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It was very strange to me that Randy Wittman brought Nene back into the game in the fourth quarter of yesterday's preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets. I know Wittman said there would be no minutes restrictions for him, but what was...
It was very strange to me that Randy Wittman brought Nene back into the game in the fourth quarter of yesterday's preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets. I know Wittman said there would be no minutes restrictions for him, but what was the point of stretching him in a meaningless situation? Now, I'm even more puzzled. In an interview with CSN Washington, Nene said he still feels sore and would like to play fewer minutes in Brazil and going forward. (Emphasis mine) "No, no no no," Nene said quickly to CSN Washington, though with a smile, about playing more Saturday when the Wizards face the Chicago Bulls in Rio de Janeiro. "I don't worry about minutes even in Brazil because I'm a pro. I don't want to get sore, get hurt. I still have a couple of issues. Just because I feel better, they think I feel great but they're wrong. We need to reduce (it) a couple minutes. "My knee is still sore. My foot still hurts a little bit. Just trying to push (through)," said Nene, who didn't play basketball during the off-season and opted for rehabilitation. "The therapy is making me feel better." This is a problem. There's clearly some sort of communication breakdown here if Wittman is saying Nene is ready for no minutes restrictions and Nene himself is saying that he still doesn't feel great. First and foremost, Wittman and Nene need to get on the same page and craft a plan that makes sense for both parties. After that ... well, it's clear Nene's injury issues aren't going away yet. Honestly, it's naive for anyone to suggest that a player's pain would magically be solved with no hitches just with offseason rest. There always needs to be a gradual build-up. I know the Wizards are shorthanded with other injuries, but Nene still needs to be brought on slowly so problems like these don't result. If I had to choose sides between player and coach, I side with Nene. Now is not the time for Nene to push through too much pain. It's the preseason. The games don't count. We're just getting started. Those minutes need to be carefully managed now so they don't need to be carefully managed later. More from Bullets Forever: Magical Pixels, Wizards vs. Nets: D.C. not allowed to watch D.C. basketball team Glen Rice Jr's amazing putback, buzzer-beating slam Preseason loss to Brooklyn Nets offers few frontcourt answers for Washington Wizards Nets vs. Wizards final score: Washington drops preseason opener in OT, 111-106 Wizards vs. Nets preview: (Preseason) basketball is back!
about 4 hours ago
Magical Pixels is the name of our new, extended recap roundup. Enjoy. If you're like me, you were watching NBATV around 6:55 p.m. yesterday evening, eagerly awaiting the preseason debut of your 2013-14 Washington Wizards. As the seconds...
Magical Pixels is the name of our new, extended recap roundup. Enjoy. If you're like me, you were watching NBATV around 6:55 p.m. yesterday evening, eagerly awaiting the preseason debut of your 2013-14 Washington Wizards. As the seconds ticked away, your anticipation kept building. If you aren't like me, then you don't understand why someone would be excited to watch an NBA team that went 29-53 last season play in the preseason, and you probably happened upon this post by mistake. Anyway, we were so stoked, right? Then 7 p.m. struck, and NBATV broke to Wiz-Nets, and we local D.C. fans were so happy to have NBA basketball back, because... Oh NBA, you slay me. Seriously, it's hard to get people all worked up over a preseason game, but if there's one way to do it, it's to make sure the local fans of one of the teams playing are the only people that can't actually watch the game. Yeah, sure, some of us are fancy and can find an illicit stream on the interwebs, but the vast majority of Wizards fans were blacked out from watching the game. Not cool. Just a terrific start to the #Wizards preseason! pic.twitter.com/myeUJuMcQ7 — Danny (@recordsANDradio) October 8, 2013 Yeesh, they weren't even kind enough to give the Wizards a heads up. As you can probably imagine, Twitter was angry/amused. .@NBA @WashWizards @NBATV Hard 2 understand how a #Wizards-#Nets game is blacked out in DC when it's not on TV otherwise. #ContractualBS? — Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It) October 8, 2013 @AminNBA Bro, it's not like live sports are a valuable TV commodity — Satchel Price (@SatchelPrice) October 8, 2013 Wizards season has started bootlegged — Adam McGinnis (@adammcginnis) October 8, 2013 At Verizon Center, fans were (presumably) blissfully unaware of the rejection felt by those of us stuck on our couches looking at the NBA's big, static middle finger. I say 'presumably' because they were distracted by the return of their favorite son. I found out Andray Blatche entered the game because the fans woke up and booooooed rather loudly. Good times. — Ben Standig (@BenStandig) October 8, 2013 Boos for Blatche among the loudest sounds at Verizon Center thus far tonight. He just clanked a free throw. — Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) October 8, 2013 There aren't a lot of Wizards fans here tonight. But those that are here are booing Andray Blatche quite emphatically. — Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) October 8, 2013 I wonder if it's confusing for Jan Vesely when he's guarding Andray Blatche and the fans boo loudly. — Ben Standig (@BenStandig) October 8, 2013 But then Al Harrington made everyone happy again. Bahahahaha. Meanwhile... What channel Wiz on? — Chris Ford (@DCSportsNexus) October 9, 2013 Oh no, he doesn't know yet. Anyone got the Wizards game on Comcast? The NBA.tv is blocked & it says it's on local somewhere. — danny rouhier (@funnydanny) October 9, 2013 Turned on the Wizards game late and it's blacked out. Wut? — Sarah Kogod (@SarahKogod) October 9, 2013 Hey I nearly blacked out watching Vesely grab all those rebounds. RT @SarahKogod Turned on the Wizards game late and it's blacked out. Wut? — Joseph White Jr. (@JGWhiteAP) October 9, 2013 You win @NBATV can't do this Wizards stream #SoWizards — Adam McGinnis (@adammcginnis) October 9, 2013 The Wizards game is blacked out on NBATV because it's not being broadcast locally, or something. Whatever, I'm blaming hockey. — Jack Kogod (@Unsilent) October 9, 2013 Right now on TV, in WASHINGTON DC, there are 2 NHL games not featuring the #Caps, and ZERO Wizards preseason games taking place IN DC! — Chris Ford (@DCSportsNexus) October 9, 2013 Sad face. And it stayed that way for much of the second half, hitting rock bottom when Garrett Temple had a layup at the rim swatted away with eight seconds to play. Miles Plumle
about 6 hours ago
John Wall looked explosive, but the Wizards' young power forward options to replace the injured Emeka Okafor and the second unit in general struggled in a ragged preseason loss to the new-look Nets. And we're back. It seems like only ye...
John Wall looked explosive, but the Wizards' young power forward options to replace the injured Emeka Okafor and the second unit in general struggled in a ragged preseason loss to the new-look Nets. And we're back. It seems like only yesterday that the hopes and dreams of a 30-win season were dashed by the Derrick Rose-less Chicago Bulls. Now, almost six months later, all of the key players other than Emeka Okafor from last year's up-and-down team will take the floor against the Brooklyn Nets. Brooklyn and Washington actually had similar offseasons, albeit on completely different scales. Washington sought to build on a promising season by tweaking a team that was working, adding complementary players via the draft and free agency. Meanwhile, Brooklyn returns most of a roster that won the team 49 games and earned a playoff berth, but the team also added Andrei Kirilenko as well as Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry from the Boston Celtics at the expense of a mummy that bore a passing resemblance to Gerald Wallace last year, Kris Humphries and the somewhat underrated MarShon Brooks. The Boston trio have all seen better days, but even if they're only 80 percent of what they were last year, they're going to be very effective players and could propel Brooklyn into title contention. Where, when and how to watch? Tip off is at 7 p.m. ET at the Verizon Center. Apparently, this one isn't being televised on Comcast or even CSN+, so you'll have to watch on NBA TV or YES Network if you get it. Otherwise, you could always just come to the Verizon Center. Tickets for preseason games are cheap, even more so if you buy them off the secondary market. I won't name specific companies since it might be a conflict of interest, but one of the more prominent advertisers on this site typically has lower level tickets for preseason games for less than $30. Why should I care? It's your first chance to see the team in action since April. Andray Blatche will be back in D.C., too, so there will be plenty of opportunities to heckle. Will the Nets be good? Yes, until half the roster goes down due to old age. The Nets should have only four rotation players who are under 30 this year, while the team's projected starting lineup of Williams, Johnson, Pierce, Garnett and Lopez has an average age of 31.6. Keep in mind that Bradley Beal still isn't old enough to drink. Who's out? Otto Porter (hip), Emeka Okafor (neck), Trevor Booker (knee) and Chris Singleton (foot) will be out for Washington. Deron Williams sprained his ankle and will miss tonight's game, but should be good to go for Brooklyn's next preseason game. The Nets are otherwise healthy. What will they be good at? Brooklyn should be excellent if not quite elite on both ends of the floor, with Garnett providing a massive upgrade from Reggie Evans on the defensive end, both individually and as a floor general who will make sure Lopez goes to the right spots. Brooklyn was only 17th in the NBA in defensive rating last year, but Garnett is such a game changer on that end that it's hard to imagine any team with him finishing worse than 10th. Meanwhile, the offense should feature a lot of open jumpers and due to the passing and shooting ability of everyone in the starting lineup. What will they be bad at? Brooklyn was good across the board last year except for two areas: protecting the ball and causing their opponents to turn it over. Some of this was a result of the presence of Evans, as much of a turnover machine as anyone in the league, but it can also be tied to having too many cooks in the kitchen. Williams, Lopez, Johnson and, to an extent, Blatche were all primary options within the last few years, and the same can be said of Terry, Pierce and Garnett. It was a regular occurrence for a Brooklyn player to make a play toward the basket and kick the ball out, only to have the perimeter player hesitate before shooting or try to take advantage of an off-balance defense and make a play of his o
about 10 hours ago
In case you missed this live, watch it again, because it's pretty absurd.
In case you missed this live, watch it again, because it's pretty absurd.
about 10 hours ago
WASHINGTON -- If the preseason is about recognizing and fixing problems before the real games begin, the Washington Wizards didn't get many answers Tuesday night. Facing a new-look, super-talented Brooklyn Nets team in the preseason open...
WASHINGTON -- If the preseason is about recognizing and fixing problems before the real games begin, the Washington Wizards didn't get many answers Tuesday night. Facing a new-look, super-talented Brooklyn Nets team in the preseason opener, the Wizards stumbled to a 111-106 overtime loss at Verizon Center. In an exhibition game where results mean little, one can excuse the team for faltering against an opponent as talented as Brooklyn. What's far more difficult to ignore is the apparent uncertainty still surrounding the team's frontcourt after its first preseason game. Instead of possible solutions to Emeka Okafor's absence, we only got more questions. I'm not impressed with that-Randy Wittman on Jan Vesely's injury "I'm not impressed with that," coach Randy Wittman said when asked about Jan Vesely's 12-rebound performance after the game. While a couple of players offered praise for the big man's high-energy play, and Wittman's comments were team-focused more than anything, the point stands: what Washington got Tuesday night won't be enough to win. Hoping to see the likes of Vesely and Kevin Seraphin step up against a stacked Nets roster, fans were treated with performances straight from the 2012-13 season. Making matters worse, much of that effort came against second- and third-team players, the likes of which Washington's big men should be able to dominate. "I tried to focus and do my things -- play defense and get those rebounds," Vesely said after the game. He's not wrong. At times, you saw a sprightly Vesely flying through the air for an offensive rebound or sticking his hand in a passing lane, doing precisely what you'd hope for. But there were so many things Vesely needed to show Tuesday after an offseason of work -- shooting, footwork, ballhandling, etc. -- and we rarely saw those things. More: Umair's Nets-Wizards game notes And really, that's the biggest source of concern here. Yes, Vesely showed some nice energy out of the gate against Kevin Garnett, but he was mostly an ineffective offensive player while playing against backups and training camp invitees. If the Wizards are searching for their new starting power forward, Vesely gave little reason to show he can fill that role. Seraphin hardly helped his case, too. Recording 13 points and seven rebounds in 33 minutes despite tallying five fouls, the 24-year-old showed the same inefficient issues he's battled throughout his career, giving up four turnovers and going just 1-of-3 from the charity stripe. Is all of this worth panicking? As of Oct. 8, of course not, particularly when the team still has a few more preseason games to work on everything. It's not like we've reached the point of calling Seraphin-Vesely a lost cause simply because of a bad exhibition game. But the idea of either Seraphin or Vesely emerging as a legitimate, worthy starter at the power forward position after Tuesday's game, seems harder to imagine. We had always hoped that one of these guys would emerge as a 30-minutes-a-night option, someone who could actually carry big minutes on a good team if needed. Instead, we're still working with the forward-by-committee approach that emerged when Okafor first went down. "One person can't make that up, the whole team's got to," John Wall said after the game of replacing Okafor. It's just too bad one guy couldn't make this easier. More from Bullets Forever: Nets vs. Wizards final score: Washington drops preseason opener in OT, 111-106 Wizards vs. Nets preview: (Preseason) basketball is back! Otto Porter injury: Wizards' rookie unlikely to play in first 2 preseason games NBA Previews - Atlantic Division and Pacific Division links Path to the Playoffs: The Wizards and the Cavaliers
about 10 hours ago
via img547.imageshack.us You have to love that bench expression. Suck it Blatche. Also if you haven't seen Rice's highlights from Georgia Tech check 'em out. He's got a silky smooth jump shot and the athleticism to make him an monster ...
via img547.imageshack.us You have to love that bench expression. Suck it Blatche. Also if you haven't seen Rice's highlights from Georgia Tech check 'em out. He's got a silky smooth jump shot and the athleticism to make him an monster on the court. I personally feel that Rice's skill set makes him a perfect compliment to a wizard's second unit that has lacked offensive prowess to say the least. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DC-Y4I8Jdfs I thought I'd also put up an interesting poll for a comment discussion. Poll Who do you believe will have the better rookie season? Otto Porter Jr Glen Rice Jr 9 votes | Results
about 19 hours ago
Oct 8, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) dribbles the ball as Brooklyn Nets point guard Tyshawn Taylor (10) defends in the second quarter at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sp...
Oct 8, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) dribbles the ball as Brooklyn Nets point guard Tyshawn Taylor (10) defends in the second quarter at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports After much anticipation, the Washington Wizards failed to close out their first preseason victory at home and ultimately fell to the new look Brooklyn Nets in overtime. Here are the Bullet Points: With Emeka Okafor out indefinitely, Wizards head coach Randy Wittman opted to start Jan Vesely at power forward, while sliding Nene over to center. Although he ended up fouling out in overtime, Vesely did grab 12 rebounds in just 28 minutes of playing time. It’s obvious that Vesely won’t be able to play many minutes consistently since he still picks up fouls at a ridiculous rate, but he did contribute on the boards. All in all, Vesely looked pretty good but he didn’t make up for Okafor’s absence. Aside from the debut of both Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett on the Nets side, the John Wall/Bradley Beal combination was probably the biggest storyline heading into the exhibition. Wall looked very aggressive from the start, knocking down about 3 jump shots without hesitation. Wall scored 7 points to go along side 5 assists in just the first 7 minutes of action. He finished with 16 points and 8 assists, but most importantly, he looked confident in everything he did on the floor. Bradley Beal complemented him with 11 points. Unlike this past season, Beal looked assertive and even shot the majority of his jumpers off the dribble. His handle looked a lot tighter, since he was able to create offense for himself without depending on John Wall. Overall, both guards looked terrific, especially during the start of the game. Even though they weren’t lights out from the field, their improvement was definitely noticeable. Without Emeka Okafor, the Wizards will undoubtedly rely on Nene a bit more than expected, but he did not disappoint. Ted Leonsis and the rest of Washington’s brass gloated about his improved health during this offseason, and it certainly showed in his mobility. Besides an ill-advised turn around, Nene hit every mid range shot he took, which we didn’t get to see this past season. He even dunked the ball multiple times in traffic, so his rejuvenated health was definitely noted. Wittman decided to play Nene over 20 minutes tonight, which isn’t necessarily smart considering his issues in the past. Hopefully we’ll get to see less of Nene in the future. Longevity is key to Washington’s success, and I don’t want anything unnecessary to happen to Nene as a result of carelessness. As far as I’m concerned, this was the play of the game: Al Harrington pulls the chair on Andray Baltche (yes, I still refuse to spell his name correctly.) Washington had a chance to experiment with some of their new additions, but it didn’t go quite as expected. Harrington scored 9 points off the bench, and in my opinion, he looked terrific. I was concerned about his health after Wittman stated that he wasn’t in shape yet, but he looked great tonight. One thing is for certain: Harrington isn’t scared to shoot the ball, and he’s exactly the type of player the Wizards needed off the bench. On the flip side, Washington’s newly acquired backup point guard, Eric Maynor, looked awful. He made just 1 of his 7 shot attempts, and turned the ball over 3 times. I don’t want to write him off yet, but tonight’s performance didn’t help. The Wizards looked pretty good offensively with the starters in the game, but once John Wall, Bradley Beal and Nene were off the floor, it was tough to watch. Thankfully for Washington, they may have found a gem in Glen Rice Jr. Rice is known for his ability to score the ball, so I expected him to help the Wizards on the offensive side of the floor, but he looked great defensively. He scored t
about 20 hours ago
With Trevor Ariza and Jan Vesely inserted in the starting lineup, the Washington Wizards starting unit went toe to toe with the Brooklyn Nets for the first half and executed their offense adequately. However much of the concerns over the...
With Trevor Ariza and Jan Vesely inserted in the starting lineup, the Washington Wizards starting unit went toe to toe with the Brooklyn Nets for the first half and executed their offense adequately. However much of the concerns over the second unit last year carried over to tonight, as the move to bring Martell Webster off the bench, along with newcomer Eric Maynor, proved to be futile. The Wizards dug themselves out of a hole after a rough third quarter and forced overtime thanks to a ridiculous Glen Rice Jr. dunk, but ultimately fell, 111-106. The turnovers began to pile up in the second half, and soon enough, Brooklyn built a double-digit lead. Randy Wittman continued to play his starters and key cogs for much of the fourth quarter against Brooklyn's reserves, and Washington understandably fought their way back into the contest. After both teams traded baskets down the stretch, Maynor hit a miracle floater in the lane with the foul to tie the game. Washington then forced a steal out of the timeout, got the ball up court to a streaking Garrett Temple along the wing, but he got blocked out of nowhere. After intentionally fouling, Wizards had one more chance to score, and Rice Jr came flying in off a Maynor miss for the put-back dunk to take the game into overtime. However, the Wizards offense fell back into their third-quarter funk and had no response to Brooklyn's execution on offense in overtime. Here are my game notes, in chronological order: Brooklyn came out of the gates strong, scoring with relative ease and finding the Wizards defenses over helping one pass away a few times. Nene got caught out of position on a Joe Johnson/Brook Lopez pick and roll, leaving Lopez a clear path to the basket along the baseline. Jan Vesely did the same thing a little later in the first by overhelping on Andrei Kirileinko, which resulted in an easy Andray Blatche score at the rim. The biggest takeaway so far has been John Wall's ability to fight over screens, which isn't an easy task with Kevin Garnett on the floor. He hasn't taken any shortcuts, and he looks noticeably stronger. Kevin Seraphin came in for Nene and struggled immediately. He got his jumper blocked off the pick and pop then failed to pull down a defensive rebound with both hands, which Andrei Kirileinko promptly ripped away and assisted on an easy fast-break layup. He has to cut down these mistakes and really focus on being a top rebounder on this team. Once Wall took a seat, the offense completely stagnated. The team ran a high pick and roll for Beal which resulted in a contested 19-footer. Then Maynor ran one from almost the same spot with Al Harrington popping out to the top of the key, but turned it over after getting caught in the middle of three Brooklyn defenders in the paint. Love the push by Maynor to get the ball to the corner for a Harrington three off the fastbreak. The shot was missed, but we'll see a lot of this from both point guards. Jan Vesely tried posting up Kevin Garnett.... Let's pretend that never happened. Again, the Wizards get caught helping one pass away. This time, it was on a Livingston post up at the high post that resulted in a Brook Lopez dunk. It's obviously early, but Brooklyn doesn't look like a team that hasn't played a game in five months. Beautiful interior passing, selfless basketball and a lot of shot makers. Wouldn't surprise me at all if Deron Williams reclaims his spot in the top-3 point guard discussion. Here's the one thing that scares me more than anything else in Wall's game: falling in love with the jumper out of the pick and roll. He took one as soon as he re-entered the game in the second quarter with 17 seconds left in the shot clock. Four fouls in the first half for Jan. No field goal attempts, no trips to the free throw line despite the Wizards getting into the bonus early in the first quarter, and some really poor box-outs on Garnett to boot. Beal got completely lost as Alan Anderson ran through a maze of
about 20 hours ago
TAI's Rashad Mobley gathers the words of new Brooklyn coach Jason Kidd before the first preseason game of the 2013-14 season for the Wizards and Nets. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, an...
TAI's Rashad Mobley gathers the words of new Brooklyn coach Jason Kidd before the first preseason game of the 2013-14 season for the Wizards and Nets. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
about 23 hours ago
TAI's Adam McGinnis recaps the open practice held by the Wizard last Friday as they get ready to start the preseason. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
TAI's Adam McGinnis recaps the open practice held by the Wizard last Friday as they get ready to start the preseason. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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