Saturday November 13, 2010 3:15 p.m.
By Frank Hanrahan
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It was the harshest criticism of Wizards center JaVale McGee yet from coach Flip Saunders after last night's 93-85 to Charlotte at Verizon Center, a game in which the Wizards were out rebounded 48-30. Saunders has been critical of the third year pro's play in the past but we had not heard anything like this before as Saunders made it very clear he needs more production on the glass from the 7-footer. McGee hauled in only 2 rebounds versus Charlotte.
"JaVale has five highlight plays a game. Unfortunately there's about 200 plays in the game. He has to get more substance than style," Saunders said. "You don't reward people that make mistakes. I'm just not going to do that. If you do that then young players won't get better. They are going to think if you accept mediocrity then the best you are going to get is to becoming mediocre and we are not going to accept mediocrity."
Now most of the ire in the post game press conference was directed towards McGee but Saunders was disappointed with the shoddy rebounding numbers for the whole team "Either our guys have to rebound or we will put some else in there," Saunders said.
So will Saunders make a change for tonight's game against the Bulls in Chicago? "We are not going to go major shakeup but we are going to give guys opportunities whether it's Trevor Booker or Hilton Armstrong. We got to rebound the ball. We get continued to get bullied around as far as inside and we just got to continue to get tougher," Saunders said.
Will see if McGee is up for the challenge. He tweeted earlier today that he was. "Tired of losing...been through this for 2 years, now that I can contribute I'm not letting it happen again."