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Wizards Insider: December 28, 2008 - January 3, 2009

Blatche update

Forward Andray Blatche, who sprained his left ankle in last night's loss at Boston, had limited activity at practice today and will be a game-time decision for tomorrow's game against Cleveland. It would not be a surprise if Blatche finds a way to suck it up and play: along...

By Ivan Carter  |  January 3, 2009; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Celtics 108, Wizards 83

Sorry for the late posting but I was having issues with the blog application last night. Obviously, the score pretty much sums it up. The Wizards were blasted in every way imaginable by a C's team that was not happy after losing three of four on a recent road...

By Ivan Carter  |  January 3, 2009; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Wizards (6-24) at Celtics (28-5), Stevenson out (back)

Update: Andray Blatche rolled his left ankle early in the game, briefly returned and is now out for the remainder of the game. Information on tonight's game: -Wiz G DeShawn Stevenson is out with a lower back issue that he said has been bothering him since training camp. Steveonson...

By Ivan Carter  |  January 2, 2009; 5:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
 
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Will Crittenton Ever Play?

Just be patient. You'll get your shot in the future -- whenever that is. (AP Photo) It's been three weeks since Javaris Crittenton made his debut for the Washington Wizards against the Boston Celtics. He got about five minutes on Dec. 11 in the Wizards' 34-point loss to the defending...

By Michael Lee  |  January 2, 2009; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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The Other Side: Boston Celtics

I won't forget the last time the Wizards came to Boston. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images) The last time the Washington Wizards faced the Boston Celtics, the Celtics were going for their 13th consecutive victory and outrunning the rest of the league like Usain Bolt. This time around, the Celtics...

By Michael Lee  |  January 2, 2009; 9:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Butler will likely play

Caron Butler practiced to day and said he wants to be in the lineup tomorrow night when the Wizards play the Boston Celtics in Boston. Butler has missed three staight games with sprained left ankle and underwent an MRI yesterday that revealed no serious damage. As long as he...

By Ivan Carter  |  January 1, 2009; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Butler update

Just touched down after scary flight from New Orleans to national airport. The wind had the thing moving but the pilot came through with a gritty effort and landed that baby anyway. Man...... Caron Butler, who has missed the last three games with a sprained left ankle, underwent an...

By Ivan Carter  |  December 31, 2008; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Hornets 97, Wizards 85

Caron Butler update: I caught Bulter after the game and he told me that his sprained left ankle, which has forced him to miss three straight games, is still a problem. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI tomorrow back in DC. (the Wizards do not practice) "I can't...

By Ivan Carter  |  December 30, 2008; 11:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
 
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Wizards (6-23) at Hornets (18-9), Butler out again

Butler update: Caron Butler tested his left ankle before the game but will miss his third straight game. The Wizards have won two straight without Butler, who suffered the injury at Cleveland on Thursday. Wizards starters: Mike James, Nick Young, Dominic McGuire, Antawn Jamison, Andray Blatche. Inactives: Butler and...

By Ivan Carter  |  December 30, 2008; 6:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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The Other Side: New Orleans Hornets

Tyson, I know it's fun sitting there, screaming, pumping your fists and all, but you've got to get up. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images) Former Washington Wizard Antonio Daniels faces his old team for the first time since he was dealt to New Orleans in that three-team trade...

By Michael Lee  |  December 30, 2008; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Up, Up and Away

This AP Photo of rookie JaVale McGee colliding with Houston's Luis Scola last night caught my attention. I usually like to put funny cutlines under pictures, but this one had me lost for words. Any suggestions? (Keep it clean, people)...

By Michael Lee  |  December 30, 2008; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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Interesting Statistics

Dan Steinberg discovered some strange stats after last night's Wizards victory -- and offers a few more observations. Wiz are 5-7 when DeShawn Stevenson doesn't turn the ball over, and 1-16 when he does. The Wiz are 2-0 when Caron Butler doesn't play, and 4-23 when he does. The Wiz...

By Alexa Steele  |  December 30, 2008; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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Butler Update

Caron Butler, who has missed two straight games with a sprained left ankle, will again be a game-time decision tonight at New Orleans. Butler suffered the injury during the first quarter of Thursday's loss at Cleveland but kept playing and tweaked it late in that game. Butled said the...

By Ivan Carter  |  December 30, 2008; 8:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
 
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Wizards 89, Rockets 87

Just a really solid win by a team that has had its heart broken time after time in the fourth quarter all season and was playing without it's leading scorer. That said, the Rockets didn't show up tonight. From the opening tip, that looked like a team that saw...

By Ivan Carter  |  December 30, 2008; 12:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Wizards (5-23) at Rockets (20-11), Butler out (left ankle)

Caron Butler was a game-time decision with a sprained left ankle but will miss his second straight game. Wizards: Mike James, Nick Young, Dominic McGuire, Antawn Jamison, Andray Blatche Inactive: Rockets: Rafer Alston, Tracy McGrady, Shane Battier, Luis Scola, Yao Ming Refs: Mark Wunderlich, Matt Boland, Gary Zielinksi. Line:...

By Ivan Carter  |  December 29, 2008; 6:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
 
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The Other Side: Houston Rockets

I'd be happier if I was high-fiving a healthy T-Mac. (REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk) It's been more than a month since the Washington Wizards last saw the Houston Rockets. When the teams met at Verizon Center on Nov. 21, the Wizards were outscored 27-6 in the final 8 ½ minutes, with the...

By Michael Lee  |  December 29, 2008; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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MMPG: The FourCast

See you on South Beach for that 24th birthday party. (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images) 1. Denver at Atlanta (Monday) Of note: Carmelo Anthony came back from a sore elbow to drop 32 points on the New York Knicks on Sunday, but the Northwest Division-leading Denver Nuggets...

By Michael Lee  |  December 29, 2008; 1:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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MMPG: Player of the Week

Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs Yes, Roger made the 3, but what about me? (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images) The guy who makes the game-winning shot is always cast as the hero, so it's understandable that Roger Mason Jr. will be remembered for drilling a 3-pointer as time...

By Michael Lee  |  December 29, 2008; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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MMPG: Team of the Weak

New York Knicks You might not realize this, Al, but you have teammates. You don't have to shoot every time you touch it, bruh. (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images) The New York Knicks had four days to prepare for the Minnesota Timberwolves -- the Western Conference's second-worst team;...

By Michael Lee  |  December 29, 2008; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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MMPG: Team of the Week

Los Angeles Lakers Way to go, Pau. ... Where was this in June? (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/NBAE via Getty Images) The Los Angeles Lakers spent six months hearing about how soft they were, that they lacked the toughness to beat the Boston Celtics if the teams were to meet again...

By Michael Lee  |  December 29, 2008; 9:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Monday Morning Point Guard

Oh, so you're telling me you can win a title without Shaq? We'll see about that. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images) The most highly-anticipated game of the regular season didn't disappoint on Christmas Day, with the Los Angeles Lakers unleashing six months of pent up frustrations on the...

By Michael Lee  |  December 29, 2008; 8:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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