Wednesday update

It will be interesting to see what the crowd at the VC looks like tomorrow night for Game 3. The Wizards are encouraging fans to wear all whitle to create a "white out" but I'll curious to see whether Wiz fans can match the passion and energy Caps fans have brought to the table in the playoffs. I was at the arena last night for Game 7 of Caps/Flyers and the place was rocking.

Anyway, Wizards players are hoping to see the Cavaliers receive the same treatment they received in Cleveland, especially DeShawn Stevenson, who has just about bypassed Art Modell as the most hated man in C-town after calling LeBron James overrated.

I'm getting ready to head out to practice now so I'll have an update later. We'll be doing a chat at 2 p.m. so drop in with some questions.

By Ivan Carter |  April 23, 2008; 11:11 AM ET
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I think the fans will be supportive, but if Wiz play as bad as in game 2, they will get booed.

Posted by: Sagaliba | April 23, 2008 11:21 AM

Hopefully the place will be packed and going nuts well ahead of tip time, especially for an 8pm tip. Lebron needs to be booed every time he touches it, along with every travel that him and Big Z commit.

The Wiz need to be aggressive on the offensive end and have to stay focused for 48 minutes. I would love to see nick young get some pt if some of the regulars are still slumping.

Posted by: smo | April 23, 2008 11:32 AM

I'm going tomorrow night and will wear white. However, I own three or four blue or black Wizards t-shirts, a blue Gilbert jersey, and a black Wizards sweatshirt. Now I have to spend more $$ on a white shirt on top of the $250 I spent on the tickets.

Maybe the Wiz should pay us to wear white, especially after that Monday night performance?

Kidding aside, I'll be there to root our team on and plan on booing LeTravel every time he touches the ball.

Go Wiz.

Posted by: CJ | April 23, 2008 11:34 AM

The boo birds are salivating for this one. Any hint of the Wiz rolling over and the fans will lose patience quickly.

Posted by: low | April 23, 2008 11:35 AM

I agree -

The reason the Cavs stadium was decked out in yellow was because they were giving out those shirts!!

The Wizards should have done the same thing.. instead of following other teams, the franchise needs some original marketing.

Posted by: belazier.com | April 23, 2008 11:53 AM

We'll hit our shots at the old familiar VC. That'll be the difference in the game. LeBron will get his but we should prevail as long as someone on our team decides to hit the boards like AJ did in game 1.
A wildcard will be Gil's wrist. Ivan, how is Gil looking? That wrist could be the difference in this series unfortunately. The knee is also a concern but if he's hitting threes, it shifts the momentum of the game drastically in our favor. It's our version of a Lebron dunk in Cleveland.

Posted by: mark | April 23, 2008 11:54 AM

The Wizards aren't going to win by trying to be something they're not, namely a bunch of tough guys. Rather than trying to do a weak imitation of the Bad Boys, they need to get back to playing the kind of basketball that has successful for them during the season. All of this focus on hard fouls and no layups (two things they've shown no propensity for all season) is not only not working, it's taking them out of the things they do that have worked. The playoffs is too late to try and remake the identity of the team.

Posted by: kalorama | April 23, 2008 12:02 PM

We need to make a recommitment to the unselfish Princeton O and stay in front of Lebron on D.

Posted by: Dellis | April 23, 2008 12:10 PM

I've been going to Bullets/Wiz games since the 70's and Caps games since save the Caps and I don't ever remember a Bullets/Wiz crowd having the type of energy that the Caps fans have. I'll be there on Thursday and I'll be making noise for the Wiz!

Posted by: UncleBill | April 23, 2008 12:12 PM

Lets get behind this team they need our support I wish I could fly up and be with the "real" Wiz fans.The real fans will not quit on this team despite all the injuries and chaos this squad persevered, this series is not over by a long shot and anyone who thinks that it is(like some of you front runners and lebron groupies)are sadly mistaken, after sunday when these playoffs are all tied up then and only then will you believe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

Posted by: DARGREGMAG@AOL.COM | April 23, 2008 12:12 PM

The shots will fall.

Hit the boards with a little more focus.

and the Mantra for game 3:

Must Foul Out Z.

Must Foul Out Z.

Must Foul Out Z.

Why? Because it can be done. Andy Varejao, Ben Wallace and Joe Smith are fine players, but just aren't the offensive threat Z is. Lebron knows this and will start pressing a bit if he feels like the other guys aren't up to the task that day. Plus, if Z is not in there, we can cheat to the wings from the center position.

When you see Lebron barking at Boobie to earn his paycheck from downtown and Varejao to start playing better D, you'll know we've arrived. Not easy, but aside from a 55% shooting night I just don't know what other strategy will get us anywhere.

Posted by: Pauly B. | April 23, 2008 12:14 PM

Does anyone care about these big mouth losers? They need to shut-up and play b-ball. All they did was make Lebron angry; and no one can play an angry Lebron.

Posted by: Hew | April 23, 2008 12:17 PM

The problem with trying to foul Ilgauskas out is that none of the Wizards big men are aggressive, physical offensive players. Haywood and Blatche are more likely to try and avoid the contact on their shots than take it into someone's chest. And unless Arenas and Butler get their legs/mojo back in a hurry, the Wiz don't have anyone who's going to aggressively drive the lane and challenge the Cavs' bigs on the interior.

Posted by: kalorama | April 23, 2008 12:20 PM

The crowd at Verizon is lame. They just sit there. They may be louder than usual since it's the playoffs, but they won't be anywhere near like Cleveland.

Going to the game is so expensive. If the crowd feels like they aren't getting their money's worth they boo.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 23, 2008 12:22 PM

I wish we had:

Etan Thomas
Larry Hughes
Juan Dixon

Posted by: Anonymous | April 23, 2008 12:23 PM

DeShawn Stevenson needs to hit some shots. His poor shooting combined with his big mouth is the reason we are losing this series!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 23, 2008 12:26 PM

Yes, I agree. I wish Cleveland has Etan, Larry and Juan, too.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 23, 2008 12:28 PM

After these two ugly wins in a row, the Wiz should burn those ugly black/gold uniforms.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 23, 2008 12:30 PM

Maybe Abe should have the foundation of the Verizon Center excavated to see if someone buried Miami Heat or Cleveland Cavalier jerseys down there.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 23, 2008 12:31 PM

Lebron's weakness is the pressure that is on him and I know when Z is in foul trouble and his teammates miss shots he starts to worry, starts to press. The young guys on the Cavs are just nervous they are going to screw up in the vicinity of Lebron's spotlight.

I think we should be calling out their role players by saying, "Lebron's gonna have you in the D-League on Friday if you miss that wide open 3 again." It's hardly a lie...

Lebron is built to take hard fouls. It's like taking a hammer to a chunk of granite. You'll eventually break it, but what's the point.

MUST FOUL OUT Z. You know it. I know it. Lebron knows it. Dan Gilbert knows it. Hannah Montana knows it. Charles Barkley's barber knows it. So let's do it.

Posted by: Pauly B. | April 23, 2008 12:31 PM

Deshawn Stevenson has given Wizard fans no reason to root for him. If he is expecting big cheers from the Verizon crowd he is in for disappointment.

He is a mediocre player at best. He has created all this controversy with his talk. He essentially replaced one of our most beloved players Larry Hughes at SG. No one is really a big DeShawn fan like with Gil or Caron. And he as totally stunk up the playoffs the last 2 years!

I wouldn't be surprised if he gets booed by Wizard fans when he is announced Thursday night.

Personally, I'd rather see Roger Mason or Nick Young in the starting lineup.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 23, 2008 12:31 PM

The gold and black uniforms make the Wizards look like the Solid Gold Dancers.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 23, 2008 12:33 PM

i think the wiz will win tomorrow night, however it will be tough. we need solid point play and unfortunately we dont have a true point guard. carons the next best thing when hes playing at his peak, but assists are never a guarantee for him. were definitely better than this cleveland team....we just need to put it together. Haywood will be key, but hes gonna have a target on his back...damn refs.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 23, 2008 12:35 PM

The whole "White Out" thing is really lame.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 23, 2008 12:36 PM

I don't understand why we don't try harder to get LeBron into foul trouble!! He is their only real good player, and with him on the bench they have NO HOPE!!

Antonio needs to do his run into him and flop routine everytime he brings the ball up. Jamison needs to get position and set him up to come over the back. Haywood and Blatche should be taking the charge instead of trying to lay the "hard foul". Arenas can get a foul on anyone anytime he wants to!

Get him in foul trouble and get him off the court!! That should be our game plan! This isn't Rocket Science!!!!

Posted by: Darnell | April 23, 2008 12:41 PM

LeBron should go back to France!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 23, 2008 12:42 PM

Kalorama -

I agree our slashing game is greatly diminished, but we can get it done. This is actually why I'm suggesting this boring strategy. Gil and Caron just can't be relied upon for putting up huge numbers at their current fitness levels. The Cavs would be losing there #2 scoring option to foul trouble.

Think about how slowly Z recovers to proper defensive position. If Gil drives from a high screen from Haywood he needs to slow down to give Z a chance to make harder contact. Jamison will have to be seal Wallace more than usual and will need to resist the urge to float out for the spot up three. So three players have to be involved, but it's not really so complicated.

Z will also go over the back, but you really have to sell it cause he so huge. (As Darius learned last game.)

Unfortunately, if they can't get Z on the bench then they have to shoot 55%+. The Cavs have too many shooters to concede a game of horse. Barring Lebron getting mono or Caron and Gil taking a dip at Lourdes, there is no other way.

Posted by: Pauly B. | April 23, 2008 12:50 PM

I'm hoping they don't boo them (wizards) if they dont have a good game. I went to that first home game against Denver, when Denver blew us out by like 30points and they just started booing them really loud. I thought that was pretty bad. Also, even before the blowout, they were cheering Melo and Iverson when they scored(in my section anyway). Gotta be supportive.
Also, read that DeShawn wore JayZ's tshirt to practice - he needs to leave it alone. It's really getting to him mentally and not LeBron. Let it go.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 23, 2008 12:50 PM

EJ was quoted today saying he wants more team ball and less one on one. Funny, none of that was mentioned during the regular season when Gil was out and the team played great team basketball with AD running the show.

Now, AD has fewer minutes, Gil has more minutes, and now we're back to ball hogging and poor defense. No shocker there.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 23, 2008 12:50 PM

How they heck can fans cheer and be loud when:
- the Wizards management have made no efforts to create cheers of their own
- the Wizards management have not encouraged groups of fans to come in with their own gimmicks
- the Wizards management have not created a "sound identity" for the team, how about some go-go beat cheers, how about some drums, how about ANYTHING?

Boos can only go so far
Lame shouts of DEFENCE only go so far

What else do Wizards fans shout?
Can somebody please do something?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 23, 2008 12:51 PM

Plenty of good seats available for tomorrow night. Wiz sent out another cut rate ticket promo this morning.

At least I got my tix for $20

Posted by: Kev | April 23, 2008 12:52 PM

The young guys on the Cavs are just nervous they are going to screw up in the vicinity of Lebron's spotlight.

Posted by: Pauly B. | April 23, 2008 12:31 PM
Cavs role players have so far been solid. boobie boy has been killing the Wiz every game. Varejao just keeps jumping around, nobody can contain his energy. I'm afraid if we count on these guys to get nervous, uhh, no they won't.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 23, 2008 12:55 PM

Darnell,
If AD were to attempt to drive on LeBron, he'd be called for the offensive foul. I stopped watching on Monday the third time I saw Gil drive to try and draw the foul. It was terrible. The Wiz aren't going to get those calls, at least not in this series.

Instead of worrying about hard fouls or drawing fouls, we ought to go out there and just play our game. I agree that getting Z in foul trouble spells big problems for the Cavs, but that's a bonus--not a goal.

I think I'm going to burn the Wiz shirt I was wearing on Monday. I'd like to say they should burn those gold and black jerseys, too, but we've heard several of the players hate the blue uniforms. Of course, superstitious as Gil is, maybe he'll encourage a switch for the next game.

Posted by: Lou | April 23, 2008 12:55 PM

You speak like Wizards fans and Caps are totally separate people. People are passionate about the Caps because they showed signs of life. When the Wizards keep rolling over, why shouldn't the fans?

Posted by: Bart | April 23, 2008 12:56 PM

"What else do Wizards fans shout?
Can somebody please do something?

Posted by: | April 23, 2008 12:51 PM "

TEDDY, TEDDY, TEDDY, TEDDY, TEDDY, TEDDY....(as in Leonsis)

Posted by: Anonymous | April 23, 2008 12:58 PM

Amazing to hear the VC last night and last week at the Caps games. Hard to believe it's the same place or the same fans. Maybe it's just the quality of play the Caps were showing versus the quality of play we often see at Wiz games.

Posted by: Prazak | April 23, 2008 12:59 PM

Darnell -

What could be more obvious than a 7'2" guy standing right in front of you?

It's seems so simple, but Lebron rarely gets in foul trouble and gets preferential treatment. I don't mean that as a complaint, I am just stating facts. I didn't have a problem with MJ getting preferential treatment and I don't care that Lebron does. Preferential treatment is part of the game of life. By which I mean I got over it when he was in HS. Also, it's really difficult to draw a charge on him because he is an amazing athlete and occasionally is given an extra bounce. Again, facts not complaints. He is the most physically gifted player in the NBA and in the best current player debate.

Then there is this gigantic, foul-proned guy named Zydrunas. How can a dude that big have such a sweet stroke?

All of this leads us to the strategy, known as Plan Z from here on out:

MUST FOUL OUT Z!!!

Posted by: Pauly B. | April 23, 2008 1:02 PM

so pauly b, I guess that means feed Haywood, Blatche, Jamison and Songaila the ball for layups or dunks if they can? at the last game I think Wallace was taking the fouls, and who's their other PF? LOL I forget. Anyway, I think the Cavs are conscious of that, and will try to keep the fouls away from the Z.

Posted by: rgz | April 23, 2008 1:05 PM

"Haywood and Blatche are more likely to try and avoid the contact on their shots than take it into someone's chest."

If you take into someone's chest, more likely it will be a charge!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 23, 2008 1:06 PM

The young guys on the Cavs are just nervous they are going to screw up in the vicinity of Lebron's spotlight.

Posted by: Pauly B. | April 23, 2008 12:31 PM
Cavs role players have so far been solid. boobie boy has been killing the Wiz every game. Varejao just keeps jumping around, nobody can contain his energy. I'm afraid if we count on these guys to get nervous, uhh, no they won't.
Posted by: | April 23, 2008 12:55 PM

Hey man, was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?!?

The Cavs' role players have been more than solid. They've been ridiculously good. Everyone has said they are now gellin' and really look like they have endless depth. Plus, they have a guy that has so much confidence that he goes by the name "Boobie".

They said the same thing about us in late January of '07 and '08. (We have no Boobies, but anyone remember that awkward moment when Gilbert wanted to change his name to Nacho?)

I'm just trying to keep us in the game with my arm chair coaching and ultimately, we're all doomed, including Boobie.

Posted by: Pauly B. | April 23, 2008 1:13 PM

Yes, I'd like to see Z get into foul trouble, but how about hacking on Big Ben when he touches the ball? The guy shoots like 12% from the FT line.

Hack-a-Ben, Hack-a-Ben, Hack-a-Ben!

Posted by: CJ | April 23, 2008 1:18 PM

I will be there tomorrow my Wiz on but not to support Mouth Almight Deshawn. He still hasn't learned his lesson it seems wearing that Jay Z shirt to practice. He still hasn't learned anything. Idiot! Tough Juice needs to lay him out. The Wiz are finesse players not a bunch of dirty trash talking punks out to hurt people. Deshawn needs to quit it and focus on how to hit a bucket in the game. He is starting to get on my last nerve.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 23, 2008 1:23 PM

As much as I like EJ, he needs to go if we are out in 4 or 5. The Bucks got a gem in Skiles. You won't see him sitting down if he's the coach of a team losing by 30 points in a playoff game.

Posted by: RM | April 23, 2008 1:24 PM

rgz -

First of all, Z is killing us as a reliable secondary scoring option

As for Plan Z itself, it's a fundamental basketball strategy. You draw the center out of the post with yours and make him recover late to foul the player attacking the hoop. You can also just plow into him repeatedly via a variety of opposite side screens and hope for a couple of lucky breaks.

I'll gladly take Joe or Andy or anybody else over big Z. None of them require the same amount of attention with the ball in their hands.

I notice you have a little 'z' in your moniker, so I will assume Z bias.

MUST FOUL OUT Z!!!

Posted by: Pauly B. | April 23, 2008 1:25 PM

Hack-a-Ben is a great last instant decision if he somehow ends up with a dunk opp. Otherwise, I want him to have the ball. In fact, that is integral to Plan Z's success.

MUST FOUL OUT Z!!!

C'mon people, get behind Plan Z! Can't be any worse than what we've been doing.

Posted by: Pauly B. | April 23, 2008 1:30 PM

To foul Z out you need someone good for him to guard.

Posted by: Mike Brown | April 23, 2008 1:30 PM

"If you take into someone's chest, more likely it will be a charge!

Anyone who knows basketball will tell you that the way to challenge a shotblocker is to drive the ball at him and create contact. is what Iverson's been doing for a decade and what Arenas (when healthy) has done the last couple of years to be near the top of the league in FT attempts.

Posted by: kalorama | April 23, 2008 1:31 PM

"The playoffs is too late to try and remake the identity of the team."

Truer words were never spoken. We have to do what we do best and not try to change for the playoffs. It's one reason I think our best chance is to run and gun and hope that our offensive takent outweighs theirs.

Caron was measured at 6'5.25" at his predraft combine and probably hasn't grown much if any since then.
Antawn is 6'8" according to nba reference but is probably closer to 6'7" and some change.

I don't think these guys (as great as the are) can bang indefinitely. Though AJ has a good postup game with a variety of sick flip shots, he's better served by getting out and running or playing on the perimeter or baseline where there is less traffic.
Defensively, I would think pressing and trapping would work if we rotate and close out properly. We have to try something to keep LeBron out of the paint.

Posted by: mark | April 23, 2008 1:33 PM

"If Gil drives from a high screen from Haywood he needs to slow down to give Z a chance to make harder contact. "

Well, that's a pretty terrible strategy. Slowing down to give the opposing defender a chance to recover? That makes no sense. If you've got a guy beat, then you take the ball to the basket. If the ballhandler is past the defender, the only way the defender can stop the score is to go over the top or reach, both of which increase the chances of a foul. Slowing down to give the opposing big man time to catch up defeats the whole purpose.

Posted by: kalorama | April 23, 2008 1:37 PM

I don't understand why we don't try harder to get LeBron into foul trouble!! He is their only real good player, and with him on the bench they have NO HOPE!!

Antonio needs to do his run into him and flop routine everytime he brings the ball up. Jamison needs to get position and set him up to come over the back. Haywood and Blatche should be taking the charge instead of trying to lay the "hard foul". Arenas can get a foul on anyone anytime he wants to!

Get him in foul trouble and get him off the court!! That should be our game plan! This isn't Rocket Science!!!!

Posted by: Darnell | April 23, 2008 12:41 PM

**********************************
If it were that easy everyone would be doing it!!!!!
The Wiz just need to play there game and things wil turn around.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 23, 2008 1:38 PM

Anybody catch the 2nd Dallas-New Orleans game and note the similarities with the Wiz-Cavs blowout?

Two exceptional players able to alter the flow and take the other team out of their game. Dallas stayed with their game better than the Wiz but it didn't help, eventually Chris Paul broke them down.

He is smaller but every bit as explosive as Lebron. Jason Kidd and the Mavs were helpless, frozen like statues as Paul split the defense and attacked, his passing is aggressive and inspired.

Posted by: msyhkin | April 23, 2008 1:39 PM

Don't dare compare the Caps to the Wiz the Caps finally get to the playoffs and all of a sudden they are the darlings of the phone booth(Verizon Ctr.) quality of play Please!!! until Alex O. got it going they were putrid and the "fans" stayed away in droves The Wiz lose two games and all of a sudden we are the worst team in the league,how many playoff games for the Caps over the last four years?If you are not willing to get behind this team 110% then stay your front running asses home!!!

Posted by: dargregmag@aol.com | April 23, 2008 1:42 PM

"Then there is this gigantic, foul-proned guy named Zydrunas."

Actually, for a guy as big and slow as he is, Ilgauskas is surprisingly not foul prone. During the regular season he averaged about 1 foul for every 10 minutes he played, which is a pretty average ratio. Contrast that with Blatche, who averaged almost the same number of fouls as Ilgauskas, even though he played 10 fewer minutes per game.

Posted by: kalorama | April 23, 2008 1:43 PM

No need to try and foul out Z. Just go right at him in the low post or mid-block. Z's game is shooting uncontested 18-foot pick and pops, and occasionally going over the back for an offensive putpack. That's where he hurts you. On defense, he can't jump and is virtually immobile. Haywood, who has very limited offensive skills, went 6-for-9 from the field against Z on Saturday, and he had 10 against him in 17 min on Monday night before he got ejected. I might also put Blatche in there against him, and give him the ball in the high post. If Z doesn't come out tight on him, AB can hit that 16-18 footer. If he does come out, jab and go right up the lane, or drop-step him and shoot a finger roll.

Posted by: John Brisker | April 23, 2008 1:52 PM

"You draw the center out of the post with yours and make him recover late to foul the player attacking the hoop."

Which is great if you have a C who's a reliable shooter from mid-range whose shot the opposing defense respects. The Wizards don't. The Cavs will happily have Ilgauskas stand in the lane and watch as Haywood chucks up 17 footers.

Posted by: kalorama | April 23, 2008 1:52 PM

Kalorama -

"If Gil drives from a high screen from Haywood he needs to slow down to give Z a chance to make harder contact. "

Well, that's a pretty terrible strategy. Slowing down to give the opposing defender a chance to recover? That makes no sense. If you've got a guy beat, then you take the ball to the basket. If the ballhandler is past the defender, the only way the defender can stop the score is to go over the top or reach, both of which increase the chances of a foul. Slowing down to give the opposing big man time to catch up defeats the whole purpose.

Posted by: kalorama | April 23, 2008 1:37 PM

I know it's a little misleading. I'm suggesting Gil still has plenty of speed left AND Z is really slow at changing directions.

But that isn't really the point. The point is the Cavs are much less dangerous without Z on the floor.

"Then there is this gigantic, foul-proned guy named Zydrunas."

Actually, for a guy as big and slow as he is, Ilgauskas is surprisingly not foul prone. During the regular season he averaged about 1 foul for every 10 minutes he played, which is a pretty average ratio. Contrast that with Blatche, who averaged almost the same number of fouls as Ilgauskas, even though he played 10 fewer minutes per game.

Posted by: kalorama | April 23, 2008 1:43 PM

Have no idea what Blatche's stats have to do with Z's importance to the Cavs, but Z has definitely had stretches in the past where he was frustrated due to fouls. It's possible that he was recovering from injury at the time, but I remember chunks of seasons where he just wasn't able to stay in due to foul trouble. Look, I know you're trying to make an intelligent point, unlike 99% of the other posters, and I appreciate you bothering to look at season stats, but this is about gamesmanship and our first plan was an unmitigated disaster. Z will foul us if we focus on it.

Again, is there a better idea circulating than Plan Z? I'm certainly open to it.

MUST FOUL OUT Z!!!

Posted by: Pauly B. | April 23, 2008 1:58 PM

Brisker, I like your idea a lot. Z can't stop BTH no matter how much some ppl here don't like his game or demeanor. I'd go to the well over and over until they make an adjustment. Eventually they will adjust but by then, the threat of an inside game should open up some good looks for AJ, CB, RM, DS and GA.
The Cavs know that we only go to him a few times a game so they never have to adjust. Go with the hot hand. Also, he may be able to draw some cheap fouls not only on Z but Wallace or Sideshow coming over to help.

Posted by: mark | April 23, 2008 1:59 PM

kalorama,

Anyone who knows basketball will tell you that if you want to draw fouls you do not drive into someone's chest. That is a ticket to get called for charge!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 23, 2008 2:04 PM

"Have no idea what Blatche's stats have to do with Z's importance to the Cavs, but Z has definitely had stretches in the past where he was frustrated due to fouls."

Every player has games like that. big whoop. But Ilgauskas is by reasonable definition "foul prone." That's an assertion that is simply unsupported by the facts. But hey, don't let that stop you from posting it for the 4,213th time. Maybe if you say it often enough you can make it come true by sheer force of will.

There's no place like home. There's no place like home.

Posted by: kalorama | April 23, 2008 2:06 PM

Kalo -

Think of the high screen. The defending center has to leave the post because if the shooting guard w/ ball in hand comes off the screen successfully, leaving his man hung up with Haywood, he has an open 17-18 footer. It's the whole premise of the high center screen to draw out the center.

Don't be such a party-pooper. I'm not suggesting anything revolutionary here, just a re-prioritization of goals from pummeling Lebron.


Posted by: Pauly B. | April 23, 2008 2:06 PM

,i>"Anyone who knows basketball will tell you that if you want to draw fouls you do not drive into someone's chest. That is a ticket to get called for charge!"

Then I guess Doug Collins, Hubie Brown, Reggie Miller, Mark Jackson, and any number of other former players and coaches who call games don't know anything about basketball, because they've all said during games that the the way to negate a shotblocker is to not try and shoot over him but to take the ball right at him and try to create contact.

Posted by: kalorama | April 23, 2008 2:08 PM

4,214. And counting.

Posted by: kalorama | April 23, 2008 2:10 PM

"Don't be such a party-pooper"

- Pauly B. I guess you're a newbie here :-)

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

EDIT:

That should be:

But Ilgauskas is by no reasonable definition "foul prone."

Posted by: kalorama | April 23, 2008 2:25 PM

Kalo -

Again, I'm not sure why you're so against trying this - it could get us a win. It's doable, been done to Z before and actually is a semblance of a half-court strategy.

Z can easily put 22-10 on us. We can't say that 'bout any of their other bigs. He is also damned imposing to around the rim. That makes it worth trying to get him on the bench.

MUST FOUL OUT Z!!!

Posted by: Pauly B. | April 23, 2008 2:26 PM

I've actually posted quite a bit, just not lately, but it's my first conversation with kalorama.

I can see he's not really interested in discussing X's and O's. Just wants to be right. That's fine by me.

So anyway, anybody else have any ideas? Seriously, how do we beat these guys? Hmmm...


Posted by: Pauly B. | April 23, 2008 2:27 PM

"I can see he's not really interested in discussing X's and O's. Just wants to be right. "

That's pretty funny from the guy who keeps posting the same thing over and over again without actually addressing any of the counterpoints (mine and others) being presented. You clearly have no interest in a conversation. You keep saying the same thing over and over again without bothering to listen or respond to what anyone else says.

In other words, you fit right in around here.

Posted by: kalorama | April 23, 2008 2:32 PM

Seriously, we get it. The Cavs aren't as good without Ilgauskas on the floor. No kidding. But the idea that the Wizards can simply will him into committing fouls is silly. There's a reason why the Wizards were in the bottom third of the NBA in opponents fouls committed per game. Because they don't play a brand of basketball that's conducive to drawing lots of fouls. Trying to change that now makes about as much sense (and will likely be as effective) as trying to become a tough physical defensive team after not being one all year. They need to abandon all of the gimmicks and 11th hour makeovers and get back to playing to their strengths.

Posted by: kalorama | April 23, 2008 2:40 PM

You are a scrapper, aren't you?


Posted by: Pauly B. | April 23, 2008 2:53 PM

False, Blatche hammered LeBron and it wasn't called a foul. True, LeBron got him back with the elbow, deal with it. If you guys are going to worry about our mkt dept and the kind of t-shirts we get handed to us, good luck with that. Losers.

Posted by: ricky shade | April 23, 2008 2:54 PM

Anyone know Tommy Knott's email? I'd like to congratulate him on a well written article! It's not on their website. Thanks!

Posted by: bobby o | April 23, 2008 2:56 PM

So much for your zeal for "conversation" and "Xs and Os." When presented with an actual basketball point, your only response is (fairly weak) sarcasm.

Like I said, you fit in well.

Posted by: kalorama | April 23, 2008 3:19 PM

It's very simple for the Wizards on offense: ball movement + player movement = good opportunities. And that is a different way of saying what kalorama said, the Wizards have to get back to playing to their strengths.
If they move the ball around and work the ball to the basket that might be the way to draw fouls on Z, but allowing him to stand there on defense instead of forcing him to move around is making it easy on him.

Posted by: George Templeton | April 23, 2008 3:30 PM

I know, you guys should bring in Soldier Boy to rattle LeBron and play his music at every opportunity! That will stop him/us!

Posted by: Mike Hunt | April 23, 2008 4:03 PM

,i>"Anyone who knows basketball will tell you that if you want to draw fouls you do not drive into someone's chest. That is a ticket to get called for charge!"

Then I guess Doug Collins, Hubie Brown, Reggie Miller, Mark Jackson, and any number of other former players and coaches who call games don't know anything about basketball, because they've all said during games that the the way to negate a shotblocker is to not try and shoot over him but to take the ball right at him and try to create contact.

Posted by: kalorama | April 23, 2008 2:08 PM


This discussion is turning into a joke. Why don't you call Doug Collins, Hubie Brown, Reggie Miller, Mark Jackson, and ask them when they say to create contact do they mean by taking the ball "into someone's chest?!"

Posted by: Anonymous | April 23, 2008 4:13 PM

I'll just back up a bit and say, I don't believe we can score the ball like we we're doing for a while back in Jan. because of the unfortunate hip issue Caron is laboring with. He and Gil really aren't 100%, but I think a less active Caron is the toughest pill to swallow because he's most capable of getting everyone involved.

I would love it if we dropped 115 on 'em, but I just don't see it. It seems more plausible that we disrupt them offensively and win it in the hi-90s. No matter the scenario you think will win it, I'm still expecting Lebron to keep it close down the stretch. Not sure there really is an answer for him, except have a bigger lead.


Posted by: Pauly B. | April 23, 2008 4:35 PM

Kalaroma is on his meds today. The usual fare is an emotional attack on the person and/or his/her ideas.

Kalorama, rather than just criticizing, I'd like to see a postive suggestion from you on what EJ should change.

Posted by: Izman | April 23, 2008 4:37 PM

Every seat in the Verizon center is getting a White T-Shirt on it that reads White-Out Playoffs 08 Rewritting the Rules. We are fully expecting every single fan in the arena to wear white but we are providing the white t-shirts as well.

I expect Verizon center to be rocking and for Letravel to be booed everytime he touches the ball. If we win tomorrow night it is a whole new series and if we win on Sunday as well we will have it tied up. Everyone needs to stay hopeful and optimistic, along with showing their support at the game tomorrow.

Be Loud, Wear White and Make NOISE! GO WIZARDS!!!

Posted by: Jeremy | April 23, 2008 4:49 PM

OK, Doug Collins, Hubie Brown, Reggie Miller, Mark Jackson didn't say that. I said that, satisfied?

Posted by: kalorama | April 23, 2008 4:52 PM

I'll see all yall haters there in my white tee.

Posted by: KayBee | April 23, 2008 5:03 PM

,i>"Anyone who knows basketball will tell you that if you want to draw fouls you do not drive into someone's chest. That is a ticket to get called for charge!"

Then I guess Doug Collins, Hubie Brown, Reggie Miller, Mark Jackson, and any number of other former players and coaches who call games don't know anything about basketball, because they've all said during games that the the way to negate a shotblocker is to not try and shoot over him but to take the ball right at him and try to create contact.

Posted by: kalorama | April 23, 2008 2:08 PM


This discussion is turning into a joke. Why don't you call Doug Collins, Hubie Brown, Reggie Miller, Mark Jackson, and ask them when they say to create contact do they mean by taking the ball "into someone's chest?!"

Posted by: | April 23, 2008 4:13 PM
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You must be new to this blog. kalorama is a know-it-all, who is never wrong.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 23, 2008 5:21 PM

"You must be new to this blog. kalorama is a know-it-all, who is never wrong."

Thanks, I can see that.

I guess I am also lucky that he is on medication today?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 23, 2008 7:13 PM

I'm a pathetic Cleveland Fan. Can I please post on your blog? It's the only we can feel good about ourselves and city. We get happy about small accomplishments such as a 2-0 series lead to over compensate for the fact that our pathetic city hasn't been able to win ANY sports Championships. I hope you understand. You will be seeing us around your blog a whole lot, we got 50 years to make up.

Posted by: Cleveland Fan | April 23, 2008 11:58 PM

Anyone know if Steve Stevenson is playing?

Posted by: Sir Bone a lot | April 24, 2008 9:59 AM

Hey pathetic Cleveland Fan. It's just too hard to resist posting comments after your team has done nothing to back up their talk. But keep it up, it seems to be working for you guys.

Posted by: Ricky Shade | April 24, 2008 12:16 PM

Hey pathetic Cleveland Fan. It's just too hard to resist posting comments after your team has done nothing to back up their talk. But keep it up, it seems to be working for you guys.

Posted by: Ricky Shade | April 24, 2008 12:16 PM

Nothing is working for Cleveland. The pathetic Drought continues...............

Posted by: Cleveland Fan | April 24, 2008 2:08 PM

The skins and nats are looking pretty good now. And who cares about the hogs super bowl days, you probably weren't even born. Losers.

Posted by: Pat. Cleve. Fan | April 24, 2008 2:50 PM

The skins and nats are looking pretty good now. And who cares about the hogs super bowl days, you probably weren't even born. Losers.

Posted by: Pat. Cleve. Fan | April 24, 2008 2:50 PM

No one in Cleveland right now was born during our last Championship, because it was soooooooooooooo long ago. Can I keep posting on your blog. I don't have a job and no life?

Posted by: Pat. Cleve. Fan | April 24, 2008 2:52 PM

that's me, drinking a 40 right now waiting to celebrate a game 3 victory. i'll keep posting until i feel like my job is done here. Steve Stevenson is a tool.

Posted by: pat. Cleve fan, | April 24, 2008 3:39 PM

that's me, drinking a 40 right now waiting to celebrate a game 3 victory. i'll keep posting until i feel like my job is done here. Steve Stevenson is a tool.

Posted by: pat. Cleve fan, | April 24, 2008 3:39 PM

that's me, drinking a 40 now waiting for 50 years for this drought to end. i'll keep posting because the drought will never end and cleveland is pathetic

Posted by: pat. Cleve fan | April 24, 2008 6:29 PM

It's SO OBVIOUS the Bullets have never been in a playoff series. They get a lead a home and are the cockiest most ridiculous group of idiots I've ever seen. When you all lose in game 5 have fun licking the wounds and rebuilding once again.

PS: Stephenson is a complete joke.

Sincerely,
Bullets Hater

Posted by: Bullets Hater | April 24, 2008 10:00 PM

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