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Wizards Insider: January 4, 2009 - January 10, 2009

Wizards (7-28) vs. Bobcats (13-24)

Wizards starters: Mike James, Caron Butler, Dominic McGuire, Antawn Jamison, Andray Blatche. Bobcats: Raja Bell, Raymond Felton, Gerald Wallace, Boris Diaw, Emeka Okafor. Notables: The Bobcats beat the Wizards 80-72 on Dec. 23 in Charlotte. Butler had 31 in the loss while Okafor had 29 in the Charlotte win....

By Ivan Carter  |  January 10, 2009; 8:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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The Other Side: Charlotte Bobcats

Do we intimidate you? Just checking. (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images) The Charlotte Bobcats beat the Boston Celtics earlier this week, which looked like a huge win until everybody - except the Washington Wizards - started beating up on the defending champions. Since that (sort of) impressive, 114-106...

By Michael Lee  |  January 10, 2009; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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The Saga Continues...

It's a question that comes my way more than any other and it's not : "Hey Ivan, what's up?" "When is Gilbert coming back?" My response is usually the same: "Man, I have no idea and neither does anyone else." That, folks, is the real deal here. As you...

By Ivan Carter  |  January 10, 2009; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Tags: Gilbert Arenas, injury  
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Bulls 98, Wizards 86

Same old story here folks. Wiz fell behind early, played uninspired ball most of the game, charged back late (behind Nick Young's career-high 28 points) and came up short. Turning point: Drew Gooden rebounded a missed three by Ben Gordon and laid it in to give the Bulls a 10-point...

By Ivan Carter  |  January 9, 2009; 11:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Tags: Bulls, Oleksiy Pecherov, Wizards  
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Wizards (7-27) at Bulls (15-20)

Wizards starters: Mike James, Caron Butler, Dominic McGuire, Antawn Jamison, Andray Blatche Bulls: Derrick Rose, Ben Gordon, Thabo Sefolosha, Tyrus Thomas, Aaron Gray. Refs: Bob Delaney, Violet Palmer, Curtis Blair. Line: Bulls by 5. Notables: Interim coach Ed Tapscott likes to break the season into seven-game segments and one of...

By Ivan Carter  |  January 9, 2009; 6:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Tags: Bulls, JaVale McGee, Wizards  
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Eddie Jordan Stays Cool on NBA TV

You probably missed it live if you, like me, watched the Washington Wizards' 27th loss of the season on Wednesday against Toronto. But two nights ago, former Wizards Coach Eddie Jordan was on "Game Time Live" on NBA TV with Ernie Johnson and Eric Snow. Jordan didn't say anything earth-shattering...

By Michael Lee  |  January 9, 2009; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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The Other Side: Chicago Bulls

Hey, Kirk, when do you think we should tell Tyrus that we sold his seat to the guy with the cane? Never, Luol. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images) Since the Chicago Bulls beat the Washington Wizards, 117-110, on Dec. 6, they have had some serious bad luck while...

By Michael Lee  |  January 9, 2009; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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How Bad Is Too Bad for Phoenix?

The Washington Wizards (7-27) are 20 games below .500 for the first time since Eddie Jordan's first season in Washington in 2003-04 -- when the team suffered because of injuries to Gilbert Arenas and Larry Hughes and finished 25-57. So the chances of Caron Butler or Antawn Jamison making the...

By Michael Lee  |  January 9, 2009; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Haywood Update

Center Brendan Haywood, who has missed the entire season so far with an injury to his right wrist, had a pin removed from the wrist in New York on Wednesday. Haywood was injured during training camp in October, underwent surgery and was given a four- to six-month timetable for...

By Ivan Carter  |  January 9, 2009; 8:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
 
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McGee Sits

No practice today so nothing to update there, but I did want to do the best I could to address the JaVale McGee situation. Specifically, a lot of folks are wondering why the talented but raw rook has fallen out of the rotation. He hasn't gotten off the bench...

By Ivan Carter  |  January 8, 2009; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (127)
 
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Crittenton Gets Some Run

One bright spot to last night's 99-93 home loss to Toronto was the play of second-year point guard Javaris Crittenton, who saw his first real extended action in a competitive game since coming the Wizards in a trade on Dec. 10. In just under 27 minutes, Crittenton put up...

By Ivan Carter  |  January 8, 2009; 8:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
 
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Raptors 99, Wizards 93

This was the first of eight straight games against teams with a losing record for the Wizards but they came out flat and went down to the 15-win Raptors, who played without Jose Calderon, Jamario Moon and Jermaine O'Neal. Caron Butler: "You look at the Orlando game and we...

By Ivan Carter  |  January 7, 2009; 10:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
 
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Wizards (7-26) vs. Raptors (14-21)

Wizards starters: Mike James, Caron Butler, Dominic McGuire, Antawn Jamison, Andray Blatche. Inactives: DeShawn Stevenson, Gilbert Arenas, Brendan Haywood. Raptors: Will Solomon, Anthony Parker, Joey Graham, Chris Bosh, Andrea Bargnani. Line: WIzards by 2 1/2. Notables: This is the first of three meetings between the teams this season....Toronto will again...

By Ivan Carter  |  January 7, 2009; 4:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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The Other Side: Toronto Raptors

This season hasn't been fun, but I'm still funny. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images) The Toronto Raptors arrive at Verizon Center tonight as one of the greatest disappointments in the NBA this season -- and not because they have underachieved. The Raptors had unrealistic expectations to be a...

By Michael Lee  |  January 7, 2009; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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A Chance to Make a Move?

Starting with tonight's game against Toronto at Verizon Center, the Wizards will face eight straight teams with sub-.500 records: the Raptors, at Chicago, Charlotte at home, Milwaukee at home, at the Knicks, home to the Knicks, at Golden State and at Sacramento. Not to say that the Wizards, who...

By Ivan Carter  |  January 7, 2009; 8:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
 
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Magic 89, Wizards 80

Just a strange, strange game. The Wizards set a franchise record by scoring only six second quarter points but were still in the game with two minutes to go. After Antawn Jamison nailed a three-pointer to draw them within four, the Magic closed with an 8-4 push that included...

By Ivan Carter  |  January 6, 2009; 10:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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Wizards (7-25) at Magic (26-8), Lineup Change

Wizards starters: Mike James, Caron Butler, Dominic McGuire, Antawn Jamison, Darius Songaila. Magic: Jameer Nelson, Courtney Lee, Hedo Turkoglu, Rashard Lewis, Dwight Howard. Refs: Steve Javie, Mark Lindsay, Jason Phillips. Line: Magic by 12.5. Notables: Songaila replaces Andray Blatche at center in the starting lineup tonight after Blatche had started...

By Ivan Carter  |  January 6, 2009; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
 
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The Other Side: Orlando Magic

You rang? (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images) What did the schedule maker have against the Washington Wizards? No team started out the calendar year with a more imposing schedule than the Wizards, who opened 2009 with back-to-back-to-back games against the teams with the Eastern Conference's best record (Boston),...

By Michael Lee  |  January 6, 2009; 9:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
 
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Another Term for 'Travel'

The Wizards just wrapped up practice here at Verizon Center and will board a flight to Orlando this afternoon. As you would expect, the overall vibe was good following yesterday's thriling win over the Cavaliers and LeBron (LeTravel) James. On that subject, if you are wondering what a crab...

By Ivan Carter  |  January 5, 2009; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
 
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MMPG: The FourCast

You see that, Melo? Allen Iverson and the Pistons are coming up. (AP Photo) 1. New Orleans at Los Angeles Lakers (Tuesday) Of note: If the New Orleans Hornets are going to be taken seriously as contenders in the Western Conference, they are going to have to get at least...

By Michael Lee  |  January 5, 2009; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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MMPG: Player of the Week

Shaquille O'Neal, Phoenix Suns Don't fake the funk on a nasty dunk. (AP Photo) While the rest of the world was focused on looking to the future last week, Shaquille O'Neal was turning back the clock to a time, not so long ago, when he bulldozed opponents with his brute...

By Michael Lee  |  January 5, 2009; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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MMPG: Team of the Weak

Houston Rockets What did I do? (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images) If it wasn't obvious by the way they sleepwalked through most of an 89-87 loss against the Washington Wizards last Monday, the Houston Rockets have some problems. Picked by some to contend with the Los Angeles Lakers...

By Michael Lee  |  January 5, 2009; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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MMPG: Team of the Week

Detroit Pistons Rarr, rarr, like a dungeon dragon. (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images) The Detroit Pistons have won a league-best seven in a row, but more importantly, they finally solved Sundays. With an 88-87 victory against the Los Angeles Clippers yesterday -- without Rasheed Wallace and Richard Hamilton...

By Michael Lee  |  January 5, 2009; 9:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Monday Morning Point Guard

It's good -- and it's only the beginning. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images) The first NBA weekend of 2009 couldn't have been much better or more entertaining. It began on Friday, when all 30 NBA teams played on the same night for the first time ever. And,...

By Michael Lee  |  January 5, 2009; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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LeBron Travels, Wizards Hold On, 80-77

When Wizards interim coach Ed Tapscott walked into his post-game press conference, he look flushed. His cheeks were red, his mood was glum, and his tie was undone. Tapscott approached the podium as if he was about to discuss the Wizards' 26th loss of the season instead of their seventh...

By Michael Lee  |  January 4, 2009; 7:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
 
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Cavaliers (27-5) at Wizards (6-25)

Information on tonight's game: -Wizards C Andray Blatche will start despite a sprained left ankle. Blatche said he was going to give it a go after spraining his ankle in the first eight minutes of the Wizards' 108-83 loss to Boston on Friday. He emerged from a locker room with...

By Michael Lee  |  January 4, 2009; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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The Other Side: Cleveland Cavaliers

I love you, man. (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images) The Washington Wizards played well enough to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers on Christmas Day, but some questionable calls - the refs did not seriously call Caron Butler for a foul when LeBron James shot that three-pointer, did they?...

By Michael Lee  |  January 4, 2009; 8:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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