing solid position defense and forcing your man into a tough jumper, doesn't have quite the same dramatic effect on Sportscenter.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 27, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

"NY haters will be coming out and telling everybody that he's a D-league player or a Euro player at best.Posted by: Dave381"

I don't think he's a D-leaguer, do you? I suppose I could see him ending up in Europe if the pay is better. Season's about half the length of the NBA's. But if it was left up to Nick, I'd say his first choice is always SoCal. He never stops talking about it.

Shooters have off-nights, and he had one in San Antonio. No blame. He also struggled with Ginobili on defense, which made things look worse. This was one of the games when the perimeter defense could have been better, while the interior defense wasn't that bad. Reverse of the usual.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 27, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Trading players won't do any good. Or starting new ones. The Wizards have already set a record for most starting lineups. No matter how much you shuffle these players around, this is a lottery team. The only question now is whether they'll make 20 wins or not. At this point, the only player worth trading is Lewis because of his contract, and no one's going to touch him.

As far as this organization is concerned, the only criterion for starting anybody the rest of the season should be to see how well individual players mesh with Wall for the future. Because none of the other goals for this season--aside from trading Arenas--are going to be met. Winning is no longer an issue. Neither is filling Verizon Center. Neither is going to happen this year.

Posted by: KTV1 | December 27, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

the interior defense wasn't that bad

Parker scored 12 of his 20 points in the paint, 5 of his 8FGs were within 2ft. The interior D was as bad as always, just a different group of players on the floor.

Posted by: divi3 | December 27, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

"He also struggled with Ginobili on defense, which made things look worse"

Manu's unorthodox moves makes him very difficult to defend moreso to a limited defender like NY.

Posted by: Dave381 | December 27, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

"Parker scored 12 of his 20 points in the paint, 5 of his 8FGs were within 2ft. The interior D was as bad as always, just a different group of players on the floor.
Posted by: divi3"

I don't think so. The defense on the 4-5 positions was better than we've seen, as evidenced by the lack of inside scoring and rebounding (don't forget this was one of the relatively rare occasions where the Wiz outrebounded a good team). The problem was the penetration by Parker, and he's a speedy guard.

I'm not saying it was great, just a little better than we've seen. That's promising from my perspective. Means when the other team is killing us inside, we can sub and maybe put a stop to it.

But this remains IMO a donut club. No real center and PF.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 27, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Like Popovich said, this was a Tony Parker / Manny Ginobili performance. They were just great and the Wiz couldn't stop them.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 27, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

"Manu's unorthodox moves makes him very difficult to defend moreso to a limited defender like NY.Posted by: Dave381"

Yes, he's a really good player having a really good season on a team that's playing much better offense than they have in the past. They're making a serious run at another ring. If they get home court advantage in the playoffs, they could shine.

He's 33, but it looks like SA is able to conserve minutes with liberal sub patterns...

Posted by: Samson151 | December 27, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Like Popovich said, this was a Tony Parker / Manny Ginobili performance.

That's been the Spurs team all season. Manu and Parker are their leading scorers. Tim Duncan is their 4th leading scorer and has had some real clunkers this year. The fact he didnt play that well and didnt need to, is all about the Spurs team this season and nothing about Hilton Armstrong's 'smart' defense.

Did you see the play where DeJuan Blair got like 3 off rebs on the same possession and scored? Right in the midst of Seraphin and Booker? There was no improvement last night, though there probably wasnt any dropoff either which speaks to the nothingness of current personnel.

Posted by: divi3 | December 27, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

"Tim Duncan is their 4th leading scorer and has had some real clunkers this year. The fact he didnt play that well and didnt need to, is all about the Spurs team this season and nothing about Hilton Armstrong's 'smart' defense."posted by divi3.

I guess that's a matter of opinion. In support of mine, Duncan is averaging 13.6 points and finished with 5. He's been shooting a very respectable 49.4% from the field, and last night hit only 22.2% of his FG attempts. I thought Hilton bothered him quite a bit.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 27, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

DeJuan Blair got like 3 off rebs on the same possession and scored? Right in the midst of Seraphin and Booker?

Seraphin was out of the play. Blair was battling Wall, Howard and somebody else.

Posted by: spades72 | December 27, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

"Did you see the play where DeJuan Blair got like 3 off rebs on the same possession and scored? Right in the midst of Seraphin and Booker? There was no improvement last night, though there probably wasnt any dropoff either which speaks to the nothingness of current personnel.Posted by: divi3"

Yes, we went over that at some length. I didn't see that particular play, but Ts35 described it in detail, where it wound up as 2 tips and 2 rebounds. A remarkable play by any measure, and to Blair's credit.

But overall, Blair's performance was pretty ordinary. He had 4 boards (his average is 6.3) and all four came on the offensive end (when's the last time you saw DeJuan Blair go without a defensive rebound?) He went 4 for 11 (36%) instead of his usual 45.4%) and didn't get to the FT line at all.

But like several people have noted, SA didn't need much from their front line. The Wiz were clearly outmatched from the beginning. I was impressed by the fact they didn't quit -- something they've done a few times when blown out.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 27, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Really, the only knock on Duncan's game is his subpar FT shooting for a superstar (Mr. Fundamentals). If he had to turn it up a notch with scoring, he can. I figure he's saving himself for the playoffs.

Since Les BouleS are clearly not going to make the playoffs, it would seem an opportune time to unload AB to a team seeking a scoring 4 for a young player and draft picks. Of course, that would be a total embarrassment to Grunfeld given the fact that he just gave him a noncontract year extenstion.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 27, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

"I figure [Duncan's] saving himself for the playoffs."

I think you're right. And if he isn't, Popovich is.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 27, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

As much as things seem to be changing for the better for Les BouleS, the more they seem to stay the same.

Injuries....idiot players....poor coaching....even worse management/decision making for the team...

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 27, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Maybe it's just me but John Wall looked kind of gimpy last night. If the dude is not a 100% I don't see the need in playing him.

Posted by: spades72 | December 27, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Regarding the link above about LeBron and Contraction, the Players Union may get angry about Bron's opinion but he's absolutely right.

There isn't enough NBA level talent to populate 30 teams. I think six teams need to be disbanded.

There are too many teams that have no history or tradition, nor spark any fan support.

The Kings are struggling
The Grizzlies have moved to a new venue and still don't draw any interest
Minnesota Timberwolves, once KG left so did the fan base.
Charlotte Bobcats were a mistake from the beginning. Charlotte didn't support the Hornets with Alonzo.
Same for the NO Hornets. NO will not support a basketball team.
The Nets can move to Brooklyn, The Bronx or right into MSG, it won't matter. The Knicks are the Kings of NY and Jersey.

As for Philly, the Wiz and the Bucks. All have been pretty putrid for a very long time, but they have a great deal of tradition and have fan bases ready to explode if a competitive team is put on the floor.

Posted by: bozomoeman | December 27, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Regarding the link above about LeBron and Contraction, the Players Union may get angry about Bron's opinion but he's absolutely right.

There isn't enough NBA level talent to populate 30 teams. I think six teams need to be disbanded.

There are too many teams that have no history or tradition, nor spark any fan support.

The Kings are struggling
The Grizzlies have moved to a new venue and still don't draw any interest
Minnesota Timberwolves, once KG left so did the fan base.
Charlotte Bobcats were a mistake from the beginning. Charlotte didn't support the Hornets with Alonzo.
Same for the NO Hornets. NO will not support a basketball team.
The Nets can move to Brooklyn, The Bronx or right into MSG, it won't matter. The Knicks are the Kings of NY and Jersey.

As for Philly, the Wiz and the Bucks. All have been pretty putrid for a very long time, but they have a great deal of tradition and have fan bases ready to explode if a competitive team is put on the floor.

Posted by: bozomoeman | December 27, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Injuries....idiot players....poor coaching....even worse management/decision making for the team...

Posted by: DC_MAN88

What, no degrading comments about black players today?

Posted by: spades72 | December 27, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

One of the good things that came from this game is that we now know why Seraphin rarely sees the floor. What a stat line: Goose eggs all the way down until you hit fouls, then there are 4 of them in 9 minutes. Hopefully he will get better.

Armstrong played well, but he is clearly a back up back up on even a bad NBA team. he has lots to offer, but if you are counting on him to play 30-35 mpg game in and game out, you won't get very far. Mcgee needs to get focused and play it. this is his last season to "be learning." Next year he needs to be playing like a starter and a top 10 center if not top 5.

Booker and Lewis are making Blatche look completely expendable.

Glad to see Howard playing good ball. He is going to help this team in a bunch of ways, even if one of those ways is not actually winning games (because we are really that bad). he just seems to understand the game and has so much more of a veteran look on the court...mainly just not making many mistakes and being where he should be. Kirk is the same way.

While I am glad to see Wall back (b/c it means I don't have to watch D-Leaguer Hudson) I do question having Wall play last night. It sems to me that you are going up against the best team in the league on their home court without 2 of your starters, maybe the effort is wasted and could set you back a couple of weeks playing too early. Even if he was feeling great, why not rest him 'til Jan jsut to be sure?

I know everyone wants to break the road losing streak, but a better chance is against the Pacers or waiting til we play the Sixers and Charlotte next week.

Posted by: Blurred | December 27, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Did you see the play where DeJuan Blair got like 3 off rebs on the same possession and scored? Right in the midst of Seraphin and Booker? There was no improvement last night, though there probably wasnt any dropoff either which speaks to the nothingness of current personnel.

Posted by: divi3 | December 27, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

I saw that and have to say there is no way Blair would have made that happen had Mcgee been in. Mcgee may have been out of the play for the first put back but would have flown in for the second. May have fouled, but no way Blair gets four tries.

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Since Les BouleS are clearly not going to make the playoffs, it would seem an opportune time to unload AB to a team seeking a scoring 4 for a young player and draft picks. Of course, that would be a total embarrassment to Grunfeld given the fact that he just gave him a noncontract year extenstion.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 27, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

While I agree we should ditch Blatche...he obviously is not a "winner" and like I just said, Booker and Lewis make him completely expendable...I think having a guy like Blatche locked up long term could help. His contract is not onerous by any stretch and having a guy that can come in a score on your second line is very important for a contender.

Posted by: Blurred | December 27, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

trade Blatche for whatever bad contract someone wants to ditch and a couple long term draft picks. A late first rounder this year and another one in like 2014 sound like a good trade for Blatche and taking out someone else's trash.

Posted by: Blurred | December 27, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

The real test of the new looking wiz is tonight and this week.I hope flip is not going to keep both wall and KH in court at the same time, it is a waste,KH is not a good shooter off the ball, JW does not yet able to take the J.
Flip need to try KH(jW),NY,RL,AB and JM(HR) for 2 weeks.They need more shooters in the starting line up to start strong.If young teams can not start strong it is hard to win,plus they are already in the losing mood where starting strong has a positive effect.They are playing against the team they can win, they have to make a little noise with the 1st road win and back to back 2-3 wins this week,if not I think it is time to send the coaching staff and get a cheap defensive minded young coach who wants to grow with a young team and need to send JM,AB and RL to the trade chapter.EG need to finish the season, i do not want him to be in thgis ball club, he has done enough.

Posted by: gtefferra | December 27, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

"They're making a serious run at another ring. If they get home court advantage in the playoffs, they could shine."

Yes with nice draft picks, Neal, Hill and Blair(!), even with a subpar TD and RJ they will still be a contender come playoff time. I still consider the LAL as the team to beat in the West.

Posted by: Dave381 | December 27, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

"Yes with nice draft picks, Neal, Hill and Blair(!)"

They didn't actually draft Neal (2007). We've been watching him since he was a HS star in Baltimore. He had to go to Europe for 3 years to draw enough NBA notice. Been a major surprise to everybody.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 27, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

"Armstrong played well, but he is clearly a back up back up on even a bad NBA team."

I think that's probably true. He was drafted too high for his ability, off one outstanding season at Connecticut. Can't learn much from limited appearances (12.7 minutes per game, 2 starts), but last night it seemed he played smart against a really smart opponent. Something we haven't always been able to say about Wiz front liners this season.

If you polled fans as to craftiest big men, I imagine that Duncan, Garnett, and probably Shaq would top the list.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 27, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

" He had to go to Europe for 3 years to draw enough NBA notice. Been a major surprise to everybody"

Another medal to SA organization.

Posted by: Dave381 | December 27, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

"trade Blatche for whatever bad contract someone wants to ditch and a couple long term draft picks."

I wish.

I thought the Wiz looked good considering they are playing one of the best teams in the NBA in the last 10 years. Having Blatche and McGee *could* have made it interesting, that and Wall did not play much.

I didn't put too much into this game, they weren't going to win it unless all of SA's starters were sick with the flu or something silly like that.

I DO expect the Wiz to go on a little run here starting tonight. You heard it here first. The Wiz don't play anybody for the next month.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | December 27, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

I'd say his first choice is always SoCal. He never stops talking about it.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 27, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Antbody with half a brain would pick living in SoCal over DC...I remember Drew Gooden last year saying there was no way he was going to play in DC and he prefered to play for the Clippers instead?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 27, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

"So, it's not like Blair got 4 rebounds on one play against Armstrong, Booker and Seraphin or something, but he did get 4 boards (or two tips and two boards) on one play.Posted by: ts35"

LOL In other words, he didn't get 4 boards -- he got 2 boards and 2 tips. His rebound total was 4, right? And he definitely got another rebound somewhere, didn't he?

I remember Dennis Rodman used to do that a lot. A great tip artist.

Posted by: Samson151

ESPN's play-by-play called all four touches (be they tip or grab) as rebounds, and didn't list any other rebounds for him in their play-by-play. Both of his 'tips' he tipped back up to the backboard and hoop, not just tipping it up to himself like Rodman used to do.

But again, it was mainly against our 1, 2 and 3, not our 4 and 5 in the game at the time.

Posted by: ts35 | December 27, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I still remember biting my upper lip when the Wiz passed on D Blair in the SECOND round of the draft.

At the end of the day I think you have to ask yourself if a guy that plays current minutes is a guy you can trust to be a part of a championship basketball team and not a playoff team in the current Eastern Conference. I am sorry but I don't see it in Blatche or Young. A guy has defensive / rebounding instincts/heart, as does D Blair, or he doesn't. Cut them loose while they may still have value. Let Wall make guys better who want to do the dirty work too!

Posted by: katamian | December 27, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

There isn't enough NBA level talent to populate 30 teams. I think six teams need to be disbanded.

Posted by: bozomoeman | December 27, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

I argree...lets start with the worst 6 teams in the NBA...

Sac 5-22
Minn 7-24
Wash 7-21
LAC 9-22
Clev 9-21
Char 9-19

LOL not many people attend a Spurs game to root for the Wiz. Ted appreciates that. Or maybe you're rooting for the Spurs.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 27, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Like Samson151 said (after thinking the game was in DC?) I was the only person in my section last night rooting for the Wizards.

I grew up watching the Bullets at the Capital Center and believe that if you are a true fan you follow that team through the good times and bad, but that doesn't mean you have to wear blinders and/or drink the kool aid and a fan can criticize the team and still be a fan.

If the Wizards got disbanded for the good of the league then I could (since I live in SoCal) become a Lakers fan and root for a winning organization with a clear conscience.

Till then I will be a Bullets/Wizard fan and Rally to Restore Sanity with the firing of Ernie.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 27, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

"Like Samson151 said (after thinking the game was in DC?) I was the only person in my section last night rooting for the Wizards."

Probably in the whole arena.

"I grew up watching the Bullets at the Capital Center and believe that if you are a true fan you follow that team through the good times and bad, but that doesn't mean you have to wear blinders and/or drink the kool aid and a fan can criticize the team and still be a fan."

Certainly. Like some of us can criticize Javale McGee and Nick Young and still be Wizard fans.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 27, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Looks like somebody has been paying attention to the coaches, at least.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 27, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

7 years in the NBA and he averages 3.3 ppg and 2.7 rpg so after one game he now deserves a contract extension...

you are Ernie...

No wonder your draft picks suck you spend the time you should be scouting players on here defending yourself and leave the scouting to who ETaps?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 27, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

"ESPN's play-by-play called all four touches (be they tip or grab) as rebounds, and didn't list any other rebounds for him in their play-by-play. Both of his 'tips' he tipped back up to the backboard and hoop, not just tipping it up to himself like Rodman used to do. posted by ts35"

That is indeed weird. Blair didn't get any other boards in his 22 minute stint? And this a guy who averages 6.8 in 20 minutes?

That's as odd as getting 4 on one play.

I'm truly surprised that the NBA considers tips to be rebounds. Or does it depend on the type of tip?

Posted by: Samson151 | December 27, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

"7 years in the NBA and he averages 3.3 ppg and 2.7 rpg so after one game he now deserves a contract extension...you are Ernie..."

Nice misquote -- of course I said nothing about any of that.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 27, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

"Antbody with half a brain would pick living in SoCal over DC...I remember Drew Gooden last year saying there was no way he was going to play in DC and he prefered to play for the Clippers instead?"Posted by: bulletsfan78

Who's 'antbody'?

I would have to agree that there are many, many people with half a brain living in SoCal...

Posted by: Samson151 | December 27, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Certainly. Like some of us can criticize Javale McGee and Nick Young and still be Wizard fans.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 27, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Sure...It's easy to criticize Ernie's draft picks...that's easier then AB getting laid on Thomas Circle.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 27, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

"I would have to agree that there are many, many people with half a brain living in SoCal...Posted by: Samson151"

Sorry, that was just too easy.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 27, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

"Another medal to SA organization.
Posted by: Dave381"

For signing Gary Neal? Or for not drafting him and waiting several years to bring him back from Europe?

Posted by: Samson151 | December 27, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

What's the big positive in Rashard Lewis taking eight 3s and generally staying even further away from the basket than AB does? I would rather play sorry Seraphin at PF, at least he will stay in the paint. It does no good to bench AB for Rashard and in the process just further ingrain a lousy style of play into a team that's losing anyway.

Posted by: divi3 | December 27, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

"I would have to agree that there are many, many people with half a brain living in SoCal...Posted by: Samson151"

Sorry, that was just too easy.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 27, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Nothing to be sorry about...I grew up in the DC area and there are a lot of people who live there who wish they had half a brain.

Lets see...

Ernie is one so maybe that's why he drafts players with no BB IQ?

You're right that was too easy I shouldn't keep setting you up like that...

There was someone who posted the following last night who claimed he watched the game...

And Ted thanks you for attending the game and hopefully coughing up some $$.

and the game was in San Antonio?

Posted by: Samson151 | December 26, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

At least I can blame my mistakes on either old age and/or the chronic that is legal out here.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 27, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Can we package Javal & Dre for Blake Griffin? I'm just sayin...

Posted by: Gooddad | December 27, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

"For signing Gary Neal? Or for not drafting him and waiting several years to bring him back from Europe?
Posted by: Samson151"

Is that a trick question?

Posted by: Dave381 | December 27, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah...we could have had Dejuan Blair, Jermaine Taylor (who is a great scorer)...is short we could have been building a TEAM...not just a collection of players!

TED bring Blake to D.C., you know the Clippers owner will not invest in the team, he'll waste in L.A.

Posted by: Gooddad | December 27, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

"At least I can blame my mistakes on either old age and/or the chronic that is legal out here.Posted by: bulletsfan78"

LOL it's pretty chronic, all right.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 27, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

It does no good to bench AB for Rashard and in the process just further ingrain a lousy style of play into a team that's losing anyway.

Better Booker than Lewis, but I don't think Blatche should be benched. If the Wizards felt AB was worth a new contract given his baggage and broken foot, then this latest incident shouldn't be enough for the organization to give up on him. That kind of bi-polar reaction will do more harm longterm than anything AB has done.

Posted by: djnnnou | December 27, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

People! Dont bother answering Sampsom151- he works for the Wiz PR Dept and answers directly to Grunfeld... another loser.
Respectfully Not.
Sock-Puppet

Posted by: getjiggly2 | December 27, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

"People! Dont bother answering Sampsom151- he works for the Wiz PR Dept and answers directly to Grunfeld... another loser.
Respectfully Not.
Sock-PuppetPosted by: getjiggly2"

LOL spoken like a sock puppet extraordinaire.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 27, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

"we could have had Dejuan Blair, Jermaine Taylor (who is a great scorer)...is short we could have been building a TEAM...not just a collection of players!"

You mean the Jermaine Taylor who's currently averaging 5 minutes for Sacramento? That Jermaine Taylor? Or is there another?

Posted by: Samson151 | December 27, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

It does no good to bench AB for Rashard and in the process just further ingrain a lousy style of play into a team that's losing anyway.

Posted by: divi3 | December 27, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Except Lewis plays some D and shows a good bit of hustle after loose balls. Anyway, Lewis as the starter w/ Blatche gone allows Booker to tally a few more minutes, which definitely adds to our toughness.

Posted by: Blurred | December 27, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

If the Wizards felt AB was worth a new contract given his baggage and broken foot, then this latest incident shouldn't be enough for the organization to give up on him. That kind of bi-polar reaction will do more harm longterm than anything AB has done.

Yeah, I feel the same way.

Posted by: divi3 | December 27, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Hard to say what to make of it, but the last time the Wizards won in San Antonio, on Dec. 11, 1999...

Mike,

Why is it hard to say that the Spurs are a great organization form top to bottom while during the same period the Wizards have been one of the worst and will remain that way till the people (Ernie) who made this mess are replaced.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 27, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm truly surprised that the NBA considers tips to be rebounds. Or does it depend on the type of tip?

Posted by: Samson151

I think the league scorers differentiate between a putback type of tip, where you're attempting to score versus just tipping it up in the air. On both of Blair's tips, he was trying to put the ball in the hoop.

Anyway, way too much time spent already on one play. The next time someone brings it up it will likely be "Did you see the play where Blair got like 6 rebounds on one play against Wes Unseld, Elvin Hayes and the reincarnated Wilt Chamberlain?"

(By the way, I think the reincarnated Wilt still had time to nail two Wizards Girls during that possession).

Posted by: ts35 | December 27, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

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