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Posted on: December 29, 2008 7:38 pm

The Wizards: Robbery Edition

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Well happy holidays to you and yours, except of course if you are a Wizards fan or any member of the organization.  I’m not going to talk about the losses or the win against the Thunder.  I want to solely concentrate on the disaster known as Christmas day against LeBron James and the Cavaliers.  I would like to state now, I fully believe the refs handed this game to the Cavaliers.  How could you not?  Let’s review...

The Wiz were up 89-82 with less than 2 minutes to play in this game, when all of a sudden nothing could go right for them.  They did not score on their final 5 possessions, but even so should have won the game had the refs not have gotten whistle happy against them.  Let’s start with Antwan Jamison and his misfortunes.  He was hit with his fifth foul on what could have been a block, but that was not the worst of it... With 26.6 seconds to go Jamison picked up his sixth to make his way to the bench.  The foul was foul in my opinion; as he battled for a rebound with one of the most infamous flopper Anderson Varajao.  Come on refs! Let these guys play ball, especially when going for a crucial rebound!  What a horrible call to decide the game, as it would lead to the Cavaliers going in front 90-89 after the floppers two free throws.  It's not like the refs only made that ridiculous call, they actually called Caron Butler on a charge as he cut to the basket for a bunny.  Ben Wallace, who we all know is not the fastest he has ever been was called to have had his feet set and took the penalty.  Caron was also whistled on "can't touch me" James; while in the act of shooting a three.  I saw the play and no matter how many times I look at it, I don’t see the contact called that enabled James to get three free throws to trim Washington’s lead to four.

With all that said and done, the newly acquired Mike James had his chance to make amends for scratchy play and put this game into overtime and maybe in the win column.  With about three seconds left he blatantly threw up a three pointer and clanked straight to Delonte West, who would then make 1 of 2 free throws to put the game out reach. 

The Wizards played hard to win this game and it seems as if it were taken away from them by the men with whistles.  After the game Mike James stated "We had a chance to win,'  'we were up six with two minutes to go and calls just didn't go our way, man. There was a tough call on Antawn, the charge and then another one on him on that rebound and then that tough call on Caron. But that's the way it goes sometimes. Sometimes, when you're down, you almost have to play a perfect game.'  Interim Coach Ed Tapscott was asked about the game in general and replied 'There were some poor executions on our part and a couple of other poor executions out there, too,' 'Those were big plays that did not go our way.'... The interviewers tried to weasel a controversy concerning the refs, but all Tapscott could say was he doesn't make enough money to pay the fines.


Posted on: November 6, 2008 8:16 pm
Edited on: November 6, 2008 8:20 pm

Wizards Sitting at 0-3

Washington Wizards logoRemember the old saying "it's never over till it's over"?  Well the Wizards better start remembering the phrase if the season continues to play out the way it has.  Now don't get me wrong I know it’s a very long season, but how long can you wait before the panic button begins to appear larger?  On a night that looked like the young team could be picking up their first win, all things that could go wrong most seemingly did. 

  • The Good

The Wizards were able to penetrate and get to the line, a matter of fact they got there 51 times in the game.  They had active hands in the game pulling away 12 steals and forcing a total of 19 turnovers.  The team looked pretty sharp through 3 quarters looking like they may have some momentum to continue into the fourth quarter and close out the game. 

  • The Bad

While Washington was able to force 19 turnovers they also managed to give up 20 themselves.  Any coach will always tell you in order to win the game you have to control the turnovers, well it’s a shame nobody told the Wizards this as those turnovers led to a whopping 33 fast break points.  The ball needs to move in order to be successful in basketball and the offense seemed to be moving towards more one on one play.  The Wizards had a total of 19 assists as a team compared to the Bucks 37. 

  • The VERY Ugly

The Wizards led the Bucks by 14 points with 9:58 to play in the fourth, which normally any good team could suffice with and hold off any run the opponent may potentially have.  On a night when the opposition was missing their primary star Michael Redd (ankle injury) all systems should have been a go.  However the Bucks had other thoughts, Richard Jefferson seemed to look full of energy that has not been shown for quite some time.  R. Jeezy (His new nickname I just decided) dropped 32 points and still got his team involved posting 9 assists.  The game stayed fairly close till the closing moments of the fourth quarter when the Wizards looked sure to get out of Milwaukee with a W.  Free throws, free throws win ball games (you’re told this at the pee wee level).  Shooting 66% from the free throw line, especially when most of those misses come when you’re trying to "ice" a game will definitely turn the results around.  Maybe B-rock should pay a visit to Caron Butler and Antwan Jamison this week and give them a motivational speech and teach them a thing or two about pulling off the win and making some history. To make matters worse the guy who misses the game winning shot comes back and revives the Bucks to win in OT.  The young rookie Luc Mbah a Moute (Say that three times fast) ha a good look as time expired to win the game, yet he clanked it off the iron.  Into overtime they went, a bran new ball game, a chance for making up a blown game.  In a night where Butler and Jamison played good games they could have stole one back on the road.  They didn't however, instead the first year player Moute stole the show. First the kid creates the double and makes a tremendous bounce pass to Andrew Bogut to get the first Bucks lea since the first half. Then came the overtime period and a fast break dunk from R.J. with 1:49 in overtime began the momentum shift.   Following a DeShawn Stevenson foul, the rook took one to the paint and scored an easy layup and continued to follow it with great defense on the other end forcing a missed shot by Jamison and took it down the court and drained a 12 foot J with only 37 ticks remaining.   That would seemingly put this game away giving the Bucks a 108-102 lead. 

The Wizards need to get something turned around an I may not be the only one thinking it, After the game Coach Eddie Jordan said this ""I'm trying to be loyal to NBA vets and the continuity theme, [but] I'm growing very impatient with it".  I guess the future is definitely undecided and only time will tell how this team rebounds its confidence.

Posted on: November 4, 2008 12:51 am
Edited on: November 4, 2008 6:39 pm

The Washington Wizards : Week 1

Washington Wizards logoThe Washington Wizards Week 1

Remember last post season when Soulja Boy was making his way through hip hop radios everywhere and all the boys and girls were doing the Superman.  I’m sure DeShawn Stevenson remembers it quite well, how could he not?  The attitude coming from the Wizards guard with taunts of LeBron James is overrated stirred in the atmosphere as the series began.  Well we all know how the story went and another year ended for Wizards basketball.  So many questions coming into this season presented themselves as people were anxious to see if Gilbert Arenas could ever coexist with the new leaders Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison.  Well no one really has to worry about that as Agent 0 went down and had to have yet another surgery on the injured knee.  Can Arenas get back to form after missing 69 games last season and in my opinion only coming back to hurt the chemistry of the team in the playoffs?  Only time will tell how the once known superstar comes back... keep faithful Wizards fans as the Heat are beginning to see the value of patience with Dwayne Wade.  So let’s get into the Wizards basketball.
New Jersey Nets @ Washington Wizards

Not much was happening in the first week of NBA action for the Wizards as they only have played two games thus far both resulting in losses.  The season opener began with Nets coming into Washington.  Brendon Haywood was inactive as he is looking likely to miss the season after having surgery on his right wrist.  The Nets looked like a team on a mission on the first of many games to be played in Washington.  While there was some upside in the 95-85 loss, Six Wizards players scored in double figures but it was not enough to contain the surging Nets.  The two studs on the team shot a combined 9-29 for a whopping 27 points, the team as a whole shot 37% and only 67% from the charity stripe.  It seemed on a night where they had a chance to get the ugly taste of last years end the Wizards could do very little to get a consistent rhythm.  Etan Thomas starting and playing in his first game since April 30, 2007 had a decent night scoring 10 points and grabbing 8 rebounds in pretty limited minutes in the starting role.  The Wizards finished the game winning the rebound battle, but turned the ball over 15 times and hit only 5 of 19 three point shots. 

Washington Wizards @ Detroit Pistons

"It was a big improvement from game one, and that's what we are looking for -- improvement," Jordan said. "I know we lost the game, but there were a lot of positive signs -- for us to score 109 points against a very good defensive team means we are making strides."

Now for me that sounds a bit like wishful thinking from Coach Jordan as once again his team was unable to contain a usually effective but not explosive Pistons offense.  Compared to game one I guess you can say this was definitely a vast improvement.  The offense seemed to be able to get a little more things accomplished and Butler and Jamison both put up 20+ points each.  Instead of getting into the game in detail I want to point out a young talent whom I think can definitely help this Wizards team... Nick Young, he stole the show from Stevenson putting up 23 points in 29 minutes including 11-11 from the free throw line.  If Young continues to shine look for him to gain more minutes or even steal the starting role from Stevenson.

I think with the antics DeShawn Stevenson pulled last year and his continuance to not really improve puts allot of pressure on the rest of the team.  When you think basketball and shooting guard you think scorer and while Stevenson can certainly decide to light it up on given nights he is certainly inconsistent and there is more negative to put up with than positive.   Stevenson was called for a flagrant foul in game 2 and deservedly so after pulling down Arron Afflalo by the neck in the second quarter.   Look for some changes and soon by Eddie Jordan with his teams’ state of mind and emotion.  There is just too much talent on this young team to continue to have struggles a first year team would have.

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