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Wizards Insider: February 8, 2009 - February 14, 2009

Bobcats 101, Wizards 89

Statistically, the only difference in the game was that Charlotte made two more field goals (a pair of three-pointers) and six more free throws. Charlotte also scored 28 points off of 17 Washington turnovers. That, along with Vladimir Radmonovic hitting five three-poiners in the second half was the story...

By Ivan Carter  |  February 11, 2009; 10:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (256)
 
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Wizards (11-41) at Bobcats (20-31)

Wizards starters: Mike James, Caron Butler, Darius Songaila, Antawn Jamison, Dominic McGuire. Bobcats starters: Raymond Felton, D.J. Augustin, Emeka Okafor, Boris Diaw, Vladimir Radmanovic. Refs:Tom Washington, Marc Davis, Tommy Nunez. Line: Charlotte by 8. -With a loss tonight the WIzards will be guaranteed a losing season before the all-star...

By Ivan Carter  |  February 11, 2009; 5:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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The Other Side: Charlotte Bobcats

Michael, I just compared our team to the Salvation Army. I had no idea that a gazillionaire like you shopped for jeans there. (AP Photo) The Charlotte Bobcats need to change their nickname. The TradeCats? The RemodelCats? The TinkerCats? The What-Are-We-Doing-Cats? This season, the Bobcats have undergone a makeover seemingly...

By Michael Lee  |  February 11, 2009; 3:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Hawks and Bobcats Turn the Tables

From 2004-05 through last season, the Wizards went 24-8 against the Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Bobcats. Think about that. It was that dominance of those two Southeast Division rivals that allowed the Wizards to squeak into the playoffs a couple of times. But now the tables have turned. Last...

By Ivan Carter  |  February 11, 2009; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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You Tell Us: Who Should the Wizards Trade For?

Okay, everyone's been kicking around trade ideas, and it's that time of year, so we might as well gather our best thoughts in one place. There are a couple ways to approach this. Instead of making it a two-day thing, let's just declare up front whether this is a trade...

By Keith McMillan  |  February 11, 2009; 8:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
Tags: Trades  
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Hawks 111, Wizards 90

That was more like it. The Wiz came out flat, fell behind 9-1 early and got smacked during the second quarter with a 16-0 run that basically ended the game. Many years from now when I'm doing whatever it is I'm doing and I think back on this season,...

By Ivan Carter  |  February 10, 2009; 10:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Tags: Crittenton, Dixon, McGee, Songaila  
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Wizards (11-40) at Hawks (29-21)

-Hawks lead season-series 2-0. They meet again March 2 in DC. Wizards starters: Mike James, Caron Butler, Dominic McGuire, Antawn Jamison, Darius Songaila. Hawks: Mike Bibby, Joe Johnson, Al Horford, Josh Smith, Marvin Williams. Refs: David Jones, Matt Boland, Jack Nies. Line: Hawks by 9. -Wizards go for only their...

By Ivan Carter  |  February 10, 2009; 5:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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The Other Side: Atlanta Hawks

It was all good before January. (AP Photo/Gregory Smith) At the start of 2009, the Atlanta Hawks still had an outside shot at contending with the Orlando Magic in the Southeast Division. They were 21-10, just 3 ½ games out of first place and had a solid hold on fourth...

By Michael Lee  |  February 10, 2009; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Can Wizards Win Two Straight?

It sounds like a modest goal so far into a long season, but the fact is that the Wizards have won consecutive games only once all season (Dec. 27 over OKC at home and Dec. 29 at Houston). That's pathetic. No other word for it. Tonight, the Wizards will...

By Ivan Carter  |  February 10, 2009; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Who's the Best No. 10?

It's the 10th day of February and the Washington Wizards are in Atlanta taking on the Hawks in a matchup of the top two No. 10 picks taken this decade -- Joe Johnson and Caron Butler. It might not seem like a big deal to be the 10th overall pick...

By Michael Lee  |  February 10, 2009; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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You Tell Us: What Moments Stand Out?

Okay, the Wizards haven't exactly been livening up the party, so we might as well have a little more fun here on Wizards Insider. In the next few days we can kick around some potential Wiz trades, both possible and imagined, and talk about the All Star Game, the next...

By Keith McMillan  |  February 10, 2009; 8:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
 
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Monday Update: Blatche Still Ailing

Andray Blatche, who has missed the last seven games with a left knee strain, did some work in practice today but told me that the knee is still bothering him and he will likely wait until after the all-star break to return. He wanted to play last night but...

By Ivan Carter  |  February 9, 2009; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
 
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MMPG: The FourCast

Hey!!! Steve Kerr is thinking about trading us out of here. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) 1. Phoenix at Cleveland (Wednesday) Of note: The Cleveland Cavaliers have been on a bad run since LeBron James took over Madison Square Garden with a 52-point performance last Wednesday. But the next day, Commissioner David...

By Michael Lee  |  February 9, 2009; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Something to Ponder

The Wizards will start practice at noon today and I'll have a post-practice update then. But for the time being, I wanted to get your thoughts on something that went through my mind after Caron Butler hit that shot to win yesterday's game: Do you, as WIz fans, want...

By Ivan Carter  |  February 9, 2009; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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MMPG: Player of the Week

Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder There is nothing to distract me from getting better in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) He may not have taken over Madison Square Garden with a 60-point game or a (near) triple-double, but Oklahoma City forward and District native Kevin Durant continued his steady progression...

By Michael Lee  |  February 9, 2009; 11:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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MMPG: Team of the Weak

New York Knicks You guys are giving me a lot of material this week! (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images) The New York Knicks promoted consecutive games at Madison Square Garden against the teams with the league's three best records as "Dream Week." But it was actually a nightmare for Chris...

By Michael Lee  |  February 9, 2009; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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MMPG: Team of the Week

Los Angeles Lakers Thanks, Lamar. 'Bout time you stepped up. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images) The week began with the bad, but not completely terrible news that center Andrew Bynum was going to be out the next eight to 12 weeks with a torn right medial collateral...

By Michael Lee  |  February 9, 2009; 9:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Monday Morning Point Guard

Yo, Jay. I'm ready for that mic, whenever you want to hand it over. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) Anyone who purchased Shaquille O'Neal's platinum debut album, "Shaq Diesel," in 1993 fully understands the marriage between music and basketball. Okay, that might be a stretch. But Sunday was a huge day for...

By Michael Lee  |  February 9, 2009; 8:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Wizards 119, Pacers 117

It was like old times after Caron Butler drained a game-winning jumper with 0.9 seconds to go, snapping a three-game losing streak and giving the Wizards and their fans some much-needed good feeling.

By Ivan Carter  |  February 8, 2009; 9:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
Tags: Butler, Granger, Jamison, game-winner  
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Wizards (10-40) vs. Pacers (20-31)

Note: Caron Butler is back for the Wizards after missing two games with the flu. Wizards starters: Mike James, Caron Butler, Dominic McGuire, Antawn Jamison, Darius Songaila. Pacers starters:T.J. Ford, Jarrett Jack, Danny Granger, Mike Dunleavy, Troy Murphy. Refs: Tony Brothers, Haywoode Workman, Ed Malloy. Line: Indiana by 5. -...

By Ivan Carter  |  February 8, 2009; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Tags: Arenas, Butler, Granger, Grunfeld, Jamison, McGee, Trades  
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Butler Back

Caron Butler is back in the starting lineup tonight

By Ivan Carter  |  February 8, 2009; 5:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Other Side: Indiana Pacers

Yeah, whatever. (AP Photo/John Raoux) The Indiana Pacers remain one of the more perplexing teams in the NBA. They are one of the middling Eastern Conference teams that remains in the playoff picture simply because they occasionally win games. Newly-minted all-star forward Danny Granger referred to his team as "Dr....

By Michael Lee  |  February 8, 2009; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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