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Wizards React Quotes From Detroit to Philly

Updated: April 13, 2008

Two big games for the Washington Wizards….one great, one not so great. Here’s what the World Wide Web had to say about both:

Philadelphia 76ers

Allen Iverson Screams At Phillyflickr/ebot

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Unselfish offense and gritty defense were key elements to a victory that kept the Wizards (42-38) alone in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, 1 1/2 games ahead of Toronto and two games ahead of Philadelphia. [Ivan Carter, Washington Post]

The Wizards, who ensured that they can finish no lower than 6th with tonight’s win, outscored Philly 31-9 in the fourth. [Ivan Carter, Wizards Insider]

For most of the game, it was the usual Wiz game. Looked good, looked horrible. But in the 4th quarter, Gilbert Arenas finally emerged. He looked like the Arenas of old and willed the Wizards to victory. [Gregg Kanner, Les Bullez]

Anyway, that has nothing to do with last night’s affair, which exposed all the problems the 76ers have when they can’t turn the opposition over and get out and run. They ran Washington off the floor in the first half, but when it became a half-court affair, the Sixers blinked. [David Aldridge, Philly Inquirer]

They also had no fastbreak points in the final period against Washington. The Sixers got in the bad habit of settling for jump shots. It appears as if the Sixers will see more and more zone defenses, especially if they play the Detroit Pistons in the playoffs. Against zones, the Sixers still appear indecisive. And obviously the book on the Sixers is to make them beat you from the perimeter. [Marc Narducci, Deep Sixer]

One night after the Washington Capitals mounted a furious comeback in the final period to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers in game one of their first round playoff series, the Washington Bullets mounted a furious comeback in the final period to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers 109-93 and put themselves in the driver’s seat to take the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. [Spence, DC Pro Sports Report]

There is almost nothing better than heckling the opposing team, heckling their fans, booing everybody with anything Penn State on it and winning a game by double digits. [0>23, Wizards Extreme]

Wizards Coach Eddie Jordan was asked after the game whether such an effort was the kind Jordan would want from the three-time all-star in a “perfect world.” “That and my wife not arguing with me,” Jordan cracked. “That would be a perfect world.” [Washington Post]

Iguodala played 44 minutes despite being a game-time decision because of a bruised left shin he suffered in the first quarter of Friday’s 85-76 home loss to the Pacers. He had a team-high 22 points, seven assists, six rebounds and three steals. [PhillyBurbs.com]

Antonio Daniels on “Playoff Atmosphere”: “When I first came in the league,” the Wizards’ Antonio Daniels said, “I was like, how much can it change? How much can it really change? But when you walk into the arena, it’s a totally different feeling. It doesn’t feel like any of the other 90 games [including the preseason] that you’ve played in that season.” [Philly Inquirer]

Detroit Pistons

Detroit Bas-Ket-Ball!!flickr/femaletrumpet02

“We didn’t meet them on a physical level,” Wizards Coach Eddie Jordan said. “They just pounded us and we didn’t have an answer. Their switching defense, their length and their physical play just really took us out of our offense.” [Ivan Carter, Washington Post]

Max had a monster night! Jason scored a career high 28 points in 28 minutes. If that wasn’t efficient enough he did it on 11-for-13 shooting. And don’t think he got all his buckets off rim annihilating dunks either, he was stroking shots from everywhere inside the arc with lobs and putbacks thro
wn in for good measure. [Pistons Nation]

Rasheed Wallace loves him some Jason Maxiell. [Need 4 Sheed]

“I’ve never seen him play better,” Wizards forward Brendan Haywood said. “He was hitting step-back jumpers, one-dribble pull-ups — I didn’t even know he had that in his game.” [Detroit Free Press]

And with the starters getting ample rest, the result is bringing out the best of the reserves. The starters do just that, get things started, and the Piston pine keep things cooking. With both the Cavaliers and Sixers losing Friday night, the Washington Wizards blew an opportunity to better position themselves in the East as they were blown out by Detroit 102-74. [Mike Miller, Pistons Palace]

Blatche is now officially a goon by the way. Another game where he attempts a flatfooted push shot at the rim and gets his **** thrown. Also, his 1930’s scoop shot didnt make him look to bright. [Livestrong_Wiz, Wizards Extreme]

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