Rundown on the Washington Wizards
Well, the Wizards are in the midst of a brutal February where they’ve lost their first 5 games of the month, 6 losses in a row overall, as well as in 8 of the last 10 games. And while their early season play without Gilbert Arenas has surprised everyone, for some to the point of questioning the value of Arenas, this latest futility is no surprise. What has become evident is that no squad can overcome the level of injuries felt by the Wizards, and that dangerous NBA teams need a guy who is able to command points in the hoop.
About That Nuggets Game [live blog]
With 5:41 left in the 4th quarter, as Linas Kleiza was hitting two FTs to push the Denver lead to 12 at 96-84, Carmelo Anthony, who at the time had 40 points, checked back into the game.
Normally, I would not blame a team for bringing their superstar back to the court with a 12 point lead. Five minutes and forty-one seconds is a lot of time….we know this is the NBA. But, it’s the manner in which the Nuggets carried out the remainder of the game that makes me object. Denver’s intent was not so much to put away the game as a team, rather so ‘Melo My Man could put on an individual show and go for an individual achievement.
Eddie Jordan has his opinion on the subject: “The end part of that game I felt was a little bit on the classless side,” Coach Eddie Jordan said after his team’s sixth straight defeat. “But we all have our ways and when you get your butt kicked, the other team can do whatever it wants to do. But I thought it was very classless to close a game out like that. I have my opinion; I can say what I want to say. That’s what I thought it was.”
I understand Eddie’s frustration. No one likes to be embarrassingly kicked while they’re down. But my thoughts are close to those of Jake on Bullets Forever.
- Did the Nuggets have the right to put Carmelo on the court? Yes, just as the Wizards had the right to double Melo off the ball so he would not achieve fiddy.
- Do I blame Denver for doing so? No, with that much time, no lead is safe.
- Does Eddie Jordan have a beef? It’s certainly his right to complain as well. But I think he’s making his comments more for his own team. The Wizards effort against the Nuggets was not bad, but the team needs to play with more pride to succeed.
On To Rise In Phoenix (hopefully)
Remember when the Wizards were last in the desert? I do. I watched the game at Buffalo Billiards in Dupont Circle with a group of friends. Gilbert dropped 54 points in a dramatic 144-139 overtime win. That night was my first public witnessing of Gilbert’s “arrival” in DC, outside of the phone booth. Buffalo Billiards, or most any bar in the District, is not known for becoming captivated by an NBA game, much less one involving the hometown Wizards. But that evening, people who otherwise could not name more than two Wizards were incapable of averting their eyes.
Tonight is a Mentally Tough Game. It’s unlikely that Caron Butler or Antonio Daniels will play. They probably shouldn’t. Phoenix is a very smart basketball team led by a top 5 NBA point guard. We’re all weary of their incendiary offense. I’m not sure I’ve ever hoped for a morale victory before, I suppose tonight will be the first. Essentially, the young Wizards must learn and show growth in a game like this. Because of the aforementioned reasons, they cannot afford to relax for one second. They can’t incur cerebral breakdowns. They must be mentally tough.
In Other News
- Why is Andray Blatche sad these days? Mac G’s Word has the answer.
- Gilbert Arenas has created a new beverage called an Agent Zero. It’s half Corona, half Shirley Temple, and 100% fruity.
- Also from that DC Bog post about Gil’s drink concoction, we learn that Arenas once had keloids in the crotch region. That doesn’t sound very Agent Zero-like.
- Gilbert the Prankster will always have the last laugh. I think Nick Young got off easy.
- Gilbert Arenas in a Q&A with Slam’s Michael Tillery:
“Watching the game like a coach. It’s easy to watch it as a player. You see things and you try to figure out what coach is talking about. As you sit there, you begin to think like a coach instead of a player.”
I look forward to seeing the results of his mentally maturing basketball IQ. After all, gathering intelligence is what agents do.