Wizards' comeback falls just short against Mavericks (UPDATED WITH POSTGAME STUFF)

Great effort.  Bad last play.  

Oh well.

UPDATE: Wow, very interesting postgame tonight. 

Flip Saunders gave a terse, two-minute press conference, in which he ultimately walked out as a reporter was asking him a question.  When asked of the last play, Saunders simply said "That wasn't the play we were supposed to run."  I asked him what was the play, and he simply repeated himself.

The "play," of course, was Caron Butler catching the ball at the top of the key, dribbling left and getting swallowed up by Shawn Marion as Mike Miller stood open in the corner.

Randy Foye reiterated what Saunders said.

"It was an option play. We ran that play against Chicago that got us two shots, but it wasn't the play that was supposed to be run."

What was Butler's take on the play?

“The last play was drawn up either to get myself the ball up top or get somebody coming to the corner. Obviously, I wanted the ball. I kind of had my mind made up what I was going to do with it already. This time, it was good defense.”

Later, Butler was asked what he'd do differently on the play.  

“Try to drive it. Stay right. I ended up going back left and got stuck, but just go to the basket and try to put the game in the hands of the referees, get some contact.”

Kyle asked Brendan Haywood about the play, and Haywood said something to the effect of "I don't want to throw anyone under the bus."  When I asked him about his impressions of the play, he simply said "I was on the weakside," then shrugged.

To review: Flip Saunders said the play wasn't the one that was supposed to be run.  Randy Foye elaborated a bit and said they ran a different play, one they used in Chicago to get Caron a shot once.  Caron then described, presumably, the incorrect play perfectly, since there was an open man (Mike Miller) in the corner.

As Kyle tweeted, someone, most likely Tuff Juice, will probably be getting killed in the papers tomorrow. 

 

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