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Posted at 5:51 PM ET, 02/25/2011

Open thread: Wizards (15-41) at Heat (42-16)

By Michael Lee

Andray Blatche will not play as he recovers from a right hip strain suffered in the second of the Wizards' loss to Philadelphia on Wednesday. New Wizards Mike Bibby, Maurice Evans and Jordan Crawford are expected to debut tonight, as the team attempts to snap a three-game losing streak. The new players arguably couldn't have come into a more challenging situation, against a championship contender in Miami, which is coming off a disappointing loss in Chicago, where Chris Bosh shot just 1-for-18. The Heat is 2-0 against the Wizards this season, winning the last meeting, 95-94, as it came back from down five points with 30 seconds remaining on Dec. 18 -- the day Gilbert Arenas was traded to Orlando. Al Thornton (left ankle) and Hamady Ndiaye are also inactive.

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: 7:30 p.m.; TV: CSN; Radio: 106.7 FM. Check out a live box score from tonight's game here.

By Michael Lee  | February 25, 2011; 5:51 PM ET
 
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Bill Simmons on why NBA teams make all these trades:

• Motivation No. 1: "We need to make a splash! We need to get people talking!"

• Motivation No. 2: "We need to blow up our immediate future, build something more substantial, and hopefully our fans don't hate us for it."

• Motivation No. 3: "We have a chance to make the Finals and need one more piece."

• Motivation No. 4: "We need to get under the luxury tax and/or create cap space for The Unknown Post-2011 World."

• Motivation No. 5: "We need to save money -- our owners who may or may not be three brothers who made the mistake of building a second wing of their Las Vegas casino right as the economy was crashing and now are discreetly trying to sell that casino and are trying to move their NBA team to another city as long as you give them a $100 million interest-free loan so they can pay the relocation fees because they couldn't be more broke right now."

• Motivation No. 6: "We're neither good nor bad. We're in no man's land. Crap. Maybe a trade would get our fans to forget this for a week or so."

• Motivation No. 7: "It's a gigantic conflict of interest that we own this team. Really, we just took it over for contraction leverage in the CBA negotiations. But the team might contend in the playoffs, so it's not a bad idea to add one more player even if we have to take on a little payroll -- let's just hope that Mark Cuban doesn't make a big stink about it."

• Motivation No. 8: "I don't need to do anything! I'm Sam Effing Presti! I'll make a trade when I'm good and $*#$%^ ready! STOP PUSHING ME!"

Posted by: Samson151 | February 25, 2011 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Very enlightening Mr or Ms Sampson

Posted by: zack5 | February 25, 2011 7:51 PM | Report abuse

NY is a beast. Everytime he is matched up with these top cats he brings it. 2 great scores and then playing lights out D on Wade & Lebron. He has no fear of them. His indivual D is so underrated to some Wiz fans. To me, if you can score in every single way like he does and play lights out man D then you deserve a solid contract

Posted by: dlts2041 | February 25, 2011 7:54 PM | Report abuse

"A man's gotta know his limitations" comes to mind each time I see McGee force the offense.

Posted by: bazookajoe1 | February 25, 2011 8:00 PM | Report abuse

While I like Blatche, the Wiz look/playing better without him.

Posted by: demonj21 | February 25, 2011 8:04 PM | Report abuse

I was thinking the same thing ^^^

Posted by: bazookajoe1 | February 25, 2011 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Been waiting for more Seraphin and Booker and it's starting to happen. We need less McGee and Blatche particularly at the same time. Seraphin clobbers LeBron once and cuts him off twice going to the rim. His court awareness is already light years ahead of JM.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 25, 2011 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Wade is on fire!!!

Posted by: bazookajoe1 | February 25, 2011 8:16 PM | Report abuse

NY and defense? Dwayne Wade is 5 for 5 and taking over the game. NY is out now, but, c'mon, lets not exaggerate his defensive abilities. He's moved to a decent defender from terrible. He's not yet a good or very good defender consistently.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 25, 2011 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Somebody needs to take a hard foul on DWade to try to slow him down.

Posted by: bazookajoe1 | February 25, 2011 8:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm wondering if maybe we forgot to assign somebody to cover Wade...

Posted by: Samson151 | February 25, 2011 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Glad NY is back in. He's the only one that can make Wade work and he makes him work on both ends

Posted by: dlts2041 | February 25, 2011 8:28 PM | Report abuse

"Very enlightening Mr or Ms Sampson.Posted by: zack5"

Mr or Ms? I guess the appropriate response is 'glad you enjoyed it, M'sieur ou Mademoiselle".

Posted by: Samson151 | February 25, 2011 8:30 PM | Report abuse

"Glad NY is back in."

I'm guessing Wade is too...

Posted by: Samson151 | February 25, 2011 8:31 PM | Report abuse

C'mon Wade is one of the best players in the league. When he is dialed in, defense really doesn't matter. He hit 2 or 3 shots that would be a 10 on a scale of difficulty.

Anyway, NY playing the half of his career as well! Turning into a very entertaining game.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 25, 2011 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Man...we talk about how much this team hates Flip and all that.

That Detroit situation...THAT'S crazy.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | February 25, 2011 8:39 PM | Report abuse

IDK how long we'll stay in it but its definitely fun to watch.....lol

Posted by: dlts2041 | February 25, 2011 8:45 PM | Report abuse

wow...the level of offensive skill we saw by both teams in the first half was world class!

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 25, 2011 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Fools gold people. The heat players have been feeling since Wall's statement and the shabby losses has given the team the same adrenalin rush teams go thru when there is a change of coaches in midstream.

The meltdown will come as assuredly as the sun rises in the east...

NY, McGee and Andre are the same people tonite as they have been all season...

Posted by: pentagon40 | February 25, 2011 8:49 PM | Report abuse

SMDTSU, do you remember Flip in Detroit? They hated him too and Sheed called him all kinda names

Posted by: dlts2041 | February 25, 2011 8:50 PM | Report abuse

I would love to see Flip try NY in the post against Wade some. I just would love to see that

Posted by: dlts2041 | February 25, 2011 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the Heat took this one a bit lightly. Hope that continues. Nice to see Nick and Javale working hard...

Posted by: Samson151 | February 25, 2011 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Yeah I do...but we're not talking about Detroit anymore.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | February 25, 2011 9:08 PM | Report abuse

"SMDTSU, do you remember Flip in Detroit? They hated him too and Sheed called him all kinda namesPosted by: dlts2041"

It does seem like Kalorama has gone over this historical stuff a few thousand times -- maybe dlts was absent.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 25, 2011 9:09 PM | Report abuse

I wonder why John Wall gave up wearing his own shoes....the first Iverson's were the best basketball shoes I've ever had though.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | February 25, 2011 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Is it merely a coincidence the Wiz are looking much better offensively without Blatche in the lineup?

Posted by: bazookajoe1 | February 25, 2011 9:22 PM | Report abuse

NY needs to be back in ASAP or else it will go stiff on him and he wont be able to come back. You are supposed ASAP with a sprained ankle

Posted by: dlts2041 | February 25, 2011 9:23 PM | Report abuse

It's so sad to see how much better this team is without Baltche knowing there's nothing the FO will do about it.

Posted by: VaWizard85 | February 25, 2011 9:35 PM | Report abuse

this team badly needed that trade just to shake things up. look like a diff team out there without ab and with evans/bibby

Posted by: m1ke3i6 | February 25, 2011 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Pulling away. Typical Wiz. They are in an entertaining game and NY is as hot as Wade and he sprains an ankle on a weird fastbreak play where NY should have had a dunk, but he played it soft and ended up injuried...lmao. He was afraid of the hard foul from LeBron.

JM, again, plays terrible although the numbers are deceiving. He's had two defensive 3 second calls, 3/4 goaltending calls, 3/4 clueless plays on offense.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 25, 2011 9:38 PM | Report abuse

I would say this is a typical NBA game where Miami has gotten ALL the calls! LeBron has had a couple of walks and PFs that were not called as well as some calls on Bosh that were not called.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 25, 2011 9:45 PM | Report abuse

"Very enlightening Mr or Ms Sampson.Posted by: zack5"

Mr or Ms? I guess the appropriate response is 'glad you enjoyed it, M'sieur ou Mademoiselle".


Posted by: Samson151

Not meant to be insulting. Wanted to be sure I wasn't affending you because I've never met you nor do I know you personally. One can assume but you know the rest of that phrase

Posted by: zack5 | February 25, 2011 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Wizards at least made 'em work.

Loved seeing Seraphin's hard fouls on James. NY shot the lights out, Wall looked good, Maurice Evans and Josh Howard actually did a pretty good job of containing James. McGee had a good stat line.

Blatche's absence was hardly missed tonight.

And yeah, the super-star calls in the NBA a ridiculous. Even with the fouls at the end, the disparity of 45 to 23 shots is ridiculous.

Posted by: JPRS | February 25, 2011 10:15 PM | Report abuse

I just saw that too and came here to comment - 45 vs. 23 free throws. That's absurd!!!

Posted by: charley42 | February 25, 2011 10:21 PM | Report abuse

JM, again, plays terrible although the numbers are deceiving. He's had two defensive 3 second calls, 3/4 goaltending calls, 3/4 clueless plays on offense.

huh? try getting JM numbers in the NBA then we'll agree with you how terrible JM played. Seriously, sound like you have too much expectation for JM. I think JM played pretty good tonight. Next year he gonna get better.

Posted by: demonj21 | February 25, 2011 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, there is not explanation for that disparity in fouls since the Wiz were attacking and being nearly as proficient on offense as the Heat. It makes you almost not care about the NBA. Just plain disgusting!

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 25, 2011 10:42 PM | Report abuse

@ Demon,

Try? Give me his length and athleticism and I would destroy his numbers night in and night out bc I have a basketball IQ 200x that of JM even though he is a "professional". A cope out statemtent if I ever heard one.

We lost by what 8 pts? He had 4 goaltending calls and two defensive 3 second calls. This after he got yanked last night for the same thing and led to him riding the pine. This doesn't include the 3/4 possessions he completely wasted by making some boneheaded offensive attempt. Offensive is the right word to use.

That could be your ball game right there!

Wow, he got rebounds against a Miami team whom everyone knows doesn't have much in the middle!

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 25, 2011 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Wondering whether that was the Wiz' best 3 point shooting performance this season -- 10 for 23. Off hand I can't think of a better one. It was all Nick, but hey, that counts.

Other small statistical anomaly I noted: McGee played 36 minutes and didn't register a blocked shot. Nonetheless he logged all those rebounds and scored 18...

I know the Heat thought they could take tonight off, but it's nice to see the team give the sort of effort they're capable of, even in a road loss.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 25, 2011 11:38 PM | Report abuse

I see the Pacers dumped one tonight at home, to Utah, with Millsap dominating inside and Al Jefferson scoring pretty much at will. The bits I saw, Hibbert looked like he was standing in mud and Hansbrough couldn't hit the side of an ocean liner.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 25, 2011 11:41 PM | Report abuse

"Wanted to be sure I wasn't affending you...
Posted by: zack5"

Rest assured I wasn't affended.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 26, 2011 9:18 AM | Report abuse

"Wow, he got rebounds against a Miami team whom everyone knows doesn't have much in the middle!Posted by: rphilli721"

Well, they don't, but even for them that was an off-night. Makes you wonder about the playoffs, however.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 26, 2011 9:19 AM | Report abuse

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