Saturday, October 23, 2010, 7:38 p.m.
Jake Whitacre of SB Nation reviews the Wizards' preseason by the numbers. In it, he writes in part:
"I know, I know. The preseason is meaningless. Players aren't going all-out, they're playing in non-NBA venues and they're doing everything they can to avoid being injured. Bla bla bla. That said, there's still a lot that can be learned about this year's Washington Wizards team from what we've seen so far."
Among the statistics that intrigue him is John Wall's 3.9 turnovers per game, the second-highest total in the NBA this preseason.
"This is one of the areas Wall will struggle this season," Whitacre writes. "It's a problem that will get better with experience, but it will be the cause of quite a few headaches this season."
Colby Lewis, who was in the Nationals' organization in 2007, is now a key part of the Texas Rangers' pennant-winning rotation. Yahoo's Big League Stew blog chronicles Lewis' bizarre career and incredible story, noting that a pitching-hungry team like the Nats certainly could have used Lewis right about now.
How many are better than Boudreau?
Bleacher Report ranks the NHL's 30 head coaches, but where does Bruce Boudreau come in? Here is what the blog writes, in part, about the Capitals' head coach:
"Odds of surviving 2010-11 season: Boudreau is a coach that needs to do better in the post-season to stick around. He's been great in the regular season, and takes advantage of the good amount of talent he has been blessed with, but he must be able to lead them when it counts the most. I don't see him not lasting this year, but another playoff disappointment could lead to a turnover in the off-season."
Redskins betting trends
Rachel Quinn of PointSpreads.com takes a look at the upcoming matchup between the Redskins and Bears, offering plenty of tips along the way. Included in her article:
-The Redskins are 6-1-4 against the spread in their last 11 games on grass, while the Bears are just 3-8 against the spread in their last 11 games on grass.
-The Redskins are 4-1-1 against the spread in their last six games on the road.
-The Skins have covered six of their last eight matchups with the Bears