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Wizards Insider: November 2, 2008 - November 8, 2008

Daniels Out, Dixon In

The Wizards will have a different starting lineup against the Orlando Magic on Saturday. Not because Eddie Jordan decided to mix it up after an 0-4 start. He had no choice. Point guard Antonio Daniels ruled himself out this morning with a sore right knee. Daniels said he injured himself...

By Michael Lee  |  November 8, 2008; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
 
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The Other Side: Orlando Magic

Do you believe in Magic? Come here. What's that behind your ear? (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images) Coming off a season in which it ran away with the Southeast Division and won its first playoff series since Shaquille O'Neal moved from Disney World to Disney Land, the Orlando...

By Michael Lee  |  November 8, 2008; 12:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Wizards and Knicks Pre-Game

Information on tonight's game: Starting lineups: Wizards (Antonio Daniels, DeShawn Stevenson, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Etan Thomas). Knicks (Chris Duhon, Jamal Crawford, Quentin Richardson, Wilson Chandler, Zach Randolph). Wiz inactives: Gilbert Arenas, Brendan Haywood and Oleksiy Pecherov. Knicks: Stephon Marbury, Jared Jeffries (broken leg), Eddy Curry (out of shape)....

By Ivan Carter  |  November 7, 2008; 5:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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Or Should the Wizards Go Big?

I almost spit up my morning joe when I read Mike Lee's blog entry on the Wizards going small. Not because it wasn't interesting -- it was -- but because I knew it would cause some of the faithful readers of this blog to go crazy. The mere suggestion...

By Ivan Carter  |  November 7, 2008; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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Should the Wizards Go Small?

What about me at center? (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images) Eddie Jordan sounds pretty frustrated with his team three games into the season. This isn't the year to get off to a slow start with the Eastern Conference vastly improved and the team likely without Brendan Haywood for...

By Michael Lee  |  November 7, 2008; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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The Other Side: New York Knicks

I don't want Steph! I don't want Steph! (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images) We want Steph. It's been the playful rallying cry from New York Knicks fans at Madison Square Garden this season as Stephon Marbury, the former franchise point guard turned pariah, has been Marbur-ied by new Coach Mike...

By Michael Lee  |  November 7, 2008; 8:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Arenas Collects History

Count Gilbert Arenas among the many who have spent the last two days chasing down copies of newspapers commemorating Barack Obama's historic accomplishment Tuesday night. Arenas and the Wizards were in Milwaukee Tuesday and did not get back to Washington until late Wednesday night. By then, of course, copies...

By Ivan Carter  |  November 6, 2008; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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Thomas Practices, Jordan Still Unhappy

The Wizards finished practice a short while ago. The good news is that center EtanThomas, who missed last night's loss with a sprained ankle, practiced and could be good to go tomorrow night against the Knicks. Coach Eddie Jordan said he was losing patience with some of his veteran...

By Ivan Carter  |  November 6, 2008; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Jordan Not Happy After OT Loss

Coach Eddie Jordan took longer than usual to emerge from the locker room following Wednesday night's 112-104 OT loss to Milwaukee but when he did, he did not waste time getting to his point. "That was not NBA basketball out there, it's as simple as that," Jordan said after...

By Ivan Carter  |  November 6, 2008; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (94)
 
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Wizards at Bucks

Wizards starters: C Andray Blatche, F Antawn Jamison, F Caron Butler, G DeShawn Stevenson, G Antonio Daniels. Bucks: C Andrew Bogut, F Charlie Villanueva, F Richard Jefferson, G Luke Ridnour and G Charlie Bell Inactive list: Gilbert Arenas, Brendan Haywood and Etan Thomas. Bucks: Michael Redd is out (ankle). Refs:...

By Ivan Carter  |  November 5, 2008; 7:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
 
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What Will You Watch Tonight?

It's difficult to think about basketball on this historic day, but here we go: There are 13 games on the NBA schedule tonight, including Wizards at Bucks. Ivan Carter's preview is here. The Chicago Bulls are at Cleveland (ESPN, 8 p.m.), where the Plain Dealer's Brian Windhorst writes that Eric...

By Alexa Steele  |  November 5, 2008; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Update From Milwaukee

Center Etan Thomas, who missed practice the last two days with a left ankle injury, did not participate in shootaround this morning here in Milwaukee and remains a game-time decision. Look for another post with a Thomas update, starting lineups for both teams and other information a little later...

By Ivan Carter  |  November 5, 2008; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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The Other Side: Milwaukee Bucks

I just want to say to all of you, "I love Milwaukee." (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE/Getty Images) Too bad Gilbert Arenas won't be able to play tonight -- and not just because the Washington Wizards desperately need something to go their way in the early part of the season. But...

By Michael Lee  |  November 5, 2008; 9:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Blockbuster Deals?

My blockbuster deal got me a ring. The rest of these guys got free rentals on all old movies. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) It's getting harder and harder to refer to NBA trades as blockbuster deals since there seems to be a new one every time Blockbuster puts new DVD rentals...

By Michael Lee  |  November 4, 2008; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Thomas Doesn't Practice

Center Etan Thomas, who started the first two games, missed practice today with a sprained left ankle, an injury he suffered during Saturday's loss in Detroit. Coach Eddie Jordan said Thomas would be evaluated tomorrow before a decision is made about his status for tomorrow night's game against the...

By Ivan Carter  |  November 4, 2008; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Pecherov Waiting His Turn

Yesterday, Coach Eddie Jordan indicated that he may activate second-year forward Oleksiy Pecherov for tomorrow night's game at Milwaukee. I wrote about Pech in today's paper. The interesting thing about Pecherov is that the Wizards drafted him in 2006 but still really don't have a good idea of what...

By Ivan Carter  |  November 4, 2008; 9:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Why Detroit Had to Deal for Iverson

There has been some confusion as to why Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars would make this deal for Allen Iverson, when it goes against "the Pistons way" that resulted in an NBA title, two NBA Finals appearances and six consecutive trips to the Eastern Conference finals. Well,...

By Michael Lee  |  November 4, 2008; 8:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Monday Afternoon Point Guard: Player of the Week

Chris Paul, New Orleans Hornets The view is nice up here, y'all. (Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images) The most valuable player runner-up after leading the New Orleans Hornets to the second-best record in the Southwest Division last season, Chris Paul is looking like a man who won't settle for second...

By Michael Lee  |  November 3, 2008; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Monday Wizards Update

After getting Sunday off, the Wizards were back on the floor for practice today with Coach Eddie Jordan placing an emphasis on defensive schemes and rebounding. The Wizards created some problems for the Pistons on Saturday night with some a timely halfcourt traps and other wrinkles. "We want to...

By Ivan Carter  |  November 3, 2008; 1:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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Iverson Traded to Detroit (Updated)

The shakeup that Pistons General Manager Joe Dumars said was coming has finally arrived. I just received confirmation from an NBA front office executive with knowledge of the talks that Detroit has reached a tentative agreement to acquire Allen Iverson from the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Denver native Chauncey...

By Michael Lee  |  November 3, 2008; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
 
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Monday Morning Point Guard: The Fourcast

What? I loved coaching Stephon Marbury! He played hard for me. (Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images) 1. Celtics at Rockets (Tuesday) Of note: Could this be an early NBA Finals preview? Ron Artest has fit in quite nicely so far, averaging 18.3 points, five rebounds and two steals. He...

By Michael Lee  |  November 3, 2008; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Monday Morning Point Guard: Team Of The Weak

Los Angeles Clippers Oh, yeah. Clipper ball, coming at ya! (Andrew Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images) How's this for an opening week? Three losses by a combined 70 points. Baron Davis (hip) and Marcus Camby (heel) sidelined with injuries. An embarrassing season-opening loss to the Lakers that was so bad that...

By Michael Lee  |  November 3, 2008; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Monday Morning Point Guard: Team Of The Week (Updated)

Los Angeles Lakers Clap on, my friends. Clap on. (Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images) They still haven't worked out the chemistry problems with center Andrew Bynum and power forward Pau Gasol in the low block. Lamar Odom is still trying figure out how to be effective at sixth man. But...

By Michael Lee  |  November 3, 2008; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Monday Morning Point Guard

The first week of the NBA season is behind us, and it got off with a bang -- or better yet a sprain -- as Greg Oden's much-anticipated debut against the Los Angeles Lakers lasted all of 13 minutes after the Portland Trail Blazers' No. 1 overall pick in 2007...

By Michael Lee  |  November 3, 2008; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Rotation Situation

The Wiz don't play again until Wednesday at Milwaukee so no practice today. I'm sure folks have all kinds of interesting thoughts on last night's entertaining loss at Detroit, particularly Coach Eddie Jordan's reliance on a smaller lineup that got the Wizards back into the game and proved effective...

By Ivan Carter  |  November 2, 2008; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
 
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