Ok, Halloween Night, at the Verizon, ready for the Wiz to make up for last night’s loss in Atlanta. Unfortunately, the Wizards didn’t just lose the game, but they lost Caron Butler too.
Butler had an MRI and X-Ray today that revealed no structural damage; the diagnosis was a bruised kneecap. Before the game, Flip Saunders said he expected Butler to be back in the lineup against the Cavs in Cleveland on Tuesday. The official injury report is that he’s day-to-day.
In Caron’s place, Randy Foye will start; Mike Miller will move to the three-spot. Arenas obviously still starts at the point and Fabricio Oberto and Brendan Haywood will hold down the front court.
I spoke to Foye before the game. He said it will be a little bit different on out the court with the starters, but he will have the same mindset to play his game … be aggressive on offense, execute plays, and play hard on defense.
Foye will likely matchup against New Jersey’s Courtney Lee. He said he played against Lee last year and knows he’s a slasher who also likes to shot the corner three. His main goal, as with most any defensive assignment, is to make it tough on Lee before he gets to ball so that he can’t get in a good position to score.
In terms of the matchup tonight, Foye said the Nets like to run the pick-and-roll much like the Mavericks (as opposed to the Hawks who work mostly off an isolation offense in letting Joe Johnson try to work into the paint to create for himself or others).
For a solid effort, both Foye and Mike Miller need to be aggressive on offense to make up for the absence of Butler and Jamison. But in order to do that, Arenas will need to set the tone with the offensive flow we saw in Dallas, not in Atlanta.
Ok … tip off is getting close. More to come ….
In other news, Jamison shot around before the game and his should looked good … in terms of his form, ability to sink buckets, etc.
Here are some pics: