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Wizards Insider: January 11, 2009 - January 17, 2009

What's Up With the Songaila Bashing?

Maybe it's just because I'm watching Wake Forest play so well right now (beating Clemson on my tube), but what's up with all of the hate for Darius Songaila on this blog? I mean, we all know the guy isn't an all-star and he can't jump over the morning...

By Ivan Carter  |  January 17, 2009; 4:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
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Wizards 96, Knicks 89

The really funny thing is that I was sitting there writing my first edition story (I have to file about two minutes after the buzzer) in the fourth quarter with typical "Wizards go down" angle when the Wizards used a 15-2 end-of-game run to pull it out. It was...

By Ivan Carter  |  January 16, 2009; 10:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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Knicks (15-22) at Wizards (7-31)

Wizards starters: Mike James, Caron Butler, Dominic McGuire, Antawn Jamison, Andray Blatche. Knicks: Quentin Richardson, Chris Duhon, Jared Jeffries, David Lee, Wilson Chandler. Refs: Tommy Nunez Jr., Ken Mauer, Gary Zielinski. Line: Wizards by 3 1/2. -The Wizards have allowed 114 points, 122 points and 128 points in three...

By Ivan Carter  |  January 16, 2009; 5:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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Duhon Passes on Inauguration Invite

Barack Obama or practicing with the Knicks? It's a no-brainer. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images) New York Knicks point guard Chris Duhon is making his last trip to Washington this season, but he turned down the opportunity to attend a huge party being held for a 47-year-old guy...

By Michael Lee  |  January 16, 2009; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Other Side: New York Knicks

Well, if no one is going to stop me, I'll walk right in. Thanks. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images) Not much has changed since the Knicks torched the Washington Wizards for 128 points on Wednesday, but the team plane, which wasn't provided by US Airways, was fortunate to...

By Michael Lee  |  January 16, 2009; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Can Pecherov Play?

The 7-31 Wizards are officially in play-out-the-string mode with several vets down with injuries so it begs the question: Can Oleksiy Pecherov play? He was drafted with a first-round pick three years ago and we still don't know the answer; and that has to change. Big Pech saw some...

By Ivan Carter  |  January 16, 2009; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
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Looking Forward to Rematch?

In today's newspaper, interim coach Ed Tapscott says the Wizards need to slow things down in tonight's rematch against the Knicks. During Wednesday's 128-122 barnburner, New York shot 53.8 percent and made14 three-pointers. poll by twiigs.com...

By Alexa Steele  |  January 16, 2009; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Young Keeps Rolling

When Nick Young came out of the locker room this afternoon to meet with reporters after practice, I jokingly stepped away from him. "I'm not touching you man. Don't want to get burned." "LA Smooth" is on quite a roll, no doubt. In the last four games he's knocked...

By Ivan Carter  |  January 15, 2009; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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Jamison, Providing Sunshine In Cloudy Season

See, I'm smiling -- before the game. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images) Washington Wizards interim coach Ed Tapscott offered the quote of the week when he was asked about the prospect of Antawn Jamison being unable to play against Milwaukee because of a strained right knee: "A day...

By Michael Lee  |  January 15, 2009; 8:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (104)
 
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Knicks 128, Wizards 122

It wasn't the same story line, but it was the same ending. The problem for the Wizards most of this season has been their inability to get clutch baskets down the stretch. But the New York Knicks ushered them to the basket and laid out a buffet table of open...

By Michael Lee  |  January 14, 2009; 11:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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Wizards (7-30) at Knicks (14-22)

Nick Young actually has come up with a name for the clumsy crossover that sent Charlotte's Gerald Wallace to the floor on Saturday. "The herky jerk. That's my new name," Young said. Young smiled as he described the play, in which he nearly lost his dribble, patted the ball between...

By Michael Lee  |  January 14, 2009; 6:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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Young's Fumble Crossover

Although it was once reserved for players backing down opponents in the low post, the "crab dribble" has officially been stamped to LeBron James. But what exactly do you call the dribble and spin move Nick Young used to embarrass Charlotte Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace on Saturday night? The rat-ta-tat-tat?...

By Michael Lee  |  January 14, 2009; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Best Adaptations

Following up on yesterday's movie title poll, columnist Mike Wise came up with his own adapted film titles: Days of Plunder The Wizard(s) of Zzzzzz Hoop Screams Eddie It Could Happen to You (remember, the guy wins the lottery) What's Ailing Gilbert Arenas Caron Quixote In Treatment The Lost Verizon...

By Alexa Steele  |  January 14, 2009; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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What Should Grunfeld Do?

The Washington Wizards' 7-30 record guarantees that they are destined to reach the lottery for the first time in five years and it presents President Ernie Grunfeld with an interesting predicament. Until -- or if -- Gilbert Arenas returns (and nobody knows for sure), it is difficult to assess the...

By Michael Lee  |  January 14, 2009; 8:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (89)
 
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The Other Side: New York Knicks

Why is everybody picking on me? (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam) Contrary to popular opinion, the New York Knicks have not petitioned the league to forfeit the next two seasons until they can convince a big-name superstar to make Madison Square Garden home. But ever since making those salary-cap-liberating trades to get...

By Michael Lee  |  January 13, 2009; 4:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Etan Thomas Has Torn MCL

The Wizards today announced that veteran center Etan Thomas has a torn MCL in his left knee and will be out indefinitely. He will be reevaluated in two weeks. The injury occured in the first quarter of last night's loss to Milwaukee. Thomas left the game and did not...

By Ivan Carter  |  January 13, 2009; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (98)
 
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Life Imitates Art

After last night's loss to the Bucks, Wizards interim coach Ed Tapscott said: "Doesn't it feel like we've seen this movie before?" We all agree that it does, but which movie? Please select below, and suggest more titles in the comments section. poll by twiigs.com...

By Alexa Steele  |  January 13, 2009; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Worst Ever?

The Wizards dropped to 7-30 with last night's loss to Milwaukee and has lost five straight, so we all know that the days of talking about a playoff a run are over. The question now is this: Could this be the worst team in franchise history? The low mark...

By Ivan Carter  |  January 13, 2009; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
 
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Bucks 97, Wizards 91

Same old, same old folks. The Wizards played well enough to be in the game thorughout and even held a five point lead entering the fourth but couldn't finish. The killer came from Michael Redd who curled around a screen and drained a three-pointer to give the Bucks a...

By Ivan Carter  |  January 12, 2009; 10:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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Wizards (7-29) vs. Bucks (18-21)

Wizards starters: Mike James, Caron Butler, Dominic McGuire, Antawn Jamison, Andray Blatche. Bucks: Luke Ridnour, Michael Redd, Richard Jefferson, Luc Mbah a Moute, Andrew Bogut. Refs: Derrick Stafford, Tony Brown, Olandis Poole. Line: Bucks by 3. Notables: Behind 32 points from Jefferson, the Bucks beat the Wizards in Milwaukee 112-104...

By Ivan Carter  |  January 12, 2009; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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The Other Side: Milwaukee Bucks

Yeah. We win every other game. What? (AP Photo) The Milwaukee Bucks (18-21) have been moving this season as if they are stuck in a traffic jam. They press the gas. Stop. Switch lanes. Stop. Press the gas, again. Stop. The Bucks have alternated wins and losses in their last...

By Michael Lee  |  January 12, 2009; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Jamison Will Be Game-Time Decision

Antawn Jamison (knee) will be a game-time decision tonight when the Wizards host Milwaukee. Jamison tweaked the knee during Saturday's home loss to Charlotte. He has not missed a game this season and earlier played through a sore right thumb....

By Ivan Carter  |  January 12, 2009; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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MMPG: The FourCast

Good game, AB. You ready for Dwight? (Photo by Evan Gole/NBAE via Getty Images) 1. Atlanta at Phoenix (Tuesday) Of note: For the first time since he left Phoenix in the summer of 2005, Joe Johnson returns with a Hawks team that is in playoff contention. The Hawks have stumbled...

By Michael Lee  |  January 12, 2009; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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MMPG: Player of the Week

Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia 76ers I'm free to fly. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images) Andre Iguodala's season can be divided into two parts -- With Elton Brand and Without Elton Brand. The WEB version was a complete disappointment through the first 25 games playing alongside Brand, averaging just...

By Michael Lee  |  January 12, 2009; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Striking a Balance

As the Wizards continue their slide, interim coach Ed Tapscott continues to try to strike a balance between playing the kids and the vets. JaVale McGee slipped into the "palace of good play" (Tapscott's words) against Charlotte Saturday night. Nick Young is coming off of consecutive good games. Javaris...

By Ivan Carter  |  January 12, 2009; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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MMPG: Team of the Weak

Boston Celtics Hey, Paul. Remember the good old days, back in 2008. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan) The Los Angeles Clippers have lost 11 games in a row, the longest current losing streak in the league. In Clipper Land, 11-game losing streaks mean all is right in the world. But, when the...

By Michael Lee  |  January 12, 2009; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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MMPG: Team of the Week

Minnesota Timberwolves Alright, everybody bring it on for one of those fist-bump thingies. (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images) Maybe Kevin McHale knew what he was doing all along when he assembled these seemingly mismatched Minnesota Timberwolves. Or maybe they have simply hit an impressive hot streak. Whatever the...

By Michael Lee  |  January 12, 2009; 9:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Monday Morning Point Guard

I told you, you haven't seen the last of me. (Photo by Stephanie Yao/ The Oregonian) The week that was in the NBA, was, well, odd. The Boston Celtics forgot how to win, the Minnesota Timberwolves forgot how to lose, and the Portland Trail Blazers went from being a bandwagon-collecting...

By Michael Lee  |  January 12, 2009; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Sunday update

-Antawn Jamison did not practice today (right knee strain) and will be re-evaluated at shootaround tomorrow. Expect him to play, trust me. -Speaking of injuries, I just bumped into the elusive Mr. Arenas in the hallway after practice and hit with: "Hey man, you're going to play this season you...

By Ivan Carter  |  January 11, 2009; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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