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Wizards Insider: December 21, 2008 - December 27, 2008

Wizards 104, Thunder 95

Simply put, this was one the Wizards had to win even with Caron Butler out with a left ankle sprain (didn't talk to him but the word from the locker room is that he'll likely play Monday at Houston). -The key stat: Washington finished with 31 assists against only 11...

By Ivan Carter  |  December 27, 2008; 10:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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Wizards and Thunder, Butler out (ankle)

Caron Butler is out with a left ankle sprain, an injury he suffered during Thursday's loss at Cleveland (I don't recall the play when it happened and the team did not practice yesterday). He was a game-time decision and word just came down that he's out (6:32) so, it's...

By Ivan Carter  |  December 27, 2008; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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The Other Side: Oklahoma City Thunder

I'll be home for Christmas, sort of. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images) For one of the few times this season, the Washington Wizards can look on the schedule and scratch off a winnable basketball game. Of course, The Team Formerly Known As The Seattle SuperSonics can also do...

By Michael Lee  |  December 27, 2008; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Cavaliers 93, Wizards 89

I've been writing this blog now for three seasons and those of you who have read it regularly know that I rarely shine too much attention on referees. My personal belief is that NBA refs as a whole are pretty solid and do a good job of calling a...

By Ivan Carter  |  December 26, 2008; 6:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
 
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Wizards at Cavs

Wizards starters: Mike James, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Dominic McGuire, Andray Blatche. Inactive: Oleksiy Pecherov. Cavaliers startes: Mo Williams, Delonte West, LeBron James, Ben Wallace, Zydrunas Ilgauskas. Line: Cavs by 15.5....

By Ivan Carter  |  December 25, 2008; 8:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Wizards (4-22) at Cavaliers (24-4)

Information on tonight's game: Wizards starters: Mike James, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Dominic McGuire, Andray Blatche. Inactive: Oleksiy Pecherov. Cavaliers starters: Mo Williams, Delonte West, LeBron James, Ben Wallace, Zydrunas Ilgauskas. Line: Cavs by 15.5 Notables: Interim Coach Ed Tapscott said he expects to start out having Butler defend James...

By Ivan Carter  |  December 25, 2008; 6:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Happy Holidays From Cleveland

Happy Holidays to all of you from Cleveland where it's exactly how you think it is: windy and cold with just a little bit of snow flying. Oh well. As you might imagine, the Wizards could seriously use a win tonight but the Cavs are 24-4 and have been...

By Ivan Carter  |  December 25, 2008; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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The Other Side: Cleveland Cavaliers

And poof! The rivalry disappears. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images) Two games. That's all that separated the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Washington Wizards last season, both in the regular season and the playoffs. But almost eight months later, the teams have almost opposite records, with the 4-22 Wizards...

By Michael Lee  |  December 25, 2008; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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A Lump of Coal?

After hitting a new low last night by losing to Charlotte Bobcats (worst start in team history, season-low 72 points, season-low 9 assists), the Wizards must face LeBron James and Cavaliers on Christmas Day in a nationally televised game. Wizards-Cavaliers is the first half of TNT's holiday double-header. poll by...

By Alexa Steele  |  December 24, 2008; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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Dee Brown Finds a Home

Former Wizard Dee Brown, who was released to clear a roster spot for Javaris Crittenton and Mike James, has landed in Phoenix. The Suns worked out a bunch of veteran point guards and decide that Brown was the guy. Good for Dee. He worked hard when he was here,...

By Ivan Carter  |  December 24, 2008; 6:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Charlotte 80, Wizards 72

Well, there it is: the Wizards are officially off to the worst start in franchise history. 4-22. The ugliest stat of the night was this: the Bobcats came in as one of the worst rebounding teams in the league yet finished with a 52-41 rebounding edge and a 42-24 avantage...

By Ivan Carter  |  December 23, 2008; 10:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
 
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Wizards (4-21) at Bobcats (9-19)

Information on tonight's game: Wizards starters: Mike James, Caron Butler, Dominic McGuire, Antawn Jamison, Andray Blatche. Inactives: Oleksiy Pecherov. Bobcats starters: Gerald Wallace, Boris Diaw, Emeka Okafor, Raja Bell, Raymond Felton. Refs: Tony Brothers, Marc Davis, Mark Lindsay. Line: Bobcats by 6. Notables: McGuire gets his first start of the...

By Ivan Carter  |  December 23, 2008; 4:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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The Other Side: Charlotte Bobcats

Raja, I think now is a good time to remind you once again that we don't play with Steve, Shaq and Amare anymore. We have Raymond, Emeka and Gerald now. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images) The Team That Ed Tapscott Built has undergone a minor makeover under Michael...

By Michael Lee  |  December 23, 2008; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Is All Hope Lost?

Only the most eternal optimist can look at the Washington Wizards' 4-21 record and still believe that the playoffs are a possibility. With the Wizards matching the 1966-67 Baltimore Bullets for the worst start in franchise history (with the help of a six-game losing streak), DeShawn Stevenson benching himself, Caron...

By Michael Lee  |  December 23, 2008; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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You Tell Us: Wizards Speak Out

A few weeks ago, this quote from Sacramento Kings big man Mikki Moore caught my attention: "Would you let someone go into your house, smack your wife around, make a sandwich and change the channel on your TV? We're disgusted with ourselves." The Kings, who last night lost their fourth...

By Keith McMillan  |  December 23, 2008; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Tags: Caron Butler, Wizards, You Tell Us, quotes  
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Stevenson Out of Starting Lineup

DeShawn Stevenson's streak of starting 275 straight games will end tomorrow night at Charlotte, interim coach Ed Tapscott said today. Caron Butler could shift to shooting guard in a lineup that would also include Dominic McGuire at small forward. Or Nick Young could simply replace Stevenson. Tapscott has been...

By Ivan Carter  |  December 22, 2008; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
 
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MMPG: The FourCast

Hey, Lakers. Remember me? (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images) 1. Portland at Denver (Monday) Of note: The first end of back-to-back games between the teams tied for the best record in the Northwest Division. Portland has won two in a row, with Brandon Roy emerging as a legitimate star, while Denver...

By Michael Lee  |  December 22, 2008; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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MMPG: Player of the Week

Brandon Roy Yeah! Do y'all believe yet? (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images) At the 2007 NBA draft lottery, Brandon Roy was considered the good luck charm who delivered the franchise savior in Greg Oden. But since then, Roy has emerged as the true franchise player in Portland while...

By Michael Lee  |  December 22, 2008; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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MMPG: Team of the Weak

Toronto Raptors We can pick you up Jermaine. We don't know what can pick up this team. (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images) So, how has firing Sam Mitchell turned out for those Toronto Raptors? Not good. Raptors President and General Manager Bryan Colangelo fired Mitchell because he thought...

By Michael Lee  |  December 22, 2008; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Still Looking

Eddie Jordan spent training camp, the preseason and the first 11 games of the regular season searching for a rotation he could count on, and Ed Tapscott has been in the same boat since taking over. The Wizards fell to 3-11 under Tapscott with last night's loss to the...

By Ivan Carter  |  December 22, 2008; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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MMPG: Team of the Week

Orlando Magic I'll put the team on my back this week, Dwight. (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images) Yes, the Boston Celtics are incredibly flammable right now, a comet that is scorching everything in its path. But no other teams will get recognized if they occupy this spot each...

By Michael Lee  |  December 22, 2008; 9:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Monday Morning Point Guard

I'm telling you K.G. Winning 18 in a row is a lot harder than losing 18 in a row. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images) It might not look like it now, but the Boston Celtics will lose another game this season. There is no way they'll be the...

By Michael Lee  |  December 22, 2008; 8:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Mavericks 97, Wizards 86

It was a game until Dirk Nowitzki took over for a brief stretch of the fourth quarter and then handed off to Jason Kidd. The Wizards were outscored 27-18 in the fourth and Kidd did much of the damage with seven assists while picking apart the Wiz defense. "He's...

By Ivan Carter  |  December 22, 2008; 12:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Mavericks at Wizards

Wizards starters: Mike James, DeShawn Stevenson, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Andray Blatche. Inactive: Oleksiy Pecherov. Mavericks starters: Jason Kidd, Josh Howard, Devean George, Dirk Nowitzki, Erick Dampier. Refs: Eddie Rush, Jack Nies, Joe Forte. Line:Dallas by 6 1/2. Notables: Huge key for the Wizards tonight will be handling Jason...

By Ivan Carter  |  December 21, 2008; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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The Other Side: Dallas Mavericks

Yo, J. Did you just say, you pledge allegiance to the Mavs? (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images) Ah yes, Dallas and Washington on a Sunday. Just sounds right, huh? Maybe for football. As if this season hasn't done enough to hammer home the point, the Washington Wizards will...

By Michael Lee  |  December 21, 2008; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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