Nene and Kevin Seraphin kicked off their respective Olympic tournaments with a win and a loss respectively. I have yet to go back and watch more than highlights from Brazil's win over Australia, but outside of seeing how Nene fits in with his team's interior bigs, all we want is him to emerge from London healthy. Oh, win a medal, sure.As for Seraphin, after providingsignificant contribution during France's run-up to the Olympics, perhaps fears over his early foul trouble contributed to him only playing eight minutes. I also think facing a U.S. team, that fequently went "small" with LeBron James at center or at least not always using a traditional big man was a poor matchup for the 6-foot-10 wide body. Former George Washington forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu knocked down 12 of 16 free throws and tallied 22 points in Great Britain's 95-75 loss to Russia. He also made 5 of 9 field goal attempts. Might have taken more if Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng didn't chuck up 27 shots (Deng scored 26 points, but missed 19 of those attempts).Tony Skinn started and scored seven points in Nigeria's 60-56 win over Tunisia. The former George Mason guard dished out a team-high three assists, offsetting an 0 of 3 effort from beyond the arc. Ex-Terp Ekene Ibekwe did not play for Nigeria.Sarunas Jasikevicius, considered by some oneof the top FIBA players over the last decade, had six points and four assists, but Lithuania was routed in the second half by Argentina. Linas Kleiza, who played two seasons locally at Montrose Christian, finished with team-highs 20 points and 7 rebounds.
The announcement that the Redskins are sending Josh Doctson to injured reserve wasn’t really a surprise to anyone, although perhaps the timing was. Jay Gruden has said earlier that he thought they would wait until after the bye to make a decision on whether or not to put Doctson on the shelf. But visits to a couple of specialists convinced them to make the move.
The team’s top draft pick ends the season with 31 snaps played and two receptions for 66 yards including a 57-yard reception against the Cowboys. Doctson wasn’t expected to contribute much this season but the plans were to let him get his feet wet, learn in practice, and be ready to take over a starting role next year.
Now, he can’t practice for eight games even if he overcomes his mysterious Achilles problems. He can go to meetings and be around the facility and there is some benefit in that.
Like any player put on injured reserve after the roster cut to 53, Doctson is eligible to return after eight games. The team has one move off of IR that it can use each season. The earliest that Doctson could return is Week 15, when the Redskins host the Panthers. There is a long way to go before that bridge needs to be crossed.
The other possibilities to be activated later are center Kory Lichtensteiger and safety David Bruton. But that is a decision that can be made later in the season. Who knows what the injury picture might look like when they do have to make a call.
To replace Doctson on the roster the Redskins signed rookie free agent wide receiver Maurice Harris to the roster. At 6-3 Harris immediately becomes the tallest receiver on the roster.
The move doesn’t have much of an effect on the wide receiver depth chart since Doctson has been inactive for four weeks. It remains to be seen when Harris will see the field on game days.
Most rankings put out by online outlets are simply material for page clicks and fodder for debate among fans. Few carry the weight of a survery of league general managers.
But even the opinions of those who construct rosters can't necessarily be taken as gospel. This year's NBA GM survey put out by NBA.com included some things Wizards point guard John Wall just doesn't agree with.
Wall wasn't even listed among the best four point guards in the league. While he was ranked as the second-fastest player with the ball, he was nowhere to be found among the best passers. Not even under the honorable mentions of the 'also received votes' category.
That last one irked Wall more than any. He spoke on the subject after the Wizards' win over the Raptors in their preseason finale on Friday night.
"I see it every day on my Twitter. It's funny. I enjoy it. A guy that finished in the top two of assists last year can't pass? I guess so," he said.
Wall, who has averaged 10 assists per game in each of the last two seasons, says he is no stranger to being overlooked.
"I've been an All-Star and have done this and that in my career. I think I'm doing a pretty good job of something," he said.
"Everything anybody has to say about John Wall, it's never in the top of five category of anything. That's just more motivation for me. They have their opinion. I know what I do. My teammates believe in me. They trust me and see everything I do and all the hard work I put in. One day they will respect me."