“Nothing is missing; guys have just got to take pride in what they’re doing. I can take guys playing hard for 48 minutes and the other team finding a way to get it done, but we’ve got to have some pride. To let them play as physical as they did and outrebound us the way they did … that’s not what this team is all about…..So, nothing is missing – guys just aren’t doing it. Nothing is missing at all – and that comes not from the coaches, not from the front office. I have to get these guys to play night in and night out.” -A fuming Antawn Jamison via The Washington Times
“The truth is told out there. If you’re doing what you’re supposed to be doing out there, you’ll play. . . . Everybody knows. People can see who is playing well and who isn’t.” -Caron Butler on accountability via The Washington Post
Frustration, depression, and finger pointing are being constructed in Wizards Nation. It’s not a huge project, and it can be torn down at any minute, but right now, building losses are wasting the time of all those involved.
The veteran contractors, as quoted above, are starting to speak out in the local rags. But the quandary is who’s the focus of the ‘not pulling their weight’ accusations. The likes of Antawn Jamison are more than willing to shoulder the load of motivational responsibility…..but the reality is, you win and lose as a team.
That being said, when there’s talk of players needing to play with more pride, having to get people to play hard every night, and knowing who is stepping up and who is not, someone is being called out by Butler and Jamison.
Antonio Daniels is hampered by a knee (and perhaps wrist). Darius Songaila seems to do the best with the tools he has. JaVale McGee is a display of unexpected awesomeness, twice. Etan Thomas is doing what he can with his undersized frame. Nick Young has really picked it up in his sophomore season. What are we really looking to get out of Dom McGuire and Big Oily Pecherov? DeShawn Stevenson should be nothing more than a complimentary piece to the puzzle…..sure, some could be doing better given the circumstances, however….
See where I’m going here? I hate to keep looking in the direction of Andray Blatche, but aside from the injuries, he’s the only Wizard who has taken an noticeable step back, without a good excuse, when taking a microcosmic look at a dysfunctional team. No wonder all the preseason “talk” from Blatche was met with a ‘yea, right’ from Jamison.
Not all is lost on Andray Blatche…..someone just needs to get him to calm down, stop doing too much, and concentrate on doing the three things below.
1) Energy 2) Effort 3) Rebounding
Build on these as a starting point and hopefully the rest of the game will come to Andray instead of him trying to force the issue.
Web Notes From Miami
The Wizards (1-6) had hoped to build on Wednesday’s home win over the Utah Jazz and despite a ragged start, they were in position to do just that early in the third quarter when Wade channeled early 1990s-era Michael Jordan and took over.
[Wade Makes a Rout Of Competitive Game - The Washington Post]
A lack of ball movement, turnovers (13) and a lack of transition offense (only six fast-break points) were all culprits as the Wizards failed to build on the good things they did in Wednesday’s home win over the Utah Jazz.
[Offensive Lethargy Plagues Wizards - The Washington Post]
Well, it was kind of a game until Dwyane Wade went all Teen Wolf for that short stretch of the the third quarter and blew the Wizards off the court.
[Wade Takes Over - Wizards Insider]
It really doesn’t get much better than that: balanced scoring, solid and at times impenetrable defense, a huge rebounding edge. An absolutely ideal game for the Heat.
[Peninsula Is Mightier]
On several occasions last night Beasley took over on offense, doing everything from knocking down the perimeter jumpers to going airborne and crunching a few left-handed bangers.
[Crazy From The Heat]
Undersized center? Udonis Haslem made Etan Thomas look small Friday. The Wizards replaced Thomas at the start of the second half with Darius Songaila.
[Miami Heat - SunSentinel.com]
“He talks. He gets us into our defense and keeps us organized,” Jordan said. “He’s a very smart player. He’s going to be a very good coach one day…….He’s more under control. He’s more mature. He’s smarter as an NBA player. He’s not looking to make a name for himself but [is] helping his teammates get better – and that’s a great thing.”
[Eddie Jordan on Juan Dixon via The Washington Times]