Wizards 108, Nets 88

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Highest Plus/Minus: Antawn Jamison (+25)
Lowest Plus/Minus: Nick Young (-2)
Best Five Man Unit: Dee Brown, DeShawn Stevenson, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, JaVale McGee (+11 to start the 3rd Quarter).
Worst Five Man Unit: Antonio Daniels, Nick Young, Caron Butler, Darius Songaila, JaVale McGee (-3 to star the 4th quarter).

Four Factors:

Team Pace Off Eff eFG% FT/FG OREB% TOr
Washington 87 124.1 59.4 8.2 22.5 9.2
New Jersey 101.1 44.8 24.7 24.4 13.8

As most of you know, Mike and I are college students so right now is a pretty hectic time for both of us as we deal with projects, final exams, and everything else that comes with the end of the semester.  So rather than having one of us post some half-baked thoughts for the recap of last night's win, we decided to combine our half-baked thoughts together to hopefully come up with something that's hopefully fully baked. -Jake.

  • Last night just goes to show that for all the talk that DeShawn's numbers were down because he had to be more of a creator than a finisher, DeShawn does his best job of creating more opportunities for the rest of the team when he's hitting threes and stretching the defense, opening up more room for everyone else to operate. Since DeShawn joined the team back in 2006, the Wizards are 15-3 when Stevenson hits 4 or more three-pointers. -Jake
  • For all the talk of Dee Brown pushing the pace, our defense played a big role as well.  We held New Jersey to one shot consistently despite them missing a lot and were able to get out in transition on those misses.  That's key.  Dee will push the ball, but he can't do it out of his own basket. -PM
  • A reason for concern: We only shot 11 free throws.  The shots were falling tonight because of New Jersey's pathetic disinclination to play defense.  That won't happen against most teams.  Same with assists -- we had 33, but as impressive as that is, it happened because we made shots. -PM
  • In the recap of the Hawks game on Saturday, I mentioned that Antonio Daniels hit two three pointers for the first time in over a year on Saturday. In hitting two three pointers last night, Dee Brown ended a streak that dated back to April 11, 2007 without hitting more than one three pointer in an NBA game. -Jake
  • Dee Brown may have very well had his best game as a Wizard last night. 8 points, 7 assists, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals is a very solid line for Brown. It's nice to see him bounce back from his less than stellar performance on Saturday. -Jake
  • One quibble: Caron Butler's minutes.  He doesn't need to get 37.5 minutes in a blowout win. -PM
  • This stretch of games is going to be a real litmus test for JaVale McGee. Seeing him go up against Brook Lopez, Greg Oden, Andrew Bynum, and Joakim Noah is going to give us an idea of where he stands in relation to some of the other good, young big men in the NBA. He held his own against Brook tonight, but he's going to need to take it to another level against Oden and Bynum. -Jake
  • Love that Vince Carter went back to his shot-jacking, low-efficiency ways.  I did like the way Devin Harris looked though.  If only we kept him in 04. -PM
  • Winning cures all ills. -Jake
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