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Gilbert Arenas’ Seven 3rd Quarter Turnovers in Pictures and Words

Updated: November 11, 2009

Seven third quarter Gilbert Arenas turnovers led to eight Dwyane Wade points on five total shots … evidently Arenas said wasn’t getting calls from the refs, or something like that.

Arenas also said:

“I’m always upset when I have turnovers. I’d rather just shoot the ball and get the attempts than get the turnovers.”

Arenas’ 12 total turnovers for the game broke a franchise record that has stood for over 20 years (regular season or playoffs, on either participating team).

Bob Dandridge committed 11 turnovers against the Golden State Warriors (Arenas’ first team) on February 7, 1978 … which also happens to be Juwan Howard’s birthday.

The most turnovers Howard ever had in a Washington Bullets uniform occurred on December 19, 1995 against the Los Angeles Clippers. December 19th is also Tom Gugliotta’s birthday.

That night, Howard had nine turnovers (Gilbert’s previous career high, which has occurred on four occasions – Mar. 16, 2004, Dec. 10, 2005, Nov. 28, 2006, and Feb. 22, 2007).

For the hell of it, let’s dissect each of Arenas’ seven turnovers in the third quarter.

Welcome to Turnover City, U.S.A.

A driving Gilbert falls victim to the long arm of Mario Chalmers … Dwyane Wade gets a dunk going the other way.

Gilbert jumps to pass, trying to squeeze the ball between two Miami defenders to an open Andray Blatche. But Michael Beasley is watching the ball, with his hands ready, and is in position to easily pick off the pass. Arenas purposely fouls Wade with the ball in transition, Jermaine O’Neal would miss a subsequent hook shot.

A driving Arenas plows into Quentin Richardson … his feet were set. Wade returns the favor by hitting a layup.

Arenas intends to pass to Caron Butler posting up Richardson … but Wade is a sneaky/smart dude. Dwyane gets a poke steal for Miami, but misses a jumper on the other end.

It’s always the passer’s fault.

Not sure what happened here … a miscommunication in the least. Blatche looks like he intends to set a pick, but instead seems to slip the screen with Beasley out of position to guard him.

Arenas evidently thinks that Blatche will pop out to receive a pass … not quite sure why that would happen. In any case, Arenas bobbles the ball away and Dwyane Wade gets a dunk on the other end.

Blatche losses handle of the ball on the wing and Arenas goes to his rescue. But when Gilbert procures the ball, he’s already lost track of the sideline and accidentally steps on it. Wade hits a turnaround jumper on Miami’s subsequent possession.

After an inbound pass teetering on the cusp of danger, Arenas simply loses control of the ball near the halfcourt line, resulting in a backcourt violation. Beasley turned the ball over on Miami’s resulting possession.

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Kyle founded TAI in 2007 and has been weaving in and out the world of Wizards ever since, ducking WittmanFaces, jumping over G-Wiz, and avoiding stints on the DNP-Conditioning list. He has covered the Washington pro basketball team as a member of the media since 2009. Kyle currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, loves basketball, and has no pets.