Keys to the Palace: A magical ending to an otherwise bad week

A close loss to Celtics, a big loss to the Knicks, and a close win over Orlando gave Wizards fans a little bit of everything to chew on last week.  Other than Brendan Haywood, Mike Miller, and Caron Butler, no one provided consistently strong performances throughout the week, making this week's decisions on who enters the palace that much more difficult.  

 

Andray Blatche

Andray was one of the few bright spots in against the Knicks, scoring 14 points on 7-10 shooting.  During the rest of the week, he played solidly, though you would like him to pull down more than 10 rebounds in 60 minutes of playing time.

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Earl Boykins

After taking Randy Foye's minutes against Boston, Earl tailed off the rest of the week.  Dwight Howard's emphatic block summed up his performance for the last two games of the week.


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Caron Butler

Fun fact: Daggers can be used to pick the lock to get inside the palace.

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Randy Foye

As has been documented here, Randy had a rough showing against the Celtics, losing most of his playing time to Earl Boykins.  Foye responded with two solid performances against New York and Orlando, adding some credence to the idea that Foye just doesn't match up well with Rajon Rondo, and there's no reason to think he is mired in an extended slump.

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Brendan Haywood

The only statistic Haywood has seen decline this year is assists.  In an otherwise career year, his 0.4 assists per game is the lowest since his second season in the NBA and his assist percentage is the lowest of his career.  Then again, it's not like anyone signs a center to distribute the ball.

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Mike James

There wasn't much to say about Mike's two minute performance against the Knicks, so I'm posting this clip from his appearance on Supernanny.

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Antawn Jamison

There's nothing wrong with making the best of a bad situation.  If you're going to get stuck in Florida all weekend, you may as well go watch the Super Bowl.  Hopefully a chance to kick back and enjoy some football is just what the doctor ordered for his recent struggles.  This week, Jamison only connected on 8 of his 39 field goal attempts.  For the week he had just 28 points and 23 rebounds, just slightly better than the stats he racked up last week (21 points and 23 rebounds) in one game.

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JaVale McGee

JaVale has been set free again!  He played a few minutes against the Knicks and the Magic.  His shooting was better, hitting 3 of his 5 attempts.  Of course, the degree of difficulty goes way, way down when you attempt shots like this one.  Only grabbing one rebound in 16 minutes of playing time this week is a little bit concerning, however.  We'll see if Flip Saunders continues to give McGee chances to prove himself on the court.

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Dominic McGuire

For the first time since January 16th against Sacramento, Taser played double-digit minutes against Orlando, and responded with a solid all-around performance.  Odd thing is, after his last game where he played more than ten minutes, he didn't get another chance to play even five until Friday's game.  Only time will tell if McGuire's performance is enough to garner more burn on the hardwood.

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Mike Miller

He surrendered some minutes on Friday to Dominic McGuire, but otherwise had himself a top-notch week.  He averaged 11.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2 assists per game during the week while shooting 65% from the field.

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Fabricio Oberto

Fab's stat line for the week: 0 points, 0 rebounds, 0 assists, 0 blocks, 0 steals, 2 fouls, 1 turnover.

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DeShawn Stevenson

DeShawn didn't help out much on the stat sheet, but he had a positive impact on the team.  Despite not scoring a point this week, Stevenson had the third highest plus/minus rating against the Knicks and the highest in Friday's win against Orlando.  You're guess is as good as mine, folks.

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Nick Young

After an efficient showing against Celtics, Nick's play fell off for the rest of the week.  It took Young 15 shots to score 15 points against the Knicks and Magic and he only contributed 1 rebound and 1 assist in the final two games of the week.

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Flip Saunders

I'm trying to think of the basketball equivalent of going for an onside kick to start off the second half and I'm having a really hard time trying to figure out what it would be.  More importantly, would Flip have the moxie to go for it?  While I try to figure that out, and do whatever else I can not to think about last night, I'll give Flip a guest pass.

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