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Wizards Insider: November 9, 2008 - November 15, 2008

Wade Takes Over

Well, it was kind of a game until Dwyane Wade went all Teen Wolf for that short stretch of the the third quarter and blew the Wizards off the court. Not long after Caron Butler cut Miami's lead to 56-50 by cutting back door and taking a nice pass...

By Ivan Carter  |  November 14, 2008; 10:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
 
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Wizards at Heat

Information on tonight's game Wizards starters: Etan Thomas, Antawn Jamison, Caron Butler, DeShawn Stevenson, Juan Dixon. Heat: Udonis Haslem, Michael Beasley, Shawn Marion, Dwyane Wade, Morio Chalmers. Wizards inactives: Antonio Daniels (right knee), Gilbert Arenas and Brendan Haywood. Heat: Dorell Wright, James Jones, Jamaal Magloire. Refs: Dan Crawford, Pat Fraher,...

By Ivan Carter  |  November 14, 2008; 7:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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The MVP Race

While we're waiting for Ivan Carter to report from Miami ... Tonight's NBA slate features 12 games and an opportunity to observe several MVP candidates. Who do you think is the top contender so far this year? If your computer doesn't allow this widget to appear, you can answer the...

By Alexa Steele  |  November 14, 2008; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Going Big?

Last week, I wrote a blog entry proposing that Coach Eddie Jordan consider a "big" lineup. Here's the link: Yesterday, Jordan talked a little bit about that exact lineup he used for a short stretch of the second quarter and may consider using again. I touched on that in...

By Ivan Carter  |  November 14, 2008; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
 
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The Other Side: Miami Heat

Why am I smiling? Because we're winning way more than 15 games this year. (Photo by Victor Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images) Remember that 16-game winning streak the Heat once had over Washington? Feels like ancient history, especially after last season, when the Wizards were able to pad their record, winning...

By Michael Lee  |  November 14, 2008; 8:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Wizards Talk About Last Night

Dan Steinberg interviews a few happy Wizards after last night's win:...

By Alexa Steele  |  November 13, 2008; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Thursday Update: Daniels Might Rest

The Wizards just finished practice here at Verizon Center and will fly to Miami later this afternoon for tomorrow night's game against the Heat. The only injury/availability update involves point guard Antonio Daniels, who started and played just under 13 minutes last night after missing Saturday's loss in Orlando...

By Ivan Carter  |  November 13, 2008; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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Relief Comes With a Win

That is how a team is supposed to play after a three-day rest and when it is facing an opponent that is A) lacking its starting center (Mehmet Okur) and B) is playing on the second straight night. Washington's 95-87 win over the Utah Jazz last night may not...

By Ivan Carter  |  November 13, 2008; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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Sloan and Pollin, A Long-Delayed Reunion

Fresh from being denied career coaching win No. 1,002, Utah Jazz Coach Jerry Sloan was prepared to give his two-millionth postgame interview on Wednesday night when someone from his distant past came down the hallway at Verizon Center in a wheelchair. It was Washington Wizards owner Abe Pollin, who stopped...

By Michael Lee  |  November 13, 2008; 8:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Jazz at Wizards

Information on tonight's game: Starters Wizards: Etan Thomas, Antawn Jamison, Caron Butler, DeShawn Stevenson, Antonio Daniels. Jazz: Kosta Koufos (R), Carlos Boozer, C.J. Miles, Ronnie Brewer, Deron Williams Inactives Wizards: Dominic McGuire, Brendan Haywood, Gilbert Arenas. Jazz: Mehmet Okur, Kyrylo Fesenko, Moris Almond. Refs: Jacke Nies, Michael Smith, Joe...

By Ivan Carter  |  November 12, 2008; 7:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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What Now?

So we know that the Wizards are 0-5, are without two key players and have a third key veteran hurting (Antonio Daniels). This begs the obvious question: Where does this franchise go from here? Yesterday, President Ernie Grunfeld, as is his style, was not very revealing when he was...

By Ivan Carter  |  November 12, 2008; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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The Case for JaVale McGee

Up, up and away! (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images) You can add Washington Post columnist Michael Wilbon to the steadily growing list of JaVale McGee admirers. Wilbon joins a group that already includes teammate Caron Butler and all-stars/Olympians Chris Paul and Dwight Howard. After his 12-point, 10-rebound game...

By Michael Lee  |  November 12, 2008; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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The Other Side: Utah Jazz

No, Carlos. You are not dreaming. You really are talking to me, a bear. Cowabunga, dude! (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images) The Utah Jazz has been playing the same tune for almost 20 years it seems. Jerry Sloan is the coach. A muscle-bound power forward and a savvy...

By Michael Lee  |  November 12, 2008; 8:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Tuesday Update: Butler Gets Goggles

A few notes after today's practice: -Caron Butler, who received a nasty gash over his left eye in Orlando Tuesday night, practiced and tried several pair of eye goggles in order to protect that area just above his eye. He eventually settled on a pair of Oakleys. Because the...

By Ivan Carter  |  November 11, 2008; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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Can They Do It Again?

The Wizards are 0-5 and that has some folks wondering whether they can pull out of the slump and get rolling again. Some feel they can rightly point to last season when the Wizards rolled off six straight after losing the first five. However, that team was very different...

By Ivan Carter  |  November 11, 2008; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Daniels Day-to-Day

Wizards guard Antonio Daniels, who sat out of Saturday's loss in Orlando with a sore right knee, remains day-to-day. Daniels wore shorts and a jersey for today's practice but did not participate. His status for Wednesday's game has not been determined but Coach Eddie Jordan said Juan Dixon will...

By Ivan Carter  |  November 10, 2008; 1:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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MAPG: The Fourcast

Where's that MVP trophy, in your back pocket? (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images) 1. Milwaukee at Cleveland (Tuesday) Of note: Mo Williams averaged 17 points and 6 assists the past two seasons in Milwaukee, but he is putting up 14.1 and 4.9 in his first season with the Cavaliers....

By Michael Lee  |  November 10, 2008; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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MMPG: Player of the Week

You got me changing my expression, I don't express. (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images) LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers It took James three games to feel through his surroundings, study what new teammate Mo Williams provides, and figure out what it was going to take for the Cavaliers to...

By Michael Lee  |  November 10, 2008; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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MMPG: Team of the Weak

Aw, man. That's going to leave a mark. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) Washington Wizards The Wizards (0-5) are the only winless team in the NBA after the Los Angeles Clippers knocked off the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday. The week started with a 112-104 overtime loss in Milwaukee in which the...

By Michael Lee  |  November 10, 2008; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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MMPG: Team of the Week

Whew!!!!! (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBA via Getty Images) Atlanta Hawks It surprises hardly anyone that the Los Angeles Lakers are one of two unbeaten teams in the NBA after two full weeks of the regular season. The Atlanta Hawks? You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone except a delusional, hardcore Hawks...

By Michael Lee  |  November 10, 2008; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Monday Morning Point Guard

You've accomplished a lot in your career, A.I. so I won't consider you a bandwagon cat. I just want you to know that we don't go out in the first round here in Detroit. (Photo by D. Lippitt/Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images) Based on the early returns of the Allen Iverson-Chauncey...

By Michael Lee  |  November 10, 2008; 8:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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A Tattoo You Can Believe In

"Gilbert's bored," Etan Thomas said, shaking his head, as he got prepared for Saturday's eventual debacle against the Orlando Magic. As usual, Gilbert Arenas was holding court and cracking jokes with his teammates before the game, so I assumed that Thomas was talking about Arenas doing his nightly comedy routine....

By Michael Lee  |  November 9, 2008; 8:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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