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Posted on: April 11, 2011 11:20 pm
Edited on: April 12, 2011 12:09 am

Von Wafer misses dunk, causes turnover video

Boston Celtics guard Von Wafer makes the worst play of the 2010-2011 NBA season. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Congratulations Von Wafer. You've been known as a headcase ever since your meltdowns in Houston, but your play tonight will stand for enternity as the best representation of your frustrating, misguided NBA career. So many things go wrong here that it's worth the time to provide a proper accounting.

First, some context. The Boston Celtics, a top playoff team that's been struggling recently, decided to rest their players at the end of the season during a game against one of the league's worst teams, the Washington Wizards. Even though Boston's second string should still be able to beat Washington's starters, the game manages to go to overtime, surely a frustrating proposition for all involved. 

With the Celtics up two with roughly two minutes to play in OT, Wafer takes the ball to the rack against some pathetic Wizards defense and attempts to power slam the ball with his right hand. He misses badly, but is so clueless that he doesn't realize it, instead gesticulating to the baseline cameras and road crowd. Did I mention this was a game his team should have won 20 minutes ago? 

If the missed dunk and end zone celebration weren't enough for you, Wafer finally realizes that play is continuing, stopping his preening for just long enough to run smack dab into Celtics center Jermaine O'Neal, who was attempting a post move on the left block. Wafer contacts O'Neal as he's dribbling, causing the ball to hang up. O'Neal then attempts to dribble again, leading to the mandatory double-dribble call from the baseline referee. 

Add it all up -- the missed dunk, the preening, the collision -- and Wafer made three ridiculous errors in less than five seconds. In overtime. Of a game with playoff implications. The best part? The Wizards came back to win, 95-94, sealing the Celtics as the Eastern Conference's No. 3 seed.

Here's a look at the sequence, which will surely become blooper reel fodder for years to come, courtesy of YouTube user Hiimyfriend

Posted on: April 1, 2011 3:23 pm
Edited on: April 1, 2011 3:28 pm

Heat F Juwan Howard to appeal $35K fine

Miami Heat forward Juwan Howard says he plans to appeal his fine for a recent scrap with the Washington Wizards. Posted by Ben Golliver. juwan-howard

Back on Wednesday night, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall punched Miami Heat center Zydrunas Ilgauskas. While the blow barely faced Ilgauskas it did set off a chain reaction of pushing and shoving that would up seeing Wall, Ilgauskas and Heat forward Juwan Howard ejected from the game. On Thursday, the NBA suspended Wall for one game and fined both Ilgauskas and Howard.

On Friday, Howard told the Sun-Sentinel that he plans to appeal his $35,000 fine because he didn't think he should have been ejected in the first place and because he thought the amount of the fine was "very harsh."
"I wouldn't regret doing it if I had to do it again," said Howard, who said he merely was trying to protect a teammate. "Unfortunately, I just thought that the penalty was very harsh."
"I respect the fact that the NBA, of course, wants to take a stance as far as cleaning up the game," the veteran forward said, "but, unfortunately, a situation like that happened. Hopefully, we don't have to deal with it again.
Howard, who at 38 years old is one of the league's oldest players, has likely reached the point where this is all about principle. More power to him for standing up to the league office and exercising his right for a review. 

With that said, the judgment handed done seemed to be fairly consistent with other recent situations involving escalation. These situations do seem to be a point of emphasis for officials and the league, who are looking to crack down on the aftermath as much as they are the original hard fouls.

Or we could look at it this way: Howard is so old that he has a son in college. $35,000 is a year's tuition! Of course he's going to appeal.
Posted on: March 31, 2011 7:55 pm
Edited on: March 31, 2011 8:04 pm

John Wall suspended after altercation with Heat

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall was suspended one game for an incident that occurred in a game on Wednesday night. Posted by Ben Golliver.


On Wednesday night, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall threw a punch at Miami Heat center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, which set off an altercation that involved Wizards center JaVale McGee and Heat forward Juwan Howard

On Thursday, the NBA announced that Wall would be suspended over the incident. The league further ruled that Ilgauskas and Howard would be fined.
John Wall of the Washington Wizards has been suspended one game without pay, and Juwan Howard of the Miami Heat has been fined $35,000 for their roles in an incident during a game on Wednesday, March 30. Additionally, Miami’s Zydrunas Ilgauskas has been fined $25,000. The penalties were announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. 
Wall has been suspended for his Flagrant Foul, Penalty Two, which included throwing a closed-fist and forearm into the midsection of Ilgauskas, and Howard has been fined for escalating the altercation. The incident occurred with 8:48 remaining in the second quarter of the Heat’s 123-107 victory at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.   

Ilgauskas, who received a Flagrant Foul, Penalty Two, for an elbow to the face of Wall, has been fined for making an obscene gesture following his ejection. 

Wall will serve his suspension on Friday, April 1 when the Wizards host the Cleveland Cavaliers
The Wizards are way out of the Eastern Conference playoff chase so the suspension is meaningless from a basketball perspective. For Wall, this is simply a sign of youthful frustration. While his defenders will paint this as Wall's attempt to establish that he won't be punked by veterans, established stars in the NBA never, ever respond to something as common as a swinging elbow by throwing a close-fisted punch during the second quarter of an unimportant game in March. Wall's actions proved nothing except that he is easily rattled, and they left his team without its best player.

Wall, the 2010 No. 1 pick, is better than this mess. Hopefully, the time off will help him see that.
Posted on: March 30, 2011 7:58 pm
Edited on: March 31, 2011 7:31 pm

John Wall punches Zydrunas Ilgauskas video

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall throws a punch at Miami Heat big man Zydrunas Ilgauskas. Posted by Ben Golliver.

During the second quarter of a Wednesday night game between the Washington Wizards and Miami Heat in Washington, Wizards point guard John Wall threw a punch to the body of Heat center Zydrunas Ilgauskas. Wall was retaliating after Ilgauskas twice swung his elbow in Wall's direction at the top of the key. The exchange occurred with the Wizards leading 37-36 with 8:48 remaining in the second quarter.

In the aftermath of the exchange, Heat forward Juwan Howard came flying in and pushed Wizards center JaVale McGee as well.

Here's video of the sequence.

Following a lengthy video review, Wall and Ilgauskas were each assessed a Flagrant Foul 2 and ejected from the game. Howard and McGee were given a double technical and Howard was then ejected from the game as well for "escalation".
Posted on: March 30, 2011 1:09 pm
Edited on: March 30, 2011 1:17 pm

Wizards F Trevor Booker (foot) out for season

Washington Wizards rookie forward Trevor Booker will "likely" miss the rest of the season with a cracked foot. Posted by Ben Golliver. trevor-booker

This time of year, teams like the Washington Wizards have nothing to play for except the future. Unfortunately, one somewhat promising member of that future is about to get shut down. 

The Washington Post reports that Washington Wizards coach Flip Saunders said that rookie forward Trevor Booker "is likely done for the season after MRI revealed a crack below his right foot."
Saunders said Booker will seek another opinion on the foot that he injured in the fourth quarter of the Wizards’ 114-94 loss on Friday in Denver. An initial X-ray in Denver didn’t show any fractures, but Booker missed the past two games and complained of continued soreness in his foot. The Wizards (18-55) have nine games remaining.
“He might have a little crack on the bottom of his foot,” Saunders said. “He might have a CAT scan today, so we’ll know more probably tonight. But it looks like he might be done for the year.”
On a roster stocked with players that probably shouldn't be in the NBA -- Mustafa Shakur, Hamady Ndiaye, etc. -- Booker made a good name for himself this season. While Wizards fans continually called for the rookie out of Clemson to get more playing time, he finished the season averaging 5.3 points and 3.9 rebounders in 16.4 minutes per game, shooting 54.9% from the field. points out that his advanced stats look even better.

As Washington's season got more hopeless and injuries stacked up, Booker moved into a starting role in March, posting a career-high 26 points in a loss to the Toronto Raptors on March 18. 

The Wizards are in search of building blocks to surround franchise point guard John Wall with. While the team's roster could continue to see a lot of roster shuffling this summer, Booker seems like a surefire keeper. 
Posted on: March 22, 2011 11:45 pm

Video: JaVale McGee with the block of the year

Posted by Royce Young

Bill Russell used to always talk about the art of blocking a shot but not sending it into the fifth row because that does absolutely no good. You want to block the shot to a teammate, ideally to set up a run out for fast break.

JaVale McGee, as you might imagine, has always struggled with this. But he one-upped Russell's idea Tuesday with his block of Wesley Matthews. Not only did McGee keep it in play, he just went ahead and grabbed it himself all in one motion to make things a little more streamlined.

McGee recently put up a triple-double that included 12 blocks. That's impressive. But not as impressive as his block of Matthews Tuesday night. That's how good it was. This one is better than those 12 combined. In fact, take every block from this NBA season and it's not as good as McGee's block of Matthews. LaPhonso Ellis has the best block ever in my mind with this stuff at the rim and not only is McGee's similar, it might actually be as good.
Posted on: March 18, 2011 11:44 am

JaVale McGee defends his triple-double

Posted by Royce Young

All triple-doubles are not equal. Some are better than others. Especially when "others" is the one JaVale McGee threw up earlier in the week against the Bulls.

His line was terrific -- 11 points, 12 rebounds, 12 blocks -- but it more about the way he got it. Some might call it cheap, some might call it tainted. Whatever the case, McGee got it and he was happy about it.

As a result, he's taken a bit of criticism. Valid, I think, mainly because the way McGee hung on the rim and celebrated despite being down 19 with 20 seconds left. But he was excited and when you're in a season like the Wizards are having, it's the little victories. And that's why McGee isn't apologizing.

"I got a triple-double," McGee told The Washington Post . "Who can say they got a triple-double? I'm not really worried about it."

Obviously I think McGee is missing the point (like he so often does). Some were reminded of Andray Blatche's embarrassing attempt to get a triple-double or even Ricky Davis' pathetic move to get it.

"I couldn't understand how they were saying it was like Ricky Davis," McGee said. "The thing about it is, I wasn't trying to get a triple-double until they started running plays for me at the end. So, that's totally different."

Posted on: March 17, 2011 7:47 pm

Rashard Lewis done for the year?

Posted by Royce Young

Rashard Lewis has missed Washington's last five games due to a sore right knee. Not that anyone has really noticed because the Wizards have been absolutely terrible, losing five straight and nine of their last 10.

Lewis though, is as important a piece to Washington's success as anyone though because it's a team devoid of depth and much talent so with him or Andray Blatche, the group has struggled.

But they may need to prepare to finish our their rough 2010-11 campaign without him. According to the Washington Post, Lewis will get another opinion on his right knee this week, but as the report says, it's unlikely Lewis will play again this year.

There's potential Lewis could need surgery and if that's the case, obviously he'd be out. But either way, there's no rush for him to come back. He's signed through 2012 (through 2013, but that's non-guaranteed) and is owed about $40 million for those two years. Lewis may not be part of the Wizards' long-term plan, but him being healthy next season is something they'd surely hope for.

He's been pretty good for the Wizards since his trade there from the Magic. Nothing fantastic, but definitely a contributor, putting in around 12-14 points a night.

With his knee situation, it is tanking time, so the Wizards might encourage him to just rest up anyway. They aren't playing for anything other than a few extra ping-pong balls.
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