Butler back

If the Wizards are going to knock off the Cavs in this first-round series, they'll need Caron Butler to be a major factor. He missed the last three games of the regular season with a bruised right knee but was back on the court today and will go Saturay in Game 1.

Caron, are you close to 100 percent going into this series?
Butler: "It doesn't even matter how I feel right now, it's the playoffs. I'm banged up a little bit everywhere but, at the same time, I have to go out there and do the best I possibly can do. I will do that. When I was injured last year, I was trying to heal up but that came about two weeks too late. Now, it's an opportunity to play. I'm a little banged up but my teammates need me and I know we can get the job done if I'm out there."


By Ivan Carter |  April 17, 2008; 6:43 PM ET
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thats a good sign but i think its good him and gil took a week off thats good for them

Posted by: brandon | April 17, 2008 7:10 PM

thats good news for us its good him and gil took a week off

Posted by: brandon | April 17, 2008 7:11 PM

uh, this is NOT good news.

Posted by: anon | April 17, 2008 7:13 PM

I think Gil should have played a few minutes the other night.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 17, 2008 7:13 PM

98-93...Cavs.

Book it.

Posted by: DC Mann88 | April 17, 2008 7:25 PM

I think Gil should have played between 3 minutes 11 seconds and 3 minutes 48 seconds last night. The Wizards will regret their decision to not do so.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 17, 2008 7:25 PM

espn had some stat today that said that, if the home team wins the 1st game in a 7-game series, the home team has ended up winning the series 86% of the time. i'm sure that percentage isn't as high when you're talking about a 4 vs. 5 matchup, but let's hope the wiz know how critical a game 1 smackdown is.

Posted by: popeyejones is not a goonie | April 17, 2008 7:47 PM

Popeye - tell that to the 2004-05 Wiz.

Posted by: NobodyBeatsTheWiz | April 17, 2008 8:06 PM

It's time to Witness the fall of LeBron at the hands of Deshawn...especially if Eddie J wants to keep his job...

Posted by: CB | April 17, 2008 8:17 PM

Sounds like Tough Juice will numb the knee with adenaline. He must get out there and play or else he knows he could be in danger of losing that nickname.

Posted by: low | April 17, 2008 8:22 PM

I'm a diehard Wiz fan, and post here all the time, but I think they'll get swept.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 17, 2008 8:25 PM

After getting the Wiz into the play off with injuries all season I don't see why EJ would get fired.

Posted by: B.A.M. | April 17, 2008 8:25 PM

The question for EJ/Ayers is what the defensive scheme will be this Saturday. Are they going to play more zone? Do they think DS is up to the challenge and let him shadow Lebron all night? Or, are they just going to plan man and let a hobbled Caron try to contain Lebron.

I think if EJ wants to gamble and take some risks, he should let DS guard Lebron, but judging by the calls that Lebron gets, and the hype between those two, DS might foul out in the 2nd quarter.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 17, 2008 8:28 PM

this is terrible. I am on the west coast that means I have to watch basketball at 9:30 am come on now....on a saturday.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 17, 2008 9:02 PM

this is terrible. I am on the west coast that means I have to watch basketball at 9:30 am come on now....on a saturday.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 17, 2008 9:02 PM

this is terrible. I am on the west coast that means I have to watch basketball at 9:30 am come on now....

Posted by: Anonymous | April 17, 2008 9:02 PM

Who was the programming brainiac that set this opening game for saturday at noon,who in the hell was that moron. LeBron vs.the WIZ should be on Sunday afternoon or later on in the early evening say seven ish or maybe even eight. David Stern always running his mouth about getting the casual fan to look at the NBA,this game is a natural for tnt with all that the fat man(Charles Barkley) has been saying about the Wiz being so dumb,but Saturday when everyone will be out and about other than the fans of these teams,and damn wouldn't you know I've got to work!!!!!!!!!.

Posted by: DARGREGMAG@AOL.COM | April 17, 2008 9:06 PM

Playoffs come with high intensity. The risk of CB and GA each playing more than 25 minutes in the first two games is too high. I wonder if senior management will continue to reign in the coach.

Posted by: Izman | April 17, 2008 9:13 PM

The Washington area sports teams other than the Redskins get no respect. The Capitals are also playing on Saturday at home around the same time. Now THAT'S some fraggenackle bull! And did I hear someone say that Stern wants the casual fan to watch the NBA?!!?? Why in the world would the schedule a game at noon on Saturday??

Posted by: Anonymous | April 17, 2008 9:31 PM

sorry to hear that dargregmag. Tape it or TiVo it. I agree, I won't be around to watch the game at 9:30am here on the west coast. I guess 12:30 is a bit more reasonable but not quite as good as prime time or late afternoon. I thought the NBA would want to advertise Lebron. Also, this is one of the most hyped games in the first round secondary to the Dsteve Lebron talk.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 17, 2008 10:11 PM

you think the redskins get respect. How many times were they on National TV last season? If you live in the DC area you got to see them but as a transplanted native I can only see them by paying for NFL season ticket.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 17, 2008 10:12 PM

DcMan: I have never responded to the provocative comments nor gotten into the ad hominim attacks. But let me ask you, will you actually be unhappy if you the Wiz win game 1 and your "book it" comment doesn't come true.

(and pls, no responses about "don't respond to DCMAN in all caps"). I'm just curious.

Posted by: duk | April 17, 2008 10:58 PM

Let me make my own prediction. 92-97 Wiz. Game 1. If I'm wrong, I'm wrong, and I"ll acknowledge that. DC Man, You've made your call. man up and say, mea culpa, if you're wrong.

Posted by: duk | April 17, 2008 11:05 PM

"

DcMan: I have never responded to the provocative comments nor gotten into the ad hominim attacks. But let me ask you, will you actually be unhappy if you the Wiz win game 1 and your "book it" comment doesn't come true.

(and pls, no responses about "don't respond to DCMAN in all caps"). I'm just curious.

Posted by: duk | April 17, 2008 10:58 PM "

Let me tell you this.

I feel bad for you that you got mislead. It wasn't me who made that post. I never predict wins or losses using scores pulled out of one's @ss. It would be stupid to come up with a final score for a basketball game.

I don't know how often you read or post here, but the way this blog is set up, anyone can make a post using any name, including yours.

IMHO, I think Les BouleS have a very good shot at beating the Cavs, and should be considered favorites because Les BouleS are peaking at the right time, and have better chemistry on this team compared to the Cavs who have a bunch of new faces and guys coming back from injuries and guys who won't be suiting up (e.g. Sasha).

Lebron would have to elevate his game above what he did last season, and that will be tough given the fact that he's hurt right now.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 17, 2008 11:18 PM

12:30 on a Saturday makes perfect sense for these two teams. Let's face it, neither team is particularly exciting and either one (god forbid, both) is quite capable of putting up a stinker.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 17, 2008 11:20 PM

not exciting. are you kidding me?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 17, 2008 11:25 PM

fair enough DCMan. I have read your posts, and you often make good posts. that wqas a bit out of character.

Posted by: duk | April 17, 2008 11:39 PM

Labron...DeShawn...Gilbert...Caron. Enough. Whether the Wiz win or lose, will come down to the play of AJ. If he plays well the Wiz win, if not the Wiz lose. Book it Danno.

Posted by: oddjob | April 17, 2008 11:40 PM

fair enough DCMan. I have read your posts, and you often make good posts. that wqas a bit out of character.

Posted by: duk | April 17, 2008 11:39 PM


No problem, my man. I love the way you post and what you bring to the table. That kind of posting might even make Gilby proud.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 17, 2008 11:46 PM

Caron is a F'n Soldier, thats what f*** im talkin bout, id take Tough Juice over Bron Bron the spoiled brat ANY day, ALL day!

Posted by: DjB | April 17, 2008 11:49 PM

I'm a die hard Wiz fan and I hate the Wiz. I'm starting to dislike Lebron more and more. But come on, let's keep it real. He is not overrated. No one in their right mind should choose Caron over Lebron.

With that said, I hope Lebron gets injured in the first game and Wiz sweep. That way they will know what the Wiz had to go through last year.

Posted by: Bangladesh | April 17, 2008 11:54 PM

Meant to say I *HATE* the Cavs.

Posted by: Bangladesh | April 17, 2008 11:55 PM

"No problem, my man. I love the way you post and what you bring to the table. That kind of posting might even make Gilby proud.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 17, 2008 11:46 PM "

It's getting nauseating.

Again, I did not make this post above. It's probably that idiot mark.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 18, 2008 12:01 AM

Bang, LeBron is overrated if you consider the attention he gets and how much he makes without the results to go with it. Seriously, he makes almost as much as Tiger for what reason??????????

I'll admit I don't like his a$$. Too cocky and over the top without having really won a damn thing. Jordan did not "go there" until he was stacking up trophies.

Please, if you mention last year I'm going to puke. The worst overall conference perhaps ever. Plus, the Wiz were nothing but injured, NJ was terrible and overrated as usual, and Detroit did not seem into it. Although that was the best team they beat, the Cavs basically got a free ride to the conference finals!!!! What happened when they faced a real team? Yes, a SWEEP in the finals. Thank you!

NOBODY should be called the kind without a championship and as of right now he can't hold MJ's jock!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Rob P | April 18, 2008 12:50 AM

DCMan, what is up with all the bs?

Jesus, have we ever gotten "into it"? No, bc I don't go there even if I don't agree with something you say. You react to attacks and then everyone else gets indignant! Weak!

One question: You want us to win the title right???

Posted by: Rob P | April 18, 2008 12:54 AM

edit - King

Posted by: Rob P | April 18, 2008 12:55 AM

Ayo Bang, i respect ur opinion but honestly i stand by my statement of pickin Caron over Lebrat 10 out of 10 times because Caron has all the character and heart that any teammate would stand behind and fight for and with. The man gives his all for his team and teammates, whether injured or not, it makes no difference to Caron. The man neva had anything just handed to him. I neva once heard him complaining bout what teamates he has OR doesnt have. The man cares more bout the jeresy then the logo. If Caron, Gilbert, and AJ keep healthy then i have no doubt ppl are gonna see how hyped up Lebron is after we beat them. I just cant wait to get it started already!! We got all are pieces in place this time baby!! GO WIZARDS!!

Posted by: DjB | April 18, 2008 2:45 AM

Jamison & Haywood are our only completely healthy starters. Caron, Gilbert, & Deshawn can get out there, but the truth is they are hobbled. Sure, they have the heart of a lion, but physically, they will not be able to withstand the grind of a series.

Side-Show, Big Ben, and Z will control the boards, the lane, and second chance points.
With EJ using a tight 8-9 player rotation consisting mostly of hobbled players, we are going to be in for BIG disappointment.

Posted by: The Truth | April 18, 2008 6:20 AM

RobP, You shouldn't even waste your time, man. Another personal attack on me even though I don't even give the dumb stuff the time of day any more.
Duk, for every decent post, there are 20 ridiculous ones. I tried civility but it's a waste of time. It's just a matter of time before you, Lefty Driesell and Lisa (these all seem to be favorites of ' ') are insulted again.
The boycott continues !!

Posted by: mark | April 18, 2008 6:55 AM

This one series will be a real test not just of the Wizards players, but of the whole Wizards organization (particularly its team-building philosophy and economic model). And, yes, it will even be a test of Wizards fans.

The Wizards are, as they should be, a slight favorite to take the Cavs. They simply have more depth and experience working together.

Now it gets down to those trite words, desire and execution.

If the Wizards can hold their own on the boards at both ends and shut down the 3-point kickouts (i.e. keep Boobie and Damon to around 30%), then Le Bron can get all the calls, travel and score as often as he wants... his team will still lose in 6 games.

Posted by: khrabb | April 18, 2008 7:05 AM

And oh yes, I still want to see a photo of Ivan wearing "the shirt"...

Posted by: khrabb | April 18, 2008 7:06 AM

I think the Cavs will win game 1 (early start time, road game, rusty starters will be too much to overcome) but the Wiz will win the series in 6.

I actually think trash talking LeBron was a great idea. He's got that hero complex and I think now that he's been called out he will try and win the series by himself. Kind of like during the last regular season game between the two teams when Deshawn got into his head.

Posted by: MDBaller1 | April 18, 2008 8:17 AM

I know Caron has alot of heart, but the last thing we need is an ineffective Butler trying to do too much.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 18, 2008 8:46 AM

Anyone else understand the headlines today Re: "The Wizards are at Full-Strength"????

AD - Wrist injury, recovering
Caron - Knee & ?,
DS - Tailbone

3 of the 5 starters can suit-up and be good soldiers, but we've been consistently giving up at-least 100 points per game. I say a highly-motivated Cavs squad will win comfortably tomorrow.

Posted by: Confused | April 18, 2008 9:22 AM

I agree that game 1 will be a big game because it a win will be a big wake-up to the Cavs. They expect to win 2 games at home. A tone will be set Saturday that they are in for a battle like 2 years ago, not a sweep.

Many of us have agreed that our opinion of coach Jordan has changed over the last year seeing how he has gotten the team to stay afloat. But we will see if EJ can get them to take it up a notch while maintaining their composure. That is a fine line. Gilbert often starts slow on national tv. I think this is mental. Gil needs to come in to a close game and be a feeder...getting into the flow. if needed to takeover down the stretch then fine.

If for some reason we lose then all the questions about EJ will arise again. But if we win, and I really expect to win in 4 or 5, then everybody's eyebrows will be raised and the spotlight of praise will be turned on EJ. Cavs may win game 2.

Obviously I predict a Zards victory tommorrow by about 10-12. Close game will scare me cause the crowd and the zebras do make a difference.

Posted by: BmoreRev | April 18, 2008 9:23 AM

No one in the sports media world is picking the Wiz to win the series.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 18, 2008 9:48 AM

Before skimming the article I was pretty sure we had a good chance of winning but it seems like Caron still may be a little more injured than what was reported (or he's still in a lot of pain). If so, I'm hoping he doesn't go down in the 1st or second game. Caron, DeShawn, Gil, AD, all still banged up. I agree, Tawn will have to have a good series like last year, for us to win. One thing to consider is the fact that LeBron has come off of recent injuries also. The article just didn't sound very optimistic, that's all. Then I forget about Roger Mason, he may have to be a difference maker as well. Agree with everyone on the early time slot.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 18, 2008 10:04 AM

Everyone's defeatus attitude on here sickens me, get the f**k out of here. GO WIZARDS!!!!!

Posted by: Burg w/ a U | April 18, 2008 10:08 AM

Both Gil and Deshawn now needs to shut the crap up. I wish they had kept their comments to themselves and just made a pact betweent the players as to what they were going to do and just came out and shocked everyone. That way, since everyone picked them to lose anyway, they could have surprised them all. But now, the onus is on all of the Wiz to back up what the two of them has been spewing. I know one thing, Gil had better bring it and Deshawn had better not disappear like he did last year. Because last year in the playoffs Deshawn was an nonentity. Had he played like he is now playing, we would have taken that series I believe. AJ played out of his mind and kept us in the games but needed help to pull it out. He took the team on his back with little or no help from the bench. I say enough of the talk, the time has now come to put up or shut up!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 18, 2008 10:15 AM

No one in the sports media world is picking the Wiz to win the series.

Simply not true. Half of the writers at ESPN have the Wiz winning, as does Marty Burns at CNNSi.

it seems like Caron still may be a little more injured than what was reported.

And LeBron has had back trouble over the last couple weeks (or longer, don't remember). The Wiz are healthier than they've been all season. Gil is fresh, if still rusty. Jamison's gotten a week off.

Pavlovic is out for Cleveland, and that helps us. I still see the Wiz in 6. Our Big 3 will get it done -- so will their Big 1, but our team is just better and deeper across the board. Blatche, Mason, Songaila, Young have all been playing well of late. I think Haywood, with his newfound confidence, will outplay Z -- and hopefully Eddie doesn't sit him on the bench all game, like last year.

The Wiz are, plain and simple, better.

Posted by: Keithinator | April 18, 2008 10:17 AM

yes, do not forget about Mason, Songalia (who's played great the past 6 weeks) and AB (who's jumper was getting all net in Orlando the other night). the bench for the Wiz scored 70 points in one game last week. watch a close game turn into a double-digit lead when both teams go to their benches early in the 2nd.

also, there has been mention about who is going to guard GA now that Hughes is gone (no one), but who is going to guard Antawn: Joe Smith? Wallace? Side Show Bob? no. Antawn will have Varejo fouling out in the first half. he is probably more motivated than anyone, having had to face these suckers by himself last year. not this time.

Posted by: Ledell lives | April 18, 2008 10:22 AM

Anon, there are a few guys who expect us to win. Here's the link...

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/playoffs2008/series?series=wascle

Take a look halfway down the page on the left. Even that boob Hollinger has us winning in 6. Of course, he also had us missing the playoffs this year I believe.

Posted by: mark | April 18, 2008 10:25 AM

"DCMan, what is up with all the bs?

Jesus, have we ever gotten "into it"? No, bc I don't go there even if I don't agree with something you say. You react to attacks and then everyone else gets indignant! Weak!

One question: You want us to win the title right???

Posted by: Rob P | April 18, 2008 12:54 AM "

I don't know what is going on with this blog, but it's ridiculous. Nobody can make an honest assessment of Les BouleS of any of the players without getting blasted anonymously or with multiple names from the same person.

I've said it many times already that I think Les BouleS can take the Cavs, and that this playoffs is an opportunity for Gilby to step up and show that he's not a BS/me-only player, but actually takes winning and teamwork seriously.

Of course, nobody believes that Gilby can change because "Gilby being Gilby" will always be the excuse.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 18, 2008 11:05 AM

will the real DC Man please stand up

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 18, 2008 11:07 AM

Can someone take me out to dinner and let me supersize it too?

Posted by: Lisa | April 18, 2008 11:15 AM

Do you look like Chyna the former WWE wrestler? I dig those types of chicks.

Posted by: mark | April 18, 2008 11:16 AM

Barkley trying to back-track from his statements about the Wizards, on Dan Patrick's show right now.

But says that DeShawn and Gilbert's comments will lead to a Cavs series win.

Posted by: Kev | April 18, 2008 11:42 AM

I see Gilby asking EJ to let him start the first game. And if not, then start the first game at VC.

It'll be interesting how the game starts out. Will it be a crazy back and forth race while guys are trying to work out the butterflies.

Now, it seems that the Cavs are the underdogs b/c of their injuries, the last minute trades, the hype, and all other sorts of excuses. It would be crushing if Les BouleS lose, but I don't think they will.

Ben Wallace might be the xfactor for the Cavs, with his experience, and whether or not he can muscle and shut down AJ. Also, Damon Jones and Danny Gibson's ability to hit the 3's will be key too, along with the duel between Big Z and BTH.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 18, 2008 12:13 PM

$7000

Posted by: Anonymous | April 18, 2008 12:31 PM

Speaking of $7k, I was surprised Gilby wasn't fined for wearing those red shoes last week.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 18, 2008 12:39 PM

Why are you posting on the Wizards board????

"98-93...Cavs.

Book it.

Posted by: DC Mann88"

WHYYYYYYYYYYYY??????????????????????????

Posted by: Frosty Freeze | April 18, 2008 1:05 PM

Has anyone tracked the access to Chipotle, etc., in various NBA towns. I've been giving a lot of thought to Andray's inconsistent play and I think it may come down to a question of "burrito access."

Cleveland is in decline. The trade was a desperate act to make them a better playoff team. They are just older and slower to rotate on defense. The Cavs will put it together for a game, but, as their record since the trade indicates, they aren't a better squad than last year. More experienced, but they drew another experienced team in the first round.

Posted by: WP Sports Desk Intern | April 18, 2008 1:05 PM

I pray the CAVS sweep us so we can get rid of Gilly!

Posted by: Beas | April 18, 2008 1:12 PM

Peeps keep saying we are going to beat the Cavs easily. The Cavs beat us with an NBDL squad. The Cavs always seem to match-up well with us just like we match-up well with the Celts. The Cavs barley got by Miami, but coach Brown always seems to have EJ's number.

Posted by: LOL | April 18, 2008 1:25 PM

The Cavs barley got by Miami, but coach Brown always seems to have EJ's number.

Posted by: LOL | April 18, 2008 1:25 PM

Maybe it's because both Cavs and Wiz have half court games, with lots of sets. Perhaps speeding up the game with defensive rebounds and fast breaks will help Wizards break the Cavs backs. That means a forward or two will need to run as fast as the guards. We don't have that without a healthy Butler.

Posted by: rgz | April 18, 2008 1:33 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | April 18, 2008 1:45 PM

I think the Wiz should have traded their top players this season so that they could have an out when they get swept in the playoffs.

Posted by: Frosty Freeze | April 18, 2008 1:50 PM

I think it's funny that our slogan has suddenly changed from "Ready To Rule" to "Rewriting The Rules".

Sounds similar. However, the meaning is totally different. Ready To Rule implies winning it all, and the beginning of a dynasty. Rewriting The Rules does not. It's like a slick salesman pulling the old "switcheroo". I know, we told you we were ready to rule, and you bought that as our intention and desire, and you followed us this season believing we'd do whatever it takes, and our time is finally here. But actually, I mispoke. What we actually meant to say was that we are rewriting the rules.

What is this saying exactly?? Rewriting The Rules? What does that mean? Does it mean we're not ready to rule? Do we need more time? Do we need more practice? Do we need to add some new players? Does it mean we can't rule under the current rules, and must first rewrite the rules before we can be ready to rule? Do we have to cheat and change the rules to win? Do our players not have to follow the league rules and policies, such as the dress code, because we are rewriting the rules?

What does this message say to the kids?? Hey little Johnny and Sally, you don't have to follow the rules... you can Rewrite The Rules! Is this saying we are rewriting the rules about what qualifies as a successful season? Sure "Ready To Rule" was a ballsy statement. Sure it was arrogance from a team that hasn't done anything to back the announcement. But after running with that slogan all season long, why change it now as we enter the playoffs?

We may not be Ready To Rule. We've had alot of injury issues all season, and still aren't 100% and have potential chemistry issues unique this time of season. But the East is wide open. We have had very good past success against the two teams considered the best in the East, Detroit and Boston. The Wizards should stick to their guns! Don't back down now! We are healthy, our rotation is set, and we got some payback for Cleveland!

THE WIZARDS ARE READY TO RULE!!!

Posted by: Darnell | April 18, 2008 1:56 PM

READY TO RULE!!! YEAH BABY

Posted by: Anonymous | April 18, 2008 2:10 PM

RULE TO READY THE REWRITE. YEAH BABY

Posted by: Anonymous | April 18, 2008 2:12 PM

READY TO GET RID OF THE CURSE OF LEBOULES???? YEAH BABY

Posted by: Anonymous | April 18, 2008 2:12 PM

ready to rewrite the rules??? yeah baby

Posted by: Anonymous | April 18, 2008 2:23 PM

Peeps keep saying we are going to beat the Cavs easily. The Cavs beat us with an NBDL squad. The Cavs always seem to match-up well with us just like we match-up well with the Celts. The Cavs barley got by Miami, but coach Brown always seems to have EJ's number.

Posted by: LOL | April 18, 2008 1:25 PM

"Peeps" don't know what the h*ll they're talking about. This is a six-or-seven game series no matter who ends up winning. I think that the deciding factors will be the health of Butler and Arenas, whether the Cavs' supporting cast can give James enough help to get over the hump, and whether their shooters can take advantage of our lousy 3 point defense. Oh, and by the way, the 2-2 season split between the two teams suggests that no one has anyone's "number."

Posted by: rbpalmer | April 18, 2008 2:58 PM

Only twice since the NBA Expanded the 1st round to Best of 7 has the team that lost Game #1 gone on to win the series. Both times were in 2005, and one of those times it was the Wiz.

Just FYI.

I think we can beat Cleveland, but I think that anyone who says "it will be easy" is silly.

Posted by: Duffman | April 18, 2008 3:32 PM

I pray the CAVS sweep us so we can get rid of Gilly!

Posted by: Beas | April 18, 2008 1:12 PM

My sentiments exactly! We should pray for our beloved team to lose so that we can get rid of our best player. Brilliant! If Arenas makes this team better in the playoffs and we win because of it, then I'll quit the Wizards forever. No way I can stand to have "my team" winning with Gilbert on the floor.

Some people here make me sick.

Posted by: psps23 | April 18, 2008 3:36 PM

I think the Cavs are hot!

Posted by: DC Man 88 | April 18, 2008 4:09 PM

I'd like the Wizards to have fire in their eyes, and ice in their veins for the first game in Cleveland!
Flock the fatman, the pundits and doubters.
GO WIZARDS!

Posted by: rgz | April 18, 2008 4:23 PM

white out? arent our unis blue. shouldnt we have a blue-out? i know the wiz wear white at home but so do the skins and every1 wears red and yellow (zorns words not mine) to the game.
so we should be wearin blue to the opening game at home.

Posted by: dk | April 18, 2008 4:47 PM

I think the Cavs are hot!

Posted by: DC Man 88 | April 18, 2008 4:09 PM

I'm about to break down, guys. This is not fair and all I have ever done is try to criticize Les BouleS fairly. Clearly this moron was not me and I don't think you guys are being fair to me. Like I said before, Les BouleS are going down tomorrow. If Gilby was out, they'd easily win a series or two, but if he plays, they lose easily.

Go Cavs, beat Les BouleS!

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 18, 2008 4:55 PM

white out? arent our unis blue. shouldnt we have a blue-out? i know the wiz wear white at home but so do the skins and every1 wears red and yellow (zorns words not mine) to the game.
so we should be wearin blue to the opening game at home.

Posted by: dk | April 18, 2008 4:47 PM

The genius Les BouleS marketing staff has seen the success the Heat had with their White-Outs and is following in our foot steps. Next dumb question, please?

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 18, 2008 5:01 PM

I couldnt understand the significance of the white out, figured wizards blue too, but what can you say?...Reminds me more of those parties where you wear all white or something. Are they giving out free tshirts to wear over your clothes like they did in Miami to keep it white?

Posted by: washingtonian | April 18, 2008 5:05 PM

DC Man, you are truly an a**hole!

Posted by: Jimmy | April 18, 2008 5:11 PM

DC Man, you are truly an a**hole!

Posted by: Jimmy | April 18, 2008 5:11 PM

"Jimmy, settle down BRO or should I say SIS because you are such a baby?

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 18, 2008 5:39 PM

Funny how someone persists in making posts using my name. That's fine....it doesn't matter to me, b/c I will make my points whether I write my name as DC Man88 or not or use other names.

Whoever you are, if you want to bring this blog down to hell at your level, then that's the decision you've made, and you will make come true.

LMAO!!!

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 18, 2008 5:56 PM

i raped DC Man88's mom last night

Posted by: Anonymous | April 18, 2008 5:58 PM

Surprisingly on his podcast, Bill Simmons picked the Wizards and said that the Celtics definitely doesn't want to see the Wizards. Surprised me to hear him say that. Quite a turn around for Simmons and the infamous boob Hollinger.

Posted by: George Templeton | April 18, 2008 6:17 PM

Did I really read on this blog that Mike Brown has EJ's number you're kidding right?If not for Lebron Mike Brown would be an assistant in the D league, please!! He can't even draw up a play, his assitant's do the "heavy" work. Mike Brown is a lightweight when it comes to coaching, whenever Danny Ferry wakes up he will find a real coach or maybe not, judging from that trade at midseason he ain't the sharpest knife in the drawer.

Posted by: DARGREGMAG@AOL.COM | April 18, 2008 6:35 PM

Someone earlier in the week had asked how Polin would vote in the Sonics relocation meeting. According to the AP, the vote was 28-2 in favor of relocating to OK City, with the two "No" votes being Mark Cuban and Paul Allen. Its been said many times by many people, but moving the Sonics really does suck. Anyways, GO WIZ!

Posted by: Dude | April 18, 2008 7:00 PM

Funny how someone persists in making posts using my name. That's fine....it doesn't matter to me, b/c I will make my points whether I write my name as DC Man88 or not or use other names.

Whoever you are, if you want to bring this blog down to hell at your level, then that's the decision you've made, and you will make come true.

LMAO!!!

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 18, 2008 5:56 PM


That wasn't me. Funny how someone persists in making posts using my name. That's fine....it doesn't matter to me, b/c I will make my points whether I write my name as DC Man88 or not or use other names.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 18, 2008 9:37 PM

Funny how someone persists in making posts using my name. That's fine....it doesn't matter to me, b/c I will make my points whether I write my name as DC Man88 or not or use other names.

Whoever you are, if you want to bring this blog down to hell at your level, then that's the decision you've made, and you will make come true.

LMAO!!!

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 18, 2008 11:20 PM

How about a picture of you in that shirt, Ivan...

Inquiring minds want to know.

Posted by: mark | April 18, 2008 11:24 PM

It would be one thing if the Wizards had won a playoff series in the past two tries against the Cavs, but they haven't. The "overrated" LeBron James single-handedly beat your team three times during the first series. Remember when Agent Zero missed two free throws that would have potentially allowed that series to go back to Cleveland for a seventh game? The second series was far from memorable due to injuries but still nonetheless ended in a sweep. LeBron then willed his less than talented supporting cast to the NBA Finals. True, the Cavs have not played well since the trade but that is to be expected with all of the injuries and roster turnover they've experienced. The main constant that will allow the Cavs to once again hold off this team of overconfident punks is Mr. James. I will check back once the Cavs have sent your team home for the summer and hopefully they will do that on your home floor for the third year in a row. There's nothing that would please me more.

Posted by: Bangaladesh | April 18, 2008 11:25 PM

IF GILBERT PLAYS BALL BETTER THEN HE TALKS U GUYS COULD WIN TWO GAMES AND STEVENSON DREW GOODEN KNOWS THAT LEBRON IS GOING TO TORCH HIM IF HE DOESNT FOUL OUT BECAUSE THATS NOT DEFENSE HE PLAYS ITS CALLED PLAYGROUND BULL**** AND BEFORE HE MADE THE CMMENT ABOUT BRON NO ONE KNEW HE PLAYED IN THIS SPORT

Posted by: Rook | April 18, 2008 11:28 PM

Both Gil and Deshawn now needs to shut the crap up. I wish they had kept their comments to themselves and just made a pact betweent the players as to what they were going to do and just came out and shocked everyone. That way, since everyone picked them to lose anyway, they could have surprised them all. But now, the onus is on all of the Wiz to back up what the two of them has been spewing.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 18, 2008 11:36 PM

Bang, your Mr. Overrated did not beat the Wiz by himself! Hmmm...Gooden was a pretty good player, bet you miss him now - Z is a multiple all-star center - Larry Hughes had his moments - etc etc etc....

Dargreg, I don't think Mike Brown has anyone's number, but he is a legit coach. They were a top 5 defensive team last year and won more than they should have even going to the Finals granted an easy road. If Mike Brown sucks and is D-League, what is your boy EJ? To me, the Wiz have YET to win more than they should with EJ.

Posted by: Rob P | April 19, 2008 5:03 AM

Rook, through your all-caps post I detect the flop sweat of a panicked Cavs fan who senses what is about to happen to his team. You better hope DeShawn Stevenson doesn't read your post. You don't want to get him any more psyched up than he already is. He and the Wiz are going to take your boys down to Chinatown!

Darnell,

"Ready to Rule"? "Rewriting the Rules"? I doubt that the players pay any attention to that marketing stuff. Nor will the fans in the stands be influenced by it. It just doesn't matter (though I agree that the new slogan isn't effective -- it doesn't motivate and what does it mean?) The Wiz may indeed be ready to rule.

Posted by: 7snider7 | April 19, 2008 9:11 AM

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