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Posted at 1:01 PM ET, 03/ 8/2011

Jump ball: The final stretch

By Washington Post editors

This morning Michael Lee blogged about the last 20 games of the season being meaningful for the Wizards.

Many readers begged to differ, but flohrtv agreed:

The last 20 games are important in establishing some type of team chemistry since the Hinrich trade. Jordan Crawford seems to be a good pick up and seems to be able to play with Wall, or back him up. After Gil, lots of people around here tend to frown on combo guards, but Crawford seems to be very effective in the third guard role so far.

Lee's feature on Crawford shed light on how grateful the guard is to have an opportunity to play.

Do you see Crawford as part of the Wizards' future? And despite the team's dreadful record, what are you looking for in the final 20 games?

By Washington Post editors  | March 8, 2011; 1:01 PM ET
 
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Comments

For the final 20 games I want to see all of the draft picks + Crawford (Hamady included) receive extended playing-time.

Posted by: closg | March 8, 2011 1:10 PM | Report abuse

i'm kind of looking forward to the end of the "jump ball" feature. although this one wasn't as insipid as many of the others.

Posted by: crs-1 | March 8, 2011 1:11 PM | Report abuse

He doesn't mind contact, is fast, lots of energy, not afraid to shoot and wants to be here. Sounds like a keeper.

Posted by: okelley2nd | March 8, 2011 1:16 PM | Report abuse

How about Andray Blatche developing a backbone, or just giving a damn in general? Perfect example of a guy who will always get you 17 and 8 but perennially play for a loser.

Posted by: Sanchez17 | March 8, 2011 1:18 PM | Report abuse

"i'm kind of looking forward to the end of the "jump ball" feature. although this one wasn't as insipid as many of the others."

Posted by: crs-1 | March 8, 2011 1:11 PM

I actually think it's even more insipid. This one is basically restating the same question/premise from the previous thread, which had already generated an ongoing discussion. It's totally superfluous.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 8, 2011 1:22 PM | Report abuse

As for Crawford, he's certainly part of the team's immediate future (as in he's not likely to be moved over the summer). Anything beyond that is a wait and see (although I've liked what I've seen from him so far).

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 8, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse

NO MORE JUMP BALL!

If we were able to outlast Monday Morning Point Guard, Morning Buzz, and Morning Brew, then this too shall pass.

I wonder who will be terminated first, EG or Jump Ball...

Posted by: prescrunk | March 8, 2011 1:34 PM | Report abuse

In the last 20 games, I''m looking to see how many we can lose so that ticket prices might actually drop this offseason. I want to get in on the ground floor with good seats. I gave up my good seats this year (great move) but anticipate us being decent within a couple of years.

Question worth asking...
Why is it that we can witness a good coach making a huge difference on a team yet we let him go by without doing everything we can to get him? At the same time, we throw millions at average or below average players. Tom Thibodeau shouldve been given the keys to the city and top dollar to come here. For the right $$ he wouldve done it. I think we'd be a .500 team with him here based on what he's done on defense with teams in the past.

Posted by: original_mark1 | March 8, 2011 1:53 PM | Report abuse

I concur with establishing team chemistry, developing players and establishing an identity. Don't throw away games on purpose because the team with the worst record usually doesn't win the #1 pick. Look and NJ and Minny last year and they ended up with 3rd and 4th. Sacramento the year before that ended up with 4th. Bottom line is play hard, cherish these minutes as learning experience, and never NEVER have that losing culture stamped on your head.

Posted by: jefferu | March 8, 2011 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Too early to say what role (if any) Crawford might play in the future. He's shown some offensive skill, and with this team he's likely to continue to get opportunities to develop and showcase his ability. He's a versatile player too who looks like he could play PG or SG in a back-up role (think the SF is a bit of a stretch).

As far as the final 20 go, it would be nice to see the Wizards notch a few more W's and continue to develop the players that they have. All this is perhaps a little too obvious. Even though the Wizards have lost a lot of games this year, aside from some truly painful games (the San Antonio game was a real low point), they've at least made things interesting. Wall and Booker are always fun players to watch. Young too on nights when his shot is falling.

Posted by: JPRS | March 8, 2011 3:20 PM | Report abuse

"Tom Thibodeau shouldve been given the keys to the city and top dollar to come here. For the right $$ he wouldve done it. I think we'd be a .500 team with him here based on what he's done on defense with teams in the past."

Posted by: original_mark1 | March 8, 2011 1:53 PM

I don't see any of that.

Why would he have come to a rebuilding team where the dust of the roster detonation hadn't even settled yet? Not for money, because I'm pretty sure the Bulls are paying him. And based on what he's done in the past, his defensive schemes are built around (A) an overall commitment by the players to the concept of team defense and (B) a heady, smart big man who plays fundamentally sound, physical interior D inside and is capable and willing to move, rotate, and communicate on help D. The Wizards have none of that.

Moreover, he bolted out of town after accepting the assistant's gig because (reportedly) he didn't care for the head games Grunfeld was playing, trying to position him as Brutus to EJ Caesar. Given the trust issues raised by that, it seems unlikely that he'd want to come work for Grunfeld now.

In other words . . . Thibadeau was never going to be the Wizards' head coach. Get over it and move on.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 8, 2011 4:07 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Thibodeau would have a trust issue with EG if he was brought in as the head coach. But I don't think he would have come here because the deck would be stacked against him. He's a defensive guy and he'd be dealing with a team that hasn't played good D in a long time and as Kal said doesn't have the personnel to be good on D any time soon. Thib's experience with the Celts gave him the opportunity to be a little choosier and so he likely would have waited for a better opportunity. Chicago is definitely that. Good, young team. Star caliber player. Some cap space. And a team capable of and already used to playing good D. As a first time HC, that's about as much as you can ask for.

Posted by: ts35 | March 8, 2011 4:39 PM | Report abuse

The most important thing with the last 20 games is the continued development of our young players and trying to figure out which ones to keep going forward.

So far it seem likes Wall and Booker and maybe Young should stick around. I'm not sure about Crawford yet, but he may be a keeper also.

Management also seems to be interested in keeping McGee and Blatche for the time being and Seraphin will probably be given time to develop. Everyone else could be gone sooner rather than later.

Posted by: cannontl | March 8, 2011 5:41 PM | Report abuse

I think the last 20 games are hugely important. All games are important to what you are trying to build and the message you want to send going forward. Instilling the art of winning is a everyday job and not something that comes in the offseason or 3-5 years from now.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 8, 2011 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Larry, given your opinion of the coach, wouldn't you really prefer they ignore that message for the next 20 games?

:)

Posted by: ts35 | March 8, 2011 6:40 PM | Report abuse

The final stretch?
Thats a horse racing term.
Wiz would be last in a one horse race.
Ted! Lose Grunfeld already!!!

Posted by: member8 | March 8, 2011 7:21 PM | Report abuse

....and Seraphin will probably be given time to develop. Everyone else could be gone sooner rather than later.

Posted by: cannontl
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only one problem...
Seraphin Sucks.

Posted by: member8 | March 8, 2011 7:24 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to see N'Diaye, Seraphin, Booker, Young, Crawford & Wall get as much court time as possible.

Posted by: Darnell1 | March 8, 2011 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: cannontl | March 9, 2011 9:56 AM | Report abuse

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