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Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 02/22/2011

Jump ball: What are your expectations for the rest of the season?

By Washington Post editors

Now that the All-Star Weekend afterglow has faded, it's back to the regular grind for the Wizards as they prepare to play the Indiana Pacers tonight at Verizon Center. How do you see the rest of the season going?

Commenter bulletsfan78 sees things this way:

28 games to go and ... looking at their schedule I see them going 9-19
that would be 25-57

Does that sound about right? And besides wins and losses, how will you measure the team's progress?

By Washington Post editors  | February 22, 2011; 12:48 PM ET
 
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trade blatche, hinrich and maybe young and watch javale, book and wall grow while acquiring draft picks

Posted by: bford1kb | February 22, 2011 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Call me crazy but I actually think we finish the season pretty strong. McGee had started to play better recently and I think this dunk contest will make him so confident that he plays great in the 2nd half. The same with Wall. Wall seemed like he hit the rookie Wall and then finally got his 2nd wind a few games back and I think with him winning the MVP of the rookie/soph game, it will give him confidence to play great in the 2nd half of the year. Then I think Dray will also magically start playing harder because he now feels that he's "2nd Half" Dray after last season. You also have NY who played great in 2 of his last 3 games, and we should be more healthy then we have been all season.

I think we could look a ton better but the real question is how much of a good thing is that? Last year Dray finished great which I think gave him a big head and it didnt carry over like we had hoped. Playing great may give this team & EG a false sense of hope going into the Offseason. People might think that weve finally put it together and the young guys will be older and ready next year. Worst of all it may seem like Flip is still the right guy even though I think his thousand play, half court, jump shot, crap system sucks and he doesnt demand enough of the players let alone himself who never takes in responsibility. Who knows. That doesnt even include us hurting our draft pick

Posted by: dlts2041 | February 22, 2011 1:19 PM | Report abuse

As for the game tonight, I really want to see it. I always watch Indy out the corner of my eye & I love there style of play. I think Wall would look great in that uptempo system. Indy is as hot as any team in the league right now since the coahcing change and will probably be a playoff team while I also think we will play very confident tonight. Then I always love the matchups with Hibbert vs McGee, Wall vs Collinson, NY vs Dunleavy, Granger vs Lewis or Howard, McRoberts vs Dray, and so on.

Also, if we are healthy down the stretch I would love for Flip to for once grow a pair and make guys earn there run. In the frontcourt we basically have 4 starters for 3 positions with Howard, Lewis, Dray, & McGee. I think it makes sense for Howard to sit since he probably has the lesser future with us but at the same time if he's right, he can easily be the best player in the group so he might deserve to get that shine also. Either way we can use it to keep McGee and espically Dray on there heels to play hard & consistent down the stretch if Flip is smart

Posted by: dlts2041 | February 22, 2011 1:29 PM | Report abuse

I'd be happy if they won one more road game and get the first draft pick.

Posted by: charley42 | February 22, 2011 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Tonight for me is the NY show. Dunleavy cant guard him & by time they put someone else in, NY should have it going. If he's smart and plays right then he should go for 30+ and keep us in it or better. I really really want to see Wall vs Collinson though. That will be fun

Posted by: dlts2041 | February 22, 2011 1:44 PM | Report abuse

I count 14 more home games, which should equate to 7 or 8 wins. Plus, one more road game vs Cleveland - 9 wins. And, I would hope they could win another 1 or 2 on the road. So, you're looking at 10/11 wins.

I would also hope that we get to see more of Booker and, in particular, Seraphin down the stretch. These guys are hopefully part of the future. And, don't kill JW either. As in, no need to have him play 40 minutes in a game.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 22, 2011 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Same ole, same ole. Same players, same coaches=same results. I don't see much of anything extraordinary happening. We will be hitching our wagon to the draft wheel once again. You know your team is bad when the fans begin to post about next season before the current season is over.

Posted by: ivyleague | February 22, 2011 2:18 PM | Report abuse

I'd be happy if they won one more road game and get the first draft pick.

Posted by: charley42 | February 22, 2011 1:39 PM | Report abuse

charley42

You are in luck they play @Cleveland the last game of the season.

If the Wizards go without another road win before April 13th then there would have been no progress with the team and that shows there needs to be a coaching change.

Start...

Wall, Young, Booker, Blatche, McGee and lets see what they can do...

Next year...

Players under contract

Lewis...22,152,000
Hinrich..8,000,000
Blatche..6,442,083
Wall.....5,530,080
McGee....2,462,399
Seraphin.1,680,360
Booker...1,294,920

Total...47,561,842

Team option Thornton (wouldn't bring him back)

Howard
Yi
Armstrong
Martin

I don't think any of these guys are anything more then an end of the bench player.

What do they do with Young?

Can Ernie get a late 1st round pick from a playoff contender for Kirk and Yi?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 22, 2011 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I also think we should go to Dray. I like his matchups "if" he's right which you never know of. NY 1st & Dray as the 2nd option.

Posted by: dlts2041 | February 22, 2011 2:48 PM | Report abuse

I also think we should go to Dray. I like his matchups "if" he's right which you never know of. NY 1st & Dray as the 2nd option.

Posted by: dlts2041 | February 22, 2011 2:48 PM | Report abuse

I agree with you, dlts2041, but I'd reverse the order. I'd go with Dray as the 1st option and Nick Young as the 2nd. With 28 games to go, we know what Nick Young can do. Blatche is still a Question Mark. Why not feed the ball into the post [Andray or JaVale] and generate some scoring from the paint.

Once again, we know that Nick is a threat to light it up from the outside.

Posted by: musicmanjr | February 22, 2011 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Even if they win the lottery, they can't get the first pick in the draft two years in a row. I believe that's right, correct me if I'm wrong .. it's what allowed the Magic to end up with Shaq many years ago.

Posted by: boblas | February 22, 2011 3:24 PM | Report abuse

"With 28 games to go, we know what Nick Young can do. Blatche is still a Question Mark. "

Posted by: musicmanjr | February 22, 2011 3:04 PM

There's no "question mark" regarding what Blatche can do. We've seen what he can do. The only question mark with him is the same one that's been there for years: What is he willing to do?

His ability isn't really in question and never has been. It's his will and his effort that are the issues, and more PT or shot attempts isn't the answer.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 22, 2011 3:53 PM | Report abuse

"You know your team is bad when the fans begin to post about next season before the current season is over.Posted by: ivyleague"

Guilty as charged, since I believe I actually posted about the lottery and next year before the season started. But that's because I took a moderately unbiased look at the Wiz roster.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 22, 2011 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Either the Saunder's system is wrong for Blatche or Blatche is wrong for Saunder's system but either way this team is weak at power forward. An on a couple other discouraging notes, ESPN rates the upcoming draft as less than average so no big help coming there and how can anyone with any basketball sense even beging to talk about the progress this team has made? Oh yeah well maybe one win on the road out of 26 tries is better than 0 and 26 so that's what this franchise calls progress or is it just be patient?

Posted by: dandyhuffman | February 22, 2011 4:22 PM | Report abuse

"With 28 games to go, we know what Nick Young can do. Blatche is still a Question Mark. "
Posted by: musicmanjr | February 22, 2011 3:04 PM

There's no "question mark" regarding what Blatche can do. We've seen what he can do. The only question mark with him is the same one that's been there for years: What is he willing to do?

His ability isn't really in question and never has been. It's his will and his effort that are the issues, and more PT or shot attempts isn't the answer.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 22, 2011 3:53 PM | Report abuse

OK, let's see what Blatche is willing to do!

Wall, Young and McGee are set at the 1, 2, and the 5 spots. The small forward spot is unsettled and then there's the situation with Andray Blatche.

Whether it's a matter of Blatche's will, his ability, or simply a matter of desire...he needs to "bring it" so that the Wizards can make a sound determination regarding his future.

Posted by: musicmanjr | February 22, 2011 4:35 PM | Report abuse

My expectation is that Flip continues to try and incorporate Mcgee into the offense to a larger degree as he did recently before the break. Tonight JM will get a bunch of touches in the post. Rumor mill says management is intent on keeping Nick, so now they need to know what's up with Mcgee as next season will be his contract year.

Yi and Armstrong on their way out, so more PT for Seraphin and Booker as well.

Posted by: divi3 | February 22, 2011 4:39 PM | Report abuse

First things first get blatche outta there anyway possible he is overweight and terribly inconsistent. Secondly flip has gotta go, he can't coach these guys, there is no discipline and no big man presence in his sets. I'm sure George Karl isn't coming back to Denver so he might be available. Apparently Josh Howard is a target for Boston as a back up pierce so the trade that springs to mind is jermaine o'neal, for Howard and seraphin. Even if o'neal doesn't play he's a big man with leadership and he is a veteran he could help javale develop. Rant over, grunfeld if your reading do the right thing make this trade, and please get rid of blatche, he's wasting space.

Posted by: Joe08121990 | February 22, 2011 4:39 PM | Report abuse

"Even if o'neal doesn't play he's a big man with leadership and he is a veteran he could help javale develop. Rant over, grunfeld if your reading do the right thing make this trade, and please get rid of blatche, he's wasting space."

You don't trade youth for old, period! Throw in a draft pick along with O'neal. Why sell ourselves short?

Posted by: demonj21 | February 22, 2011 5:06 PM | Report abuse

All right how about, kirk hinrich and al thornton for jamal crawford and jeff teague. that would be a good trade.

Posted by: Joe08121990 | February 22, 2011 6:53 PM | Report abuse

for some reason I thought this game was on the road which then for some reason makes me less excited about it. Im a road freak. Nothing better then winning in a hostile enviroment but I guess I wouldnt know much about that with this team......lol

Posted by: dlts2041 | February 22, 2011 7:07 PM | Report abuse

"Whether it's a matter of Blatche's will, his ability, or simply a matter of desire...he needs to "bring it" so that the Wizards can make a sound determination regarding his future."

Posted by: musicmanjr | February 22, 2011 4:35 PM

If Blatche had the will to do more than he's done, why hasn't he done it already? What's he waiting for? He's got the ability. There's nothing stopping him except himself.

The bottom line is that there's really nothing to be known about Blatche that his 6 years in DC haven't already told us. He is what he is. Expecting him to be something else/more t this point is wishful thinking.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 22, 2011 8:12 PM | Report abuse

I'd be happy if they won one more road game and get the first draft pick.

Posted by: charley42 | February 22, 2011 1:39 PM

Even if they win the lottery, they can't get the first pick in the draft two years in a row. I believe that's right, correct me if I'm wrong .. it's what allowed the Magic to end up with Shaq many years ago.

Posted by: boblas | February 22, 2011 3:24 PM

OK -
I'd be happy if they won one more road game and get the SECOND draft pick!

Posted by: charley42 | February 22, 2011 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Judging from tonight, they'll be lucky to match last season's win total. Why is there no questioning of Ernie Grunfeld's job performance in this blog or elsewhere in the Post? How does he continue to earn the blind allegiance of Leonsis despite having a 40 per cent winning percentage over 8 years? How can he lead the team to the top of soon-to-be three lotteries and still convince people he's the one to clean up his mess?

This team could really use Hakeem to coach our bigs (Yi, Mcgee, Blatche), all of whom have similar size, speed and dexterity, but none of the savvy, intelligence and toughness. Mcgee with a half of Hakeem's skills is an all-star. I dig that Hakeem lives mostly in Jordan to focus on his faith, but he still visits good friend Cassell and could do much for Muslim/American relations as assistant head coach of DC's basketball team. This is particularly true as we enter a new era of Democracy in the Middle East and, presumably, Muslim/American relations. He has the potential to be the great rare sports personality who excels at his job and has an impact beyond sports.

Bringing him in would allow us to let go of Flip and give Cassell a chance as head coach. As this season is already lost, we could bring Cassell in now and give him the experience he needs to hit the running next year. Having Hakeem going head-to-head against potential lottery selections would allow us to weed through the fool's gold and select a legit big for Wall to grow with. If it's not Hakeem, then it has to be someone else. Our frontcourt has been our achilles since the Moses era.

Posted by: SammyT1 | February 22, 2011 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Olajuwon has no interest in being an NBA coach. If he did, he wouldn't spend most of the year living overseas, only returning during the summer to work with players. And if he did, why would he have an interest in working for the Wizards? If he put his name out there, every team in the NBA would be on his doorstep/ Why would he chose the Wiz?

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 22, 2011 10:54 PM | Report abuse

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