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Wizards Insider: January 25, 2009 - January 31, 2009

Wizards 106, Clippers 94

And the winner of tonight's lottery bowl is......the Wizards? Or, is a win over the Clippers actually a bad thing becuase it means fewer ping pong balls? I'm not sure. In fact, it's still too early to talk that way so, let's just say that tonight's win was needed...

By Ivan Carter  |  January 31, 2009; 11:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
 
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Wizards (9-37) vs. Clippers (10-36)

Folks, if you're watching this one you must really love basketball..... Wizards starters: Mike James, Caron Butler, Darius Songaila, Antawn Jamison, Dominic McGuire. Clippers: Fred Jones, Eric Gordon, Marcus Camby, Brian Skinner, Al Thornton. Refs: Bon Delaney, Jack Nies, MIchael Smith. Line: Wizards by 4 1/2. (Seriously) -Interim coach...

By Ivan Carter  |  January 31, 2009; 6:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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The Other Side: Los Angeles Clippers

I've got an excuse, Baron. I got traded here. You actually wanted to be a Clipper. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images) While the sports world will be focused the NFL's Super Bowl in Tampa on Sunday, the privileged masses who converge upon the Verizon Center tonight will...

By Michael Lee  |  January 31, 2009; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Tags: Baron Davis, Clippers  
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76ers 104, Wizards 94

And the march to draft lottery continues ... Tonight's loss to the 76ers felt an awful like so many this season as the Wiz dug an early hole, fought back to make it a game and then were overwhelmed down the stretch. - The slow start killed, but the...

By Ivan Carter  |  January 30, 2009; 10:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Tags: 76ers, Clippers, Javaris Crittenton  
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WIzards (9-36) at 76ers (22-22)

Wizards starters: Mike James, Caron Butler, Darius Songaila, Antawn Jamison, Dominic McGuire. 76ers starters: Willie Green, Andre Iguodala, Samuel Dalembert, Andre Miller, Thaddeus Young. Refs: Scott Foster, Tony Brothers, Kevin Fehr. Line: 76ers by 10. -Elton Brand will come off the bench for Philly as he continues to have his...

By Ivan Carter  |  January 30, 2009; 6:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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The Other Side: Philadelphia 76ers

Elton's back. Let's pray that it works this time. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images) The first time the Washington Wizards visited Philadelphia, the 76ers were a team in disarray -- although disarray is relative given the misery in D.C. this season. But the Sixers fired Maurice Cheeks...

By Michael Lee  |  January 30, 2009; 9:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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The All-Star Picks

After much internal debate and deliberation, here are the players I think should be going to Phoenix as all-star reserves in two weeks. I had to be the easiest choice you could make in the East, huh? (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) Eastern Conference Reserves Forwards: Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics; Andre...

By Michael Lee  |  January 29, 2009; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Tags: all-star game  
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The All-Star Debate

It will be interesting to see what happens when the NBA announces the all-star reserves on TNT tonight. For years, it's often been up to the coaches to clean up the all-star oversights that often occur when fans ignore statistics/team success and vote for a name/reputation over actual production. The...

By Michael Lee  |  January 29, 2009; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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James Slumping

Veteran guard Mike James, who was acquired in a trade from New Orleans in December to provide some much-needed scoring to a Gilbert Arenas-less backcourt, has chosen a particularly bad time to enter into a slump. In last night's loss at Miami, in which the Wizards scored a season-low...

By Ivan Carter  |  January 29, 2009; 8:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
Tags: Mike James  
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Heat 93, Wizards 71

This had a familiar feel to it as the Wizards got off to a decent start and even led by seven early in the second quarter before they were steadily ground down by the Heat. Dwyane Wade nearly had a triple-double and had one eye-popping play in the third quarter...

By Ivan Carter  |  January 28, 2009; 7:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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Wizards (9-35) at Miami (24-19)

Wizards starters: Mike James, Caron Butler, Darius Songaila, Antawn Jamison, Dominic McGuire. Heat starters: Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, Jamaal Magloire, Udonis Haslem, Yakhouba Diawara. Season series: Heat lead 2-0. Refs: Bennet Salvatore, James Capers, Ron Olesiak. Line: Miami by 9. -With Andray Blatche out (left knee) two-to-four weeks, Songaila gets...

By Ivan Carter  |  January 28, 2009; 6:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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The Other Side: Miami Heat

See me flying? I wasn't getting up this high last year. (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter) If the Washington Wizards can find any hope in this lost season, they don't have to look much further than their opponent tonight -- the Miami Heat. This time last season, the Heat was the...

By Michael Lee  |  January 28, 2009; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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McGee Gets His Shot -- Again

Oh yeah, I'm way up here. Who's that fat dude with the beard over there watching me? (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images) Moments after JaVale McGee joined the long list of centers Shaquille O'Neal has abused over the past 17 seasons, I asked him what it felt like...

By Michael Lee  |  January 28, 2009; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
 
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Blatche to Miss Two to Four Weeks, Stevenson Practices (Updated)

The Wizards announced that center Andray Blatche was diagnosed with a left knee strain on Tuesday and will miss the next two-to-four weeks. Blatche injured himself with 4 minutes, 11 seconds left in the fourth quarter of the Wizards' 103-87 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Monday night. Blatche was...

By Michael Lee  |  January 27, 2009; 2:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
 
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Butler Still Hoping for All-Star Invitation

Shaquille O'Neal blocked Caron Butler's path to the basket in the first quarter, wrapped him up and forced a jump ball. But before Butler could escape O'Neal's grasp, O'Neal grabbed Butler by the forehead, leaned in and gave him a smooch on the head. Butler cracked a smile, and took...

By Michael Lee  |  January 27, 2009; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
 
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Phoenix 103, Wizards 87

It's official. The team with the worst record in the NBA resides in the nation's capital. About a half hour after the Washington Wizards lost for the 35th time this season, the Oklahoma City Thunder won for the 10th time this season. Now the Wizards (9-35) sit alone at the...

By Michael Lee  |  January 26, 2009; 11:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Suns (24-18) at Wizards (9-34)

Wizards starters: Mike James, Caron Butler, Dominic McGuire, Antawn Jamison, Andray Blatche. Suns: Steve Nash, Jason Richardson, Shaquille O'Neal, Grant Hill, Amare Stoudemire. Refs: Ed F. Rush, David Jones, and David Guthrie Line: Phoenix by 4. Shaquille O'Neal will play tonight. The Suns have tried to rest O'Neal on the...

By Michael Lee  |  January 26, 2009; 7:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
 
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The Other Side: Phoenix Suns

What in the world are we doing right now? (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) The Phoenix Suns conclude a six-game East Coast trip against the Washington Wizards on Monday with the hope of returning home at 3-3. The Suns opened the trip with a win in Toronto, but lost three in a...

By Michael Lee  |  January 26, 2009; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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MMPG: The FourCast

What would've happened if this phantom foul never got called? (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images) 1. Philadelphia at New Orleans (Monday) Of note: Elton Brand returned to the Philadelphia 76ers last Saturday after missing the previous 16 games with a dislocated right shoulder -- and the 76ers...

By Michael Lee  |  January 26, 2009; 12:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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MMPG: Player of the Week

LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers Thank you. Thank you. Now drive home safely, everybody. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images) Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum had the best week of his career, as he led his team to wins against Cleveland, the Los Angeles Clippers, Washington and San Antonio....

By Michael Lee  |  January 26, 2009; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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MMPG: Team of the Weak

Memphis Grizzlies We got our coach fired! Woo-hoo! (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images) The Memphis Grizzlies became the seventh team this season to determine that it was the coach, not the players, that was the problem and fired Marc Iavaroni last week. The Grizzlies didn't hesitate to hire...

By Michael Lee  |  January 26, 2009; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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MMPG: Team of the Week

Boston Celtics Oooh. We're shooting right back to the top.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa) The Boston Celtics appear to have solved most of the problems that began when the Los Angeles Lakers snapped their 19-game winning streak on Christmas. The subsequent 2-7 slide had many wondering if the Celtics had what it...

By Michael Lee  |  January 26, 2009; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Monday Morning Point Guard

I haven't smiled like this since I actually started playing for the Clippers. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images) The first half of the NBA season is over, and four teams have traded time atop the standings -- Cleveland, the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston and Orlando -- while...

By Michael Lee  |  January 26, 2009; 8:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Stevenson's Story

No practice today and I'll be on a plane most of the day getting back from Portland, so look for an update early tomorrow but in the meantime, check out the excellent story Mike Wise did on DeShawn Stevenson for today's post: I'm contiously reminded of the interesting and...

By Ivan Carter  |  January 25, 2009; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
 
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Portland 100, Wizards 87

The story of the night was turnovers. The WIzards coughed the ball up a season-high 27 times and the Trail Blazers turned those mistakes into 36 points. Obviously, this team is not going to win like that. Caron Butler led the Wizards with 31 points and 10 rebounds but...

By Ivan Carter  |  January 25, 2009; 1:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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