Ok, so that was a terrible way to blow what should’ve been an easy win. Up 13 with just more than six minutes left and then you get outscored 17-3 and go 1-for-12 from the field and turn the ball over seven times in the fourth quarter.
“Dain Bramage. Dain Bramage, that’s the best I can say,” Wizards coach Ed Tapscott said following the game, trying to mask his frustration with some levity. “You know, dain bramage, brain damage? Trying to keep something positive here. We brain-locked. We made just about every error we could make down the stretch of the game and gave that team life. … We gave them some gift-wrapped opportunities and they took advantage.”
One of the biggest brain farts was Juan Dixon throwing the ball away with 15.2 seconds left. The other big brain fart was when Chris Bosh was left wide open and given three full seconds to set, re-set and then shoot and make the game-winning 3-poiner with 9.3 seconds left.
Antawn Jamison left the game with an ankle injury and did not return, but no update on that. He had left before the locker room was opened up to the media. The Wizards do not practice tomorrow, and then play their final game Wednesday in Boston.
Ok, so that is that.
On to the coaching hire, my sources stick by the fact that there is an offer to Flip Saunders and that he is “a done deal” to come to Washington. But team sources and league insiders insist there is no verbal agreement in place for Saunders to become the head coach. Yet. That doesn’t mean the Yahoo! Sports report out there is false, just that perhaps Flip has told his insiders and the Wizards have either not been informed yet, OR, Ernie Grunfeld — who has refused comment — is insisting on keeping it under wraps until the season is over, out of respect for Tap.