Wizards-Mavericks Game 25 Recap: Antawn Jamison Stars In Groundhog Day
“It’s ‘Groundhog Day,’ man.” -Antawn Jamison
Otherwise…..good luck against the Charlotte Bobcats tonight, the Wizards always need it.
As you probably know, DeShawn Stevenson is out (of the starting lineup), Dominic McGuire is, perhaps, in…..got anything to air out? Might as well do it now before turning over a new leaf in about eight days.
- Yes, Dallas stars like Dirk Nowitzki, who scored 23 points, and Jason Terry, who came off the bench to score 25, did their part. But how to explain a string of easy alley-oop dunks by the likes of Devean George and James Singleton? [Ivan Carter, Washington Post]
- Tapscott tried some new things by going to Dominic McGuire early and often, by playing Javaris Crittenton for a couple of stretches and by sitting Juan Dixon and Etan Thomas throughout; but the final result was familiar. Oh, and DeShawn Stevenson played only 15 minutes. [Ivan Carter, Wizards Insider]
- As it’s been for a few weeks, Washington’s effort in the loss was admirable. Caron Butler (18 points in about 44 minutes on 16 shots) looked Caron Butler-ish at times, and Darius Songaila (5-5 shooting) had himself a little hot streak off the bench, but this team just doesn’t have any firepower. And they’re overmatched defensively. Against anyone. [Kelly Dwyer, Ball Don't Lie]
- Caron Butler was visibly upset on the bench during a timeout with under 10 seconds to go. It’s the first time I really saw a player blow up so far this season. It didn’t appear to be directed anywhere specific and that was confirmed by people afterward, but to me it was the first sign that this thing is really sinking. [Ivan Carter, Wizards Insider]
- Butler fumed as he returned to the bench during a timeout. He cursed bitterly as he sat down, stood back up, cursed some more and then walked out of the huddle and to the end of the bench, where he plopped down in frustration. [Mike Jones, Washington Times]
- Caron Butler said his sideline rant at the end of Sunday’s loss to the Dallas Mavericks wasn’t directed at any particular teammate or issue. The two-time all-star said he simply lost his cool after watching the Wizards (4-21) squander yet another winnable game with yet another poor fourth quarter performance. [Washington Post]
- Yep, it only took Dallas 42 minutes to realize they were playing the against the worst defense in the NBA. [Mavs Money Ball]
- Coach Rick Carlisle puppeteered a really sound 29 minutes from seldom-used scrapper James Singleton. The 6-9 Singleton – a do-the-little-things specialist who doesn’t get to do much at all – hasn’t played significant minutes since mid-November. But here, he jumped up into the rotation, ahead of ‘Gana Diop (nine minutes) and ahead of Brandon Bass (a rather alarming DNP). He guarded the likes of Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler, registered 13 rebounds, scored eight points, had three blocks and two steals, and seemed sharp on pick-and-roll defense, on protecting the basket as a shot-blocking “center’’ and on out-hustling the other nine guys on the floor. [DallasBasketball.com]
- Still the Man in D.C.: It’s been four-plus years since Jerry Stackhouse was traded from Washington to the Mavericks, but he’s still got lots of friends and family in the area.
Stackhouse had to come up with 22 tickets for the game, even though he hasn’t played in more than a month now.
The swingman said his sore right foot is improving. But he still is wearing the protective walking boot and has no timetable for getting back to practice, much less game action. [Mavs Blog - Dallas News]