Hanrahan: Apologies to Al Thornton

Hanrahan: Apologies to Al Thornton
November 7, 2010, 3:56 am
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Saturday November 6, 2010 11:32 p.m.

By Frank Hanrahan

Al Thornton was feeling it. Through the first three quarters against Cleveland Saturday night, the Wizards forward was dazzling, scoring from all spots on the court in leading the Wizards with 23 points on 10-16 shooting and 6 rebounds. But come the fourth quarter, Thornton was no where to be found on the floor as the Wizards wilted late losing 107-102 to the Cavaliers. "I said to Al I made a mistake," coach Flip Saunders said. "In hindsight you wish you would have got him back in the game. I don't know who for but I should have gotten him back in the game," Saunders said.

Thornton is a real pro and would never pout or moan about his lack of playing time and he handled the situation as expected. "He (Saunders) apologized for it," Thornton said. "He just made a mistake."

Saunders thought the three guard alignment of John Wall, Kirk Hinrich and Gilbert Arenas was working and he didn't want to mess the chemistry up. "We were in a situation where we rolled the dice with Gil making some shots for us," Saunders said. The gamble did not pay off.

Arenas showed some signs of his old self early but he missed some key shots late as the Wizards dropped their second straight ball game. Arenas ended up just 4-13 from the field and 13 points.

Arenas actually said tonight he should have taken a seat to let Thornton back in. "There was a point in the fourth quarter where I should have subbed myself out for Al," Arenas said. Arenas of course came under scrutiny in the pre-season for faking a knee injury so teammate Nick Young could get more minutes.

Isn't it ironic, don't you think?