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Posted on: November 6, 2008 8:16 pm
Edited on: November 6, 2008 8:20 pm
 

Wizards Sitting at 0-3

Washington Wizards logoRemember the old saying "it's never over till it's over"?  Well the Wizards better start remembering the phrase if the season continues to play out the way it has.  Now don't get me wrong I know it’s a very long season, but how long can you wait before the panic button begins to appear larger?  On a night that looked like the young team could be picking up their first win, all things that could go wrong most seemingly did. 

  • The Good


The Wizards were able to penetrate and get to the line, a matter of fact they got there 51 times in the game.  They had active hands in the game pulling away 12 steals and forcing a total of 19 turnovers.  The team looked pretty sharp through 3 quarters looking like they may have some momentum to continue into the fourth quarter and close out the game. 

  • The Bad


While Washington was able to force 19 turnovers they also managed to give up 20 themselves.  Any coach will always tell you in order to win the game you have to control the turnovers, well it’s a shame nobody told the Wizards this as those turnovers led to a whopping 33 fast break points.  The ball needs to move in order to be successful in basketball and the offense seemed to be moving towards more one on one play.  The Wizards had a total of 19 assists as a team compared to the Bucks 37. 

  • The VERY Ugly


The Wizards led the Bucks by 14 points with 9:58 to play in the fourth, which normally any good team could suffice with and hold off any run the opponent may potentially have.  On a night when the opposition was missing their primary star Michael Redd (ankle injury) all systems should have been a go.  However the Bucks had other thoughts, Richard Jefferson seemed to look full of energy that has not been shown for quite some time.  R. Jeezy (His new nickname I just decided) dropped 32 points and still got his team involved posting 9 assists.  The game stayed fairly close till the closing moments of the fourth quarter when the Wizards looked sure to get out of Milwaukee with a W.  Free throws, free throws win ball games (you’re told this at the pee wee level).  Shooting 66% from the free throw line, especially when most of those misses come when you’re trying to "ice" a game will definitely turn the results around.  Maybe B-rock should pay a visit to Caron Butler and Antwan Jamison this week and give them a motivational speech and teach them a thing or two about pulling off the win and making some history. To make matters worse the guy who misses the game winning shot comes back and revives the Bucks to win in OT.  The young rookie Luc Mbah a Moute (Say that three times fast) ha a good look as time expired to win the game, yet he clanked it off the iron.  Into overtime they went, a bran new ball game, a chance for making up a blown game.  In a night where Butler and Jamison played good games they could have stole one back on the road.  They didn't however, instead the first year player Moute stole the show. First the kid creates the double and makes a tremendous bounce pass to Andrew Bogut to get the first Bucks lea since the first half. Then came the overtime period and a fast break dunk from R.J. with 1:49 in overtime began the momentum shift.   Following a DeShawn Stevenson foul, the rook took one to the paint and scored an easy layup and continued to follow it with great defense on the other end forcing a missed shot by Jamison and took it down the court and drained a 12 foot J with only 37 ticks remaining.   That would seemingly put this game away giving the Bucks a 108-102 lead. 


The Wizards need to get something turned around an I may not be the only one thinking it, After the game Coach Eddie Jordan said this ""I'm trying to be loyal to NBA vets and the continuity theme, [but] I'm growing very impatient with it".  I guess the future is definitely undecided and only time will tell how this team rebounds its confidence.

Posted on: November 4, 2008 12:51 am
Edited on: November 4, 2008 6:39 pm
 

The Washington Wizards : Week 1

Washington Wizards logoThe Washington Wizards Week 1

Remember last post season when Soulja Boy was making his way through hip hop radios everywhere and all the boys and girls were doing the Superman.  I’m sure DeShawn Stevenson remembers it quite well, how could he not?  The attitude coming from the Wizards guard with taunts of LeBron James is overrated stirred in the atmosphere as the series began.  Well we all know how the story went and another year ended for Wizards basketball.  So many questions coming into this season presented themselves as people were anxious to see if Gilbert Arenas could ever coexist with the new leaders Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison.  Well no one really has to worry about that as Agent 0 went down and had to have yet another surgery on the injured knee.  Can Arenas get back to form after missing 69 games last season and in my opinion only coming back to hurt the chemistry of the team in the playoffs?  Only time will tell how the once known superstar comes back... keep faithful Wizards fans as the Heat are beginning to see the value of patience with Dwayne Wade.  So let’s get into the Wizards basketball.
 
New Jersey Nets @ Washington Wizards


Not much was happening in the first week of NBA action for the Wizards as they only have played two games thus far both resulting in losses.  The season opener began with Nets coming into Washington.  Brendon Haywood was inactive as he is looking likely to miss the season after having surgery on his right wrist.  The Nets looked like a team on a mission on the first of many games to be played in Washington.  While there was some upside in the 95-85 loss, Six Wizards players scored in double figures but it was not enough to contain the surging Nets.  The two studs on the team shot a combined 9-29 for a whopping 27 points, the team as a whole shot 37% and only 67% from the charity stripe.  It seemed on a night where they had a chance to get the ugly taste of last years end the Wizards could do very little to get a consistent rhythm.  Etan Thomas starting and playing in his first game since April 30, 2007 had a decent night scoring 10 points and grabbing 8 rebounds in pretty limited minutes in the starting role.  The Wizards finished the game winning the rebound battle, but turned the ball over 15 times and hit only 5 of 19 three point shots. 

Washington Wizards @ Detroit Pistons


"It was a big improvement from game one, and that's what we are looking for -- improvement," Jordan said. "I know we lost the game, but there were a lot of positive signs -- for us to score 109 points against a very good defensive team means we are making strides."


Now for me that sounds a bit like wishful thinking from Coach Jordan as once again his team was unable to contain a usually effective but not explosive Pistons offense.  Compared to game one I guess you can say this was definitely a vast improvement.  The offense seemed to be able to get a little more things accomplished and Butler and Jamison both put up 20+ points each.  Instead of getting into the game in detail I want to point out a young talent whom I think can definitely help this Wizards team... Nick Young, he stole the show from Stevenson putting up 23 points in 29 minutes including 11-11 from the free throw line.  If Young continues to shine look for him to gain more minutes or even steal the starting role from Stevenson.


I think with the antics DeShawn Stevenson pulled last year and his continuance to not really improve puts allot of pressure on the rest of the team.  When you think basketball and shooting guard you think scorer and while Stevenson can certainly decide to light it up on given nights he is certainly inconsistent and there is more negative to put up with than positive.   Stevenson was called for a flagrant foul in game 2 and deservedly so after pulling down Arron Afflalo by the neck in the second quarter.   Look for some changes and soon by Eddie Jordan with his teams’ state of mind and emotion.  There is just too much talent on this young team to continue to have struggles a first year team would have.


Posted on: March 15, 2008 4:02 am
 

March 14th lessons learned

It was almost great, the Spurs dropped another game after losing to the Pistons and the Rockets beat the Bobcats to make the 3:30est sunday contest just that much better against the Lakers.  The only thing wrong is the Lakers still had to play basketball, and about three minutes in to the Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul MVP race game our puzzle piece was unglued with a sprained ankle.. We went on to lose the game and we have lost Pau Gasol for the trip and probably up to two weeks.  It just shows you can't count anything out in this game.  Kobe gets his pinky messed up and plays through it and then Pau goes down.  Im tired of watching our bench have to carry out our stars.  If we lose three games without the Suns losing we fall behind them in the division.  Am I worried about it? ya im not going to lie to you and say it's not causing concern, but if the guy we say is the best in the league and argue for daily on these boards is really the best or at least on of then why couldn't we pull off at least 2 out of the next three? or 3 in a row? All I know is my humble pie was sitting on the counter befor Pau went down.. it was made after the loss to the Kings.  and I am about to take a huge bite before sundays game.  Tracy McGrady and friends lost their all star Yao Ming for the season, but have continued to win.. so why the hell should we bee different.  Time to go to work L.A., time to see if the boys are ready to become men and see if this team is made of champions or just contenders.  Lets go Lakers!  Avitar remains to change for the opponents... untill I lose a bet!
Category: NBA
Posted on: March 4, 2008 2:42 pm
Edited on: March 9, 2008 3:35 pm
 

Lakers Memories

These are some of my favotrite Lakers plays of all time...

1.)Derek Fisher hitting the 0.4 second shot on the Spurs.youtube.com/watch

2.)Kobe Bryant nailing a three at the end of the 1st ot. and then a three in the 2nd overtime to win in Portland and go to the playoffs.youtube.com/watch

3.) Robert Horry hitting the three at the buzzer against the Kings. youtube.com/watch

4.) Kobe Bryant hits game winner on the Pistonsyoutube.com/watch  funny commentator

5.) The series we let slip away. youtube.com/watch

6.) Mr. 81 youtube.com/watch

7.) Magic hits the baby hook youtube.com/watch poor quality

8.) Chick Hearns tribute.. there you go Lakers fans

9.) Kobes clutch against Phoenix ... should of finished them youtube.com/watch

Category: NBA
Posted on: March 3, 2008 3:14 pm
 

Kobe's Defense is back!

Thanks to the Lakersnation for the article...

When Kobe Bryant went to Las Vegas over the summer to compete in the qualifying tournament of the Americas for the USA Olympic team, he looked like he was in great shape and declared he was going to focus on his defense with this team. Unlike with the Lakers, Kobe would not have to put all of his energy into the offensive side of the ball, since he had the likes of LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, and etc. to help out with the scoring. So Kobe took it upon himself to ask the coaching staff if he could guard the opposing team’s best player every single game.

Kobe’s defense had fallen off over the past few years as was seen last season when other team’s stars would put up big point totals on him (look at Michael Redd’s 45 points or Gilbert Arenas’ 60 points last season at home). This caused Kobe to rededicate himself to get his defense back to NBA All-Defensive team style. Even though Kobe had been put on these teams in years past, it was more out of respect then for his actual play.

Kobe lost almost twenty pounds over the summer and had some good practice in the Olympic qualifier to work on his defense. He looked extremely good on the defensive side of the ball while helping Team USA win the qualifying tournament, by scoring, passing, rebounding, and shutting down the opponent’s best player.

At the beginning of the Laker’s training camp, the question arose about Kobe’s defense and if the quality he showed over the summer could translate into the NBA season. At the start of the season, Kobe was not sure how much effort he would have for defense because no one knew that he would have more help on the offensive side of the ball than in seasons past. (Prior to the season, I told some of my friends that I would be more impressed with Kobe if he won the Defensive Player of the Year instead of MVP).

Once Kobe was able to get some help on the offensive side of the ball thanks to Derek Fisher, Andrew Bynum, etc., and now Pau Gasol, the defense that was shown at the Olympics in August was on display during the regular season. This defensive attitude has been contagious and others on the Lakers have stepped their defense. We all know that “defense wins championships”. Some of the problems of the Lakers in years past have been their ability to play team defense and shut down other teams and their playmakers. Kobe Bryant has had some memorable blocks this year on Tim Duncan and Yao Ming.

Kobe is also in the Top 10 in the league for steals per game. In a game in December in Denver, Allen Iverson was torching us, so Phil Jackson put Kobe and Trevor Ariza on him in the 4th quarter and they held A.I. to 2 points in that quarter, which also lead to a Laker victory. With the acquisition of Pau Gasol and the return of Andrew Bynum coming soon, this team has the offensive ability to make it out of the Western Conference. The thing that will decide how far this Laker season will go depends on how their defense comes together during playoff time.

Can Kobe Bryant keep up the intensity on both sides of the ball and make his teammates want to play good defense? I believe that Kobe will be able to motivate his teammates and keep up the defensive level that will see Kobe earn his way onto the NBA All-Defensive first team.

Could not have said it better myself... Kobe Bryant has reinvented himself to the all around player he was now that he has help offense is the least of the worries.
Category: NBA
Posted on: February 28, 2008 12:32 pm
 

Its easier to complain

You know my fellow Lakers fans we hear alot of crap when our team starts winning and we here even more when we are the best.  We here all kinds of b.s. when LeBron James and Shaquille O'neal say our sg Kobe Bryant is the best player in the game.  All people do is hate on the Lakers, but I've said it before (this one is for Norie) If they hate them let em' hate and watch the money pile up.  Money = wins(metaphor).  It is so much easier when you hate the Lakers to put fog in your eyes and let the wax build in your brain then to realize and admit.  Its easier to criticize then to compliment.  So unlike the others, when they come over with their non sense and no informed stats, let us bring our history, information and the truth to them.  Oh by the way Go Lakers!
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