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Posted at 6:53 PM ET, 01/11/2011

Open thread: Wizards (9-26) vs. Kings (8-26)

By Michael Lee

John Wall will not have to worry about guarding Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans on Tuesday as Evans will miss his second game in a row with a sprained left ankle. But he will get to face DeMarcus Cousins, his former roommate at Kentucky, for the first time. Cousins actually trained in Washington during the summer, but didn't expect that the Wizards would take him after they won the lottery. "I knew who was No. 1," Cousins said. Cousins is averaging 21.2 points and 9.2 rebounds in his past six games and Wall has been keeping tabs of his friend. "He's getting more touches and he's staying out of foul trouble. When he was in foul trouble, he didn't play as much and that will frustrate a player like that, as a rookie. It would frustrate a lot of people," Cousins said. "He's doing a great job of scoring and finding his teammates at the same time."

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

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By Michael Lee  | January 11, 2011; 6:53 PM ET
 
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Comments

Note the WashPo article page C2 and pic of Blatche...He states, "My life is a rollercoaster, when everything goes back to normal, I'll have a straight haircut."

Is this guy on crack???? 24-25 years old, making millions, no wife or kids and says his life is on a rollercoaster....what in the hell is he talking about????

All he has to do is concentrate on playing basketball and getting better and he is on a rollercoaster????? He can ride that coaster from now until doomsday but he won't find toughness when the ride is over...

And when the ride does end he won't be a member of the Wiz..using ahaircut as a motivator like Gilbert did with his beard and unkempt appearance shows me all I need to know about maturity in a player....And the drama continues.....

Posted by: pentagon40 | January 11, 2011 7:16 PM | Report abuse

New haircut by Andre, guess the rollercoaster has stopped...

Let's not get our hopes up if the Wiz win tonight...the team they are playing has won 1 less game than they have..nothing to brag about....

Posted by: pentagon40 | January 11, 2011 7:31 PM | Report abuse

How is it possible for a team to have that much energy at the start and look totally dead after 10min? Cousins is making Wall look like the clear cut 2nd best player in the draft while also making McGee look like his son in the process. Crap is embarrassing. Worst of all is Flip's crap Offense. Im so sick of it. We have no rythm to it and the rythm we do have at times always looks so easy for a good defense to take away whenever it wants. Man I miss the Princeton. Lets fire Flip and dont let Pet Caril get on the flight tonight and hire him as our new HC tomorrow....lol

Posted by: dlts2041 | January 11, 2011 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Wall has missed a million layups this game. If he makes them then its a different game. In the SL, Preseason, and early in the regular season he never missed them but since then, all he does is misses layups. Thats a huge thing. He looks like an All Star when they go down. He's a one man fast break machine. However, when he misses he looks horrible and kills momentum. He has to gain more control

Posted by: dlts2041 | January 11, 2011 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Is it me or does NY have more fade on that J this year? It just looks different. He's just kicking the leg up & fading so much. Its so pronounced. It looks just like prime MJ. Its like a leaning fadeaway with alot of kick. He always faded but its way more deliberate now

Posted by: dlts2041 | January 11, 2011 8:50 PM | Report abuse

NY scoring at will and these guys don't look to get him the ball. 'Shard taking 3's trying to find his shot and NY clearly shooting lights out. Go figure, everybody wants to shine instead of feeding hot hand!

Posted by: zack9633 | January 11, 2011 8:51 PM | Report abuse

NY can easily get 40+ points tonight. When was the last time we had a player take over a game?

Posted by: zack9633 | January 11, 2011 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, the terrible offense that has scored 94 points in three quarters? You picked the wrong game to make a stupid statement like that!

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 11, 2011 8:53 PM | Report abuse

I want to see if the Flip outsmarts himself in the 4th quarter and goes away from the hot hand. The last 3 Wizards possessions prior to the last shot by Nick, exemplify one of Wizards shortcomings -- the inability/unwillingness to exploit an advantage. Given how hot Nick's hand is, he should at least be touching the ball on most offensive possessions.

Posted by: bazookajoe1 | January 11, 2011 8:54 PM | Report abuse

What? He got plenty of shots. He can't take every single one.

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 11, 2011 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Also, I keep meaning to make a thread about this but I keep forgetting. We talked a ton in Wiz circles last year about Dray maybe winning the MIP award. Then this year "some" were talking about NY maybe being in the 6th man of the year race when he had some big games off the bench and led all bench players in 20pt games at the time. However, now he's a starter and Ive been thinking about NY maybe winning the MIP award this year. He has as much of a case as anyone.

Flip may shouldve sat him at the start of the 4th though. Seems a bit tired now

Posted by: dlts2041 | January 11, 2011 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Ive never seen teams give up big leads so quickly. I mean we seriously give up like 10-0 runs in a minute & 30 or something. Its laughable. Lucky NY went off that stretch because we'd probably be down by 10 right now if not

Posted by: dlts2041 | January 11, 2011 8:59 PM | Report abuse

He doesn't have to shoot every shot, but running the offense through him makes the Kings have to react/overreact to him. In that sense, he is a catalyst for the flow of the offense.

I'm not suggesting anything profound, it's something that any coach worth his salt has done for time immemorial.

Posted by: bazookajoe1 | January 11, 2011 9:00 PM | Report abuse

And any commentor worth his salt would see he took three shots in a row to start the fourth and was short on every one.

That and the defense is also very aware of where NY is at the moment. Exercise those cells a little and quit griping about nothing.

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 11, 2011 9:13 PM | Report abuse

NY looks tired. Still, he shouldnt settle. They are running out hard at him so he should pump and take it to the rim. Get that 40, you dummy

Posted by: dlts2041 | January 11, 2011 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Or you get what you have now - forcing plays and shots that aren't there.

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 11, 2011 9:17 PM | Report abuse

I guess you need to take your own advice, and while your at it, learn the basics of logic. Nothing you said negated my points. Try again... then again, don't!

Posted by: bazookajoe1 | January 11, 2011 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Running the offense "through" NY is working real well right now.

He scored in the flow of the game. Now it's forced and leading to bad plays!

Great armchair coaching!

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 11, 2011 9:20 PM | Report abuse

LMAO...Taylor and Blatche grab the rebound at the same time and Taylor pulls Blatche all the way to the ground and now he looks like he might be hurt.

Good thing you are a "finesse" player AB and don't need to lift weights!!!

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 11, 2011 9:26 PM | Report abuse

I guess I have to state the obvious to you: You run the offense through the hot hand until he cools off. If he does not cool off, then you maintain a distinct advantage. Should he cool off, you do something else. Elementary stuff...

Posted by: bazookajoe1 | January 11, 2011 9:26 PM | Report abuse

I negated everything you said. You just are not bright enough to realize it.

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 11, 2011 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Yep, that's it. Proof that ignorance is indeed bliss.

Posted by: bazookajoe1 | January 11, 2011 9:30 PM | Report abuse

And he did cool off and he did get shots and they did force things to him that weren't there bc he had the hot hand.

Besides, I somehow missed the memo where NY is now a playmaker for others.

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 11, 2011 9:30 PM | Report abuse

WHEN YOU ARE A LOSER

Posted by: zack9633 | January 11, 2011 9:39 PM | Report abuse

YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO WIN!

Posted by: zack9633 | January 11, 2011 9:40 PM | Report abuse

This is about the dumbest basketball team I have ever seen! No more excuses, the whole coaching staff needs to go.
BTW, the refs gave Wall a couple free throws at the end. they should have los in regulation.

Posted by: jyshim | January 11, 2011 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Okay, desperation time: fire Saunders.

For whatever reason this team can not change under his direction. He just can't get through to them.

Find someone else and hope they can get through to these guys.

I doubt it but it's a move they have to try.

Posted by: SteveMG | January 11, 2011 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Great, going into OT when we look dead tired, Wall & NY espically. They looked so drain. Even there facial expressions are showing it when you look at them. Get 50 NY. Dray, its time to step up. Bench Thorton for the season. Those 2 fouls were so inexcusable that he made down the stretch

Posted by: dlts2041 | January 11, 2011 9:44 PM | Report abuse

FIRE FLIP, did we not learn anything from the game against Miami? Same mistakes made against Miami are the same mistakes being made against Sacramento. This must be a function of Training.
FIRE FLIP

Posted by: breebree | January 11, 2011 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Bench Thorton for the season. Those 2 fouls were so inexcusable that he made down the stretch Posted by: dlts2041

Soooooo true!

Posted by: zack9633 | January 11, 2011 9:48 PM | Report abuse

You know, KH shows a lot of experience down the strecth instead of J Wall trying to crossover every trip down the floor.

Posted by: zack9633 | January 11, 2011 9:54 PM | Report abuse

See what I mean we are making the same mistakes over and over again. We just do not get it. Contest the shot but do not go close enough to give the shooter an and one play.
Let us see if we can inbound the ball.

Posted by: breebree | January 11, 2011 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Dear Ted,

Please do not resign Al Thornton and Hilton Armstrong. Hilton is a heck of a guy (I met him at Best buy in Rockville and he actually took time to acknowledge my 10 year old nephew) but he is terible on the court. Though he will give us some hustle plays, Al plays out of control 90% of the time and makes horrible decisions.
That being said, there is absolutely no reason we should be in overtime right now...the ways we try to find to lose games...unfrickinbelievable!!!!!!!

Posted by: chilly79 | January 11, 2011 9:56 PM | Report abuse

LOL!!!

Posted by: bazookajoe1 | January 11, 2011 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Just as I thought we inbound the ball and then turn it over. What a waste. I have had enough of the Wizards. NO MORE.

Posted by: breebree | January 11, 2011 9:58 PM | Report abuse

I give props to all of the Wiz fans who take time to post their comments and concerns on this website. It goes a long way to show we actually care about the team. The sad thing is we should all receive awards for being such for it gets more and more difficult to keep supporting such a poor product year in and year out.

Posted by: chilly79 | January 11, 2011 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Another titanic defensive struggle...

Just kidding.

Wiz are now 10-8 at home.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 11, 2011 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Since I can't curse on here about this team, I will just say...

Posted by: bullwiz81 | January 11, 2011 10:16 PM | Report abuse

"I have had enough of the Wizards. NO MORE.Posted by: breebree"

Promise?

Posted by: Samson151 | January 11, 2011 10:19 PM | Report abuse

@Pentagon40

You have no idea what's happening in Blatche's life. Not having children and a wife doesn't guarantee a stable life. Maybe Blatche is a drama queen or maybe his life is in turmoil. The point is: you don't know. Your sanctimonious arrogance is tiresome. Why use all the question marks? Do multiple question marks indicate heightened insight? Is there a correlation between eloquence and punctuation?

Posted by: twomangame | January 11, 2011 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Can we PLEASE get a coach for the centers? JaVale take some crazy risks and shots on offense and then on defense he gets out of position sometimes.

Posted by: bullwiz81 | January 11, 2011 10:38 PM | Report abuse

In his third D League game, H had his best performance, but his team lost. Here is the box:
http://www.nba.com/dleague/games/20110111/DAKAUS/gameinfo.html?ls=gt2hp2021000161

He had 4 blocks, 7 points, 4 rebounds in 20 min. Also had 5 pfs, I hope they were hard fouls.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | January 11, 2011 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Loved Hinrich's play in the 4th quarter. My man, Nick Young, channeled Gilbert Arenas tonight: beautiful jumpers all night long and even stripping off his jersey at the buzzer. Is anyone out there still criticizing Nick?

Winning ugly at it's best!

Posted by: musicmanjr | January 11, 2011 10:46 PM | Report abuse

FIRE FLIP, did we not learn anything from the game against Miami? Same mistakes made against Miami are the same mistakes being made against Sacramento. This must be a function of Training.
FIRE FLIP

Posted by: breebree | January 11, 2011 9:47 PM | Report abuse

I agree. I was at this game and the Miami game. Once again Flip has the Wizards in bound the ball twice under their own basket just like Miami under 35 seconds to play and instead of calling time out and taking the ball at half court in case it is stolen (which it was just like Miami). Stupid stupid stupid coaching. Say what you want about the palyers but go wathcv the end of both of those games. An AAU coach would know better. Dumb.

Posted by: ptp09 | January 12, 2011 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Cleveland is losing 88-37 near the end of the 3rd quarter to Lakers. Cleveland has Jamison and Alonzo Gee on the floor. Boy, I better Jamison never thought when he left here last year he was going to a team that would have a worsdt record than the team he was leaving the next year.

Posted by: ptp09 | January 12, 2011 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Y'know how I always say there's no such thing as a bad win? Weeellllll . . .

That was exciting. The Wizards had no business winning that game. None. And it might have been better for them if they'd lost, because now they don't even get the negative reinforcement that would come from choking away a win as a result of their litany of titanic blunders. I mean, everybody knows someone who just screws up big time in a situation where the consequences should be dire but somehow manages to paying any cost and, as a result, instead of walking away thinking, "Damn, that cost was too high, I better not do that again" they walk away thinking, "Damn, it's like I'm made of kevlar and teflon with a lucky leprechaun on my shoulder. Yay me!"

I hope everyone caught COY Randy Wittman jumping off the bench like he was shot out of a cannon after the Kings scored the last bucket in regulation, tearing into McGee. So much for all the happy talk.

"FIRE FLIP, did we not learn anything from the game against Miami? Same mistakes made against Miami are the same mistakes being made against Sacramento. This must be a function of Training. FIRE FLIP"

Posted by: breebree | January 11, 2011 9:47 PM

Yeah. They haven't been properly "trained" not to foul 3-point shooters in close, late game situations. Come on.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 12, 2011 1:35 AM | Report abuse

I missed the final second cave in, but I am not surprised by the overreaction from people in here - fire Flip, yada yada yada. It's the 3/4th youngest team in the league. What do you expect? Flip teaches them how not to inbound the ball or to foul 3 point shooters??? Get a grip!

And, JM is always taught how not to box out, how to always be out of position, etc etc.... Really? I hate to break it to you, but Phil Jackson would get the same results with this team.

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 12, 2011 3:47 AM | Report abuse

" Really? I hate to break it to you, but Phil Jackson would get the same results with this team.Posted by: rphilli72"

And don't think Phil doesn't know that... as does Doc, Pop, Skiles, George Karl...

Posted by: Samson151 | January 12, 2011 8:15 AM | Report abuse

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