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Posted at 5:30 PM ET, 12/20/2010

Open thread: Wizards (6-19) vs. Bobcats (9 - 17)

By Washington Post editors

Rashard Lewis is expected to make his debut tonight when introduced himself to the local media tonight as the Wizards host the Charlotte Bobcats at Verizon Center. Meanwhile, the Wizards have brought back Lester Hudson to help fill the team's backup point guard void after Gilbert Arenas was traded to Orlando and it was determined that John Wall has a bone bruise under his right knee cap.

Let the conversation begin in the thread below. You can also join the conversation on Twitter with Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikElBashir). See your tweets here by using #wizards.

Tipoff: 7 p.m.; TV: CSN; Radio: 106.7 FM.

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By Washington Post editors  | December 20, 2010; 5:30 PM ET
 
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I guess we'll see the post Gil era begin tonight!

Posted by: zack9633 | December 20, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

""We've always had confidence in John," Grunfeld said. "We said we hoped John would be our point guard for 10, 12 years, maybe longer, and he's a true point guard. He's a leader. That's what we told him from Day 1. Now that we don't have another player in the mix, that gives him even more responsibility that he had early on.""

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/19/AR2010121903519.html

Can anybody figure out how EG can say this with a straight face? What is Grunfeld's basis on saying they always had confidence in JWow and he'll be here for 10-12 years. One season in college and a handful of pro games?

Don't get me wrong, I like JWow, but Grunfeld sounds so stupid and utterly ridiculous that all you can do is shake your head.

BTW, who would take Blake Griffin over JWow right about now?

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 20, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 20, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 20, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Why is Lewis sitting??
Is there a part of this trade still pending???

Posted by: VBFan | December 20, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

This sucks. I was really looking forward to seeing Wall return tonight and the arrival of Lewis but neither guy will play. Just cant get it all together and once again we prove to have the worst medical staff in basketball, always misdiagnosing everything.

Well, one thing I am looking forward to seeing is the return of Hudson. Unless Flip goes big with Howard at the point at times, Hudson will get all of Kirk's backup minutes. Hudson was a stud in the SL and hit big shots in the SL & Preseason but didnt look like a NBA player at all when the season started.

Its always great when you get a 2nd chance and hopefully he makes the most of it and show why he led the Nation in scoring while also showing the ability to run the team. Its his job to lose. If he's great then he'll stick. If he sucks then we will probably have someone in here very soon.

Posted by: dlts2041 | December 20, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

I will be flicking back & forths between our game and the Magic game while also watching the crazy snow game on MNF. Should be fun

Posted by: dlts2041 | December 20, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Why is Lewis not playing tonight? Jet lagged from the 2 hour flight from Orlando???

Posted by: la_terp | December 20, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Watching Gil out there tonight, he looks way more faster & explosive. He's 1-1 right now with a 3 but he's physically moving alot better and is being more aggressive

Posted by: dlts2041 | December 20, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

"Watching Gil out there tonight, he looks way more faster & explosive. He's 1-1 right now with a 3 but he's physically moving alot better and is being more aggressive

Posted by: dlts2041 | December 20, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse "

Who cares? He's part of Les BouleS forgettable past.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 20, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Kirk must've moved into Gil's old locker. He's really looking for his shot and totally looking Nick off on the curls. Ny picks up his 3rd on some bs but you gotta luv the defensive intensity. On the previous defensive sequence he ran out on two different 3 pt shooters and affected both shots. Scott foster is on FIRE tonight.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 20, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Kirk must've moved into Gil's old locker. He's really looking for his shot and totally looking Nick off on the curls. Ny picks up his 3rd on some bs but you gotta luv the defensive intensity. On the previous defensive sequence he ran out on two different 3 pt shooters and affected both shots. Scott foster is on FIRE tonight.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 20, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse


Not a coincidence that the Wiz have looked better two straight games without Arenas. Looking forward to more of the same.

Posted by: bobabuie | December 20, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse


"Watching Gil out there tonight, he looks way more faster & explosive. He's 1-1 right now with a 3 but he's physically moving alot better and is being more aggressive

Posted by: dlts2041 | December 20, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse "

Who cares? He's part of Les BouleS forgettable past.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 20, 2010 7:59 PM

LMAO Arenas is 2-9 from the field and getting beat like a drum on defense. I guess one man's trash is another man's treasure.

Posted by: bobabuie | December 20, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Amazing defense...gee do you think the omission of one horrendous disinterested uninspred player can make a difference?
Sayonara Gilbert!!!

Posted by: mricklen | December 20, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Gil is gone so all the Gil haters can come on out. I must admit I liked Gil's game but I like the way we're playing without him. Let the healing begin with a 20+ point win over the Bobcats.

Posted by: zack9633 | December 20, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Nice to be on the plus side of a blowout for a change.

Still lots of questions to be answered with this team, but I loved the effort tonight. The Bobcats aren't a great team, but beating the teams you're supposed to be able to beat and a winning record at home are usually good starting places for building a good team.

More importantly, the ever-important Wizards 9-20 record is once again within reach.

Posted by: ts35 | December 20, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Wow, the difference in the "life" of this team since the GA trade has been night and day. Addition by subtraction is the best way to describe it. Perhaps, I was lulled into thinking that GA was at least on defense trying harder than he has in the past. But, overall, I think he was coasting. I also think he somehow sucked the life out of this team. Not anymore!

NY keep it up young man and we just might be ok at the SG position for a while. JW, NY....Booker?, McGee?, Seraphin? Blatche? Who else is going to develop further?

Posted by: rphilli721 | December 20, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Not a coincidence that the Wiz have looked better two straight games without Arenas. Looking forward to more of the same.

Posted by: bobabuie | December 20, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Are you serious? The team Charlotte fielded tonight (without Gerald Wallace) is possibly one of the worse teams I have ever witnessed. They really have one legitimate sarter by NBA stabdards. Lets wait until we really play somebody.

Posted by: NewManagement | December 20, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Total domination. Way to coach 'em up, Larry! Tell us all about playing the right way, again.

Probably the best thing I saw tonight was Flip sitting Josh Howard down early in the 2nd, because he was playing like crap. We still have to see how they play on the road, but so far post Arenas is looking good.

Posted by: djnnnou | December 20, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Well, for LOL NewManagement my good man, you haven't forgot that standstill we just played against Miami have you?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 20, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Well, for LOL NewManagement my good man, you haven't forgot that standstill we just played against Miami have you?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 20, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

I have my pov of why they suddenly look like a well coached team Arenasless, but I haven't decided to go into it yet. Not ready for that fight yet.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 20, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse


Are you serious? The team Charlotte fielded tonight (without Gerald Wallace) is possibly one of the worse teams I have ever witnessed. They really have one legitimate sarter by NBA stabdards. Lets wait until we really play somebody.

Posted by: NewManagement | December 20, 2010 10:03 PM

What cold, dark place have you been living in, chief? The Wizards have been getting blown out all year by teams that were just awful. Nice to not only NOT get blown out by a bad team but actually win convincingly. You get cable in that cave?

Posted by: bobabuie | December 20, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Just took a look at the box score. The lowest +/- that any of our starters had was +24. When was the last time that happened?

Posted by: bobabuie | December 20, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

I am amazed at the difference in the team with Agent Zero. It's addition by subtraction!

Posted by: charley42 | December 20, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

That is without Agent Zero, of course.

Posted by: charley42 | December 20, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

lol...yeah, NewManagement needs a new memory. Somehow forgot, perhaps, our most inspired game in a couple of seasons vs the Heat just a couple of nights ago. Deflating, crazy lose...but nice follow up effort.


I have to say that every game that JH has played for this team they have played fairly inspired basketball. Don't know if that is a coincidence or not, but I do no this team certainly is playing better in every phase of the game since the GA trade and JH's return.

Posted by: rphilli721 | December 20, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

I do know

Posted by: rphilli721 | December 20, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

The Bobcats are awful even with Gerald Wallace. That said, no such thing as a bad win. A blowout win by a team in the Wizards' position is good for the soul and the psyche. Doesn't matter who the victim is. But expectations should remain realistic. The Wiza are still a bad team. But hopefully the addition of a couple more actual adults in Lewis and Howard will help provide some stability on court.

I remain skeptical about Lewis's prospects for guarding SFs, but it sounds like things are headed that way. The starting lineup I'd eventually like to see is Wall, Young, Lewis, Howard, and McGee.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 20, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Hey Larry, please share your thoughts. I'm curious to hear your theories on why the Wizards may have turned a competitive corner with Arenas no longer in our lineup. Please do share -- let the haters hate.

Posted by: bazookajoe1 | December 20, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

What cold, dark place have you been living in, chief? The Wizards have been getting blown out all year by teams that were just awful. Nice to not only NOT get blown out by a bad team but actually win convincingly. You get cable in that cave?

Posted by: bobabuie | December 20, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

I've got cable and damn good seats and Charlotte was terrible. Pull your binoculars out in the nosebleed section next time and maybe you can discern talent. A home win against a squad with a starting lineup that includes Dominic McGuire, DJ Augustin, Boris Diaw, and Nazi Muhammad has no long term merit whatsoever. These guys could'nt start for even the Wizards. And when have we gotten blown out at home (teams rarely do - even bad teams).

The biggest positive out of the whole game was the continued evolution of Nick Young in his ability to score going to the basket and his defensive effort against a good player in Stephen Jackson.

Please put the Miami game in context. First it was a loss. And secondly, we were at home playing against a team on the second night of a back to back. It means nothing unless you get the win, just like the one point home loss earlier in the year to Orlando was meaningless. Is anybody talking about that now?

Posted by: NewManagement | December 20, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

WOW....two competitive games in a row....would be a two game winning streak had it not been for blatche fouling a 3 point shooter....anyway great win and love the way the D played tonight, teams lately that had players hurt had been licking their chops when the played the Wizs...maybe this blowout tonight is the start of something Great......I hope....1-1 in the post Gilbert era....

Posted by: redskinsfaninnc | December 21, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

"Please put the Miami game in context. First it was a loss. And secondly, we were at home playing against a team on the second night of a back to back. It means nothing unless you get the win, just like the one point home loss earlier in the year to Orlando was meaningless. Is anybody talking about that now?Posted by: NewManagement"

LOL aren't we the negative Nellie tonight?

My expectations were as always below the WI norm. I hoped the team would string together two solid efforts in a row. Apparently that was a reasonable expectation.

Now for a bigger test: the Bulls, right? Then on the road.

We'll see.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 21, 2010 1:01 AM | Report abuse

"A home win against a squad with a starting lineup that includes Dominic McGuire, DJ Augustin, Boris Diaw, and Nazi Muhammad has no long term merit whatsoever. These guys could'nt start for even the Wizards."

Au contraire, mon ami. I'm afraid they all could have started for the Wiz -- and probably would have at some point this season.

The Cats are a team in trouble. Something we here in Washington understand in depth.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 21, 2010 1:04 AM | Report abuse

It is such a relief to have Gilbert gone. It was obvious that he was only going through the motions and it was affecting and infecting the rest of the team with a losing attitude. The Wizards have the personnel to be a competitive team now; they just have to start playing smart winning ball. Some stability in the line up would be a big help too. They might not make the playoffs this year, but I just want to see them start playing smart and hard all of the time, every game.

I'm getting a lot of satisfaction in seeing some of the young players drafted by the Wizards becoming solid NBA players. Keep getting better Andre, Nick, Javale, and John, I would love to see you guys grow to become the nucleus of a contending team. You all have the talent to be superior players if you learn to play the right way.

Posted by: tpridemore | December 21, 2010 1:05 AM | Report abuse

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