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What The Blogger Saw: Wizards Sweep Sixers 104-97

Updated: January 6, 2010

Got home, watched the first half of the Wizards-Sixers game, put it on pause, and left for the gym with thoughts of Groundhog Day dancing in my head.

I came back feeling better about myself because I got exercise and later felt even better with the pleasant surprise of a Wizards win, fueled by much improved play in the second half.

Washington has swept the season series with Philadelphia, a team just as bad in general and worse defensively. I’ll take it.

Below is what I saw.

Quick Thought:

More surprised at win or Gilbert getting booed in Philly? That’s a tough one. Probably the win.

{nick young defensive successes}

Not all observations, but some.

3rd Q:

11: Nick played disciplined defense against Iverson on the baseline. He contested a pump fake with his hands/arms, but didn’t leave his feet. Iverson missed a tough, fading out-of-bounds, leaner.

9: Nick moved his feet first, and not his torso, against Iverson. He forced AI into a tough, off-balanced drive in the paint where all he could do was pass or travel. Iverson passed and the Sixers missed a shot on this possession.

4th Q:

10: The rebound gets tipped toward the corner by Dalembert over Oberto. Guess who got the loose ball rebound. Nick Young did. He didn’t hesitate and sprinted to get the ball.

0:45: Nick Young moved his feet all over against Willie Green, forced him into a falling-away, desperation jumper.

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{10:32 – 3rd Q}

I see Caron Butler jumping out in the passing lane and leaving a driving lane for Igoudala. Oberto had to foul, his 3rd.

{9:18 – 3rd Q}

Caron gets Dalembert switched on him and instead of dribbling then shooting, he drove into the paint from the right wing/corner and laid the ball off for Jamison. Unfortunately, Antawn missed a floater that he usually makes.

{7:43 – 3rd Q}

The Sixers are also a bad defensive team. Here, they display lackadaisical and poor technique … also known as running into each other on a screen and slip play between Jamison and Butler. The Gentleman scored a bucket and Eddie Jordan called a timeout … pissed. Thaddeus Young and Igoudala are responsible here, I blame Igoudala more.

{4:43 – 3rd Q}

Maybe it doesn’t seem like much to some, but Caron Butler not taking a couple dribbles and pulling up for a contested jumper is almost a New Year’s miracle.

Instead, he drove the ball from the left and into the paint. He passed it cross-court to Young at the three-point line who drove baseline and scored.

Driving and passing, or kicking out, or whatever, gets the heads of the defense turning, gets them moving, and makes them vulnerable. An angry Eddie Jordan timeout followed.

{1:40 – 3rd Q}

Brand had a hand on Jamison, Jamison didn’t have Brand sealed all the way, Gilbert Arenas forced a pass … this equaled a Brand steal turnover … it’s always the passer’s fault.

Jamison got mad because being grabbed is a big deal to him; he earned a technical foul. DeShawn Stevenson went to diffuse the situation … he ran from the other side of the court to finally get ‘Twan away from the ref before he got another tech.

Abe Lincoln tattoo guy, a calming veteran presence.

{7:17 – 4th Q}

Passing and cutting, Caron Butler to Antawn Jamison … Dalembert and Igoudala join the Dharma Initiative, can’t find ’em on defense.

{6:18 – 4th Q}

The feet moving, setting and charge-drawing Andray Blatche.

{2:00 – 4th Q}

Caron hits a HUGE shot, a dagger if you will, that puts the Wizards up 100-92.

However, I’m not sure I like how the ball swung from Arenas to Jamison to Butler … but then stopped.

Iverson left the hot-handed Nick Young open in the corner, set to hit a three or blow by Sam Dalembert in the Sixers rotation. Instead, Caron held the ball, stalled, dribbled and finally fired a jumper. Damn glad he made it.

{1:40 – 4th}

Caron Butler tried to bring the ball up against the Sixers press. Here, he attempts to go behind the back against the double-team, fell down, had to dive on the ball, and had to use a timeout. Caron should not be doing things like this.

But alas ….


25 assists! Tied for 2nd most all season!

1.79 assist-to-turnover ratio, 9th best all season.

More to come …

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Kyle Weidie
Founder / Editor / Reporter / Writer at TAI
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.