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Wizards Game 20 vs. Celtics: What You Need To Know

Updated: December 10, 2009

Big game between the Wizards and Celtics on TNT tonight … read below the picture of the patch on the Wizards’ jerseys honoring Abe Pollin for what you need to know.

Andray Blatche vs. Kevin Garnett

Talked to Andray Blatche a little before the game about the recent long, “Back To Basics” practices the Wizards have had (that’s a pic of ‘Dray’s jersey above). He said that Flip mostly focused on his desire for the team to get out and run, and to find more tempo in their game.

I asked him what the team needed to do about setting better screens. He said, “Need to get up on them … BAM! Lay the wood on them,” and then proceeded to let assistant coach Randy Wittman know about his enthusiasm for setting screens.

I then asked him about Garnett, who he looked up to growing up … and a couple times when they’ve met, Garnett has given him no slack with the trash talk (like K.G. is apt to do with opposing players).

Andray said, lightheartedly, “I don’t know who you’re talking about brotha! That was back in the day … Listen, that was my role model growing up, but this is a whole new age, ok? I’m just going to do what I do, alright?”

Always a good time in the Wizards’ locker room.

IF …

  • Antawn Jamison pulls down 11 boards tonight, he will have 6,500 for his career.
  • JaVale McGee blocks 5 shots, he’ll have 100 for his career. He’s blocking 5.4/36 mins. this season and had 6 in 14 minutes against Philly on Nov. 24 … but playing against the Celtics is likely not his type of game.
  • Ray Allen scores 14 points, he’ll have 20,000 for his career, becoming only the 37th player to do so.

Did You Know?
{Old Big Three vs. New Big Three}

In that vaunted 2006-07 season before everyone started getting injured, the Wizards’ Big Three of Arenas, Jamison and Butler appeared in 54 games together (the first 44 before Jamison got hurt).

In those 54 games, Caron Butler led the team in scoring nine times, and shared the lead with someone else three times (Arenas twice and Jamison once).

Antawn Jamison led the Wizards in scoring five times, and shared the lead with Arenas once and Butler once.

Gilbert Arenas led all Wizards scorers 34 times, and shared the lead with Butler twice and Jamison once.

The only non-Big Three player to lead the Wizards in scoring over that 54-game stretch was DeShawn Stevenson, who scored 28 points in a win against Philadelphia on March 28, 2006. That game, Butler had 21, Arenas had 20, and Jamison 14.

This season, the Big Three have been on the court together for 9 out of 19 games. Arenas has led all Wizards scorers four times, Jamison three, and Butler four.

2006-07: Gilbert Arenas led or tied for most Wizards points among the Big Three 68.5% of the time.

2009-10: Arenas’ rate is 44%.

So sure, this season provides a small sample. But if you’re looking for even more reasons that Arenas needs to pick up his scoring, the 06-07 version of the Big Three went 33-21, a winning percentage of .611. This season, they are 4-5, a winning percentage of .444

A Tweeting Wolf

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, a long-time Wizards season ticket holder, will be “tweeting” about tonight’s game via the NBA’s official Twitter account, @NBA.

Bethlehem Shoals wonders:

That’s all fine and good, but I’d like to know exactly what makes Blitzer a worthy tweeter for such a big game. I can only imagine that he’ll sprinkle in bits of insight about domestic and foreign issues, perhaps making a bunch of wild analogies—like maybe “Flip Saunders has the personality of Harry Reid” or “this country could use more leaders like Earl Boykins to come in late and make sense of health care.” Or maybe he’s planning to give us the dirt on what politicians and media members think about the NBA. Ever wonder who James Carville’s favorite player of all time is? The answer’s Jason Williams, but you didn’t hear it from me.


Moving Forward

Abe Pollin’s death at age 85 two weeks ago has created a cloudy ownership situation for the Wizards, but Grunfeld said that he isn’t under any restrictions to make moves. “Business as usual. The process is still the same as it’s always been. If we think it’s something that will help us long-term or short-term, we’ll talk about it,” he said. “The players really tell us what to do by their performances, by their effort and their production.”

[Michael Lee – Washington Post]

Back To Basics

Flip Saunders this week has basically taken the Washington Wizards back to training camp, running them through longer practices than usual, and getting them back to the basics.

And by basics, I mean working on everything from how to properly lead a fast break off of an opponents’ missed shots to how to set screens.

Pretty amazing considering these guys are professionals, but Saunders said the Wizards really haven’t been asked to set screens the last few years and seem to have forgotten things. And during last year’s 19-63 season when Saunders — going over film — observed the Wizards “inventing ways to lose,” his players have developed some pretty bad habits.

[Mike Jones – Washington Times]

{go wizards!}

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