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Juan Dixon Calls Out the Wiz

Did you see these quotes from the formerly loved Juan Dixon, who is now calling out his former team? Notice, he doesn't want the third seed because of home court, which would be fine; he wants it so that he can spit on the injured body parts of his former teammates.

The third seed might mean a home-court date with the injury wracked Washington Wizards, who have lost all-stars Gilbert Arenas and Caron Butler. The fourth seed probably means no home-court advantage, against either Chicago or Cleveland.

"We want that third seed," said Toronto guard Juan Dixon, who chipped in 17 points in 30 minutes off the bench. "We'd rather play a depleted Washington team than a Chicago or Cleveland right now in the first round. So hopefully we can continue to win."

I suppose that's pretty obvious. Raptors fans are already saying they'd rather stay at the No. 3 seed than move up to the No. 2. Still, an unusual move by Dixon to say that publicly, giving bloggers the chance to ask the Wizards about his brazen disrespect. Also, the Toronto Star adds its two Canadian cents:

The Raptors face Detroit twice (although it's conceivable the Pistons, the East's best team, may have clinched the conference's best record by the time they meet). And the only plus-.500 team Miami must tangle with is the weakest of them all, the Wizards.

And everyone, of course, wants to play the Wizards these days, what with the roster-decimating injuries suffered last week by Gilbert Arenas (who tore a knee ligament) and Caron Butler (who broke a hand). The Wizards are all but locked into the sixth spot. No. 3 plays No. 6 in the best-of-seven first-round matchup. And if most Raptors had been afraid to say publicly, Juan Dixon stated the obvious last night.

Etc. Oh, and Steve Adamek from the Bergen Record says this: "Caron Butler breaks a hand a week ago, Gilbert Arenas tears up a knee three days later, so it's likely four games and out for this crew." Oh, and Ira Winderman lays into Team Wiz in this column:

The Washington Wizards today are headed the same place they were before Butler broke his hand and Arenas tore up his knee:

One and done when it comes to playoff rounds.

Sometimes fate can deliver cruel realities, as is the case with the Butler and Arenas injuries.

But sometimes reality would have delivered the same cruel fate.

The Wizards don't play defense, haven't for years, and that approach simply doesn't get it done in the postseason.

Etc. Golly. How much of this hate can be spewed. Luckily, there is succor, in the form of DC Optimist, which is now my favorite blog in the world. Today's headline: "Wizards Amassing Moral Victories." The lede: "The Washington Wizards continue their march to the postseason having played two extremely competitive games over the weekend." That's the stuff.

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 9, 2007; 11:59 AM ET
Categories:  Wizards  
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