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Arenas: A Tale of Two Quarters; Wiz Lose To Mavs 123-115

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Updated: October 9, 2009
{Gilbert Arenas in the now dead gold jersey - flickr/Keith Allison}

{Gilbert Arenas in the now dead gold jersey - flickr/Keith Allison}

It was a tale of two quarters for Gilbert Arenas. In the first, he frustrated fans and probably his coaches and teammates alike because he didn’t even take a shot when opportunities were ample. Did he lose his offensive mojo and become the Agent Austin Powers instead of the one they call Zero? Arenas did have four assists to a sole turnover in the 9:12 he played first quarter, but that’s not exactly going to make the Wizards’ offense better.

Before the game, Flip Saunders said “I think with Gil, my thing is going in, playing in 10 minutes and that’s pretty much it. If he feels pretty good about where he’s at, then come back a little bit. If he doesn’t come back it doesn’t mean, ‘Oh somethings wrong with Gil.’”

With the ‘same’ passive Gil to start against Dallas, did Saunders really have a choice but to play him more?

“He needs to get that aggressiveness so other guys can get used to playing in that type of environment,” said Saunders after the game. When asked if he encouraged him at halftime, he said, “We all encouraged him. I told him, if he’s open and doesn’t shoot it, the next guy you pass it to is probably going to be covered.”

Guess it worked. In the third, Arenas came out moving with a purpose, scoring 12 points on 6-6 FGs, including a driving layup with a foul that drew a standing ovation from fans and teammates on the bench. In just over 21 minutes, he totaled  nine dimes to five turnovers, albeit a couple were careless/unforced.

It’s evident Arenas is still trying to gauge which combination of offense and facilitation will best make him comfortable and Flip’s offense tick.

Media, fans and team personnel keep finding it necessary to remind each other that “it’s only the preseason.” So, rest assured that the offensive flow will come as soon as the pipes are cleared with the bottle of Drano® under the sink.

But the defense, which gave up 103 points after three quarters and 123 total for the game, well … the professionals are getting the toilet jack from the truck. This is going to take awhile.


{Note: How do you know it’s the preseason? Because I didn’t really mention much about the Wizards losing to the Mavericks in the preceding paragraphs. I’ll have some more notes on the game coming, but wanted to get something down while still in the basement of the Verizon Center using the free internet.}