The struggling Washington Redskins (5-6) travel to the New Meadowlands Stadium to take on the New York Giants (7-4), who are currently tied with the Philadelphia Eagles for first place in the NFC East. The game, which is scheduled for 1 PM on Fox (WTTG), could be moved to a 4 PM start based on the NFL’s flexible scheduling policy. In addition to television, the game can also be heard on the Redskins radio outlets – ESPN Radio WTEM 980 AM, WWXX 94.3 FM and WWXT 92.7 FM.
After the Wizards second embarrasing performance on national TV, the team had little time to recover before facing the best team in the Southeastern division, the Orlando Magic. In a game that was decided by one point, we take a closer look at the tale of two halves.
While there were plenty to celebrate in the Wizards 116 – 114 win over the 76ers, there were also some troubling signs as well. Most namely the Wizards inability to stop the 76ers forwards from scoring in the paint. Ultimately, the Wizards win resulted from heroic efforts from nearly every member of the team.
Earlier today Wizards announced that they have resigned guard/forward Alonzo Gee. The Wizards had originally signed Gee on March 7 from the NBADL and he appeared in 11-games in which he averaged more than 16 minutes and a little over 7 points per game. The Wizards had signed Gee to a second 10-day contract but ultimately Gee elected to sign a contract that let him remain with the San Antonio Spurs for the remainder of the season. The Spurs, who recently signed Danny Green, elected to waive Alonzo Gee.
Unfortunately, Gee’s resigning meant that the Wizards had to create room on the roster and so Ernie Grunfeld also announced that the team had waived reserve Guard Lester Hudson. Hudson, who made a few exciting plays in the Summer League and during the preseason, appeared in six games with the Wizards. During that stretch he logged 26 minutes of play in which he contributed two points, six assists and one rebound.
JaVale McGee is often criticized for his play on defense and the defensive boards. Well in this game against the Grizzlies he was able to use his “freakish” abilities to help the Washington Wizards pull out a close win at home against the visiting Memphis Grizzlies. In this post I take a closer look at McGee’s performance.
I read Mike Prada’s article, “It’s time to hold Andray Blatche accountable for his bad defense” and it reminded me of something that I had noticed during the Knicks game. There was a play – during a stretch in the game in which the Knicks began to pull away – when the Knicks guard easily drove to the hoop for a layup following a relatively routine pick-and-roll play. In frustration, Flip Saunders called a timeout and before CSN went to commercial you could see what appeared to be Flip giving “tough love” to JaVale McGee.
So I decided to watch that play over to see what made Flip so angry. However, what I noticed was that the player who appeared to be most at fault was Andray Blatche. At the start of the play, John Wall was rubbed off on a pick that was set by Andray’s man. Instead of hedging and either stopping the penetration of the Knicks guard or at least forcing him out further on the floor, Andray decides to stay in no-man’s land and did neither. Instead he looked at the guard while barely leaving the paint. Yes, he looked at him. Worse yet he actually appeared to screen off John Wall, who was hustling to get back on defense. Worse still as the Knicks guard realized that he had John Wall at a disadvantage and Andray Blatche did not seem intent on stopping his penetration, he decided to keep driving to the hoop.