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Wizards Insider: April 20, 2008 - April 26, 2008

Jay-Z Joins The LeBron-DeShawn Feud

LeBron James snickered on Thursday and said, "There is no DeShawn-LeBron rivalry." He shook his head, laughed and said it again, "There is no DeShawn-LeBron rivalry." I thought that was it, that this silly feud between DeShawn Stevenson and LeBron James was over. I got a good laugh at the...

By Michael Lee  |  April 26, 2008; 11:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (141)
 
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Friday update

A few notes on a day when I really want to be at the Georgetown waterfront downing a few cold ones.......Gilbert Arenas, who started last night but was in obvious discomfort and left the game late in the first half, did not practice today and remains day-to-day. Both he...

By Ivan Carter  |  April 25, 2008; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
 
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Larry Hughes Back At Verizon Center

Soulja Boy wasn't the only special guest at Verizon Center last night. You may have noticed that former Secretary of State Colin Powell was in the building as well, wearing a Wizards "White Out" T-shirt to boot. Then, early in the first quarter, former Wizard and Cavalier and current Chicago...

By Michael Lee  |  April 25, 2008; 6:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
 
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Stunning turnaround

I just finished my stuff for tomorrow's paper and have to be right back here in the morning so I'll be brief: What an unbelievable turnaround from Monday night. -The key was energy. The fans brought it, the players brought and kept bringing it. -Roger Mason Jr. scoring seven...

By Ivan Carter  |  April 25, 2008; 12:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (89)
 
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Promising start, Arenas out

It's 49-33 Wizards at the half. First off, I have to give Wiz fans some credit tonight. I've been saying how lame it's been in here most of the season but folks really brought some energy and the white out thing looks pretty cool. It's pretty close to what...

By Ivan Carter  |  April 24, 2008; 8:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (151)
 
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Game 3 (update)

Just came back from Eddie Jordan's pre-game chat with reporters and he said that while he thought about making a change and going with Gilbert Arenas as a starter, his plan is to stick with the same lineup he used in Games 1 and 2. "We always think about...

By Ivan Carter  |  April 24, 2008; 7:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Arenas starting?

I'm here at the VC where a little birdie just told me that Gilbert Arenas may be in the starting lineup tonight for Game 3. Stay tuned and I'll update later....

By Ivan Carter  |  April 24, 2008; 6:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Plenty of Wiz-Cavs Pregame Fodder

Wizards Insider Nation: I wanted to make sure you knew about a few things we have going on at washingtonpost.com today: 1) As always, we'll live-stream Washington Post Live from 5 to 6 pm today. The show will be live from the Verizon Center, and Ivan Carter will co-host. (The...

By Jon DeNunzio  |  April 24, 2008; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Butler breaks it down

Caron Butler showed up with a fresh look today. He has "Tough Juice" shaved into the back of his head, old-school style. Why? Well, it's the Wizards. That's why. One never knows what to expect from this team which is why Dan Steinberg so enjoys coming to the VC...

By Ivan Carter  |  April 24, 2008; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
 
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"Happy Birthday"

The Wizards came back from a 2-0 defict to beat the Bulls back in 2005 but it won't be so easy this time. The Bulls had Ben Gordon. The Cavs have, well, you know who. However, it all reminds me of my favorite moments from that Bulls series: After...

By Ivan Carter  |  April 23, 2008; 10:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Soulja Boy Factor?

With the series shifting back to the Washington, and the Wizards pretty embarassed after a terrible performance in Game 2, it's easy to forget all of the LeBron James-DeShawn Stevenson talk. Or that Soulja Boy may or may not be at Verizon Center on Thursday night. Who ya with? (souljaboytellem.com)...

By Michael Lee  |  April 23, 2008; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Jordan responds

Throughout the series, Cleveland Coach Mike Brown has been harping on the perceived brutality the Wizards are using on LeBron James in his chats with the media. It really got good Sunday when Brown hammered his fist on a table three times to make his point. Also, Brown has...

By Ivan Carter  |  April 23, 2008; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Wednesday update

It will be interesting to see what the crowd at the VC looks like tomorrow night for Game 3. The Wizards are encouraging fans to wear all whitle to create a "white out" but I'll curious to see whether Wiz fans can match the passion and energy Caps fans...

By Ivan Carter  |  April 23, 2008; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Haywood won't be suspended

I just got off the phone with a spokesperson with the NBA and was told that Brendan Haywood will not be suspended for the hard foul he laid on LeBron James last night. Haywood was hit with a flagrant 2 foul and ejected in the third quarter. The NBA's...

By Ivan Carter  |  April 22, 2008; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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James, Cavs Embarrass Wizards in Game 2

Michael Lee reports on Cleveland's impressive 116-86 dumping of the Wizards in Game 2 on Monday night....

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  April 22, 2008; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Back in the district

I'm no professional lip reader but I swear that after Brendan Haywood's hard foul on LeBron James last night, James mouthed the words "They're trying to hurt me Danny!" to referee Dan Crawford. I just hopped off a flight from Cleveland and arrived here at the VC where the...

By Ivan Carter  |  April 22, 2008; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Five Qs For the Wizards

It looks bad. Real bad. Like, "Do the Wizards belong on the same floor?" bad. "How are you to believe that the Cavaliers won't bring out the broom?" bad. This bad (look below): The Wizards loss in Game 2 was the most troubling postseason performance the Wizards have ever had...

By Michael Lee  |  April 22, 2008; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Final: Cavs 116, Wizards 86.

Ivan's on deadline -- and likely dealing with some grumpy Washington players and coaches -- so we'll just post the final score and ask this: what the heck was that? Cleveland, best known in the NBA postseason for choking to the Bulls, set a franchise record for margin of victory...

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  April 21, 2008; 10:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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At the half

The Wizards felt they let one get away in Game 1 but tonight they're simply getting drilled. It's 53-40 at the half. Cleveland closed the second period on a 17-4 run and appear to be firmly in control of this one. The Wiz are shooting 36.6 percent. All-stars Caron...

By Ivan Carter  |  April 21, 2008; 7:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (143)
 
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Game 2, Wiz and Cavs

After dropping Game 1 of the first round series here in Cleveland in 2006, the Wizards bounced back to take Game 2 by a score of 89-84. Gilbert Arenas scored 30 points in that game on 10 of 24 shooting while Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison each added 21...

By Ivan Carter  |  April 21, 2008; 6:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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A reminder and a shamless plug

A reminder: tonight's game will be shown locally on news channel 8. Comcast has the Caps. Also, I'll be on Washington Post Live from Quicken Loans Arena before the game to talk Wizards and Cavaliers. Check it out....

By Ivan Carter  |  April 21, 2008; 2:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
 
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Arenas wears wrap but looks fine

Gilbert Arenas wore tape to protect his sprained right wrist but didn't appear to have any problems shooting the rock at the morning shootaround today and will be ready to go tonight in Game 2. Actually, Arenas did have one problem: he lost a grip of money to Andray...

By Ivan Carter  |  April 21, 2008; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Foul, Hard Foul Or LeBron Foul?

LeBron James shot 14 free throws on Saturday, three fewer than the entire Washington Wizards team, but Cleveland Cavaliers Coach Mike Brown believes that his superstar should be going to the line more. After the Cavaliers won 93-86, Brown talked about the "pounding" that James had to take. He emphasized...

By Michael Lee  |  April 21, 2008; 6:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Arenas has sprained right wrist, expected to play

Note: This is an update on an earlier post Before the Wizards practiced this morning, I watched Gilbert Arenas attempt a couple of warm-up shots. They missed everything and he started messing with his right wrist and soon called for the athletic trainers to check him out. Turns out...

By Ivan Carter  |  April 20, 2008; 4:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (115)
 
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