First, thanks to all the Re-Tweeters who participated in TAI’s ticket giveaway for tonight’s Wizards-Raptors game. The lucky random winners were @tehbee (who will be attending her first Wizards game, second pro basketball game), and @TwiceDown, who has been a “Bullets” fan all of his life, but hasn’t been to a see a home game since Allen Iverson was with the 76ers (so about four years). TAI will have some more ticket giveaways (among other things) in the future, perhaps including some good seats for when the Miami Heat come to town on December 18th. So stay tuned …
Scenes like this will not be seen at the Verizon Center tonight:
It’s been reported that John Wall will not play tonight due to sprained left foot (nor will Yi Jianlian, also due to injury) — the kid, Wall, has evidently been walking around in crutches. Sorry ticket winners … I suppose there still is a good chance you will see JaVale McGee finish an alley-oop, just not one passed from Wall.
And while most cringe at Wall having to miss a game, I’m all for it. He needs some rest for crying out loud. Flip Saunders hasn’t been shy about his intentions to play Wall as much as possible — whether in the summer league, in the preseason, or now, the regular season — and you can’t help but feel like it’s a little too much. Sure, Wall isn’t Kerry Wood (or any pitcher who flamed out early due to early heavy usage), but Saunders should certainly be more careful about burning him out.
Through his first eight NBA contests, Wall has averaged 39.2 minutes per game, tied for seventh in the league. Sure, Iverson averaged 40.1 minutes over 76 games during his rookie season; and even Michael Finley averaged 39.2 over 82 games in his first year in the league, but it still seems like Wall’s time on the court should be reeled in just a tad.
Don’t get me wrong, Wall having to sit out a game is not panic-worthy (and not exactly “preferred”), but it certainly could give more cause to proceed with a bit more caution when you consider this foot sprain and the few bouts with right knee tendinitis that he’s experienced from Kentucky to the Las Vegas Summer League.
I’m only saying …
Mike Prada runs down the myriad of reasons why the Wizards are one of the worst free-throw shooting teams in the NBA.
When JaVale McGee made the face of someone who doesn’t understand proper positioning.
[Brain On Funk]
Kirk Hinrich is indifferent toward the house he still has in Chicago.
A Hinrich high school highlight reel.
[F*#% Yeah Kirk Hinrich!]
Some hip-hop artists released a track called “Get Ugly” and put Sam Cassell’s mug on the cover. Not sure what else I can say.
[The Smoking Section]
Don’t forget to read Kelly Dwyer’s commentary on the insanity of Isiah Thomas … it’s rather good.
[Ball Don't Lie]
As TAI has noted, Gilbert Arenas has been wearing some different shoes all season — including a lot of Jordans. In Chicago, he wore the Space Jams.
Mike James is heading to China to continue his pro basketball career. Good luck friend.
An info-graphic all about the decline of Yahoo!, which is really only good for fantasy sports and sports blogs these days … as far as I know.