Dave Johnson: Pistons Deal Wizards 6th Straight Loss


Dave Johnson: Pistons Deal Wizards 6th Straight Loss

Friday, March 12, 2010 10:40pm

Wizards vs. Pistons Game Highlights & PostgameBy Dave Johnson
CSNWashington.comAuburn Hills, Michigan----It got late early for the Washington Wizards. Tired from playing the Hawks the night before, the Wizards were in no position to play from behind but had to after committing five turnovers in the first ten minutes of a 101-87 loss to the Detroit Pistons.The Pistons jumped on the Wizards early with strong defensive pressure in the half-court and forced the Wizards to play at a higher tempo than they wanted too. With the Wizards early miscues the Pistons were able to build a twelve point lead at 26-14 with 2:20 left in the first quarterWe just had too many turnovers too early, said Wizards head coach Flip Saunders. It was kind of the same thing. We just could not get into our offense.The Pistons had little trouble getting into their offense and the Wizards were helping them. By half-time the Pistons had 18 points off Wizards turnovers as they built a 56-40 lead.All night long the Pistons pushed the ball and ended up with a 28-11 advantage in fast break points. Will Bynum had 20 of the Pistons 31-assists, while Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince and rookie Jonas Jerebko each led the Pistons with 18-points.Andray Blatche led the Wizards with 23-points and 10-rebounds and played through fatigue to finish 11 of 22 from the field after struggling for the first three quarters. Unfortunately for the Wizards JaVale McGee was unable to produce an encore performance and was limited to four points and four rebounds.As good as JaVale was last night, and some said he has All Star potential, he was more like a CBA All star tonight, Saunders said of McGee who scored a career high 20 points on Thursday against the Hawks.He played about twenty minutes and we were minus-19 when he was on the floor, Saunders added. He had no energy and we had no presence around the basket and they just out worked us.Looking for a spark to help trigger a second-half come back, James Singleton replaced McGee in the Wizards lineup early in the third quarter. Singleton delivered and was particularly effective during a two-minute span of the third quarter when he scored six of his seven points on the night.A sluggish offense briefly looked alive as Singleton cut into the lane and received a crisp pass from Blatche on the baseline and then finished with a slam dunk to bring the Wizards within nine points at 66-57.Singleton again went to the basket and after a goaltending call on Jason Maxiell had the Wizards within seven points at 66-59 with 3:06 left in the third quarter. The rally ended there as the Pistons then closed the quarter on an 11-4 run.To the Wizards credit there was not a full collapse. In the final quarter the Wizards actually shot 64 percent from the field and matched the Pistons in scoring with 24-points, but paid the price for all their early mistakes when they struggled to establish their offense.It is all part of the learning experience for our players, Saunders noted. It is tough because we have guys going out there and competing but they are making mental mistakes and it emotionally wears you done.

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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

After a fight-filled start to joint practices between the Redskins and Jets, the Skins' 2018 NFL preseason schedule continues Thursday night at Fed Ex Field against New York. 

Week 2 of the NFL preseason still doesn't provide a lot of answers to questions about team performance, but it begins to reveal the depth the Redskins could have this season.

One storyline that won't be taking place, is the return of former Redskin Terrelle Pryor, who told reporters after Monday's practice he won't be playing in the game.

The Redskins have bigger things to worry about though, like who will replace rookie Derrius Guice, who's now out for the year with a torn ACL.

The Redskins also have one less name in the fight for receiver depth as well, after Robert Davis suffered a season-ending leg injury as well. 

Ahead of Thursday's preseason matchup, here's everything you need to know to watch.


Who: Washington Redskins vs. New York Jets

What: Game 2 of the 2018 NFL Preseason

When: Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, 8:00 p.m. ET

Where: Fed Ex Field, Landover, MD

TV Channel: ESPN

Live Stream: Watch ESPN

Radio: Redskins Radio Network

Point Spread: Washington, -3

Over/Under: 39.5

Weather: 90 degrees, partly cloudy


5:00 PM: Redskins 100
5:30 PM: Redskins Nation
6:00 PM: Best of the Sports Junkies
7:00 PM: Redskins Kickoff Live


Week 1: Thurs., 8/9, vs. New England Patriots, 7:30 p.m. (L, 26-17)

Week 2: Thurs., 8/16, vs. New York Jets, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN)

Week 3: Fri., 8/24, vs. Denver Broncos, 7:30 p.m. 

Week 4: Thurs., 8/30, vs. Baltimore Ravens, 7:30 p.m. 



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You can see why players get along with Jay Gruden so well in these Mic'd Up segments

You can see why players get along with Jay Gruden so well in these Mic'd Up segments

Most coaches would've let it go. In fact, plenty wouldn't have even noticed. But Jay Gruden couldn't resist.

He just had to get on Quinton Dunbar for his cutoff practice pants.

"The pants gotta be over the knees, didn't you see the uniform code violation?" Gruden barked at Dunbar while mic'd up in Richmond (the first full segment is above). "He's the least swag guy you guys got on defense and I'm just trying to help him out," he later told Deshazor Everett when Everett tried to stand up for Dunbar.

Numerous players bring up how easy Gruden is to get along with when they're prompted to evalute the 'Skins' fifth-year headman. And over the course of just one training camp session, there were a handful of examples backing that up.

There's Gruden telling Jamison Crowder to cheer up ("You always look so grouchy all the time, man"). He then hops over to check in on Morgan Moses, who just added a new baby to his family, before predicting the right tackle will end up with enough kids to fill up two starting offensive lines. 

He even gets along with former members of his team; in Part 2 of his Mic'd Up, he strolls up to now-Jet Spencer Long, quizzes him on New York's offense and then hits Long with, "Ours is better, right?"

Now's the time a certain amount of you especially angry Internet users will starting typing your HE SHOULD STOP JOKING AROUND, YOU SEE BELICHICK DOING THIS CRAP? comments. And, of course, being friendly has no influence on winning in the NFL.

But every person with a job knows that it's much easier to work with a boss that you enjoy being around as opposed to one you try to avoid being around at all costs. You can point to certain areas where Gruden needs to improve, but the fact that he treats each player — from established star to offseason longshot — equally is one place he's excellent in.

Another place he's excellent in? Rightfully calling out those who are wearing pants that are far too short.