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Posted at 12:26 AM ET, 03/ 3/2011

Nick Young breaks out of slump, but Stephen Curry makes sure Wizards losing streak continues

By Michael Lee

Gotta be the 'rows? (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)


Nick Young arrived at Verizon Center sporting a new hairstyle, ditching the extra-large Afro for some cornrows. As he walked around the locker room before the game, holding a basketball under his arm as usual, Young joked that he was going to be like Allen Iverson, but "you can call me The Question."

I really didn't know what to make of that, since Young had been struggling his past two games against Chicago and Dallas and really needed to break free of a slump. The real question was, how would he bounce back? Young started out the game on fire, nailing his first three shots as the Wizards jumped out to an early 13-4 lead, but Young started to cool down almost immediately.

After making his next jumper, Young missed his seven straight, with his poor shooting coinciding with a scoring drought for the Wizards, who were outscored 53-32 from the start of the second period through 4 minutes, 7 seconds left in the third period and trailed by 20 points when the Warriors guard Monta Ellis made a layup.

Assistant coach Randy Wittman substituted Trevor Booker for Andray Blatche and the Wizards suddenly started to make a run. John Wall made a fadeaway jumper, then Young started to take over. He stole the ball from Stephen Curry and dunked, then got out on the break, caught a pass from Wall and finished with a reverse dunk. He had hurt himself earlier in the period when he got into a collision with Warriors forward David Lee, but kept playing and kept scoring, forcing Wittman to keep him in.

"Looking back on it. I wasn't able to give Nick a blow there in the second half," Wittman said. "When we got down 20, then he got it going, I just felt if we were going to have a chance to get back in this thing, I probably had to leave him out there. Did he wear out? That's the chance as a coach you take, to try to put yourself in a position to get back in the game."

Young certainly didn't wear out, as he scored another 14 points during a frantic, fourth-quarter rally that eventually came up short during a 106-102 loss. He hit three three-pointers in the period, bringing the Wizards within seven points on back-to-back threes, then adding another from extremely deep to bring them within one with 6.9 seconds left.

"It's crazy, but he do it all the time. It might surprise some people, but when you see it every day, you get used to it," said Jordan Crawford, who has been around for a week.


Do I need to remind you that I could've been a Wizard? (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Wall had a rough night trying to keep up with Stephen Curry, who came out aggressively against the No. 1 overall pick and finished with 29 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Wittman said Wall is "getting his eyes opened" as opposing point guards continue to attack him. But in the case of Curry, he was probably simply taking out his aggression on the Wizards.

If you recall, Curry thought that the Wizards were going to take him with the 5th overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft before they shipped the pick to Minnesota for Randy Foye and Mike Miller. "That was definitely a spot that was on my radar," Curry said last season after his first game against the Wizards.

Curry has taken out his disappointment on the Wizards ever since. In three games against the Wizards, Curry is averaging 27.7 points, which is his second-highest scoring average against any team in the league (He absolutely destroys the Toronto Raptors, averaging 32.7 points for reasons unknown. Maybe it has something to do with his father, Dell, who finished his career there).

But whenever you see Curry, you have to take a step back and wonder, what if. As in, what if the Wizards had taken a different philosophy two years ago and decided to add some talented young players, in Curry and DeJuan Blair, to their veteran core instead just getting two established players. They were able to recover and get Wall last summer, but would you rather just have Wall or some combination of Curry, Blair and a top five pick from the 2005 NBA draft....DeMarcus Cousins? Wesley Johnson? Just something to ponder.

As for Wall, he still left an impression on Warriors Coach Keith Smart. "Speed is his asset right now," Smart said about Wall. "Over time as he develops that speed along with a developed jump shot, that's what is going to happen with that young man. That young man is going to be really good but it is just right now a learning curve for him."

JaVale McGee also appears to be experiencing a learning curve of his own, as he struggled for the fifth time in six games since finishing second at the slam dunk contest. He had five points and six rebounds, but had the worst plus-minus of a negative-13 and sat for the entire fourth quarter as the Warriors went small. The performance was a little discouraging since McGee dominated the Warriors last season, when he had career highs with 25 points and 18 rebounds.

Blatche was used at center in the fourth quarter, but both frontcourt starters were essentially taken out of the game when Warriors rookie Ekpe Udoh blocked Blatche's layup and immediately came back to block a layup by McGee after McGee grabbed the rebound. Blatche had 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists, but the game didn't become really competitive until Booker was on the floor, shoving people around and grabbing rebounds.

Young said the team tried to get the win for Coach Flip Saunders, who sat out to tend to his ailing mother, Kay, in suburban Cleveland. "I know it's hard for him, with his mom. I know it's tough. We wish him well. We wish him the best. I hope he can take care of everything he can do out there. We're right behind him. We're supporting him. And we're just going to try to go out and do our best for him."

The Wizards came up short, as Young's attempt to tie the game in the closing seconds missed badly. But the Warriors were probably the perfect team for Young to get loose against, since they don't even pretend to try to play defense, hoping that their high-scoring pace will force teams to get caught up and take some terrible shots. The Wizards certainly fell into that trap, as they seemingly only moved the ball when they forced into it. It's never a good sign when Wall had just one assist in the first half.

"They played up and down with a west coast basketball style, and that is the type of game I like to play," Young said. "My L.A. family and friends were watching and we just wanted to put a show on for them. Now we are just moving onto our next game."

Former Wizard Al Thornton, who was released on Tuesday, tweeted that he was watching the game, which made sense because he intends on signing with the Warriors when he clears waivers on Thursday. Young said he found it amusing that Thornton was going to join a team that the Wizards were playing.

Thornton actually worked out at Verizon Center about four hours before the game, wearing no shirt, as the Wizards allowed him to get in a workout to stay in shape for his eventual move. But Young said he would've handled it differently. He would've bought a ticket and sat right behind the Warriors bench.

"I would've been over there waving a towel and everything," Young said with a laugh.
The Warriors certainly gave their fans something to celebrate. But despite Young's efforts, the Wizards will have to deal with losing their seventh game in a row.

By Michael Lee  | March 3, 2011; 12:26 AM ET
Categories:  Nick Young  
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typical Nick Young. he's so proud of himself as we rack up another L. Gil taught him well

Posted by: PVGtownAz | March 3, 2011 12:46 AM | Report abuse

JaVale has played like his "you-know-what" don't stink since the Allstar break.
JaVale, "lean a lil bit closer see if roses really smell like boo boo"
Signed,
Andre3000

Posted by: bozomoeman | March 3, 2011 1:00 AM | Report abuse

"My L.A. family and friends were watching and we just wanted to put a show on for them. Now we are just moving onto our next game."

Sounds like a winning attitude to me. (dripping sarcasm)

Posted by: ubetonit | March 3, 2011 2:13 AM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter if you all like Nick's comments or not. Dude did his best to carry the team while playing hurt. As long as he is doing what the team needs him to do in order to win, I'm not worried about his motivation. In fact, he is the best player (I didn't say most talented) on the team at the moment.

As for the comment about Gil teaching him well, Gil performed at a high level for several years and made basketball relevant in DC again. You need to remember that as you invoke your selective memory. He was a 3 time all-star for a reason.

Posted by: ChairmanD | March 3, 2011 6:29 AM | Report abuse

not sure which is sick...young's game or his new doo.....some maturity would be nice too..

Posted by: wmnatzakanian | March 3, 2011 6:32 AM | Report abuse

Nick young = Ledell Eackles

for you young'uns (pun intended) look it up.

guy has one pretty decent season on a super crappy team and then held out for a new contract, was nary heard from again.

Posted by: Blurred | March 3, 2011 6:36 AM | Report abuse

Thing is, if you draft Curry, you probably don't get a crack at Wall (assuming Curry would've helped the Wiz to a more respectable record). Looking at it that way, I'll take my chances with Wall. Curry may already have hit his ceiling, or close to it...Wall, sky's the limit right now, IF he can stay healthy.

Posted by: BMoreChil | March 3, 2011 6:48 AM | Report abuse

Besides, I'm not so sure Curry was "disappointed" to not be taken by the Wizards. From all accounts, he thought the Knicks were going to draft him, and again from all accounts, really wanted them to.

Posted by: BMoreChil | March 3, 2011 6:51 AM | Report abuse

typical Nick Young. he's so proud of himself as we rack up another L. Gil taught him well

Posted by: PVGtownAz | March 3, 2011 12:46 AM | Report abuse
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"My L.A. family and friends were watching and we just wanted to put a show on for them. Now we are just moving onto our next game."

Sounds like a winning attitude to me. (dripping sarcasm)


Posted by: ubetonit | March 3, 2011 2:13 AM | Report abuse
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not sure which is sick...young's game or his new doo.....some maturity would be nice too..

Posted by: wmnatzakanian | March 3, 2011 6:32 AM | Report abuse
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Nick young = Ledell Eackles

for you young'uns (pun intended) look it up.

guy has one pretty decent season on a super crappy team and then held out for a new contract, was nary heard from again.

Posted by: Blurred | March 3, 2011 6:36 AM | Report abuse

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I hear you guys loud and clear. Now, tell me why you would even WATCH Wizards basketball, if Nick Young wasn't making crazy statements AND scoring baskets like an all-star? We are ranked 30th on all NBA power rankings. I like watching exciting NBA basketball. Nick Young gives me that.

Don't tell me that you would prefer to watch 'defensive-minded' Trevor Booker or Kevin Seraphin. You might as well watch a soccer match.

Posted by: musicmanjr | March 3, 2011 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Trevor Booker should have been a starter long time ago! Given the chance, this guy will be a very good player. Wall, Young, Booker, always have them in the lineup.

Posted by: bdunkadunk | March 3, 2011 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Some of you are crazy. Nick Young is NOT the reason the Wizards lost last night.

And BMore, if we had taken Curry, we might not have been able to draft Wall, but we could have added another lottery pick building block. Combine that with this years lotto pick, that would be 3 on the roster like some of the other bottom feeders, instead of 2.

Posted by: G-Man11 | March 3, 2011 8:17 AM | Report abuse

LOL, people continue to rationalize Grunfeld giving away our 5th pick for one-year rentals.

Posted by: closg | March 3, 2011 8:24 AM | Report abuse

They were only one year rentals after the fact. Yeah, looking back it wouldve been great to have Steph Curry but at the time would you have taken him over arguably the best 3 point shooter? Especially with a team full of vets allegedly ready for the playoffs. Looking back it was a bad move but at the time it was the right one.

Posted by: Wizbullets88 | March 3, 2011 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Time for some of these jerks to grow up. So sick of Young, Blatche, McGee just breezing through the season not giving a F. They are 20-something millionaires having the time of their life, losing 60 games a season, laughing and giggling before and after every game, more worried about how their hair looks than the Wizards and their development.

Will be screaming as much when I make it up to VC next Friday for the first time in a year, sitting 2 rows behind the Wiz bench.

What's the policy on hounding the bums on your own team?

Posted by: saltine182 | March 3, 2011 9:04 AM | Report abuse

I haven't seen any of the games, but notice that Atlanta has won the three in which Kirk played, including last night against Chicago. He played 31 minutes and almost exclusively defense -- Joe Johnson led the team in assists. Also interesting how Horford outplayed Noah.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 3, 2011 9:04 AM | Report abuse

"LOL, people continue to rationalize Grunfeld giving away our 5th pick for one-year rentals."

Posted by: closg | March 3, 2011 8:24 AM

Here is yet another "rationalization." There is evidence that the deal was done at the behest of, or in furtherance of a plan implemented by, Abe Pollin, in a misguided attempt to build a team around the "big three" that could make one last attempt at a championship before Pollin checked out. Leonsis suggested as much in a statement that he made shortly after taking over, during which he set out the Wizards' current plan of building with young players. Because we don't know the extent of Pollin's involvement during the last years of his life, it is difficult for me to fairly assess Grunfeld's performance during that time. I find it significant, however, that Leonsis, who was a minority owner at the time and thus should have some insight as to how the club was being operated, decided that Grunfeld should stay. That suggests to me that some of the other highly questionable or outright bad moves that the club made during the last few years (e.g., giving Arenas that ridiculous contract and resigning Jamison) were strongly influenced by Pollin as well.

Posted by: rufus_t_firefly | March 3, 2011 9:06 AM | Report abuse

I agree. At the time the trade was a reasonable move at the time and the circumstances. Would you tell an owner on his deathbed we are not going all in for another playoff run, we want to rebuild and this will take 3 years hang in there.

Posted by: jefferu | March 3, 2011 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Blatche. I love the abilities this kid has. 20-9-6 . . typical line. But why does he give the most uninspiring minutes on the floor? I still think Andre could be a top 15 player in this league but not with this team. He could rival JW as the best player on the floor, but has slipped to at most 3rd best on the team. I don't know what it takes to motivate him to reach the next level. When he had Jamison and Butler to push him he moped on the bench because he felt he should be starting. Now that he is, he is no better, less consistent, and shows less emotion. I still think a change of scenery would do him and the Wizards good.

Posted by: okelley2nd | March 3, 2011 9:08 AM | Report abuse

people criticize young too much. sure hes a goof ball sometimes, and do u want him to cry after everygame? im sure hes mad he dint hit the game tying three, but when hes on the court he gives it his all most of the time (unlike blatche) young is trying to win. if i wernt for him we wouldnt have even been close. and we need to see booker more, especially more than rashard even if hes healthy.

Posted by: skinsfan09 | March 3, 2011 9:15 AM | Report abuse

"....The Warriors certainly gave their fans something to celebrate. But despite Young's efforts, the Wizards will have to deal with losing their seventh game in a row."....Mike Lee

Ah yes, but the little white round balls with "WIZARDS" on them are mounting steadily. Say, is mamma POLLIN gonna' be allowed another reach? I hope so......."ZARDS fans wonder and hope as the season to forget grinds on toward a merciful demise.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 3, 2011 9:24 AM | Report abuse

I was watching Sportscenter last night and in the NBA cutaway segment Mike Brown was breaking down the Hawks win over Chicago. His discussion centered around the "toughness" and "defensive presence" Kirk Hinrich has brought to the Atlanta Hawks. I found that amusing considering a lot of people in here criticized him for not being very good defensively (although he was the only member of the team to ever make an all-NBA defensive team). Hard to look good defensively when your backbone and "quarterbacking" on defense consists of JM and AB. In the highlights, they showed him sticking to Derrick Rose's hip and being really physical with him on his drives to the basket. And, lo and behold, there was a Hawk there (Horford) to provide the proper support at the proper time.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 3, 2011 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Here is yet another "rationalization." There is evidence that the deal was done at the behest of, or in furtherance of a plan implemented by, Abe Pollin, in a misguided attempt to build a team around the "big three" that could make one last attempt at a championship before Pollin checked out. Leonsis suggested as much in a statement that he made shortly after taking over, during which he set out the Wizards' current plan of building with young players. Because we don't know the extent of Pollin's involvement during the last years of his life, it is difficult for me to fairly assess Grunfeld's performance during that time. I find it significant, however, that Leonsis, who was a minority owner at the time and thus should have some insight as to how the club was being operated, decided that Grunfeld should stay. That suggests to me that some of the other highly questionable or outright bad moves that the club made during the last few years (e.g., giving Arenas that ridiculous contract and resigning Jamison) were strongly influenced by Pollin as well.

Posted by: rufus_t_firefly | March 3, 2011 9:06 AM |

My God!

Someone with some common sense.

Posted by: paulb3rd | March 3, 2011 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Surprised (not really) to see folks ripping Nick after last night. He's often the only offense the team has, and we would have lost by 25 last night if he hadnt done his thing in the 4thQ. Maybe it's contract year related, but last night he was one of the few Wizards contesting every single shot he could.

Mcgee, Seraphin, and Yi were terrible.

Posted by: divi3 | March 3, 2011 9:26 AM | Report abuse

I believe that the primary reason Leonsis kept EG around is because he became the owner of the Wiz shortly before the draft, meaning that the scouting of college and pros was well underway be the existing staff. It would have been very difficult to put a staff in place under such circustances. Also, being the last year of the CBA leonsis didn't think it made financial sense to clean house and hire a new staff.

We'll find out what Leonsis thinks of EG once the offseason starts. I have to think that EG has made too many egregious mistakes to retain his position.

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | March 3, 2011 9:28 AM | Report abuse

The statements: 'Asst. coach RW subbed T. Booker for A. Blatche and the Wiz suddenly started to make a run', and 'the Wiz traded their 5th overall pick for Foye and Miller' are indictments on Blatche and EG (add the long term contracts to Blatche and Arenas). To NY -- being a high paid Pro is serious business. Success is equated with winning. Grow up.

Posted by: trnasell | March 3, 2011 9:29 AM | Report abuse

NY does have his moments. Unfortunately. they are rarely against top competition. Right now, he appears to be a go-to guy only in a selected few situations....not an all round #2. Another GRUNFELD experiment has fizzled.

Along with BLATCHE. Despite decent numbers, his negative over/under really hurts the team, and his style of play destroys offensive chemistry.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 3, 2011 9:30 AM | Report abuse

This team loves the fact that they suck and could care less about winning. Send Nick Young and his stupid hair-doo to the D-League since he acts like he's playing in the D-League.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | March 3, 2011 9:37 AM | Report abuse

They were only one year rentals after the fact.
Posted by: Wizbullets88

But that was one hell of a gamble, that they would re-sign. Yes it is hindsight or after the fact, and I understood the rationale at the time, even if I didn't agree with it. At this point in their careers, Foye and Miller aren't worth the 5th pick in last years draft. The Minnesota fans were saying Foye was a disappointment, an average player. They were proven right. Miller is a fading player.

Also, I thought Ernie felt that if Tyreke Evans was there, they would have drafted him and not made the trade. Steph Curry should have been evaluated the same way.

Or was Pollin sticking his nose in like Dan Snyder?

Posted by: G-Man11 | March 3, 2011 9:39 AM | Report abuse

No, because league rules prohibit the same team from getting the #1 pick 2 years in a row.

Posted by: kalo_rama

Wow! I'm unaware of any other major sports league with this prohibition on the no. 1 overall pick.

Soooo, if the first combination that comes out belongs to the Wizards, is it just thrown out altogether or do the Wizards lock in at the #2 spot?

Posted by: artiesliver | March 3, 2011 9:42 AM | Report abuse

@rufus_t_firefly,

This sounds logical and good, but there appears to be a lot of room for Ernie's input and advice even if he was following Mr. Pollins behest.

That being said though, I haven't been overly critical of Ernie except for his management of the sideline general.

It doesn't square to waist a whole year with Tapscott if you were really about putting things in place for a championship for Mr. Pollin.

If Flip Saunders wasn't ready when Eddie was fired then Ernie should have looked elsewhere. He may as well left Eddie in charge if he knew he wasn't going to get Saunders right away.

Then to top it off, it appears that even the coveting of Flip Saunders is turning out to have been the wrong decision.

Mr. Leonsis may be giving Ernie a bit of rope for the reasons you cite, but I think Ted might and should start to tighten all the slack on the sideline general.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 3, 2011 9:56 AM | Report abuse

TREVOR BOOKER is coming into his own. He is now effective against the lesser teams of the league, has mixed results against the middlin' clubs, and falls mostly short against the elite squads. That's pretty good for the 23rd pick rookie.

And SERAPHIN looked better in there last night than BLATCHE. I don't understand the rational of playing BLATCHE so much when he's poison to the offense and defense. Why not give some of his minutes to KEVEEN. The rook is showing progress and he brings a game inside that we need.

I kept saying, "play McGEE and BOOKER together, not BLATCHE and BOOKER.

Jeeze, when 'DREY is in, BOOK is the only one under the boards battling. Even JIANLIAN gets inside and tries to mix it up. Ineffective, but he's plugging. BLATCHE is trying to knock down 15-20 footers. How do you rebound like that? By accident, long rebounds, hey an offensive rebound, oh look what I found.

BOOK had 10 last night, and none of them were cheap.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 3, 2011 9:58 AM | Report abuse

NY does have his moments. Unfortunately. they are rarely against top competition. Right now, he appears to be a go-to guy only in a selected few situations....not an all round #2. Another GRUNFELD experiment has fizzled.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 3, 2011 9:30 AM

Selective memory I see. What about the game NY had guarding DWade the other night? Sure DWade got his but Nick had a hellavu game right along with him.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 3, 2011 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Selective memory I see. What about the game NY had guarding DWade the other night? Sure DWade got his but Nick had a hellavu game right along with him.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 3, 2011 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Did we see the same game LARRY?

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 3, 2011 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and I did account for his play the other night in MIAMI. I used the word "rarely" which to me means, once in awhile, but not on a consistant basis.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 3, 2011 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Also about that Atlanta-Bulls game last night, for anybody who's interested in former Wiz -- Hilton got in the game for 4 minutes. I don't know who guarded Rose for what percent of the time, but Derrick went 5 for 21 for 12 points in 37 minutes.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 3, 2011 10:40 AM | Report abuse

If this is how yall feel about Ny's game after last night, what's your opinion of Howard, Lewis,Serph,Yi,Evans and Javale? Those guys were at the game too. Even Crawford came in and played a lil hero ball and mucked things up before getting in control. There were a lot of places to point a finger last night like our total lack of a contributing SF, or the sloppy hap hazard running of the offense. We're a really undisciplined team, and the vets we have provide no leadership.

I was at the game last night, and we look sooooooo much worse in person. We need to go to boot camp or something cuz we aren't very fundamentally sound in the least bit. The simple things KILL us night in and night out. It was super frustrating to watch from the 2nd to the end of the 3rd Q. Glad they picked it up and made a game out of it, but i really wish we could execute the offense a little more crisply in games. We always look slow and uncertain.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 3, 2011 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Start Booker, SEraphin, and Yi.....sit down the asshats Blatche and McGee...

Posted by: nowhine | March 3, 2011 10:55 AM | Report abuse

My only complaint from Nick is the same I have from everyone but Booker last night, the team needed much better effort on the glass. If the retort is going to be "He dropped in 31, does he have to do everything?" the answer is "Only if you want to win." Curry didn't seem to have much problem dropped in 29 and grabbing 9 boards. I'm certainly not isolating NY in that criticism.

Posted by: ts35 | March 3, 2011 11:00 AM | Report abuse

And hopefully last night will also speak to the advocates for the Wizards to play "Uptempo". They played uptempo last night and got grilled. Randy Wittman actually predicted it last night in his pregame comments when he said (paraphrasing) "Teams that like to run often only like to run one way." Of course, he was talking about the Warriors at the time.

If you're going to play Uptempo and be successful, you have to have players who run both ways and the Wizards don't have enough of those.

Posted by: ts35 | March 3, 2011 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Nick young got 30 points but took 24 shots to get it.

Posted by: jefferu | March 3, 2011 11:11 AM | Report abuse

My only complaint from Nick is the same I have from everyone but Booker last night, the team needed much better effort on the glass. If the retort is going to be "He dropped in 31, does he have to do everything?" the answer is "Only if you want to win." Curry didn't seem to have much problem dropped in 29 and grabbing 9 boards. I'm certainly not isolating NY in that criticism.

Posted by: ts35 | March 3, 2011 11:00 AM

Does Curry average 9 boards per game? I don't know what his avg is but does he usually board like that. Point being that we all applaud players that stuff the stat sheet, but to act like league history has not had guys that have one or two roles for their team is not truthful. Good and bad teams have players that only provide scoring, or 3 point shooting, or rebounds, or defense and fouls. I don't recall many complaints about Michael Ruffin not scoring more to help the struggling Wizards team he was on, or suggesting that he really doesn't want to win.

TS35, you're usually pretty fair and rational with the post I see from you but seriously most of these negative NY post after a fairly decent performance are from folks with a far more serious problem than follwing a bad basketball team.

Posted by: gmac78 | March 3, 2011 11:12 AM | Report abuse

ts5, Nick Young is a shooting guard...he's not going to get boards on a consistent basis. That was probably a career high for Curry, and I guaruntee they were all flukey long rebounds.

Young is not going to be a #1 or #2 player on a good team, but I think he could end up being anywhere from the #3 guy to the #7 guy on a good squad, so there's a place for him here. I don't really understand the hate for this guy, he's playing his ass off, and even picking up his defense. last night, despite getting injured in the 3rd, he played all 24 minutes of the second half and scored 14 points in the 4th quarter. He still needs to work on passing, but what do you guys want from him - he's not a perfect player.

Posted by: ejjam2 | March 3, 2011 11:14 AM | Report abuse

"Also about that Atlanta-Bulls game last night, for anybody who's interested in former Wiz -- Hilton got in the game for 4 minutes. I don't know who guarded Rose for what percent of the time, but Derrick went 5 for 21 for 12 points in 37 minutes."

Posted by: Samson151 | March 3, 2011 10:40 AM

http://espn.go.com/nba/dailydime/_/page/dime-110303/daily-dime

ATLANTA -- When the Atlanta Hawks acquired guard Kirk Hinrich at the trade deadline, coach Larry Drew had a vision for how his skills might allow his team to defend against elite guards. On Wednesday, his plan went to perfection.

Atlanta used the combination of Hinrich and Joe Johnson to shut down Chicago star Derrick Rose, enabling the Hawks to rally from a 19-point deficit and stun the Bulls 83-80.

"Joe will be matched up at times with some of the point guards," said Drew, who normally used Johnson to defend point guards with any offensive ability whatsoever due to Mike Bibby's shortcomings. "But now [Hinrich] gives me the luxury of matching [Johnson] up late. Whereas matching up early, it can wear him down."

Witness this game, in which Hinrich did all the dirty work through three quarters, but the bigger Johnson took over down the stretch run. With fresh legs, Johnson denied Rose off the ball and forced a turnover as Carlos Boozer attempted a handoff, and went in for a dunk that put Atlanta up three with 20.6 seconds remaining; out of timeouts, Chicago's two desperation tries for a game-tying 3-pointer came up empty.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 3, 2011 11:15 AM | Report abuse

"And SERAPHIN looked better in there last night than BLATCHE. I don't understand the rational of playing BLATCHE so much when he's poison to the offense and defense. Why not give some of his minutes to KEVEEN. The rook is showing progress and he brings a game inside that we need."

-OK, I'm all for the Blatche hate, he's had a terrible season, but he actually played pretty well last night. He attacked the basket and made the extra pass sometimes instead of launching up the bad jumpers. And Seraphin...he is literally the worst basketball player I have ever watched in person.

Posted by: ejjam2 | March 3, 2011 11:15 AM | Report abuse

"Curry didn't seem to have much problem dropped in 29 and grabbing 9 boards. I'm certainly not isolating NY in that criticism."

Posted by: ts35 | March 3, 2011 11:00 AM

Giving up 9 boards to Steph Curry is inexcusable.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 3, 2011 11:20 AM | Report abuse

"And SERAPHIN looked better in there last night than BLATCHE. I don't understand the rational of playing BLATCHE so much when he's poison to the offense and defense. Why not give some of his minutes to KEVEEN. The rook is showing progress and he brings a game inside that we need."

-OK, I'm all for the Blatche hate, he's had a terrible season, but he actually played pretty well last night. He attacked the basket and made the extra pass sometimes instead of launching up the bad jumpers. And Seraphin...he is literally the worst basketball player I have ever watched in person.

Posted by: ejjam2 | March 3, 2011 11:20 AM | Report abuse

does anyone have anything to say about the gaping void at small forward. Shard is getting 18+Mil this year to mail it in. Josh Howard really had some questionable decison making last night. He tried to dominate the ball while he was in the game and really froze Wall and NY out in instances. Why do these guys start and get big mins when you end up leaving it to JW,NY, Crawford,Books and Dray. I know we can't buy Shard out but I just don't know if ridding ourselves of the shadow of Gilbert Arenas is worth us starting the Ghost of Rashard Lewis deceased game.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 3, 2011 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Fortunately, there are 3 SFs projected in the top 10 in this year's draft: Jones, Barnes, Williams. All of great upside, now it'll be up to Ernie to pick the right one...uh-oh.

Posted by: ejjam2 | March 3, 2011 11:28 AM | Report abuse

And Seraphin...he is literally the worst basketball player I have ever watched in person.Posted by: ejjam2"

LOL I don't see that. Unskilled, yes. Untutored, definitely. But we've seen a lot of players with a lot less ability pass through these halls.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 3, 2011 11:29 AM | Report abuse

As far as SF goes, you have Derrick Williams, Terrence Jones, and Harrison Barnes -- and some think Perry Jones will wind up playing some at the 3 as well. All very serviceable players.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 3, 2011 11:35 AM | Report abuse

ts5, Nick Young is a shooting guard...he's not going to get boards on a consistent basis. That was probably a career high for Curry, and I guaruntee they were all flukey long rebounds.
Posted by: ejjam2

A) it's not even his high this week (11 against the T-Wolves), b) no they weren't all flukey long, and c) Seriously?

Curry was able to come up with 9 'flukey' long boards, but our starting backcourt came up with 2? Law of averages says that's not 'flukey'.

As I said, I'm not isolating NY in my criticism on the glass, it was a whole team thing. I don't expect NY to come up with 9 boards. But on a night where you are getting smoked on the glass, EVERYONE needs to give more effort. Wall had 0 boards. In that kind of game last night, not acceptable. Our bigs were horrible on the glass (Booker excluded) and our backcourt did nothing to help them.

My point wasn't to slam NY, I thought he played ok last night, just to indict the effort on the glass (and in general) of the entire team as a whole.

Posted by: ts35 | March 3, 2011 11:40 AM | Report abuse

"LOL I don't see that. Unskilled, yes. Untutored, definitely. But we've seen a lot of players with a lot less ability pass through these halls."

Posted by: Samson151 | March 3, 2011 11:29 AM

Watching him in the last several games, I wouldn't even say unskilled (which is surprising, because he sure look unskilled a couple moths ago). He has some definite (albeit still raw) offensive/post skills. I'm really looking forward to see what he can do next season after a healthy offseason of work.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 3, 2011 12:00 PM | Report abuse

I agree with you, rebounding was terrible last night and has been all season. Rebounding is in large part an effort stat, so it's frustrating to watch the Wizards get outrebounded night in-night out.

Stephen Curry averages 4.3 rebounds per 40 minutes on the highest tempo team in the league, Nick Young averages 3.5...pretty much a wash. You're not going to convince me Curry is a good rebounder. On an up-and-down teams like the Warriors you see games where guards have a ton of boards as players are often out of position and stats can get inflated.

Posted by: ejjam2 | March 3, 2011 12:00 PM | Report abuse

"I know we can't buy Shard out but I just don't know if ridding ourselves of the shadow of Gilbert Arenas is worth us starting the Ghost of Rashard Lewis deceased game."

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 3, 2011 11:25 AM

It's absolutely worth it. Not only did the Wiz save money on the deal, it removed the cloud of Arenas' palpable discontent from above the heads of the team.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 3, 2011 12:03 PM | Report abuse

"On an up-and-down teams like the Warriors you see games where guards have a ton of boards as players are often out of position and stats can get inflated."

Posted by: ejjam2 | March 3, 2011 12:00 PM

Then why were the Wizards unable to "inflate" their rebounding stats, given that they were playing just as up-and-down as the Warriors in that game?

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 3, 2011 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Watching him in the last several games, I wouldn't even say unskilled (which is surprising, because he sure look unskilled a couple moths ago). He has some definite (albeit still raw) offensive/post skills. I'm really looking forward to see what he can do next season after a healthy offseason of work.

Posted by: kalo_rama

Imo, he has already the best footwork of any of our bigs. AB is more coordinated with his feet on the offensive end, but Serf plays much better defense with his feet than an of the rest. Like a lot of young players though, he reaches too much with his hands on D, which leads to his foul trouble. But he's the only one I see who really moves his feet on screen-rolls to cut off penetration properly and then recover. There are times where he may not be quick enough to do it, but he's fundamentally more sound than any of the rest.

That being said, last night was not one of his better nights.

Posted by: ts35 | March 3, 2011 12:08 PM | Report abuse

As a totally separate note, is there anything in the CBA (or can it be put into the new one) about charging players per dribble. Because I'm thinking that charging McGee $1,000 every time he puts the ball on the floor may be the only way to curb that particular habit.

Posted by: ts35 | March 3, 2011 12:10 PM | Report abuse

"Then why were the Wizards unable to "inflate" their rebounding stats, given that they were playing just as up-and-down as the Warriors in that game?"

Yea, it's frustrating to watch. If I had an answer for that, I'd be coaching the team...but my guess is there is some laziness/low basketball IQ issues with some (most) of our bigs.

As for Seraphin, I guess I just don't see IT. With a guy like Booker the potential is evident, with Seraphin you really have to talk yourself into it.

Posted by: ejjam2 | March 3, 2011 12:13 PM | Report abuse

does anyone have anything to say about the gaping void at small forward.

DC is where small forwards come to die?

Posted by: djnnnou | March 3, 2011 12:14 PM | Report abuse

RE: Curry v. T-Wolves trade.

I'd still rather have Wall as the cornerstone. Curry is a better shooter and probably will remain so throughout his career. Wall though has a much higher ceiling and is likely to be a more complete player.

In terms of the business side of the deal it helped to trim about $1 million off the cap last year -- not including the cost of signing picks -- and it got Songaila's contract off the books this year. Signing a #1 at the luxury cap would have been a double hit. Its still not clear that the Wizards would have been significantly better last year if they'd made the move (they might have been good enough though to have been a late lottery team). Going forward the team is likely to be better off having Wall than almost anyone in the 2009 draft class -- with the exception of Griffin. If the Wizards had landed the #1 overall, they clearly would have selected Griffin. But they didn't so that's that.

Posted by: JPRS | March 3, 2011 12:16 PM | Report abuse

"I know we can't buy Shard out but I just don't know if ridding ourselves of the shadow of Gilbert Arenas is worth us starting the Ghost of Rashard Lewis deceased game."
Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 3, 2011 11:25 AM

It's absolutely worth it. Not only did the Wiz save money on the deal, it removed the cloud of Arenas' palpable discontent from above the heads of the team.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 3, 2011 12:03 PM

I thought it was a tolerable trade. Yoou trade one overpriced contract for another but if parting ways with Gil was what was best getting SF with size that can knock down the long ball is a good idea. This is where things get funny!

With Wall the focal point, I am thinking a penetrate and dish to the open man would be our half court philosophy. Rashard Lewis ain't hitting sh#yt! He surprisingly gets some okay looks and just cant get a hot streak going. I first thought, new team, new environment, he'll get it going, but it's been quite a while now. I thought he would knock down a lot more shots than he's doing now.

Posted by: gmac78 | March 3, 2011 12:17 PM | Report abuse

There is no problem with Nick being a scorer.

The whole "one player that does one thing" argument is fine...but to bring up Michael Ruffin? A bench scrub that doesn't score is different that a starting SG that is HISTORICALLY bad...like one of the worst rebounding/passing guys in years. Dead last in defensive statistics, dead last in assists, second to last in rebounding.

With Nick's athletic ability there was NO excuse for that. Reddick? Arroyo? Ridnour? They could all get more boards?

With that said...
Nick has shown improvement in ALL areas...now if he can translate the attention he's gonna get on defense into plays for OTHER people...it's just going to make him that much better.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | March 3, 2011 12:18 PM | Report abuse

"Yea, it's frustrating to watch. If I had an answer for that, I'd be coaching the team...but my guess is there is some laziness/low basketball IQ issues with some (most) of our bigs."

Posted by: ejjam2 | March 3, 2011 12:13 PM |

Except the issue isn't the bigs, it's the Wiz guards complete lack of rebounding compared to the Warriors. Your "up-and -down/inflation" argument was directed at explaining Curry's "inflated" rebounds, which means the issue is why the Wizards guards weren't able to grab any of those "flukey" "inflated" rebounds that Curry got his hands on.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 3, 2011 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Yea, it's frustrating to watch. If I had an answer for that, I'd be coaching the team...but my guess is there is some laziness/low basketball IQ issues with some (most) of our bigs.

It was effort and focus from the entire team, not just the bigs.

As for Seraphin, I guess I just don't see IT. With a guy like Booker the potential is evident, with Seraphin you really have to talk yourself into it.
Posted by: ejjam2

You don't have to talk yourself into it, you just have to look for more basic things. Booker has been able to produce more on the court. With Serf you have to look at things like his footwork, or the fact that he already has a decent jump hook, etc. Serf is still a ways away from being a solid contributor, but I see the foundation for a solid player. It's the same (though not as obvious) as seeing McGee's athleticism in year oen and extrapolating the possibilities. There's no guarantee with either to fully develop to their potential.

Posted by: ts35 | March 3, 2011 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Agreed, for this game, it was a poor group rebounding effort. But I've been watching these bigs all year, and they are mostly to blame for our rebounding woes.

Posted by: ejjam2 | March 3, 2011 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Lot of negative crticism on NY due to poor defense, lack of rebound and scoring ONLY 31 pts but not heard anything about JWall's turnovers and defense. What I'm saying is if there is anybody that should be blamed on last night's lackluster game Nick should be one of the last in line.

Posted by: Dave381 | March 3, 2011 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Selective memory I see. What about the game NY had guarding DWade the other night? Sure DWade got his but Nick had a hellavu game right along with him.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 3, 2011 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Did we see the same game LARRY?

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 3, 2011 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Nick did a good job guarding Wade the other night but Wade was on fire. In the previous Heat-Wiz matchup Nick played great D against Wade. Nick has been inconsistent of late (last 8 games) but overall he has been a consistent scorer and defender. He has also played well against the Lakers, Bulls, Utah, Dallas, he's averaging 27 pts against the Heat, etc. Nick is not an allstar but he's made a big jump from last year.

Posted by: dc202jp | March 3, 2011 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Did Nick start out 4 for 4, then hurt his knee, which thru off his rhythm? My point is, he then missed quite a few in a row. Where was he shooting from? Was he shooting from the perimeter? Were there long rebounds off of his misses? Wasn't it Curry's job to box him out?

Why are people complaining about Curry getting 9 boards? He should have been boxing out. He did his job. Just to whine about the player for the Wiz last night(Nick)? The real reason Curry had 9 boards is because it took Nick a lil bit to get back on track.

And to those who are complaining about maximum effort from Blatche and Nick, aren't you supposed to be working? lol

Posted by: G-Man11 | March 3, 2011 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Whatever happened to Nick going thru an adjustment period? You know, weren't teams making Nick the focal point of their defense, trying to take him out the game? Give the man a chance. Outside of Wall, Nick has been the only player earning his $$$ this year.

Posted by: G-Man11 | March 3, 2011 1:31 PM | Report abuse

And to those who are complaining about maximum effort from Blatche and Nick, aren't you supposed to be working? lol

Posted by: G-Man11 | March 3, 2011 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Yeah but I'm pulling a Blatche today

Posted by: dc202jp | March 3, 2011 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Did Nick start out 4 for 4, then hurt his knee, which thru off his rhythm? My point is, he then missed quite a few in a row. Where was he shooting from? Was he shooting from the perimeter? Were there long rebounds off of his misses? Wasn't it Curry's job to box him out?

Why are people complaining about Curry getting 9 boards? He should have been boxing out. He did his job. Just to whine about the player for the Wiz last night(Nick)? The real reason Curry had 9 boards is because it took Nick a lil bit to get back on track.

And to those who are complaining about maximum effort from Blatche and Nick, aren't you supposed to be working? lol

Posted by: G-Man11

Thanks for reading the posts....and missing the point. Curry *was* just doing his job. Of course, the obvious implication being that NY and most of the rest of the Wizards weren't.

And not for nothing, but if my company was in the midst of whatever the equivalent would be to a 15-45 season, I wouldn't be posting.

Even with our company in good shape, I just got off a stretch of working 21 days in a row of 12+ hour days. Doesn't make me special, I'm sure there are people on these boards who regularly do the same or more. Why? Because you do what it takes to get the job done, that's part of what being a professional is. That's all I'm asking from the guys on the court.

Posted by: ts35 | March 3, 2011 1:40 PM | Report abuse

And to those who are complaining about maximum effort from Blatche and Nick, aren't you supposed to be working? lol Posted by: G-Man11

Unlike Blatche and Nick, some of us can multitask.

Posted by: djnnnou | March 3, 2011 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Tell them to pay me $5 million a year and y'all will NEVER see me on here again.

I PROMISE.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | March 3, 2011 1:44 PM | Report abuse

"Whatever happened to Nick going thru an adjustment period? You know, weren't teams making Nick the focal point of their defense, trying to take him out the game?"

Posted by: G-Man11 | March 3, 2011 1:31 PM

He scored 30, so whatever "defense" the Warriors were making him the focal point of wasn't working. And that, of course, has nothing to do with effort on the boards.

Young is, always has been, and always will be a 1-dimensional player. While he's improved his effectiveness in that single dimension this season, his deficits in every other phase of the game is why he's highly unlikely to ever be a full-time starter on a good team. He's a career role player/backup. And there's nothing wrong with that. But he is what he is.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 3, 2011 1:47 PM | Report abuse

There is alot of criticism about individual players, stats etc, but the thing with this team is that it has showed NO progress this season. As a TEAM they make the same mistakes and react the same way in game situations that they did early on. They constantly play from behind. They usually pick at least one period each game to go cold, poor shot selection, not enough TEAM hustle. There is no veteran leadership. Unless you get 2 or 3 veterans that will start next season there will be little progress next season either. Wall does little good for this team if he doesn't have teammates that will hustle down the court with him. Many times he is down court looking for someone to assist and no one is there. Let's face it. There are some good players on this team, but the starters do not play well together. Their "personal style" of play doesn't suit this team. Trash NY for not getting rebounds but he rarely plays under the basket. AB mostly wants to play from 10 feet away. Wall needs movement from the other guys but they are usually just standing around. Shard is hurt and probably should be riding the pine until he heals. JV - work in progress but still doesn't have a clue in a set offense. And all rookies and D leaguers to back them up. If you pay attention to guys that have left the team, they were all frustrated that the youngsters weren't learning from their mistakes. Even Arenas said the Wizards D was based around the fact that there was no one behind them to cover the basket. This team is not even exciting to watch. There seems to be no identity. Just 5 guys running round the court. Until WHOEVER is on the court establishes an identity and they develope an attitude to go along with it, what you see is what you get. I don't hate this team or the guys on it, but I don't have to love and root for mediocrity. Here is a thought. Establish a mindset that no one on the opposing team dunks. Foul and foul hard. Next, play at home like it is your home. You might lose, but make sure the other team does not want to play in your house again! All these guys have skills. It's attitude they lack.

Posted by: okelley2nd | March 3, 2011 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Kalo

Was Curry getting offensive boards or defensive boards?

Yes, I agree, Nick is 1-dimensional. I am not defending Nick. But yesterday without Nick, it would have been 'no contest'. The problem is what are the options? Who would you give Nicks minutes to? Same with Blatche? They got to play.

For that matter, does Nick even know HOW to be a starter? He is used to the 'gunner off the bench' role. That is where your 1-dimensional players SHOULD be. You can start them if you have dominance somewhere else on the court, they started with Jordan. The wiz don't have that luxury. How many players are 1-dimensional? I would agree that he needs to put more effort on the defensive side, and rebound a lil.

The real problem is Nick being content with being 1-dimensional, because he has high talent level.

The problem is not Nick. The problem is the TEAM.

Posted by: G-Man11 | March 3, 2011 2:18 PM | Report abuse

okelley

Who are the good players on the Wiz team?

Outside of Wall, there are no good players. There are good athletes on the team. But those athletes can't play. The physical players can't score and the finesse big men play with skirts on.

Nick is a good scorer and can carry your offense, but he doesn't make plays in other areas.

Posted by: G-Man11 | March 3, 2011 2:25 PM | Report abuse

@G-Man:

I never said Nick was THE problem. But he's part of the problem. In that game specifically, he was a specific part of a specific problem. That's all I was saying. All that other blather was stuff you pulled out of thin air. I never suggested he should have been pulled from the game, so the whole "what other choice do we have" bit is meaningless. It's not about that.

"For that matter, does Nick even know HOW to be a starter? He is used to the 'gunner off the bench' role. That is where your 1-dimensional players SHOULD be."

Well, welcome to the party. I've been making that point for a couple of years now, only to be met with harangues about how Young "deserves" to start and how he's "one of the best SGs in the NBA" and "he's an all-star in the making" and "he's a building block/cornerstone" blah, blah, blah. Truth is, he's none of those things. And what we saw in last night's game only underscores that.


"The real problem is Nick being content with being 1-dimensional, because he has high talent level.

The problem is not Nick."

You do realize that those two statements directly contradict one another, right? If his problem is that he rests on the laurels of the one thing he does well and doesn't put enough effort into improving the things he doesn't do well . . . then the problem is definitely Nick, because no one other than him can solve that problem.


"The problem is the TEAM."

And since Young is part of the team, Young is part of the problem.


"I am not defending Nick."

Yeah. Right. Pull the other one.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 3, 2011 2:55 PM | Report abuse

G-man

Good players in terms of being good enough to be on an NBA team. But most probably would not be starters. Josh Howard is a good player. NY and AB are good players. There are several on the team that could land a job on another NBA team.

I'm the first to admit NOBODY looks good playing the way the team is playing. They might as well be 5 guys in a pickup game down the block. I think as long as this team is depending on AB, NY and JVM to be the building blocks along with Wall, you can kiss Wall goodbye when his contract is up. What this team needs is a core of hard playing veterans that the kids can learn from and grow. AB and NY had their chance. AB - 5yrs NY - 3yrs JVM - 2yrs. Take away Howard, Evans and Lewis and these are your Vets. Do you really want these guys being examples for your younger players to learn from? That's all I'm saying.

Posted by: okelley2nd | March 3, 2011 3:44 PM | Report abuse

"And Seraphin...he is literally the worst basketball player I have ever watched in person."

Beyond the obvious fact that there is no way ANYBODY in the nba could be the WORST basketball player you've ever seen in person (I mean he has to be better than you) he's not even the worst player on our team (Ndyai)....You sir no nothing about basketball.

Posted by: bbachrac | March 3, 2011 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Fortunately, there are 3 SFs projected in the top 10 in this year's draft: Jones, Barnes, Williams. All of great upside, now it'll be up to Ernie to pick the right one...uh-oh.

Posted by: ejjam2 | March 3, 2011 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Uh-oh indeed. And even if we go with a front-court player first, we will pick a SF with ATL's 23rd. Vice-versa if SULLINGER, KANTER and/or WILLIAMS are gone when we pick, in which case I would want TERRANCE JONES......HAMILTON late.

"Log-jam" at the small forward huh? I think they're more impressed with MO EVANS than they were excited about renewing AL THORNTON, and AT knew it. Hence the hasty exit.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 3, 2011 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Since nick is one dimensional, how many dimension is reggie miller, ray allen,gordon, redd,and so on. HOW many shooting guards you no averages more than 6 rebounds a game. NICK 3.5 ain't to bad with the offense flip runs with nick in the corner, waiting to shoot 3's, that's flip fault. IF you drove your car down the street like Wall drives down the court you'd get a ticket every time, there's a time to slow up and a time to speed up.

Posted by: maejude | March 3, 2011 7:32 PM | Report abuse

"Mcgee, Seraphin, and Yi were terrible.

Posted by: divi3 | March 3, 2011 9:26 AM"

Seraphin wasn't terrible--he played like a rookie, made a few good plays, a few bad ones. Who was really bad out there was Mo Evans. Why he's even coming in now when Booker is playing so well and needs more time on the floor is yet another tribute to how truly terrible the Wizards coaching staff is.

Posted by: KTV1 | March 3, 2011 7:46 PM | Report abuse

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