- Jamison’s 31 and 11
- Brendan Haywood’s defense
- Songaila’s war with Super Buddy Jesus
- Dominic McGuire’s alley-oop from Caron in the middle of the 2nd
- Antonio Daniels’ sweet spin and finger-roll late in the 3rd
- Hedo Turkoglu missing 2 free-throws in the final minute
What they said:
Third Quarter Collapse thinks Dwight Howard is getting the Shaq treatment: “To be frank, it’s ridiculous how much Dwight’s defenders get away with defensively. The difference between what they’re allowed to do and what Dwight’s allowed to do is astonishing.”
Wizards Insider gives us this quote from an excuse-making Dwight Howard: “I think it’s the flopping,” Howard said. “Some of the things, I understand. People can beat up on me, and nothing happens. But when I touch somebody, I get calls. I try to talk to the refs but it doesn’t seem to do any good. I really can’t focus on that. It’s only one game.
Didn’t catch the game (NCAA tournament took precedence), but here’s the web highlights:
At one point during the fourth quarter, Miami had five players on the court who were in the NBA’s Development League earlier this month. The Wizards scored the game’s first six points and never trailed, winning their season-high fourth straight road game.
“It’s time to step on them,” said Daniels, who finished with nine points, seven assists and five rebounds. “Right now. Let’s step on them.”
Rookie Nick Young was a late scratch with a bruised left thigh, an injury he suffered during last Thursday’s win over Cleveland.
Sat next to a scout from a Western Conference team who had some very nice things to say about Eddie Jordan as a coach.
“He’s one of the best in the business at getting his guys to run and execute that system. I mean, they are very good. A lot of teams try to emulate what they do but they can’t do it. I think he’s doing a great job. They are one of the most organized teams in the league at both ends of the floor.”
“But,” I replied. “Some of the folks who read my blog seem to think that Jordan’s a lousy coach.”
Scout: “Then they are uninformed and don’t know a lick about basketball. I do this for a living and I’ll tell you: he’s one of the best in the business.”
Thank you Ivan for asking the scout that question about the bloggers. Journalists (and bloggers) are stereotypically cynical, but commenters, those on Wizards Insider mostly apply, can be pessimistic insurgents. I’m seriously turned off at the amount of animosity towards and lack of credit given to Eddie Jordan.
Washington Times Wizards Outlet – Caron Butler did not take San Diego beating UConn too well:
“Well, bad thing is, I gotta take it out on somebody,” said Butler, who went on to score 25 points on 9-for-11 shooting against the team that drafted him 10th overall out of UConn in 2002.
I’ll leave you with the photoshop I did a while ago — idea thanks to the soul selling of the Miami Heat. Would I do it for a championship with years of mediocrity to downright terrible to follow? Perhaps so my friend.