12.11 The Cooler

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By 12.11.09
Rajon Rondo (photo. Christian Kozowyck)

Rajon Rondo (photo. Christian Kozowyck)

Sam Cassell can stay, but if Flip Saunders is going to turn these Wizards around, he needs to clean house with the rest of his assistants and bring in the likes of Coach Carter, Joe Clark from Lean on Me, Gene Hackman, Bobby Knight and Mike Ditka. Basically, coaches who won’t take any nonsense and won’t accept some of the iron-headed decisions the players are making. The Wizards had a chance to beat the Celtics last night and stay undefeated in national TV games this season, but they gave it away with their own curious choices … You already know Antawn Jamison was involved. Dude can slap up 20 and 10 on anybody, but sometimes he plays like he has absolutely no idea what the score is and how much time is left. After Jamison tied the game on a crazy over-the-head, back-to-the-basket putback with 1:20 to go in the fourth, Rajon Rondo (21 pts, 11 asts) put Boston back up with a baseline dunk, so Jamison decided to run a heat check on one of the most important possessions of the game and bricked a three way too early into the shot clock. Gilbert Arenas later scored to make it a one-point game with 17 seconds left, and when Washington needed to foul, Jamison was too busy arguing with a ref to wrap up Ray Allen, allowing precious seconds to tick off the clock … So now Washington is down three with 14 seconds left and Flip decides to run the “Let Gilbert do what he wants” play. Normally you’d expect a guy to milk the clock and take a shot with maybe two seconds left, but Arenas (25 pts, 8 asts) takes a step-back trey right away. Randy Foye chases down the rebound in the corner – remember, there’s still like 10 seconds left – and throws up a wild, off-balance three when he could have either reset the offense or handed the ball to Jamison, who was standing right next to him. Foye’s shot didn’t come close, and that was it … Credit Jamison for even making it to the end of the game, though. In the first quarter he took a nasty fall where it looked like he could’ve broken his wrist, forearm, shoulder or hip – or broken all of them at the same time. He got up and didn’t even leave the game … Anyone else catch that tense exchange between Reggie Miller and Mike Fratello? After Fratello pointed out something on Boston’s bench, Reggie got on him for watching the bench instead of watching the game. “Point guards have to see the entire floor,” The Czar shot back. “You were out there with your hands up looking for a pass the entire time.” … For the second week in a row (last time during Celtics/Spurs), Reggie went into a bit about Kevin Garnett not being able to get out of the first round in Minnesota because he ran into Tim Duncan so many times. We looked it up, and out of KG’s eight postseason appearances with the Wolves, he actually only faced the Spurs twice. In order, starting in ’97, the Wolves lost to Houston, Seattle, San Antonio, Portland, San Antonio again, Dallas, the Lakers, and the Lakers again … Anybody would have understood if the Jazz folded up like a tent at halftime on Thursday. One night after Kobe and his goons ripped the heart from Utah’s chest with that 20-0 run in the fourth quarter, the Jazz were at home facing the Magic and getting waxed in the first half. But Deron Williams (32 pts, 8 rebs, 15 asts) led the comeback in the second half, where Utah didn’t just make it respectable, they grabbed the lead and hung on for a big win … Thursday was the second annual Unofficial Chauncey Billups Night at the Palace, but in the end, Ben Wallace was the old-head who conjured memories of the Pistons’ recent glory days. In the final two minutes, Wallace (7 pts, 16 rebs, 3 stls) scored on a tip-in, stole an outlet pass to buy Detroit another crucial possession, and after Chauncey went for a potential game-tying shot, Wallace challenged him enough to force a miss and tapped the ball away while the clock ran out … Carmelo scored 40 in the loss, most of it on Jonas Jerebko. Forget Brandon Jennings and Tyreke Evans; no rookie has been thrown into the fire as harshly as Jerebko. The second-round pick is only starting because Tayshaun Prince got hurt – which nobody expected since Tayshaun is a robot – and since then has spent long stretches guarding ‘Melo, Kobe, Vince Carter and LeBron … According to their sideline reporter, the Pistons have an “ankle epidemic” with Rip Hamilton, Ben Gordon and Will Bynum all sitting out yesterday with ankle injuries. Does that mean the Knicks (Eddy Curry, Jerome James, Q-Rich, Malik Rose) had a fat epidemic a couple years ago? … We’re out like not knowing the school song …


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