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Posted at 6:30 PM ET, 12/22/2010

Open thread: Wizards (7-19) vs. Bulls (17-9)

By Washington Post editors

The Chicago Bulls visit the Wizards tonight at Verizon Center, as Washington tries to continue a stretch of what has arguably been its best basketball this season. (The Wizards have outscored their opponents -- New Jersey, Miami and Charlotte -- by a combined 41 points, forced 57 turnovers and held them to just 41.5 percent shooting.) Rashard Lewis is expected to make his debut as a Wizard today. This morning Coach Flip Saunders said he is on track to play between 20 and 30 minutes. Chicago, meanwhile, has been one of the hottest teams in the league, winning eight of their past nine games.

Let the conversation begin in the thread below. You can also join the conversation on Twitter with Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee). See your tweets here by using #wizards.

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

Check out a live box score from tonight's game here.

By Washington Post editors  | December 22, 2010; 6:30 PM ET
 
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"I, like all of you (and some I didn't name) has doubted NY's game at times but I will admit that he's kill'n em right now...I didn't think he'd ever step up and play lights out like he is not. NOW . . . the real question is can he keep it up for the remainder of the season. Nick is in a contract year and that $3.6 qualifying offer would make EG's punk a$$ have to step up and pay NY or will NY fizzle out and "do what you always do, Jack" ( Mos Def- 16 Blocks)!Posted by: zack9633"

I got curious about Nick's recent play and took a few minutes to look at the month of December, through the Charlotte game. Here are the numbers I got:

Number of games: 9
Average minutes played: 30.22
Median minutes played: 32
PPG: 19.2
FG%: 48.5%
3Pt%: 43.6%
FT%: 83.3%
Rebounds: 2.67
Assists: 1.0
TOs: 2.0
Steals: 0.89
PFs: 3.11

The shooting percentages are a substantial improvement over his career (44.1% from the field, 38.9% from the arc), which were established over 256 games. The percentages are enough better than career to make me wonder if what we're watching isn't a shooter on a hot streak. His other numbers -- assists, FT%, TOs, steals, PFs, etc -- aren't terribly different. The shooting, however, is.

Anyway, just a thought. We'll all get to see what comes next.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 22, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Blatche continues to do stupid things on a steal. Even thought he lost the handle, didn't look like he was attempting to dunk it!

Posted by: zack9633 | December 22, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

If Young can continue to play like this - or something close to it - and Blatche and McGee can mature, they may have something
solid to build around. Add Wall.

Yeah, if my aunt had a moustache she would have been my uncle. Lots of ifs there.

Still, something to hope for.

Posted by: SteveMG | December 22, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Man Steve...if your Aunt looks anything like her sister, yo mama, then she did have a moustache.

But I get your point.

Posted by: Blurred | December 22, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Hey Samson, I half jested with you last game when I said they looked like a playoff Team.

Let me half jest again. They look like a playoff Team.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 22, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

That was one of the best halves of basketball I've seen the Wiz play.
Dray looked afraid to play from the tip. Is there no way to find one "big" willing to play near the rim? Blatche appears to be completely intimidated by the Bulls front court.

Posted by: bozomoeman | December 22, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

"Is there no way to find one "big" willing to play near the rim?"

Well, that has been the problem. Andray's the only one with the skills inside. But Seraphin is the one with the bulk. If we could just do some stem cell transplanting...

Posted by: Samson151 | December 22, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Does Andray Blatche have a coach? The 27th game of the season and this bum continues to dribble, fumble and take off balance jump shots. Sit this joker down.

Posted by: spades72 | December 22, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Chicago is getting all the questionable calls. Are these refs have a bet on the game?

Posted by: spades72 | December 22, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Seraphin and/or Booker should be in this game.

Posted by: doogiex | December 22, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Couldn't agree more about Blatche. Caron Butler was the same way till he went to Dallas and they won't let him do that anymore. It's simple basketball. Every time he starts doing it I would yank him right out of the game. But I'm not sure he has a coach.

Posted by: mschmall625 | December 22, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Watching Blatche play makes me nauseous.

Posted by: bozomoeman | December 22, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

What the hell is Flip doing keeping Blatche in the game? Get him out of there and sit his @ss. Flip took way too long to get on the refs about Kurt Thomas. Dude have been getting away with holding,grabbing and setting moving picks.

Posted by: spades72 | December 22, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Blatche playing like he's worried one of the newby's about to take his starting spot. they should replace him in line up!

Posted by: zack9633 | December 22, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Sorry,
I just threw up on my keyboard watching Blatche blow a and1 opportunity.

Posted by: bozomoeman | December 22, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Blatche is a complete waste. One of the dumbest bb players I've ever seen. Refuses to pass and is a turnover machine. Oh my bad he passes to NY and nobody else. Trade him at the deadline for a dead body if you can get one.

Posted by: gregandcass | December 22, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Our best defender inside the whole game was McGee. Figure that one.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 22, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

So we received Lewis because his salary is less onerous than Gil's. Does that really mean that Flip has to pretend like he's one of the better players on the team?

Posted by: doogiex | December 22, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

I am frustrated with Flip Saunders more than anything else. As soon as he got into the refs face and got a technical the referees started making the calls. Little too late.

Posted by: spades72 | December 22, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Boozer ate Blatche's Christmas dinner.

And that snack you have later in the evening. Cookies too. Big piece of pie.

And why is the Bobcats game in the tweeter box?

Posted by: SteveMG | December 22, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

AGAIN!!! I'll say this one more time, the fact that Ernie Grunfeld would give an extension to a player like Andray Blatche( formerly known as "The Serial Skirt Chaser",now known as "The Serial Choke Artist") should tell all of you all you need to know about Grunfeld and his basketball acumen. Flip Saunder's should sit Blatche until he understand's the basic fundamental's but that would mean that "The Serial Turnover Artist" has a brain which he doesn't, he is a joke as a so called power forward, can't finish at the rim dribbles too much and is as soft as butter in a microwave oven set on high. This team will continue to struggle until they get a coach and a gm.

Posted by: dargregmag | December 22, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

How many points did the Wizards got from the power forward spot tonight? This have to be the weakest link on the team. Blatche have to be the softest player I have ever seen. Not even whip cream is that soft. A total bum.

Posted by: spades72 | December 22, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

The Twitch at his very best.
AD is stinking up the arena and yet he is still in and doing the same stupid demented playing. This really comes down to coaching. Who should be on the floor, when, and what to do.
What happened to that dynamic offense in the 2nd half. KH started walking the ball and then just stood there pounding it. Is this not coaching?
I understand that Kh has no viable backup, then take the ball out of his hands. Let Nick take over.
Also we got nothing at the 2, between Ab and Rl. We love Booker's muscle and energy and skills, but he apparently is the odd man out.
Just need a real coach.

Posted by: mricklen | December 22, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

I've been watching BB for 51 yrs and AB has to be one of the dumbest and laziest BB players i've EVER seen. Poster boy for why you need to play at least 1yr of DV-i BB. He can't defend, exhibit zero energy, makes no effort to defend, shoots whenever he gets the ball unless he pass to NY. It's time to move him for whatever you can get.

Posted by: gregandcass | December 22, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

What happened here was the tale of two different offenses. In the first half, we had a sharing push the floor offense. It kept the Bulls off balance and kept our offense in competitive rythum.

In the second half, we went to a play calling halfcourt setting offense with two much dribbling and bad out of sync shots that killed the rythum of the offense.

Hinrich thought he was in rythum in the third but he really wasn't. The halfcourt offensive game continued into the 4th with missed shots by Lewis and Young. The tempo was screwed. Thornton is most impressive. Howard needed more run but I guess Flip wants to bring him along carefully.

And to the dismay of his detractors our offense gets into rythum much easier with McGee at center. He brings the energy and excitement that spurs men to PLAY.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 22, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

As predicted, Blatche went back to playing like a 6'0" guard again this evening.

With Booker and Seraphin on the roster, I don't think Blatche can afford too many more performances like that.

Posted by: NWDC3 | December 22, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Geez...between Blatche just sucking and Lewis being off the mark on the 3's, we lost a game we should have won. I was hoping that we were going to get to see Seraphin and McGee for a couple minute or McGee and Booker at the beginning of the 4th. My bad. Instead we saw sucky and suckier.

Posted by: Blurred | December 22, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Now for JMc. When is he going to the basket strong? Evrything a whoop de doop alley oop shot for him. Be what God made you...a BIG MAN!! ACT LIKE ONE!!!!!

Posted by: gregandcass | December 22, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Now for JMc. When is he going to the basket strong? Everything a whoop de doop alley oop shot for him. Be what God made you...a BIG MAN!! ACT LIKE ONE!!!!!

Posted by: gregandcass | December 22, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Larry...I agree with your assessment of what Mcgee adds to this team.

I have to say though, that while the Wiz offense had some problems going into the about minute 32, the ref's calls made it impossible to get into a rhythm. Every time they'd drive, they would get a charge or at least the Bulls would get a no call on a mugging.

End of the 4th quarter the refs called it the other way, but it was too late.

On the whole of the game, the refs called the game evenly, but they were the ones that determined the outcome, stifling the Wiz when they were about to blow open with an 8 pt lead and all the momentum.

of course Flip's keeping Blatche in and Booker on the bench didn't help.

Posted by: Blurred | December 22, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

As bad as Blatche was, you have to question why Flip Saunders stuck with him so long? Kurt Thomas was mugging Wizards all night long and it wasn't until Rashard Lewis retaliated and fouled him that Flip got into the act. Kurt Thomas is the most disqualified player in the league for a reason.

Posted by: spades72 | December 22, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Is Don Nelson still in the league?
He'd trade his first born son for a long soft jump shooter like Blatche.
Yo Ernie, hollah at ya boy!

Posted by: bozomoeman | December 22, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

This one was lost inside. You have to be reasonably happy with the Wiz on the perimeter. Fewer TOs for one thing against what's normally a pretty decent defensive club.

Derrick Rose may have spent the summer practicing the 3 pointer, but he couldn't buy one tonight. Chicago shot a scintillating 12.5% from the arc. That may not hurt them against Washington, but it will against the big boys.

Overall, though, I don't think I can complain. They lost to a favored team that's playing at a reasonably high level.

Now we see what they do on the road.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 22, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

I have been hard on Hinrich, but I have to admit the dude has sold me. I have always been an AB supporter, but dude did not have it tonight. I agree, Flip should have yanked him for Booker.

I am glad to see NY is starting to look like he is "finally getting it". Josh Howard is still impressing me. Looks like we as Wiz fans have about 1 more year of catching "beat downs" and then after one more lottery pick we should be starting to turn the corner next year.

Posted by: BulletsFever | December 22, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

I hope John Wall is taking some lessons from Derrick Rose. Dude got some serious game.

Posted by: spades72 | December 22, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

I love it. Three months ago, Blatche was a franchise cornerstone, a surefire All-Star, and KG wasn't fit to carry his jock. Now he's a useless bum that everyone wants boxed up and put into storage. And people question why I'm not ready to anoint Young the new king of basketball after just a few weeks of solid play.

But really, why the hell was Blatche in this game during crunch time? He was like Bad Luck Schleprock from the Flintstones. Every time he touched the ball, bad things happened. For the first 3 quarters it really looked like Lewis was making a concerted effort to plat closer to the basket. Not much in the way of post ups per se, but he was putting the ball on the floor and making moves going to the basket. Then in the 4th he just started jacking up 3s. Thing is, most of them were petty good looks, they just didn't go down.

Hinrich looks like a different player since Arenas left. Not just the quality of his play, but his very demeanor. I was watching him during the first half thinking something about him looked odd, then I realized what it was: He was smiling on the court. I can't remember the last time I saw him do that.

As expected, they're playing harder and locking better but not winning much more. Here's hoping the renewed sense of energy holds out if the winning doesn't come immediately.

And I don't know if Kurt Thomas is a FA this summer, but if he is the Wiz have got to sign him. He doesn't even have to play, I just want to see what Booker and Seraphin play like after a season spent going up against him in practice. It'll be bloody mayhem on the court.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 22, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

one more lottery pick we should be starting to turn the corner next year.

Posted by: BulletsFever | December 22, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

uh, no. Josh and KH will likely be gone next year. We're going to need two to three more draft lottery years before we'll start turning into a contender.

Posted by: demonj21 | December 22, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Rashard Lewis retaliated and fouled him that Flip got into the act. Kurt Thomas is the most disqualified player in the league for a reason.

Posted by: spades72 | December 22, 2010 9:57 PM

Yes, what Rashard did by knocking Thomas down was those small things that make your teammates proud. The fact that Flip caught it might mean he isn't totally lost out there as a coach. But, as mentioned he should have got on the refs earlier.

The foul they called against Thomas against McGee in the 4th was the same thing he did to McGee when McGee got called for a tech earlier in the game.

I noticed though that Flip did not bench McGee after he got the Tech, which is surprising. A good sign for Flip, but he still has some ground to make up though.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 22, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

It was impressive to see the fans at the booth show a little emotion tonight and booooooo Blatche's lackluster horrible performance....a bit refreshing! Andray was absolutely abysmal tonight and couldn't work himself out of anything. I think Young was solid and thought J Howard brought good energy. I thought R Lewis did a good job on the offensive boards as well. Flip was bad as usual especially leaving Blatche in as long as he did to watch this guy absolutely kill the momentum the team tried to build. Get well John Wall because L Hudson looks scared out there!!!

Posted by: chilly79 | December 22, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

I generally avoid complaining about the refs because it's usually a loser's lament, but the Wiz got hosed on some terrible calls. That charging call om Young, against Thomas, was awful. The replay from the overhead camera shows that Young's body barely brushed against the front of Thomas' jersey when he slid by. And that shiner didn't just magically appear under Hinrich's eye.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 22, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

It was impressive to see the fans at the booth show a little emotion tonight and booooooo Blatche's lackluster horrible performance....a bit refreshing! Andray was absolutely abysmal tonight and couldn't work himself out of anything. I think Young was solid and thought J Howard brought good energy. I thought R Lewis did a good job on the offensive boards as well. Flip was bad as usual especially leaving Blatche in as long as he did to watch this guy absolutely kill the momentum the team tried to build. Get well John Wall because L Hudson looks scared out there!!!

Posted by: chilly79 | December 22, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Realistically I would like to see a lineup of Wall, Young, Howard, Lewis and McGee. I would defintely bring Blatche off of the bench to show him he is not invincible and bring Hinrich off the bench as well to spell Wall. I really don't think Thornton is a starter but has played reasonably well lately. He still needs a lot of work in the decision making department. I like the job Booker has done this year and hope that Seraphin progresses nicely in the next season or two. The Wiz desperately need a physical presence in the paint to knowck a few guys around and I think Booker and Seraphin with some more seasoning will fit this bill nicely. We need Wall to get healthy and learn to adjust his game slightly to avoid a career plagued with nagging injuries. Hilton Armstrong and Lester Hudson should never again in a million years be on the court together so Flip please take notes.

Posted by: chilly79 | December 22, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

One more note which I have mentioned before on the Post....Andray Blatche is a 7 footer but gets his shot blocked more than anyone in the league!!!! WTF?

Posted by: chilly79 | December 22, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

And I don't know if Kurt Thomas is a FA this summer, but if he is the Wiz have got to sign him. He doesn't even have to play, I just want to see what Booker and Seraphin play like after a season spent going up against him in practice. It'll be bloody mayhem on the court.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 22, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

What?

It's a Christmas miracle...you mean our big men would actually benefit by having a big man to practice with?

I thought that's why they had Sam and Mr. Banks...oh wait didn't I read a lot of posts saying it was up to the player to get better somewhere?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 22, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

You can read? Wow, that is a miracle.

Of course, if you really could read, you'd have noted that I said nothing about hiring him as a coach or having him teach them the vaunted "fundamentals." I simply want him to knock them on their asses a few times a day during practice so they can figure out how to take a hit and deliver one, something they're not likely to pick up from guys with creamy soft centers like Blatche, McGee, and Lewis. Which would, in fact, be an instance of players taking responsibility to get better.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 22, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

The worst officiated game I've seen in some time. Both ways. Mysterious no calls, call reversals, muggings, etc. They were having a hard time seeing who the ball went out off of. They were abominable. Wizards being younger/immature were the more effected team, aside from D Rose who was frustrated as well.

Blatche - same ole. Faces up - disaster strikes. I cringe when they throw the ball to him on the side with 8 seconds left on the shot clock. Nothing good going to happen there. I personally don't care for his game, however I'd at least like to see him at the elbow if he insists on trying to be a 2 guard.

I disagree with the above about McGee helping the team run a smoother offense. He sets an average screen. He can finish around the rim but he rushes everything else he does. A product of his inexperience and immaturity. He obviously doesn't take well to the head coach. Just listen to his post game soundbites. It's like he thinks he's being picked on. He just needs to grow up and be a pro. This isn't the And 1 tour. TBD with this guy.

And to another point, this WAS a tale of two halves. The reason for the free flowing, sharing the ball, aggressive full court game in the first half was defense. They forced bad passes, made plays on loose balls and got free in the open court. Scored what 50 points or so. They confused with their help and retreat.

Second half that all dried up, the defense wasn't forcing turnovers and they weren't able to get out and run. Hinrich isn't cut out to play these minutes at the point, and granted that isn't supposed to be his role. Against a poor defender he took advantage. In the first half though. Second half he was again stagnating the offense at times.

To me they run too many plays for Blatche. They are forcing the issue. Is it to appease him? It should be questioned I believe. They certainly aren't calling plays for him b/c he is producing.

Young had many plays called for him but too many of the same ilk. Running off of screens and double screens. He was also drawing double teams and seemed surprised. Good sign however. I'd need to see him inpick and rolls in practice so he could work on beating the double. Right now Wall is the only true threat as a ball handler on pick and roll. Nick could thrive with experience seeing those doubles and just using simple ball handling like a R Allen or R Miller to get that space for a J or drive. But P&R is the #1 play in BBall and we need a threat there when Wall is out/on the bench. Hinrich doesn't have the build or athleticism to really threaten consistently.


Howard looks real solid. His defense is real heads up and active. He contests everything on the floor. Wish he could play more minutes :T

Lewis made a few bad plays on D, wasn't doing real well tracking his man off the ball and relinquished board position. Was an issue. Sometimes you just miss shots. Took a bad three in the fourth however.

Posted by: unkonchus | December 22, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Yes, what Rashard did by knocking Thomas down was those small things that make your teammates proud. The fact that Flip caught it might mean he isn't totally lost out there as a coach. But, as mentioned he should have got on the refs earlier.

The foul they called against Thomas against McGee in the 4th was the same thing he did to McGee when McGee got called for a tech earlier in the game.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 22, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse
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EXACTLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I believe the refs had money on this game. It didn't even look like McGee had touched him on the earlier foul and to call the foul in the 4th after completely blowing it in the 1st makes you wonder what these refs were watching?

Posted by: savvy_one | December 22, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

It was a sadly telling indicator of what this team lacks that the one who finally stood up to Thomas and delivered him some of his own medicine was Lewis, the new guy.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 22, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

I have never seen a guy AB's size get blocked so often at the rim. All you have to do is look at AB's pouch and/or lack of physique - he is a lazy bum. I have stated numerous times the number of good moves/picks made by EG since he took over as GM including drafting AB in the second round. But, the contract extension to AB looks pretty abysmal at the moment. It was completely unnecessary and instead of having leverage to get him to perform closer to his potential, he has digressed as a player. What happened to him working out this summer to get in the best shape of his life or something along those lines? He went from that to a broken foot to a guy that can't win the Monte Python idiot race bc he can't jump over the matchbox hurdle. Sad...and, it gets worse, the things he says after games are of a nature that I think he thinks he is already some fabulous player and a clear team leader. Talk about sickening....frankly, I am close to completely giving up on him.

Posted by: rphilli721 | December 23, 2010 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 22, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Kalo - I agree with every word you posted here.
******

uh, no. Josh and KH will likely be gone next year. We're going to need two to three more draft lottery years before we'll start turning into a contender.

Posted by: demonj21 | December 22, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

First off, who says we won't resign them?

Secondly, The hope is that Wall will be the (healthy) starter at PG next year, making KH not exactly expendable, but less important to the success of this team, although I like the way he has played lately. Of course the backup PG will need to be better than Hudson.

Since we are on track for a high lottery pick, we could address the loss of Howard with a SF in the draft or trade the pick for a younger version of Howard.

And, there is a difference between "turning the corner" for a 20-30 win team and become a "contender."

Of course all of this assumes that there is a season next year.

And actually, I think I'd rather enjoy watching us get beat by the refs this season before looking at who will replace whom next year.

Posted by: Blurred | December 23, 2010 7:05 AM | Report abuse

You saw TOM THIBODEAU's coaching at it's finest. We tried and tried to get him as head coach before FLIP. The guy just wanted nothing to do with this org.

Much like RASHARD LEWIS. 4 days to get here? Give me a break. Trade the bum for a back-up pg, LESTER is overmatched. Big cancer out, little cancer in.

This franchise needs a break. I hope papa LEONSIS is it. It's gonna' be tough.

Posted by: glawrence007 | December 23, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Lewis isn't any remedy thats for certain. He will look better with Wall throwing the ball to him, as will others.

Blatche just has a soft game. He wants pretty buckets. He has size and some footwork coordination. He has some ability on the block. A decent jumper. Him not having a high vertical or incredible athleticism shouldn't effect him being a good player. It's his sytle over substance approach.

he dribbles too much. behind the back, crossovers, etc. The guy is 6'10". He can dribble for a guy who is 6'10". but thats all relative. being a good handler for a 6'10" guy doesn't mean you're a good ball handler period. Has no one told him what his strengths are?? He utilizes none of his advantages and plays to his weaknesses. He wants to beat ppl off the dribble and slide through. He doesn't use his elbows and shoulders to create any space. He plays a finesse game so as soon as he gets contact on the dribble the ball is loose. It's HARD to watch.

He can't jump so he needs to work his angles better. Too many finger rolls, no baby hook shot, no drop step. He'll 360 baseline on you though. WTH is that??

He is black hole on offense right now. The ball goes to him, nothing comes out of it.

Not to mention he loafs when he doesn't get a call, gives less than avg effort on D and doesn't rebound for his size.

He only feels comfortable on the wings. He gets caught baseline waaay too much and thats his fav part of the court. It's obvious he's talented but at this point I'd have to say a judgment can be made that he has no idea what it takes to be a good player. And the coaches sure as hell aren't doing much about it.

He could be a good player, it may take a team with more structure, better vets, and better head coaching to get his max effort however.

Posted by: unkonchus | December 23, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

I agree that Booker and Seraphin have potential, and might be good with some seasoning. But how are they going to get it if they never leave the bench? Certainly not in practice against our other soft big men (and I like Javale, but he's not that type of player).

This season is shot. Why not run those kids out there, even if just for a few minutes at a time? They'll get experience and provide a chance to show if they're worth building around. Plus it'll be fun to watch Seraphin issue some lumps.

Posted by: doogiex | December 23, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

"He could be a good player, it may take a team with more structure, better vets, and better head coaching to get his max effort however."

Posted by: unkonchus | December 23, 2010 9:48 AM

Until Blatche himself makes a commitment to giving full effort, it won't matter what team he's on or who his coaches or teammates are.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 23, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

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