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Wizards Game 13 vs. Philadelphia: What You Need To Know

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Updated: November 24, 2009

{video: Arenas & Jamison on the Wizards’ struggles and facing Eddie Jordan and the Sixers}

  • As you are aware, team owner Abe Pollin passed away today, which certainly sets a different tone on reporting about the game. Sad that the man had to die amidst his team’s 3-9 record and perceived bickering among the players. A ton of people spoke about Mr. Pollin before the game (including Wes Unseld, Phil Chenier, Eddie Jordan, Ernie Grunfeld, and obviously the players). I’ll have more on Mr. Pollin’s passing later.
  • DeShawn Stevenson described the feeling around the locker room as a state of shock, but the mood is still to go out, play to win, and play with respect.
  • Andray Blatche dedicated this game and the rest of the season to Mr. Pollin. “Whatever is holding us back, we gotta get over it for him,” he said.
  • The previous storyline of tonight’s game was the return of old coach Eddie Jordan, exactly a year to the day that Jordan was fired after handing out Thanksgiving turkeys to the needy at a team sponsored event.
  • A year ago I wrote this post: “The End of The Eddie Jordan Era: Say Goodbye to the Fall Guy” and this a week later.
  • Tonight, at a team sponsored event after the game, the currently injured Mike Miller is scheduled to hand out turkeys in conjunction with the Wizards Care community organization.
  • Spoke with DeShawn about Jordan before the game. He said their relationship was cool because Eddie gave him an opportunity to start. Stevenson said he had no problem even though some of his teammates do.
  • Andray Blatche, on the other hand, said, “Eddie Jordan is not in his mindset right now,” but did express that he’d probably work a bit harder with his old coach in the house.
  • Michael Lee of the WaPost has more on Jordan’s return via Wizards Insider and via Wizards Outlet, Mike Jones of the WaTimes reports on Jordan’s surprise at the Wizards’ struggles.
  • You can read a pre-game Q&A I did with Philadunkia, an ESPN TrueHoop Network Sixers blog.
  • The first time Jordan, as coach of the Wizards, met his previous team, the New Jersey Nets, he lost 98-85 (Nov. 1, 2003). For more on his full career, read this: “The Epic Tale of Eddie Jordan: Connections, Relationships, and the Basketball Community.”
  • With all that’s going on, the Wizards really need this win.

One Comment

  1. Frankie Baby

    November 25, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Biggest thing out of this game. Gil was actively avoiding passing to Nick Young and trying to brute force his own offense. This repeated trend of Gil looking for his shot at the expense of ball movement is hurting the Wizards early this season.

    Interestingly, this comes on the back of his comments about “personal agendas” earlier this week. We can only hope his is not to produce at the expense of the team by trying to look like a good investment from a basketball perspective.

    Keep in mind if Lou Williams hits that shot, we are talking about all the things they did wrong…like giving up leads due to selfish play.

    Well here’s the first. Check out the plus minuses and tell me these guys are a better team right now with Gil on the floor.

    http://www.nba.com/statistics/plusminus/plusminus_sort.jsp?pcomb=1&season=22009&split=9&team=Wizards

    If the plus minuses reflect what I am seeing, it’s that Gil is trying to do too much. Look at Boston, LA, Orlando, Cleveland for +/-. Their best players are all at the top of their respective teams rankings.

    Something’s gotta change

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