12:14:41 PM: Dragging a tad on this Sunday, but I’m here at the Verizon Center ready to cover the Wizards-Clippers game.
12:16:54 PM: Happy 2 B here, but get feeling around Verizon that not everyone is exactly thrilled @ another Sunday afternoon game, against the Clippers.
12:19:21 PM: Mike James held court in locker room again today, talked about John Lucas, who is an assist. coach w the Clips & works out James in HOU
12:20:47 PM: James said Lucas is unlike any other NBA coach b/c players gravitate 2 him, opposed 2 others players usually want 2 keep distance from
12:23:29 PM: Before the game, Flip said the Clippers are a “dangerous” team b/c of bigs like Kaman & Camby rebounding & b/c Baron Davis can run the show.
12:26:13 PM: Flip Saunders said the focus in yesterday’s practice was aggressiveness, especially b/c of how Miami attacked.
12:27:47 PM: RT @rashad20 I spoke w Clippers guard Jameson Curry about getting called up from the D league. He’s nervous, but “ready to shock DC”
12:28:40 PM: Will @mikejames7 be #FreeMikeJames today? He is active as Javaris Crittenton & Dominic McGuire are the inactives for the Wizards.
12:29:33 PM: Starters 4 Wizards: Foye, Stevenson, Butler, Jamison & Haywood. For Clippers: Baron Davis, Rasual Butler, Al Thornton, Camby & Kaman.
12:30:16 PM: Blake Griffin, Eric Gordon & Bassy Telfair are inactive for LA. Officials: #22 Bill Spooner, #30 Tony Brown & #73 Ed Malloy.
12:32:31 PM: Flip was asked if he found any positives from Fri nite vs Miami. He deadpanned, “No” When asked what about Andray, Flip said “No positives”
12:33:01 PM: Flip said, “When you get beat by 25, there are no positives,” and then abruptly ended his pre-game talk with the media.
12:34:37 PM: RT @BulletsForever If ur wondering Y Flip calls so many TOs, he said its b/c he let team play thru mistakes earlier in year, but didn’t work
12:37:15 PM: When asked about Miami laughing, dunking, rubbing it in, etc. on Fri. nite, Mike James said, ‘If you don’t like it, do something about it.”
12:38:38 PM: Mike James also alluded to the fact that if the Wizards had a better record, the Gilbert Arenas guns story might have never come out.
12:40:45 PM: Antawn Jamison wants to be an All-Star http://bit.ly/6RUaPy via @MrMichaelLee, but I wouldn’t count on it.
12:41:54 PM: Mike Miller is 15 points away from 9,000 for his career. Andray Blatche is 42 away from 2,000. Over/Under on games to 2K for Dray is set @ 4
12:42:56 PM: Wizards talk about the NFL playoffs http://bit.ly/7Hrait via @MrMichaelLee
1:00:16 PM: Jamison has posted 4 straight double-doubles vs. the Clippers (avgs. of 29.3 pts & 11.3 rebs). Dude really needs a bounce-back game today.
1:09:48 PM: Alright, just about game time here in D.C., really curious to see how this Wizards team bounces back from Friday night.
1:10:28 PM: Made light chit-chat w Steve Buckhantz in the men’s room b/f the game. He said if the Wiz don’t bounce back today, it will be “quite sad.”
1:18:08 PM: Clippers go on a run, Flip takes an early timeout at the 8:35 mark. 11-7 LA. This team panics when 1 thing doesn’t go right on offense.
1:23:10 PM: Right now, DeShawn Stevenson leads the Wiz in points (5) w 6 minutes left in the 1st Q. How many times has that happened? 15-13 Clippers.
1:24:23 PM: RT @MrMichaelLee The energy in Verizon Center this afternoon makes me want to curl up in a Snuggie and take a nap.
1:35:55 PM: Once again, an opponent is moving the ball better than the Wizards. Clippers have 11 assists on 13 FGs, Wiz have 4 assists on 12 FGs.
1:37:05 PM: Clippers up 30-26 after 1 Q. Caron Butler has, per usual, forced some shots. He’s 1-6 on FGs. Haywood has 6 rebounds, 4 offensive.
1:46:26 PM: RT @MrMichaelLee Foul on Oberto! He ranks 11th in mins played (306) but 8th in personal fouls (57). He knows what he is paid to do – hack!
1:48:00 PM: Wiz mascot G-Wiz went from having #0 on his jersey, to just a star, no number after Arenas wipeout, & now has double-zero on jersey.
1:51:11 PM: Nick Young airballed a three. Shot looked bad from when he received the ball. This has likely rendered him useless 4 rest of game. 43-34 LA
2:01:46 PM: Uh oh! @mikejames7 summoned off bench!!!
2:03:13 PM: DeShawn Stevenson stands up off bench & cheers after @mikejames7 nails the floater off the glass. Sweetness. 48-42 Clippers.
2:08:34 PM: Clippers up 48-46 @ half. Although he got himself caught into a turnover @ end 2nd, @mikejames7 is smiling all the way 2 locker room.
2:10:24 PM: Wizards plus/minus leaders: Mike James +6, Mike Miller +3, Haywood +3. WAS winning rebound battle, up 24-19 (10 offensive to 4)
2:24:57 PM: RT @MrMichaelLee Just heard that Mike James was not paying attention when Flip asked him 2 enter game. Teammates had to tell him.
2:31:48 PM: The Wizards have taken nothing but jumpers in the 3rd, only made one. Haven’t scored since 11:29 mark. 57-49 Clippers. Enter @mikejames7
2:34:03 PM: @blairangela @BulletsForever @DCWIZ @SaleemTheDream Plus, Brendan is much better rebounder when he doesn’t have dreadlocks caught in fingers
2:42:47 PM: @mikejames7 with a lob layup to Mike Miller @m33m on the break! Wiz cut the Clippers lead to 66-60, 3:08 left in 3rd. Wiz on 9-0 run.
2:53:54 PM: Clippers up 71-68 after 3 Qs. It’s Kids Day here in Verizon, only fitting that Wizard who was once on SuperNanny gets run. @mikejames7
2:58:15 PM: The Wizards really know how to bumble up fast break opportunities. They should have more than 3 FB points on the day. Clips have 13.
3:09:49 PM: Jamison down, holding his ankle. Kaman landed on him after AJ got the rebound. He’s up and walking on it, so looks okay for now.
3:12:25 PM: Wizards down 83-73 with 5:04 left in 4th. Not sure if they have it in them to make that push, but @mikejames7 IS back in. Foye back 2 bench
3:23:33 PM: Your Dagger: Ricky Davis corner three followed by Davis assist to Al Thornton for another corner bucket to put LA up 88-78 w 1:31 left.
3:24:05 PM: Chances that Jamison uses ‘Groundhog Day’ reference after game: 42%.
3:24:45 PM: Your Final Score: Clippers 92 – Wizards 78. John Lucas & Mike James show each other some love on the court after the game.
4:08:19 PM: Flip Saunders cut post-game press conference short, walked into Wizards clubhouse, slammed door to his office.
4:11:43 PM: The Wizards continue 2 settle for jumpers & play without energy – signs this team has Q-U-I-T. What a disgrace.
4:12:28 PM: Multiple trades can’t come soon enough for the hapless Washington Wizards.
4:14:25 PM: Flip Saunders called the energy at beginning of each half of last 2 games “horrendous”
4:16:27 PM: Flip Saunders: “Our starters haven’t given consistent effort to start games.” #wizards
4:19:52 PM: Flip Saunders: “Our bench has talked abt wanting 2 play … they’ve had opportunities, but they continue to not produce.” #wizards
2:10:07 AM: New TAI post: When Mike Confused Mike With Mike: A Surprise Appearance By Mike James http://bit.ly/7DJjV3
New TAI post: Reassurance Arises From Mounting Frustration: Clippers Set Wizards Out To Sea http://bit.ly/8nr9GL