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Dusting Off A Boxed Nick Young & Wizards vs. Heat Round 3: What You Need To Know

Updated: November 27, 2009

It was easy to deduce that a certain jovial nature had returned to the Wizards’ clubhouse, one that had the DC Sports Bog’s Dan Steinberg display a sense of giddiness as he exited the locker room after Tuesday’s win against Philadelphia.

Of course, this mostly started with the release of the team’s biggest character, Gilbert Arenas, which was thus reflected upon the team’s biggest smiley goofball, Nick Young.

The latest theme involved Young being placed in a box, on a shelf, to just gather dust. Now, who exactly placed Young in said box could be debated. It would be easy to assume that it was completely at the behest of the coaches. But given the amount and nature of chances Nick has been given this season, it’s better to conclude that he placed himself in the box. The coaches simply sealed him up with a minimal amount of tape.

Wizards fans now hope that Tuesday’s game wasn’t just Nick taking a peak out of the box and that he will jump out feet first. If he keeps playing disciplined defense like he did against Philly, and limits unnecessary dribbles, there’s no reason to believe why Young can’t mature as a third year player and build on his most recent effort.

Recommended Reading: Wizards’ Young making most of opportunity – Mike Jones, Washington Times

{The Chronicles of Nick Young Dusting Himself Off}

Nick Young brushing the dust off after making his first shot.

The hand of Brendan Haywood contributing to the dusting off of Nick.

Elton Brand tries to put Nick back in the box with a hard foul.

Nick maintaining a dust-free environment after a big bucket in the third, a quarter in which he scored 13 points on 5-7 FGs, 2-2 FTs.

Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee break out the dusters for their teammate.

Primoz Brezec gets scared of Nick’s dusty box and tries to hide behind Sixers assistant coach Randy Ayers to protect himself. Here, the referees respected Young’s dust as he was able to call a timeout while falling out of bounds, something that is no longer allowed in the NBA.

Wizards vs. Miami: What You Need To Know

The Big Three No More?

When Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison have been on the court together this season, they have been outscored by an average of 14 points per 48 minutes.

Same Gunning, Different Coach

When Gilbert saw the court under Eddie Jordan, he took 23.6 percent of the field-goal attempts in the games he played. Under Flip Saunders, that number is only down to 23.1 percent.

Forty Times Three

Dwyane Wade has scored 81 total points against the Wizards this season (40 in game one, 41 in game two). In game two, 24 of his 41 points came in the paint. Obviously the key for the Wizards is to stop one man. The last time a player scored 40+ three straight times against an opponent was during the 2004-05 season when Allen Iverson hit up the Milwaukee Bucks for 40, 54 and 48 in three straight meetings.

Key to the Game

DON’T TURN THE BALL OVER!! Arenas had 12 the last time he was in Miami, seven in the third quarter alone. The Wizards average 15.2 turnovers per game, their opponents average 13.5. The difference is the fourth worst discrepancy in the NBA.

The Heat have beaten the Wizards six straight times. It’s time for D.C. to step up their game.

[source: ESPN Stats and Information]

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