Highest Plus/Minus: Juan Dixon (+7)
Lowest Plus/Minus: Andray Blatche (-18)
Best Five Man Unit: Antonio Daniels, Nick Young, Dominic McGuire, Antawn Jamison, Andray Blatche (-4 during the 2nd Quarter)
Worst Five Man Unit: Juan Dixon, DeShawn Stevenson, Caron Butler, Dominic McGuire, Darius Songaila (+5 during the 4th Quarter)
Don't do it Antonio! Don't do it! (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)
If I'd told you going into last night's game that the Wizards would shoot 54.9% from the field and win the rebounding battle you'd probably assume that the Wizards got a big win and maybe, just maybe, they were starting to turn the season around.
Well, it turns out that giving up 55% on 3 pointers to a team that doesn't have a single player that even shoots over 50% from the field can negate a lot of good work very quickly. We've gotten use to seeing numbers like this, but it still pains you whenever you see it. On the bright side, at least we didn't experience "The Aaron Gray Game" Part II.
- Prada summed up my thoughts on JaVale's minutes last night pretty well. Looking back at the play-by-play, I can understand the move a little more, because the Bulls were outrebounding the Wizards while JaVale was on the court. I still don't agree with the move, because I don't think that's enough time to say that the Bulls reboundng edge would've held up if he had kept playing and I think JaVale's shotblockinig would've been more useful than Andray's low post defense since the Bulls have a lot more firepower in their backcourt than they do in their frontcourt.
- Even though I think JaVale would've been more helpful last night, I still think that Andray had a solid game tonight (14 points on 6-9 shooting and 4 rebounds while only committing 2 fouls!). It would be an understatement to say that he's been the biggest benefactor of the coaching change. He's been playing with so much more confidence under Tapscott and it's translated to much better performance on the court.
- If Andray Blatche has been the player that's been helped the most by the coaching change, than Juan Dixon is the player that's been helped the least by the switch. Other than a few minutes against the Warriors, he hadn't played at all since the switch. So it was interesting to see Tapscott go with Dixon at point for all of the 4th quarter. To his credit, Juan played very well, hitting all of his shots, getting 4 assits, and helping the Wizards turn a game that looked like it was going to be a blowout into a respectable game. It'll be interesting to see if that earns him some more minutes from Tap in the next few games.
- Not a great game for Nick Young last night. He did have 4 assists last night which was nice, but he only made one shot and his defense on Hughes left a lot to be desired. He let Larry get hot in the second quarter and once Larry gets hot, it's hard to turn him off, even if you switch another guy on him. It's kind of funny, because I was planning on writing a post about how Nick's defense has beenmuch better this season (his on/off stats would shock you) but I think I'll hold off on that for right now. I'm pretty sure last night was just a case of Hughes exposing Nick with some of his veteran trick and not the start of a defensive downfall, but clearly he's still got a lot to learn.
- The more I watch Antawn Jamison, the more I think that he could've been a really good tight end in the NFL with his set of hands.
- Hopefully you saw Dominic McGuire's taserrific slam on Andres Nocioni last night. As it turns out, revenge is a dish best served cold..by a teammate who's far better equipped to do the dishin':
One bright spot was provided by Dominic McGuire, who threw down a nasty one-handed dunk over Andres Nocioni. If you remember, Nocioni did the same to Oleksiy Pehcerov last year here in Chicago and the play became a huge highlight. Pech hasn't heard the end of it since.
"I told Nocioni, that was for Pech," McGuire said.
Said Pecherov, whose locker was right next to McGuire's tonight: "That's my man. Dom got him back for me."
And really, that's what true teamwork is all about, right?