The Wizards started off a very tough five game schedule after beating the Nets and obtaining their first road win. The Wiz have definitely started to look like a professional basketball team of late. Caron Butler playing arguably the best basketball of his career and Antawn Jamison being consistently productive have kept them in a handful of games. They started the hard five as I will call them against the Blazers at home where the game could have gone anyway had the Wizards had that killer instinct. This game was the second in a back to back however and percentage drops for wins on the second night. Regardless the team looked to have played a pretty solid game. Two nights later they face my beloved Lakers. Now I watched every minute of this game and I honestly believe the Wizards deserved to win this game, but they did not. The Lakers had jumped ahead by some twenty points when Phil Jackson put the games determination into the hands of his bench. Now I am no genius, but I do know that the Wizards did not quit for one minute. They came back and they did so with heart. The game came down to the last minutes... something to this effect. Kobe Bryant is fouled; the Lakers are up by one with the reigning MVP going to the line to at least secure overtime for the game. Kobe had been 13 of 13 from the stripe this night and nothing could be more perfect, Bryant receives the ball at the stripe, goes through his pre shot routine... swoosh (or swish if you prefer that). One down one to go, but wait before Kobe went to the line his former teammate Caron Butler stepped up to him and tried to get in his head... "I was messing with him," said Butler,”I went and walked up to him and said, 'Man, give me one." Well looks like Kobe misses his old friend and decided to do just that... his second clanked rim and the Wizards had the ball down two points. With few on the clock; Butler received the ball took it up court and stopped at half court. He stares into the eyes of his man while eyeing the clock... less than ten seconds he starts making a move. Butler starts the penetration and pulls up at the three, pump fakes, Trevor Ariza goes flying... open look...draws the front iron and bounces off. "It felt real good," said Butler, who scored 26 points. "I had no intention of driving it. I was going for the win." Why question it? Something has to turn the season around and I for one have no problem with Caron going for the W against the best in the west. Although this team lost that evening, I believe they found an identity.
The Wizards would go on to lose the next game against Chicago, only to return with a huge win against Allen Iverson and the confused Pistons. Tonight the Wizards faced the Celtics, but after they faced them the game was over. I don’t think there is need to go into to much depth of what happened tonight. The Celtics are the best team in basketball and there is no reason to feel ashamed or continuously talk about losses like this one. So we will move forward and get ready for the future.
The future holds the Wiz making a trip to Philadelphia to play the Sixers and Elton Brand. If I am a gambling man (and I am) I would put my money on the Wizards to step in that arena and pull off the upset. Why? Well because they are tired of losing, they have felt some good wins this season and I am sure they will begin to learn to win again. The emergence of Andre Blatche is a boost that they need and as long as there in no setbacks with their all-stars or young star Nick Young this team can become a threat.
The Wizards on 12/10/08 decided they are going to get rid of a veteran guard in Antonio Daniels and are going for the future. The Wizards received Mike James and Javaris Crittenton for the exiled Antonio Daniels. This trade is to be looked at for more explosiveness and with all due respect to Gilbert Arenas, I think they made the right move. Agent 0 is taking an extremely long time to make his return and at the point he does come back who is to say he will be the same player he was before he went down. Javaris Crittenton comes in to the organization in his second year. He was drafted by the Lakers only to be traded away last year in the big steal known as the Pau Gasol deal. Mike James is a proven scorer coming in from the Hornets. This definitely adds some depth for the Wizards and will give them the flexibility to try new things and maybe pick up their tempo and use their speed as an advantage.
Be faithful Wizards fan as your team is going to improve, just have patience. -Josh Perry (L2408)