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Wizards Insider: November 16, 2008 - November 22, 2008

Wizards at Knicks

Information on tonight's game: Wizards starters: JaVale McGee, Antawn Jamison, Caron Butler, DeShawn Stevenson, Dee Brown. Inactives: Gilbert Arenas, Brendan Haywood, Antonio Daniels (right knee). Knicks: David Lee, Wilson Chandler, Quentin Richardson, Chris Duhon, Nate Robinson. Inactives: Eddy Curry (sore right knee), Jared Jeffries (broken fibula), Stephon Marbury (doesn't want...

By Ivan Carter  |  November 22, 2008; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
 
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The Other Side: New York Knicks

Why didn't you trade me? (AP Photo/Darren Hauck) This is the second time that the Wizards will face the Knicks this season, but it could be the first time they will face this Knicks team. Knicks President Donnie Walsh made sure that Stephon Marbury no longer dominated the headlines -...

By Michael Lee  |  November 22, 2008; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Rockets 103, Wizards 91

I can't remember seeing a game so completely dominated by a player who scored four points in the fourth quarter but that's what happened tonight as the Houston Rockets ran everything through Yao Ming when it counted, spread the floor with shooters and used a 27-6 game-ending run to...

By Ivan Carter  |  November 21, 2008; 10:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
 
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Rockets at Wizards

Information on tonight's game. Wizards starters: JaVale McGee, Antawn Jamison, Caron Butler, DeShawn Stevenson, Dee Brown. Inactives: Gilbert Arenas, Brendan Haywood, Oleksiy Pecherov. Rockets: Yao Ming, Luis Scola, Ron Artest, Tracy McGrady, Rafer Alston. Inactives: Steve Francis (knee), Shane Battier (foot). Refs: Violet Palmer, Bennett Salvatore, Ron Olesiak. Line:...

By Ivan Carter  |  November 21, 2008; 4:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
 
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The Other Side: Houston Rockets

Wake me up when it is time to play, Tracy. (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images) The Houston Rockets are in first place in the Southwest Division, as some expected after they acquired Ron Artest last summer. But the reason the Rockets are on top has as much to...

By Michael Lee  |  November 21, 2008; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Behind the Column

Columnist Mike Wise offers his unique perspective on yesterday's unveiling of Gilbert Arenas's wax figure at Madame Tussauds. And here's a link to his column....

By Alexa Steele  |  November 21, 2008; 9:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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You Tell Us: When Should Arenas Return?

Gilbert Arenas' comments on Thursday beg the question: should he hurry back to try to save the 1-8 Wizards, or should he sit it out and hope the team earns a high draft pick? You tell us.

By Keith McMillan  |  November 21, 2008; 12:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
Tags: Gilbert Arenas, draft pick, injury  
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Lineup Could Remain the Same

Coach Eddie Jordan said he will likely stick with Dee Brown and JaVale McGee as starters, at least for tomorrow night's game against the Houston Rockets at Verizon Center. Antonio Daniels, who missed four of the last five games with a sore right knee, practiced today and could go...

By Ivan Carter  |  November 20, 2008; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
 
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Daniels Practices

From Ivan Carter at Verizon Center: Antonio Daniels is practicing after missing the last 3 games with a sore right knee. I will update after practice....

By Alexa Steele  |  November 20, 2008; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Wizards Facing Foreclosure

It's becoming a tired tale already, with the Wizards losing for the eighth time in nine games last night in Atlanta. Coach Eddie Jordan's comments after their home loss to Miami on Tuesday really brought it home -- the Wizards are not a very good team right now. And it...

By Michael Lee  |  November 20, 2008; 9:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
 
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Jordan Shakes Up Starting Lineup

In an effort to get his team out of its rut, Wizards Coach Eddie Jordan tweaked the starting lineup once more on Wednesday, inserting rookie center JaVale McGee and point guard Dee Brown into the starting lineup and pushing Etan Thomas and Juan Dixon to the bench. It is the...

By Michael Lee  |  November 19, 2008; 6:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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Arenas Immortalized

Tomorrow, a wax figure of Gilbert Arenas will be unveiled at Madame Tussauds Washington D.C. From the press release: A team of Madame Tussauds studio artists flew in from London, UK to conduct a figure sitting with Arenas at the Verizon Center earlier this year. They took hundreds of measurements...

By Alexa Steele  |  November 19, 2008; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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The Other Side: Atlanta Hawks

You put your left foot in, put your left foot out. . . (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images) While the Wizards were the last Eastern Conference team to win, the Atlanta Hawks were the last Eastern Conference team to lose. The Hawks got off to a blistering start,...

By Michael Lee  |  November 19, 2008; 4:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Another Night, Another Wizards Loss

It's hard to know exactly where to start with this one. The Wizards dropped to 1-7 with a 94-87 home loss to the Miami Heat at Verizon Center Tuesday. It's the worst start for the team since 1999. -Unlike Friday night in MIami, this was a game but mistakes...

By Ivan Carter  |  November 19, 2008; 8:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (103)
 
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Heat at Wizards

Information on tonight's game Heat: C Udonis Haslem, F Michael Beasley, F Shawn Marion, G Dwyane Wade, G Mario Chalmers. Inactives: James Jones, Jamaal Magloire, Dorell Wright. Wizards: C Etan Thomas, F Antawn Jamison, F Caron Butler, G DeShawn Stevenson, G Juan Dixon. Inactives: Gilbert Arenas, Brendan Haywood, Antonio...

By Ivan Carter  |  November 18, 2008; 4:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
 
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It Really Comes Down to Effort

Friday's loss in Miami was explainable in three ways: 1. Dwyane Wade took over. 2. Shawn Marion's defense on Caron Butler eliminated Washington's best offensive player. 3. The Wizards simply didn't bring it. The first two points are understandable because Wade is that good, and Marion is and always...

By Ivan Carter  |  November 18, 2008; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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The Other Side: Miami Heat Again

Editor's note: Michael Lee is still out of the country, but here are a couple of items from the Miami newspapers ... According to the Sun-Sentinel's Ira Winderman, Dwyane Wade will play through the pain of his sprained right ankle tonight against the Wizards: No way, Wade said, will it...

By Alexa Steele  |  November 18, 2008; 9:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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MMPG: The FourCast

I don't think we'll be taking a picture like this anytime soon. (Alberto E. Rodriguez - Getty Images) 1. Toronto at Orlando (Tuesday) Of note: After dueling in the first round of the playoffs, they bonded as big-man brothers in Beijing. Now Chris Bosh and Dwight Howard go toe-to-toe in...

By Michael Lee  |  November 17, 2008; 5:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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MMPG: Player of the Week

Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics Yeah, boy! (Elsa - Getty Images) In politics, this year has been all about change. In the NBA, it's been all about The Truth. Pierce has been on a magical run in 2008, winning the NBA Finals MVP and ascending to the league's upper echelon. He...

By Michael Lee  |  November 17, 2008; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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MMPG: Team of the Weak

Dallas Mavericks No, no, no. It's his fault! (Nathaniel S. Butler -- Getty Images) An overtime victory over the New York Knicks couldn't completely stop what had been a miserable week for the Mavericks -- a week that became more troubling this morning when brash, billionaire team owner Mark Cuban...

By Michael Lee  |  November 17, 2008; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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MMPG: Team of the Week

Editor's note: Michael Lee is out of the country but decided we needed Monday Morning Point Guard this week - even if it gets to you in the afternoon. So here goes. Team of the Weak, Player of the Week and the FourCast to follow ... A LeBron James team...

By Michael Lee  |  November 17, 2008; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Monday Update

A few notes from today's practice: -It appears that Antonio Daniels will miss his third game with that right knee problem. Daniels did not practice yesterday or today. The team has officially labeled him "day-to-day." -Heat G Dwyane Wade rolled his ankle during yesterday's loss at Toronto but it...

By Ivan Carter  |  November 17, 2008; 2:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Daniels Update

Guard Antonio Daniels, who has missed two of the last three games with a right knee injury, did not practice today and remans day-to-day. "Right now, it's just a lot of rehab, a lot of icing," Daniels said. "I biked today and it didn't feel too bad. The main...

By Ivan Carter  |  November 16, 2008; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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