Ball movement and DeShawn Stevenson….that’s what everyone has been buzzing about today. Well, where the hell have those two been? It’s baffling to try to explain, so I’ll give all the credit to Dee Brown.
Brown pushed the rock in transition, whipped the ball to spots in a timely manner in the half court, and even hit a couple treys. I should also mention that Brown had zero turnovers to his seven assists. He was even unafraid to stick his nose in the paint for an offensive rebound here and there.
Should Dee Brown start until Gilbert Arenas is healthy….allowing for Antonio Daniels to keep coming off the bench? I’m on board with that…..so far.
Dee Brown FYI
You can easily find out that Brown played quarterback in high school from his Wikipedia profile….but did you know? From an article about him in high school:
How competitive? Last fall, the 5-11, 145-pound quarterback was pounded in a 38-6 loss to Downers Grove South. “They really put a hurt on me,” Brown said.
But the next day, despite a sprained ankle, sore back and gimpy knee, he showed up at a basketball shootout and played three games with his team.
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- The ball movement was contagious.
[Ivan Carter, Wizards Insider]
- “We moved the ball well, and we had a lot of people getting a lot of touches. When everyone touches the ball, they play better and everyone is happy. That was the key.”
- Not that they deserved more attempts, but Washington shot just 11 free throws all night, making seven. Not a very promising “in spite of”-stat, if you know what I mean.
[Kelly Dwyer, Ball Don't Lie]
- The Wizards led for all but 56 seconds in the first half, and they pulled away in the third quarter. They outscored the Nets 35-12 by switching to a zone defense in an attempt to slow down the high-scoring back court of Devin Harris and Vince Carter.
[Michael Lee, Washington Post]
- 35-12. That is how the Wizards won their game against New Jersey last night.
[Holly MacKenzie, Slam]
- The Wizards are a bad shooting team — 44 percent on the season — but hit 52 percent of their field goals (and 54 percent of their threes) against the Nets. And since poop flows downhill, the defensive lethargy eventually splattered over onto the offensive end of the floor, which culminated in a truly craptastic third quarter in which the Nets scored a season-low 12 points while giving up a season-high 35.
- This may sound crazy but at this point DeShawn may be key to the Wiz kids getting back on track.
[The DC Sports Pulse]
- “Seeing the frustration on Caron’s face and Antawn’s face, they need another guy to come out there and help them. We need that third guy every night. I said, ‘I’m going to shoot and if I miss it, I miss it, who cares?’ I had to have that approach.”
- Darius Songaila then jumped in to give Pecherov a hard time. “You’ve played 35 minutes (actually 36) and guess how many assists you have,” Songaila asked while forming his fingers into a circle. “Zero. Zero in 35 minutes.” Pecherov and Songaila then got into a deep conversation in Russian. Caron Butler emerged from the shower and said, “They talking about us, y’all.”
[Locker Room Sillies via Wizards Insider]
- One quibble: Caron Butler’s minutes. He doesn’t need to get 37.5 minutes in a blowout win.
[Pradamaster, Bullets Forever]
- “The Next Team Has To Pay for It – Plain and Simple”
- It was not as if the zone really prevented Harris from penetrating, he still got inside, but the zone forced him to kick it out to open shooters, who sadly, were all having bad nights.
- Vince Carter has been criticized for not caring enough about losing, but he was not happy last night. He showed it to the media and to Devin Harris.
If you’re the Nets or a Nets’ fan, that’s may be one good thing coming out of last night’s 108-88 debacle against the Wizards – Carter’s demeanor after the game.
Late in the game, while Carter and Harris were watching the end of the blowout, he had some serious words for his backcourt mate. The short version is don’t let what happened out West go to waste.
[In The 'Zzone]
- A photo from last
night’s Nets game against the Washington Wizards shows a sea of empty seats at the Izod Center. Announced attendance was 15,062, more than three-quarters of the 19,968 capacity. Sure.
[Atlantic Yards Report]
[photo source: flickr/Keith Allison]