Four straight

Well, that sure got out of hand quickly didn't it? When Antonio Daniels capped a three-point play by making a free throw to give the Wizards a 90-78 lead with 8:51 to go, I started writing a story about how the Wiz stopped the bleeding a little bit and gained some momentum going into a brutal stretch with a much-needed win. Oops.

The 76ers took control with 17-0 run from that point on and the way they scored more resembled an out-of-control AAU game than any NBA contest I've seen. A frantic press and a flurry of dunks killed the Wiz, who turned it over four times and missed five three-pointers during the run. The 76ers aren't very good but they are crazy athletic and once Mo Cheeks went with a lineup that included Louis Williams, Rodney Carney, Andre Iguodala and Thaddeus Young among others, it was on.

Mo, who coached with only one shoe because he has a bad case of the gout in his foot and couldn't pull a shoe on: "Well, what other way would they play? When you have youthful guys out there, they like to run, they just like play out in the open court. When you have guys like that, youthful guys as I call them, you let them run."

The really bad news to come out of the fourth straight loss is that Caron Butler is not right. He pulled up lame on that sore left hip late in the third quarter, limped to the bench where he tried to loosen it up and then headed for the locker room. "It just locked up on my when I was running back on defense," Butler said. "I couldn't go anymore."

Neither Butler nor the team said that he is out for tomorrow's game against the Spurs but judging by the way he was limping and considering that he missed three games with the injury last week, I think it's safe to rule him out. Did he come back too quickly? I can't answer that but he clearly wasn't the CB we all know during Sunday's loss to the Lakers and tonight's game.

Eddie Jordan took some of the blame for what happened tonight by saying that he should not have gone to a smaller lineup in an attempt to match Philly's quickness. (Personally, I don't think that removing a guard from the floor and putting in another big would have helped. They were getting killed because they couldn't get it over and get into the offense and they started chucking up bad shots)

"I went with a smaller lineup and that was probably a mistake of mine," Jordan said. "I tried to counter their quickness at the offensive end and tried to defend their smaller lineup. I probably should have stayed with a more traditional lineup with three forwards rather than three guards. Maybe be could have kept the lead, so that was a lot on me."

Or maybe Jordan's guys could have made some shots, kept their poise and sprinted back on defense. The Wiz missed all 10 of their three-point attempts in the fourth and some of the turnovers were sloppy. Antawn Jamison is an all-star but went 1 of 6 in the fourth, missed three three-pointers and had a turnover. Roger Mason, who had a nice game until the fourth, missed all five of his shots including four threes and had a turnover. DeShawn Stevenson went 0-4, missed three threes and had two turnovers. (He did show some heart coming back after getting a pork chop to the throat courtesy of Samuel Dalembert).

This is a tired, beat-up team right now and things won't get any easier tomorrow night or on Friday when they open a four game swing out west. "It's definitely frustrating," said center Brendan Haywood. "We're banged up and now we're getting into the toughest part of our schedule. Gilbert's been out all year and Caron's trying but he's still hurt. He's probably gonna need soem times, and there's a couple of other guys (he's talking about Daniels who is limping after every game with a sore knee and ankle) who are banged up who are playing because they know we don't have anyone else. It's a tough stretch."

Maybe help is on the way. Arenas made his first roadie since the surgery and appears to be on schedule. We'll see.

By Ivan Carter |  February 5, 2008; 11:46 PM ET
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Eddie once again has his team humming right along at about 500. Two all-stars, nice young talent, role playing vets. Good job. What is EJ's overall record anyway? Do we have another "Unseld" situation on our hands?

Posted by: Frank | February 6, 2008 12:42 AM

The pressure defense by the 76ers exposed the lack of Wiz depth at PG. Last season, we had reasonable depth with Arenas, Daniels and Taylor. With Arenas' injury and the decision not to resign Taylor, we crumble under pressure.

Thank goodness that most NBA teams are unwilling to play prssure defense for long streaches.

Posted by: Dan Peter | February 6, 2008 3:09 AM

Current formula:

Grind Big 3 into the ground

Limit minutes to young guys with potential

The regulars play tired (which leads to weaker defense because it takes hard work)

Lose anyway, with nothing to show for it

Not a good formula.

Posted by: Izman | February 6, 2008 5:33 AM

CB needs to sit until he's 100% or close to it. If we lose, we lose. At this rate, we'll lose him for the season if we keep playing him while he's hurt.
Start AB for the next couple weeks, EJ.

Posted by: mark | February 6, 2008 7:28 AM

I know it's just grousing, but the referees gave away 20 fouls and three out of bounds to Philadelphia.
And I wish that the Wiz have an enforcer, Dalembert should not have gotten away with that oh-so-innocent arm slash at Deshawn. And him looking so angelic after doing it. In fact you could see a bunch of the 76ers grinning after getting away with bad referee calls or non calls.

Posted by: rgz | February 6, 2008 7:53 AM

Time to sit Caron and Daniels until after the all star break. As long as the Wiz are losing they may as well do it with healthy young players who can at least gain experience, instead of vets who are grinding down mid way through the season.

Posted by: Myshkin | February 6, 2008 8:13 AM

The Wiz are limping into the All-Star break. In the mortal words of Jerry Stackhouse, maybe it is time to "shut it down" for a while. They need that break to be more extended. They are a threat to go below .500 and it is crazy for anyone to think they can tread much longer above that mark without a healthy Gil and Caron. Eventually the law of averages will creep in and it looks like that is what is already happening.

Posted by: low | February 6, 2008 8:33 AM

You know, I might be in agreement here--let CB and AD sit. Limit AJs minutes. Focus on coming back after All Star healthy. Looking at these guys on the floor you can see how tired they are.

Did anyone else notice how Stephenson and AD both got wrapped up in the crowd--that's a sign of guys who are not just worn down physically, they're worn down mentally, too.

Posted by: Lou | February 6, 2008 8:42 AM

"Time to sit Caron and Daniels until after the all star break. As long as the Wiz are losing they may as well do it with healthy young players who can at least gain experience, instead of vets who are grinding down mid way through the season."

Posted by: Myshkin | February 6, 2008 08:13 AM

Totally agree with you Myshkin. I could tell AD has not been looking right the past 5 to 6 games. CB was definitely still hurt in the Lakers game. Songalia has look hurt since that ankle injury a couple of months ago.

Yesterday was the first time I saw Songalia start to look like the guy I saw last season when he started playing with us after the back surgery.

As for EJ, I am glad he "fessed" up on his blunder last night, because I came in this morning planning to say something about it. They had a 12 point lead when he took Haywood out of the game and they had the game in total control. Granted, he had to take Haywood out because he played him the whole 3rd quarter (finally...!!!), and he had to give him a blow.

Where EJ messed up at was once Philly cut the lead in half and were totally fired up, he should have came back with the lineup that got him that 12 point lead. However, he decided to keep that same squad out there and he paid dearly for it.

The one thing that still troubles me with EJ is he always wants to matchup with the "other" team instead of MAKING the other team match up with us. That way of thinking has to change.

Lastly, it looks like EJ or the coaching staff has AB, NYoung and DMac playing on a leash out there. The dudes are real emotional players, but it looks to me like EJ has the handcuffs on them. Watch how they approach the games when they come in (if they get in at all). They just look to pass and grab a rebound. They do not look real confident right now. They look scared to shoot to me. Is that EJ or them? Don't know.....???

I guess the up and down minutes and the act of being yanked out of the game if you take one bad shot has them playing timid out there. EJ you have been doing a great job thus far keep up the good work, however you have to start trusting your young boys more and take the leash off of them.

*** EG please sign a point guard to a 10 day until Gil gets back, please AD is hurt...!!!

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | February 6, 2008 8:57 AM

"Eddie once again has his team humming right along at about 500. Two all-stars, nice young talent, role playing vets. Good job. What is EJ's overall record anyway? Do we have another "Unseld" situation on our hands?"

This exact thing happend last year and I don't think that's necessarily EJ's fault. I've been very critical of him the last few years and wanted his head on a pole last year, ask anyone on this blog.

Last year Gil(shoulder) and Jamison(knee) both got hurt at the break and they weren't right for the rest of the season.

It's the same thing this year.

"However, he decided to keep that same squad out there and he paid dearly for it."

I agree and this is my biggest complaint with EJ, he has no clue how and when to use a bench. I understand getting your starters rest but not if you're gonna lose the game.

The bench is young, so inconsistency there is to be expected.

I'm starting to think this team just doesn't have the ability to finish a season healthy, they certainly have the talent. If this is the case they might want to re-think who they bring back and who they go after in free agency next year.

It's not necessarily minutes, all of the big time players log heavy minutes. But if they can't stay on the floor long enough there's really no point in keeping them.

On a side note, is Shaq the luckiest NBA player to ever exist? I mean he's possibly going to yet ANOTHER championship caliber team with the Suns.

Now THAT is crazy!

- Ray

Posted by: Ray | February 6, 2008 9:15 AM

"Or maybe Jordan's guys could have made some shots, kept their poise and sprinted back on defense."

Exactly Ivan. :)

Thier defense has been lacking lately, ever since Boston in fact.

- Ray

Posted by: Ray | February 6, 2008 9:16 AM

The inevitable reality is that this team since the Dallas win could more than limp into the All-Star game losing 11 out of 13 games.

Posted by: JSchon | February 6, 2008 9:29 AM

Zards are one of the worst conditioned teams in the league. Instead of worrying about small ball vs traditional ball, EJ should prepare the guys better in the offseason -- windsprints, windsprints, windsprints! Especially for the bench, he's always complaining about how out of condition blatche is, but he's not the only one. Do something about it then instead of complaining all the time.

Posted by: Zonker | February 6, 2008 9:35 AM

WHERE IS NICK YOUNG?! Anyone seen him lately? With our stand-around offense last night in the 4th quarter with tired players, he surely could have helped, couldn't he?

Has Eddie forgotten about him? The only double-digit minutes played for him in the last several games has been when we're getting blown out.

Butler is gimpy. Sit him down and get him healthy. Same with AD. Give Jamison a few minutes of extra rest cuz he's gonna be on 'E' by the end of the regular season.

We may take some L's now, but if we get everyone back healthy we can make a late-season push and carry some momentum into the playoffs AND be healthy. Just make it in, cuz nobody in the East is unbeatable...

Posted by: Sam | February 6, 2008 9:42 AM

Well that got out of hand quickly,ya think? lazy half ass passes will do that poor shot selection,"matador defense,and a overall lack of heart will more often than not put your team in the lost column night in night out, EJ should not hit the panic button just yet but he needs to let them know this is not acceptable.Gilbert we need ya "bro".

Posted by: DARGREGMAG@AOL.COM | February 6, 2008 9:43 AM

Last time I saw Nick Young, he was picking up his dribble in the back court for about the third time in a row, prior to handing the ball to the sixers on a platter (again).

You wanted more of that?

Posted by: burke | February 6, 2008 10:14 AM

Okay: Kaloroma, Smith, Rook and GM. Now what? Who should get the minutes? Any plans for player development outside of practicing on the playground?

Posted by: Izman | February 6, 2008 10:47 AM

Butler's re-injury is EJ's fault, as far as I'm concerned. EJ said he was concerned about playing Butler against the Lakers, but Butler still played 38 minutes, and almost all of the first half. If he was so concerned he should've not played him (what a novel idea) or played him for about 20-25 minutes just to get his legs back. As others have said, he and AD should just shut it down until after the All-Star break. I can't see them winning any of the remaining games before the break (aside from the Clippers), so might as well let the young guys play.

And AJ has really been shooting poorly lately.

Defense has been awful, too.

Posted by: Colin | February 6, 2008 10:53 AM

I HAVE RESISTED CRITISM OF E. JORDAN BUT LAST NIGHT WAS MORE THAN I COULD TAKE. HIS TEAM WAS TOTALLY UNPREPARED. THEY HANDLED THE PRESS LIKE A JUNIOR HI SCHOOLTEAM. FURTHERMORE, THEY ARE ALL 'TIRED' AND CAN ONLY LAST THRU ONE GOOD GAME PER WEEK. CAN YOU IMAGINE A PAT RILEY TEAM THAT CAN ONLY PLAY HARD FOR A HALF. ALSO, ASK ABE TO SPEND A LITTLE MONEY. I DO NOT EXPECT ANY HELP FROM ETAN THIS SEASON. WE FANS DESERVE BETTER EFFORT.

Posted by: CHARLES | February 6, 2008 10:53 AM

I don't want to get the ire of the gods here but that was some terrible coaching in the 4th quarter. BH should not have spent a lot of time in the bench....heck we was playing good basketball and he still didn't get over the 30 mins. PT. Atlanta might overtake us before the break that means we'll be the 7th seed. And you know the Bulls and the Nets will make there playoff push.

Posted by: Fortune Teller | February 6, 2008 11:07 AM

yOU GUYS HONESTLY OUGHT TO QUICK MAKING MORE EXCUSES FOR THIS TEAM. hOW MANY TEAMS ARE IN THE NBA? ITS A MARATHON - NOT A SPRINT OR 50 YARD DASH. YOU ARE EXPECTED TO GET TIRED BUT YOU'RE A HIGHLY TRAINED ATHELETE WHO IS PAYED ROYALLY TO COMPETE ON A PROFESSIONAL LEVEL REGULARLY.

THE LAKERS DID NOT FOLD UP THEIR TENT AND DIE. THEY BEEN SHORT HANDED FOR AT LEAST A YEAR OR MORE...SO HAVE THE SPURS, CELTICS(THE NBA SENIOR CITIZENS SQUAD) THEY'RE STILL RUNNING & PLAYING. D WADE HAS YET TO COMPLAIN ABOUT HIS TEAM..JUST KEEPS IT ROLLIN TO THE BEST OF HIS ABILITY. PUTTIN IN 100% EVERY GAME.WHY IS THERE ALWAYS SO MUCH WHINING AND CRYING OUT OF THE WIZARDS CAMP?????

PLEASE!!!!! IF YOU CAN'T TAKE THE HEAT GET OUT THE KITCHEN..

Posted by: Jordan | February 6, 2008 11:19 AM

Bullets Fever had a nice comment about Wiz always adjusting to other team lineups - yes, why doesn't EJ make them adjust to our lineup for once!

The defensive effort has fallen off considerably since those big wins over the Boston and Dallas.

Wiz can hold down the fort while Gil is out but without a healthly Caron, it will get ugly real fast. So, how about those insane comments that the Wiz are better off without Gil...

Posted by: Wizzz | February 6, 2008 11:32 AM

Hate to say it, but we needed this.
it is a reality check for the boards.

If we had gil last night i think we punish their pressure D.

Question: I was listening to the game, not watching it, but at one point we got caght in their pressure D 3 times in a row? Is this right?

I don't know what the line-up was at that point, but I seriously think that you HAVE to adjust to that. Maybe that is why EJ tried to go with the different line-up... I don't know, wasn't watching.

Anyway, EJ said he took responsibility for the loss, said it was a coaching error, and that he should have gotten away from his small line-up. SO, that is pretty classy / self aware. I think overall he has done a good job this season with blending young guys / winning now. Obviously, that game sucked, but maybe he did learn something from it.

Posted by: g | February 6, 2008 11:42 AM

Boy, it seems everybody is in a war path today. I just can imagine our tones once we end the west coast trip which by then the Wiz will be on a nine game losing streak.

Posted by: Fortune Teller | February 6, 2008 11:48 AM

As much as I hate to admit it, we need Gilby healthy and Caron too!

Posted by: DC Man88 | February 6, 2008 12:08 PM

Welcome to reality Herb...
This Wiz team has overachieved and they are being exposed right now.

They have played a soft schedule to date and by some curse can get away from the injury bug.

At this point there is no choice to send in the kids and underperformers into the fire.

Posted by: JSchon | February 6, 2008 12:22 PM

I probably should have stayed with a more traditional lineup with three forwards rather than three guards. Maybe be could have kept the lead, so that was a lot on me." What about the center?

Posted by: browneri | February 6, 2008 12:24 PM

This was hardly a surprise. This team has been playing above their heads all season just to get where they are. It was bound to catch up with them eventually. The starters have been logging a lot of minutes out of necessity because the bench hasn't been able to pull its weight consistently. If they had someone in relief who could be counted on to provide an offensive lift, then maybe Jordan could have afforded to get Butler or Jamison more rest. As is, can't fault him for doing what he had to do to try and win games which, last I checked, was what he got paid for.

Posted by: kalorama | February 6, 2008 12:26 PM

STUPID Playing at the end ! Stupid Stupid ! Sure the shots weren't falling, but how about attacking the glass more! Why keep settling for 3's when the shots aren't falling? Is that what Coach EJ is telling them to do during the timeouts!? Come on, if you are down by 5, you need a 2 and a 3 (plus a stop) to tie it up. Take the 2 if it is there. Even late, Daniels should not have passed up the easy layup! stupid I say ! of course, the post game comments won't admit that. Maybe Ivan will ask this obvious question about why they took all those shots. anybody want to guess EJ answer ?
I saw his response today, but that doesn't explain the shot selection. Again, his direction or players decision?

Posted by: newguy | February 6, 2008 12:27 PM

Didn't see the game, so I'll reserve my comments a bit but wasn't BTH 6 for 9? We need to go to the well until it dries up. Though he definitely can't carry us offensively, if he can lighten the load in certain matchups, we oughtta go to him. His presence down low might create some open looks for us. Again, I'm basing this on stats alone so I can't attest to the flow of the game at all. I see that Dalembert didn't have a monster game while BTH did well.

Posted by: mark | February 6, 2008 12:50 PM

Mark. Saw the game and the minutes are flawed. EJ took Haywood out around the 4 minute mark in the 1st quarter (as usual) and he did not get back in the game until the 2:20 mark of the 2nd quarter (as usual).

Haywood to his credit came out and did what he had to do in the 3rd, thus forcing EJ's hand to keep him in; even though he wanted to yank him again at that 4:00 minute mark of the 3rd as he usually does.

The thing is AB was not giving EJ anything. Although not his fault to me because as I said before, NYoung, DMac, and AB are out their playing scared because they never know when they will get steady minutes or play at all.

EJ sits NYoung for whole games and then tries to bring him in the 4th to do something. Go figure?? Then he may give NYoung a little run in the 2nd and if he is not hitting he gets no more run.

The young boys look timid out there because they do not have a green light from EJ. Suggestion. Sit CB and AD down till after the All Star break and Gil returns. Sign a ultra-quick real point guard and give AB and NYoung all the minutes they can get and give them the "green light". This includes DMac....

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | February 6, 2008 1:17 PM

Having seen MacGuire try to shoot, giving him a green light is a questionable strategy at best.

The bench wouldn't have to worry about getting yanked if they made a mistake if, instead of being worried about getting yanked for making a mistake they concentrated on playing and not making mistakes. When Young turns the ball over multiple times against pressure or Blatche picks up cheap silly fouls, what reason does Jordan have to keep playing them?

Trust is earned, and they haven't done much to this point to earn any.

Posted by: kalorama | February 6, 2008 1:28 PM

"Eddie Jordan took some of the blame for what happened tonight by saying that he should not have gone to a smaller lineup in an attempt to match Philly's quickness. (Personally, I don't think that removing a guard from the floor and putting in another big would have helped. They were getting killed because they couldn't get it over and get into the offense and they started chucking up bad shots)"

Ivan is such an EJ apologist that even when EJ says he did something wrong, Ivan feels the need to jump in and say, "No, no, no, it was the players fault." Classic.

I think Eddie has done a pretty good job this season. But right now the team looks very tired, in part due to the big minutes that Jordan gives AJ and Butler, and last night in the 4th the team repeatedly didn't run the offense and instead went one-on-one, with no angry timeout taken by Jordan to correct that. Contrary to Ivan's standard position, I think the team wins as a team, and loses as a team.

Posted by: Sean | February 6, 2008 1:28 PM

Just need Caron back healthy and the rest of the team healthy. We don't need Gilbert

Posted by: Anonymous | February 6, 2008 2:50 PM

I really think EJ should play the rookies until all star break and give the vets a rest. It's the best decision for now.

Posted by: JSchon | February 6, 2008 3:19 PM

we definitely need Gilbert!

Posted by: Anonymous | February 6, 2008 3:34 PM

Gotta agree that McGuire is limited to one move... The drive/spin left move that usually gets blocked because everyone knows what he's gonna do. If we want to get the best out of him for now, lock him in a gym with our shooting coach for a year and limit him to passing and transition offense. In chaos, he's good. Within an organized structured offense, he's still green.

Posted by: mark | February 6, 2008 3:55 PM

When Young turns the ball over multiple times against pressure or Blatche picks up cheap silly fouls, what reason does Jordan have to keep playing them?

Trust is earned, and they haven't done much to this point to earn any.

Posted by: kalorama | February 6, 2008 01:28 PM

Kal - That is true to a point, but these are rookies and 1st year players (AB is really 3rd or 4th, but he just started playing last year) so how in the world are they going to earn trust if they can not get in the game?

Case in point, DMac had a rack load of DNP's before EJ finally gave him some run a couple of games ago. That was the game when he had about 9 rebounds. EJ then let him play the next 3 games during major parts of the game. Then all of a sudden, bam! He sees no more time.

He was not turning the ball over, he was not commiting silly fouls and all DMac was doing was playing good "d" and getting rebounds. The dude does not even look to shoot because he knows if he takes one shot he is being put back on the bench.

As for NYoung. The young boy is an offensive machine that is not allowed to play his game. He is so scared of EJ yanking him he barely wants to take any shots either. He never knows when he is going to play and if he does play he never knows what quarter. These are the same complaints Juan Dixon and Steve Blake had with EJ.

As for AB. The game in Utah is what we could see on an everyday basis if AB was allowed to show his offensive game. He had the green light in that game because CB was not playing and EJ probably told him it was okay to look for his shot.

Why do you think his numbers were so great when he was starting? It was not because he was starting, it was because he was given the green light to shoot the ball without threat of being taken out, because there was nobody left on the bench to replace him.

EJ still does the same type thing with Haywood. Yet he keeps CB and AJ in 40 minutes a game even when they are not hitting, and you wonder why CB is getting wore down.

Out of all this, all I am saying is EJ needs to give the young boys the green light, like Mo Cheeks gave his second unit last night, to go out there and do what they do. Let them play through the mistakes, that is the only way they will improve.

Now is the time for him to do it. Sit AD and CB and let them heal. We will probably lose these next 4 games anyway because AD and CB are not anywhere near 100% anyway.

"Although Trust Must Be Earned, how about EJ having a little faith and letting them play through some of their mistakes?????

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | February 6, 2008 4:15 PM

"That is true to a point, but these are rookies and 1st year players (AB is really 3rd or 4th, but he just started playing last year) so how in the world are they going to earn trust if they can not get in the game?"

That question doesn't really apply, because they have gotten into games. They have gotten into plenty of games. Young has been in all but 3 of the games the Wiz have played, averaging 14 minutes. Blatche has played in every game at about 20 minutes per. This idea that they never get a chance to play is make believe. They get to play the kinds of minutes that backup players get. And in those minutes they've struggled and been inconsistent. Why should Jordan (or any coach) reward that by giving them more minutes? Until they can figure out how to correct their mistakes, playing them more minutes simply invites more mistakes.

Posted by: kalorama | February 6, 2008 4:36 PM

"Then all of a sudden, bam! He sees no more time."

Young has seen plenty of time this year, however when Gil comes back that's going to change. It took a bunch of injuries for DMac to play.

EJ has always been inconsistent with his bench, I think that drives me more nuts then anything else that he does.

The bench was playing well for a while there I thought, but as more people come back EJ has to have a set squad and he's not doing that.

One thing that I have noticed was there were many times that 2 vets would be paired up with some of the noobs and they played well. That isn't happening anymore mostly because of injuries, secondly because EJ is swapping out the all of the starters for the all bench players just like he did last year with no mix or matching. The bench guys are too young for that.

Now were starting to see "smallball" again, Philly conned him into that. They could go big at times still but EJ chooses not to even when Caron is hurt.

They do indeed look tired, but EJ is going back to some of his old coaching habits. Bottom line is they aren't even trying to play defense right now and this disturbs me the most.

Too many layups.

- Ray

Posted by: Ray | February 6, 2008 4:38 PM

Slurp said "we" really need Gil back. Hysterical.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 6, 2008 4:51 PM

That isn't happening anymore mostly because of injuries, secondly because EJ is swapping out the all of the starters for the all bench players just like he did last year with no mix or matching. The bench guys are too young for that.
Posted by: Ray | February 6, 2008 04:38 PM
-------------------------------------------
I totally agree with you. That is why Gilbert coming back is so important. Gilbert will not be as dynamic a scorer as he was at the beginning of last year, but Daniels playing with the young guys will be huge. That young bench will be a lot better with a veteran floor general like him running the show.

Posted by: Dude | February 6, 2008 4:58 PM

"I really think EJ should play the rookies until all star break and give the vets a rest. It's the best decision for now.

Posted by: JSchon | February 6, 2008 03:19 PM "

JSchon is cleary as @ssclown who knows nothing about basketball.

Posted by: DC Man88 | February 6, 2008 5:11 PM

Gilby said yesterday that he can't even run yet, so to think (Ivan) that he can return by the end of this month is a bit naive.

Posted by: DC Man88 | February 6, 2008 5:12 PM

"Just need Caron back healthy and the rest of the team healthy. We don't need Gilbert

Posted by: | February 6, 2008 02:50 PM "

Amen to that, and it'll be even better if we can trade him for something else. Maybe a bag of popcorn?

Posted by: DC Man88 | February 6, 2008 5:13 PM

I didnt type that loser... but go ahead and think I did...

i dont really care...

Posted by: JSchon | February 6, 2008 5:21 PM

Did anyone else think that the elbow DS took to the neck was not entirely unintentional?

Dalembert lifts his forearm into DS, and then spins just as contact is made. He knew he was going to nail DS, he just didn't know it would be the neck.

He is one of those physical players, I don't mind it to a certain extent, but in that case I think he got away with one... A little playground move, but he knew what he was doing.

If he was only going for the rebound, his elbow would have been down, below his hands, which it was not. Who goes for rebounds elbow first? Shaq?

Posted by: g | February 6, 2008 5:28 PM

"I didnt type that loser... but go ahead and think I did...

i dont really care...

Posted by: JSchon | February 6, 2008 05:21 PM "

It's hard to believe that you didn't.

Posted by: DC Man88 | February 6, 2008 5:28 PM

"Eddie once again has his team humming right along at about 500. Two all-stars, nice young talent, role playing vets. Good job. What is EJ's overall record anyway? Do we have another "Unseld" situation on our hands?

Posted by: Frank | February 6, 2008 12:42 AM "

What happened last year when things were great during the 1st half of the season? Injuries don't get better over the season.

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