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Posted at 5:09 PM ET, 02/23/2011

Open thread: Wizards (15-39) at 76ers (27-29)

By Michael Lee

The Wizards have lost two in a row and 11 of their past 13 games overall. They are just 1-26 on the road, but they are hoping to win to the season series against the Philadelphia 76ers after winning the first two games at home and losing the last meeting on Jan. 5. The 76ers (27-29) have won three of four and will surpass last season's win total with a victory on Wednesday. They have gone 16-5 at home since starting the year 1-4. John Wall has played some of his best basketball against the 76ers, averaging 24 points, 11 assists and 3.7 steals in three games. He had 18 points and 14 assists in a 109-97 loss in Philadelphia last month. He has had 19 games with at least 10 assists, which is 17 more than all of the other rookies combined. Erick Bledsoe and Pooh Jeter both have one double-digit assist game each.

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 Michael Lee  | February 23, 2011; 5:09 PM ET
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Read the tea leaves Wizards. Read the tea leaves. Lebron, Bosh, Wade, Melo, Stademire, Williams. Free Agency ain't what it used to be.

Unless the new CBA has some type of control on free agency movement, John Wall will not be reupping here. McGee will not be reupping here. Nick Young will not be reupping here.

Unless of course we fire Flip, get a coach who knows what he is doing and can put an exciting product on the floor along with a GM that knows a thing a two about this new playing field.

Everyone hollering get rid of that one and this one and get this one or that one. It ain't happening. We have no leverage.

When Ernie blew the Team up we gave away all our leverage and the trading of Gilbert was the last nail in the coffin.

A new GM and coach is the only way out of this debaucle.


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 23, 2011 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like Kirk is about to be dealt, cant wait to see Bibby suit up for us. UGH.

As long as we get a pick and/or young player...

Posted by: divi3 | February 23, 2011 6:54 PM | Report abuse

NY should play really well tonight. Had a good 2nd half last game and has been 1 good game, 1 bad game lately. thats if he stays out of foul trouble.

I would love to see Dray stay around the rim more & play strong again. He backed Tyler down great on one play last game. I would love to see more of that. He's big enough to do it against nearly anyone if he has the right mindset.

Glad to see Flip threatning playing time. He shouldve been doing that but he also has to take some blame

Posted by: dlts2041 | February 23, 2011 7:14 PM | Report abuse

"the trading of Gilbert was the last nail in the coffin."

Funny... I saw that as the first nail pulled on the way out.

Wonder how Van Gundy feels about it.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 23, 2011 7:23 PM | Report abuse

my man Dray is going to go off again in the 2nd half of the year and show why I said before the season that the foot injury wont allow him to look good again until the 2nd half of the year. I dont want to cut him too much of a break because he couldve done more this year and played smarter but I suspect that he will still show why it wouldve been super dumb to trade him and why he will look like one of the top 4's in the leauge with a full offseason.

Howard also back to looking like a perfect fit as that slasher/smart player for Flip's system. Wouldve been great to have his slashing and leadership on the floor to help Wall and show how you are supposed to play smart vetran ball for our dumb club

Posted by: dlts2041 | February 23, 2011 7:24 PM | Report abuse

you set the stationary pick & dont move until Wall leaves then he will live in the paint & be unstoppable. Keep it consistent Flip

Posted by: dlts2041 | February 23, 2011 7:30 PM | Report abuse

When is the Wizards going to come in to the 21ST Century?
Most of the teams in the Eastern Conference are making BOLD moves. Miami, NewYork Boston and now New Jersey. Why are the Wizards standing pat?.
They are not going to win many games with this collection of misfits. There was a time when we called the Wizards Clippers East - but those days are gone,
Halfway through the season and they have lost 39 games already.Won only ONE game on the road. They are heading for a 60 Game Loosing season.
Not too long ago Eddie Jordan was coaching the Eastern Conference in the All Star Game. What Happened? Ernie fired him Replaced him Eddie Tapscott wo had NEVER coached in the NBA -- the last time he coached was American U some twenty years ago. Then Ernie sdood pat while Agent zero
screwed up the works. Then Ernie disbanded the team and got rid of his beast and most credible players -- Jamison Butler and two ALl Stars and Haewood. Ernie kept all the bums like Blatche drafted Javalle whose Mamma Pam was a great player at USC but her son spends more time trying to dunk multiple balls than working on his Post Moves.
How in the world does Ernie and Flip keep their jobs? Who are you going to beat with a bunch a D League Players? Did anypne see that game against the Spurs? The Spurs scored 71 Points in the First Half and Tim Duncan played only 7Mins They were up by 41 in the Third Quarter.
he same DeJuan Blair Ernie passed on in the draft was on hand to help burry the Wizards.
And they had the nerve to extend the contract of Andray Blatche --- Pleaseeeee.
Its time to clean house because if they dont.. when John WEall Rookie Contract expires no way he will want to resign here.

Posted by: Carprin | February 23, 2011 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Wall's D has been very good again lately, as has his overall play. Its like he's got his 2nd wind after hitting the rookie Wall. Looks like the SL, Preseason, early season Wall out there lately for the most part on both ends

Posted by: dlts2041 | February 23, 2011 7:32 PM | Report abuse

EG is not the blame for the current state of the Wizards. Neither is the coach.

EG merely has done what the new owner would have wanted and does want in breaking up the big three, getting younger and building through the draft.

What happens when teams are young, in experienced and rebuilding? They lose.

As Flip would say, I would look a lot better if I had a Lebron or Kobe to close games out at the end. But he doesn't.

Durant only won 20 and 23 games his first two years in the league. If they build right around Wall, they should be pretty good in a few years.

Posted by: cannontl | February 23, 2011 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Im sick of us looking like crap in different quarters. All of that isnt weak bench or anything. Flip's sub patters still suck. Thats why we always lose leads and look like crap

Posted by: dlts2041 | February 23, 2011 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Man, you can cherry pick a late first round pick here and there or a contract extension or two, but one thing you can't deny is that EG never gets the short end of the stick in a trade. He just crushed Atlanta in this trade. He essentially replaced Hinrich who was never in the long term plans and got a first round pick and a prospect in return. This is a win win if there ever was one. He may have opened up cap space in the process. Nice deal Ernie!

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 23, 2011 8:03 PM | Report abuse

It is the bench you donk! We don't have a great team to begin with. How do you think the bench is comparatively? Duh.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 23, 2011 8:05 PM | Report abuse

I haven't seen any games, since they're no longer on NETWORK TV (I listen to 106.7, the FAN), but can the Wizards run? They don't get back on defense. They don't get an abundance of fast break points. What gives?

Posted by: Supporter51 | February 23, 2011 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Whenever free agency comes around the team will not miss Nick or McGee, what they contribute you can find anywhere...the name of the game is "defense" and the Wiz REFUSE to play or LEARN how to play it consistently but they have no problem wanting that nice paycheck...

If there was any doubt about the team tuning Flip out last game, that has been erased tonite...their ears are filled with cotton...hang in there Flip til the end of the season and mercifully you will be let go.....

Posted by: pentagon40 | February 23, 2011 9:16 PM | Report abuse

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