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Wizards Insider: April 27, 2008 - May 3, 2008

It's over

Before the series began, I said my two X-factors would be Wally Szczerbiak for the Cavs and Roger Mason Jr. for the Wizards. Last night, as the Cavs closed the Wizards out for the third straight year at Verizon Center, Wally World came through in a big way by...

By Ivan Carter  |  May 3, 2008; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (181)
 
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An All Too Familiar End

Another year, another Wizards playoff exit thanks to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Game 6 went the same as Games 2 and 3 with one team dominating for the better part of the night and strolling to victory. So now the Wizards head into the offseason with a laundry list of issues:...

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  May 2, 2008; 10:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (353)
 
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56-48 Cavs at the half

Cleveland is moving the ball well and knocking down shots and that the Cavs were able to use a 15-0 second quarter run to take this lead. The key is Daniel Gibson, who has 15 points on 6 of 10 shooting. The Cavs are shooting 53.5 percent. If the...

By Ivan Carter  |  May 2, 2008; 8:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (139)
 
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Game 6

The NBA's Stu Jackson explained the decision to suspend Darius Songaila in a conference call with reporters earlier today. It was farely standard stuff until I asked Jackson whether James would have been suspended for this game had he caught Darius in the face with a hand. Jackson, who...

By Ivan Carter  |  May 2, 2008; 6:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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Songaila Suspended for Game 6

The NBA has suspended Wizards forward Darius Songaila for tonight's Game 6. Songaila was given a technical foul during the first half of Game 5 after hitting Cavaliers star LeBron James in the face after the two became tangled up underneath the Washington basket. Songaila was not given a...

By Ivan Carter  |  May 2, 2008; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (512)
 
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On to Game 6

A few good quotes from the day: - Last night, Charles Barkley repeatedly said that the Wizards were about to be sent to the golf course for the summer by the Cavs. Today, Caron Butler was asked about that. "I don't golf," Butler said with a very straight face....

By Ivan Carter  |  May 1, 2008; 5:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (119)
 
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Breaking Down Game 5

Here's Michael Lee's audio breakdown of the Wizards win over the Cavs in Wednesday's Game 5 ......

By Jon DeNunzio  |  May 1, 2008; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Butler brings it

That is what an all-star is supposed to do. I wrote yesterday that in order for the Wizards to win tonight, they needed to rebound and get a big time performance from one of their all-stars: Caron Butler or Antawn Jamison. The were out-boarded by only one and Butler...

By Ivan Carter  |  April 30, 2008; 11:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Wizards Bring It Back Home

Caron Butler's driving lay-up with 3.9 seconds left coupled with LeBron James's miss at the buzzer leads to an 88-87 win and keeps the Wizards alive in the playoffs. Tonight's game featured a little bit of everything from this series: hard fouls, technicals, a wee bit of overacting by LeBron...

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  April 30, 2008; 9:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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At the half, Game 5

The Wizards lead 45-43 here after a pretty solid first half. For the first time all series, Caron Butler has been assertive and he has 16 points on 6 of 10 shooting as a result. Another key is that the Wiz hold a 16-14 edge in rebounding and have...

By Ivan Carter  |  April 30, 2008; 7:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Game 5, Arenas out

Gilbert Arenas announced about an hour ago that he will not play tonight and is out for the however long the Wizards remain in the playoffs. He said the pain he was feeling from a pinched nerve in his left knee was too much and was restricting his ability...

By Ivan Carter  |  April 30, 2008; 5:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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D'Antoni Out?

SI.com is reporting that Phoenix Suns Coach Mike D'Antoni won't return next season after the San Antonio Spurs eliminated his team last night, 92-87. It was the third time in four years that the Spurs have knocked the Suns out of postseason and D'Antoni has reportedly lost the support within...

By Michael Lee  |  April 30, 2008; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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James Was Assessed Flagrant Foul

The league never released a memo to the media and before now it hadn't been reported, but I was just informed today that LeBron James was actually assessed a retroactive flagrant foul for the elbow he used to clock Andray Blatche in the chin in the first quarter of Game...

By Michael Lee  |  April 29, 2008; 8:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Jordan not a fan of Hack-a-Ben strategy

It was late in Sunday's Game 4 when Cavs F Ben Wallace wound up with the basketball near the rim and was fouled by Caron Butler. At the time, the Cavs led 90-87 with 6:12 to go. Wallace, who is the worst free throw shooters of all time, missed...

By Ivan Carter  |  April 29, 2008; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Stevenson Fined

Deshawn Stevenson was fined $25,000 on Monday after making what the NBA determined to be "a menacing gesture" duriing the first quarter of the Washington Wizards' 100-97 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. In case you missed it, with 10 minutes, 16 seconds left in the first quarter, LeBron James goaltended...

By Michael Lee  |  April 28, 2008; 5:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Haywood to LeBron: stop the whining

After going through a practice today at the VC, Coach Eddie Jordan and several Wizards tried to put the best possible face on the team's brutal predicament. The Wiz are down 3-1 and need a win at Cleveland, where they have lost four straight in the playoffs, on Wednesday...

By Ivan Carter  |  April 28, 2008; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (253)
 
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Is it over?

After his team pulled out a 100-97 win over the Wizards to take a 3-1 lead in the first-round series, Cavs star LeBron James was asked whether the Wizards could come back and make a series of it. "Do I think they can do it?" James asked before offering...

By Ivan Carter  |  April 27, 2008; 7:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (217)
 
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54-44 Cavaliers at the half

You really have to wonder whether Gilbert Arenas should even be on the court right now. He played 15 minutes in the first half, was dragging his left leg around like it's killing him and finished with no points and four turnovers. I'm sitting right next to the Wiz...

By Ivan Carter  |  April 27, 2008; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (132)
 
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Game 4

Gilbert Arenas will start today in Game 4 but how he performs and how long he plays is anyone's guess. Coach Eddie Jordan did say that he will likely keep Arenas on the bench for short stretches once he does come out so he doesn't stiffen up like he...

By Ivan Carter  |  April 27, 2008; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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