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Wizards v. Nets: Post Game 3 Video & Best Web Cuts

Updated: November 1, 2009

{Post Game Locker Room Video}

{Best Web Cuts}

There’s so much out there on the web … to filter through it all, I provide the best web cuts from the Wizards-Nets game:

[Michael Lee – Wizards Insider, Washington Post]

[Blatche] made his first five shots on Saturday, including some ridiculous turnaround jumpers and a long baseline jumper that made Jamison, one of his harshest critics, get out of his seat and applauded. Blatche finished the night 15 of 18 from the floor and scored the most points by a Bullet/Wizards without a free throw since Rex Chapman scored 32 in a game back in 1992. That’s taking it back. . .to when Blatche was six.

[Mike Jones – Wizards Outlet, Washington Times]

Andray Blatche was feeling good tonight, and for good reason. After the game he got dressed in a snazy suit and tie, accented by giant diamond studs and to top it off, a pair of dark shades. He playfully strutted through the locker room and joked that he didn’t feel like doing an interview, then bust into a laugh and sat down and said, “Alright, let me get for real. What’s up, y’all?”

[Jake Whitacre – Bullets Forever]

That was the Andray Blatche that we’ve been waiting for all of these years.  Those glimpses of talent that have kept us patient through the boneheaded passes, the clumsy attempts at running a fast break, and the run-ins with the law are finally coming together and we’re starting to see the whole package come together.  It’s a beautiful thing to watch, especially if you’ve watched since the early days and how he’s progressed over time.

[Matt Kremnitzer – Krem’s Sports Blog]

Again, it’s obviously too early to know if Blatche can keep this level of play going, but it is acceptable to look at his performance last night and wonder exactly how good he can be. According to Basketball-Reference.com, since 1986-1987 only 11 players have had games where they shot better than 83.0 percent on at least 18 field goal attempts while also recording six rebounds and two assists. Some of those players include Dominique Wilkins, Clyde Drexler, Carlos Boozer, Shaquille O’Neal, Rashard Lewis, Shawn Marion, Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, and Kevin McHale. That’s certainly not a bad group of players to be associated with, although Willie Anderson and Loy Vaught also accomplished that feat within the same timeframe, so take that for what it’s worth.

[Mike Prada – Bullets Forever]

It becomes easy to see how Foye’s and Miller’s ability to pass, handle and shoot makes life easier for Arenas.  On several occasions, it was Foye or Miller who dribbled the ball up the court and initiated the offense, not Arenas.  Arenas did usually get the ball at some point, but he didn’t have to do everything.

[Rashad Mobley – Hoops Addict]

One fun exchange happened in the last 20 seconds of the first quarter. During an inbounds play, Arenas was whistled for a offensive foul, and he was so upset that he ran down to the other side of the court, and complained to the referee. Just a few seconds later, as time expired in the quarter, Arenas hit a three point shot from just inside the half court line. As he walked back to the bench, he calmly glared at the referee.

[Tyler Green – Agent Dagger]

Gilbert Arenas, no longer acts like Agent Zero. It appears that he truly has dropped the act and that is completely focused on ascending the basketball mountain. After draining the half-courter to end the first quarter, Arenas didn’t even crack a smile. He simply sauntered to the bench and took a seat.

[John Mitchell – NBA.com]

Perhaps the biggest question concerning the Washington Wizards’ Gilbert Arenas coming into this season was how his thrice surgically repaired left knee would handle the rigors of back-to-back games.

For now, it appears they have their answer.

[George Panagakos – Examiner.com]

The Nets’ pick-up point guard Rafer “Skip to my Lou” Alston created some early problems for Washington in their home court debut, scoring 8 points for the Nets in the first quarter. Gilbert Arenas began the first Wizards’ possession with a turnover, in what seemed to be a carry-over from a turnover-filled Friday night loss to Atlanta. However, Arenas pushed the call away, focused, and matched Alston’s momentum. Unlike Friday night, Arenas did not stumble through turnover situations as he did against the Hawks, and an amazing half court shot at the buzzer gave Arenas 11 first quarter points, the end all to the “he’s back” remarks on the season.

Recommended Link: Four Factors Box Score [Bullets Forever]

{The Other Side}

[Al Iannazzone – The Nets Insider]

The fans who came to the arena on Halloween night were given Gilbert Arenas masks. The Nets probably wished they were guarding the imposter. They couldn’t stop the real Agent Zero or anyone on the Wizards for that matter.

[Dave D’Alessandro – The Star-Ledger]

The rest was target practice. Put it this way: The Wizards’ field-goal accuracy went up in every quarter – from 50 percent to 63 percent to 73 percent before they got bored and went 10-for-16 in the fourth period.

As Alston put it, “We’re giving them everything – free throw game, layups, dunks, lobs.”

“You think about everything we try to stand for,” Frank said. “No middle team — they got middle a bunch. No paint — they got paint all night. Blatche, I don’t think I’ve ever seen an NBA line of 15-for-18, no free throws, no threes, 30. Guys are driving. It was just a total defensive breakdown. Both individually and collectively, our inability to protect the paint, front the post, pressure the ball, it was a very, very dismal defensive performance.”

[Nets Daily]

Lawrence Frank called the defense “pitiful” while CDR was angry that none of his teammates retaliated for Javale McGee’s hard hit on him after a particularly good run. In both his post-game interview and his Twitter page, Douglas-Roberts demanded the team change its attitude. “We have to protect each other,” he said. “We have to send messages. We have to develop that culture. If not, we won’t be a good team.”

[Sebastian Pruiti – Nets Are Scorching]

The game didn’t start off too bad defensively, as the Nets held the Wizards to 28 points (should have been 25 – Gilbert Arenas drilled a 40 footer) that quarter and were only down four. On the offensive end, the Nets started off solid as well, with Rafer easily getting into the lane for a lay-up, Yi looked as if he was going to continue his hot shooting as he nailed a 20 footer, and CDR got to the foul line for the first time this season. The Nets had a 6-5 lead, and it looked as if this game was going to be competitive the whole way through. I was way off.


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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.