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Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 02/ 4/2011

Jump ball: How will the Wizards do tonight?

By Washington Post editors

Wizards Coach Flip Saunders says it will be an emotional night, but he doesn't want his players to get caught up in any individual duels.

Nick Young says the team will be motivated by its last game against Magic, when it came within a Dwight Howard tip-in of pulling off an upset.

Rashard Lewis still wonders if he could have done anything differently when he was in Orlando.

The Wizards have lost six in a row, but are still 13-10 at home.

Orlando was manhandled by LeBron James and the Heat last night.

Of course, Gilbert Arenas has a set of story lines all to himself. And as reader LarryInClintonMD said in the comments:

Could Arenas possibly drop forty tonight in a sold out Verizon Center?

What do you think? Considering the variety of subplots, how will tonight's highly anticipated game play out?

By Washington Post editors  | February 4, 2011; 11:45 AM ET
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"Considering the variety of subplots, how will tonight's highly anticipated game play out?"

The butler did it. The hero rides off into the sunset. Nobody gets the girl.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 4, 2011 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Arenas to score 40?
how many shoots he has to take?
if that is the plan for orlando it will be easier for wiz to win but I think orlando is not in the position for those type of individual issues, they will come strong and win the game.

Posted by: gtefferra | February 4, 2011 12:10 PM | Report abuse

THE NEW COACH needs to substitute if a player is hurting the team on the floor rather than giving the "obligatory" minutes. No one in the regular rotation has earned that. The Wiz are overloaded at the "power" forward spot, need another shot blocking/rebounding center and also solidify the SF and SG positions. Would consider trading both Dray and NY if they can get more people in the Wall and Booker mold.

Posted by: trnasell | February 4, 2011 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Watched the Heat-Magic game last night and it was the best thing possible for us. Heat were in control the whole way to the point where I thought SVG shouldve pulled his main guys with like 8min left and gave up but he kept them in and they fought so hard all the way to the end just to lose a tight one and Howard played 48min.

I see Flip going back to the McGee-Dray frontcourt. I still think Dray has slimmed down and will play really well from here on out. I think he can kill Anderson if we play right and they have no other backup big with Bass injuried. He should be our go to guy.

Booker has dissapeared the last couple of games with McGee’s return and we still have some hope that Dray-McGee can be our frontcourt of the future so I say we will give them one more long look to know where we stand heading into the offseason.

Before last game I thought NY looked like the old NY in the previous 2 or 3 games. Chucking bad shots with blinders on but last game he played alot smarter again like he’s done pretty much all year. He always plays well at home. Him vs Richardson will be classic.

Lewis will bring the energy against his former team and should play solid against his old friend Turk. I actually believe this game comes down to Gil. For some reason I really like us in this game. I think those 48min and the L will hurt Howard while I think Dray will beast in this game. I think we are motivated at home, will have the crowd behind us against Gil, and I think our guys will really want to beat Gil. I truly like us in this game.

The reason I said it comes down to Gil is because he has sucked since early on when he got there but over the last 2 games he’s looked physically much better. He seems to have his burst back somewhat but he’s struggling with trying to find a rythm while coming off the bench so late every game and then everyone on there team has the green light so he may hit 2 in a row and instead of getting it every time like he would here, he watches guys like Reddick & Anderson jackup shots with no consience.

He’s not use to that yet. Still, he seems like he’s trying to pick it up right before he got to this game so he could play well. Hopefully he is mentally weak again and comes out passive. I know Kirk will be aggressive on him defensivley. I think the crowd will boo more then applaud. Its one of those things where he could fold, play solid, or beast and it will inspire that team the rest of the year like the Heat did when they won at the Cavs. Should be an exicting game.

Seraphin played Howard well last time so this may be a game for him. I wouldnt even be shocked if Flip started Seraphin over Mcgee & Booker but I think he goes with McGee 1st

Posted by: dlts2041 | February 4, 2011 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Can these propositions get any sillier?

I guess so if you keep quoting Larry.

I got $40,000 that says GA doesn't score 40 tonight. The over/under probably starts at about 14 pts.

As for the game, I think it will be competetive. The Wiz will probably be in the game until the end and the usual mistakes will do them in. DH will have JM and the rest of the Wiz front court in foul trouble about half way through the first quarter. That never fails! But, considering the Magic played a fairly grueling game last night, the Wiz will stick around and the deciding play/daggar will occurr with about 2 minutes remaining.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 4, 2011 12:52 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: KDSmallJr | February 4, 2011 12:56 PM | Report abuse

They'll play well and lose.

Posted by: tundey | February 4, 2011 12:58 PM | Report abuse

These posts labeled "By Washington Post editors" are getting more stupid by the day. (And that's saying something.) I had no idea anyone other than LarryinC cares what LarryinC says.

Gilbert's a backup point guard. He could drop 40. But why would the Magic give him enough minutes to do so? Unless it's a blowout from minute one, and then that's the story--the Magic won so easily that they played Gilbert major minutes.

Posted by: BPupp | February 4, 2011 1:12 PM | Report abuse

It's really hard to imagine how these Jump Ball features can get sillier by the day but . . .

Arenas is shooting 36.9% and playing 21.6 minutes a night.

Van Gundy runs a structured offense, with the same subs (including Arenas) coming in and going out at pretty much the same time each night (with some variation, obviously, because of injury).

Forty points on 36.9% shooting and 21.6 minutes? You do the math.

Posted by: nmik | February 4, 2011 2:05 PM | Report abuse

No Guns!

Posted by: weaverf | February 4, 2011 2:50 PM | Report abuse

No Guns!

Posted by: weaverf | February 4, 2011 2:51 PM | Report abuse

"Forty points on 36.9% shooting and 21.6 minutes? You do the math.Posted by: nmik"

Okay but like, what if it went, say, 6 OTs, and all the other guards got hyperextended elbows, and somebody slipped a pint of 4LOCO in Gil's Gatorade...

well, it could happen.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 4, 2011 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Wizards certainly won't win if Saunders plays Booker 35 and moves Dray to center and only plays JMac 15 minutes. How's that for an assesment, Mike?

Posted by: bobilly1 | February 4, 2011 4:23 PM | Report abuse

The Wizards have sucked for 30 years and tonight won't be any different.

This team is the poster child for the "Lets disband 6 teams" movement.

Posted by: RireGrist | February 4, 2011 4:56 PM | Report abuse

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