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Wizards Insider: February 15, 2009 - February 21, 2009

Spurs 98, Wizards 67

Roger Mason Jr. stuck it to his former team. That's the story of tonight. Roger finished with 25 points on 9 of 15 shooting, made 5 threes and dished out 5 assists. It was nothing less than embarrassing for an organization that has huge money committed to a few guys...

By Ivan Carter  |  February 21, 2009; 11:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (104)
 
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Wizards (13-42) vs Spurs (36-17)

Wizards starters: Mike James, Caron Butler, Darius Songaila, Dominic McGuire, Antawn Jamison. Spurs starters: Tony Parker, Roger Mason, Matt Bonner, Tim Duncan, Michael Finley. Refs: Violet Palmer, Bill Spooner, Derek Richardson. Line: Spurs by 8. -Manu Ginobili is out for the Spurs (ankle) but the WIz nontheless face matchup issues...

By Ivan Carter  |  February 21, 2009; 7:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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The Other Side: San Antonio Spurs

This doesn't get any easier. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson) Tony Parker and Tim Duncan helped lead the West to a slaughter of the East during the All-Star Game on Sunday, but the San Antonio Spurs have taken some lumps since the break. First, they have to start the unofficial second-half...

By Michael Lee  |  February 21, 2009; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Wizards 107, Nets 96

Dare I ask: are we watching the red hot Washington Wizards? They've won two straight and three of the last five. The Nets came out flat and pretty much stayed that way all night, but credit the Wizards for being the more assertive, aggressive and crisp team tonight. The...

By Ivan Carter  |  February 20, 2009; 11:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Tags: Dominic McGuire, Nets  
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Wizards (12-42) at Nets (24-31)

Wizards starters: Mike James, Caron Butler, Dominic McGuire, Antwan Jamison, Darius Songaila. Nets starters: Devin Harris, Vince Carter, Trenton Hassell, Ryan Anderson, Brooke Lopez. Refs: Greg Willard, Courtney Kirkland, Tony Brown. Line: Nets by 7. - The Nets lead the season-series 2-1 ... Wiz won here, 108-88, on Dec. 2...

By Ivan Carter  |  February 20, 2009; 7:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Tags: Brendan Haywood, DeShawn Stevenson, Etan Thomas, Gilbert Arenas, Jarvis Hayes  
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Suns Keep Stoudemire, Then Lose Him

The trade deadline may have been a dud, but the day after delivered a stunner that should shake up the Western Conference playoff picture. The Suns announced on Friday that Amare Stoudemire -- whose name was tossed around in trade rumors for several weeks -- will likely miss the rest...

By Michael Lee  |  February 20, 2009; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Looking Ahead

Note: for a review of yesterday's trade deadline activity and a look at where the Wizards are in terms of the future, read my previous post titled "Breaking It Down." Now that the trade deadline has come and gone without the Wizards deciding or being able to make a...

By Ivan Carter  |  February 20, 2009; 7:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (99)
 
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Breaking It Down

When the Bulls decided to send Larry Hughes to the Knicks for Anthony Roberson, Jerome James and Tim Thomas instead of to D.C. for Etan Thomas and Mike James, I didn't get it. Thomas and James have deals that will expire next season and it could be argued that...

By Ivan Carter  |  February 19, 2009; 6:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Tags: Abe Pollin, Antawn Jamison, Blake Griffin, Brendan Haywood, Caron Butler, Eddie Jordan, Ernie Grunfeld, Etan Thomas, Gilbert Arenas, Mike James  
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Hughes Traded Again

Larry Hughes has made it to his third team since leaving Washington in the summer of 2005, after the Chicago Bulls dealt him to the New York Knicks for a box of trading cards, some bubble wrap and shoe polish. Actually, the Bulls were so desperate to deal the disgruntled...

By Michael Lee  |  February 19, 2009; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Wizards Standing Pat

The Wizards aren't making any trades. Sources tell me that they DID want to move Etan Thomas and Mike James to Chicago for Larry Hughes but the Bulls balked in a part because of the trade kicker attached to Thomas' contract. The Bulls did trade Hughes to the Knicks...

By Ivan Carter  |  February 19, 2009; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Tags: Etan Thomas, Larry Hughes, Mike James  
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Wizards Standing Pat/Practice Update

Barring a last-second whopper, the Wizards will allow the trade deadline come and go without making a move. A league source I trust told me a little bit ago that ultimately, the only players teams really wanted to deal for were Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison. Another told me...

By Ivan Carter  |  February 19, 2009; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Rumors ... (Updated)

I just spoke with someone familiar with the situation in Chicago and it is their belief that the Wizards have told the Bulls that they are not interested in an Etan Thomas and Mike James for Larry Hughes swap ... Newsday's Alan Hahn reported earlier that the following scenario...

By Ivan Carter  |  February 19, 2009; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
Tags: Etan Thomas, Larry Hughes, Mike James, Trades  
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Trade Deadline Day

Ivan Carter and Michael Lee are monitoring potential deals. While they are tracking down leads, take a look at hoopshype.com for a roundup of the latest rumors. On another topic, Ivan wrote in today's paper about Javaris Crittenton's progress. Please weigh in on what you think of his potential....

By Alexa Steele  |  February 19, 2009; 9:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Tags: Javaris Crittenton, Trades  
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Chandler Deal Rescinded

Many eulogies had been written about the New Orleans Hornets' postseason chances after the team dealt center Tyson Chandler to Oklahoma City in exchange for former Maryland Terps Joe Smith and Chris Wilcox. Most likely at the urging of owner George Shinn, Hornets General Manager Jeff Bower made a cost-cutting...

By Michael Lee  |  February 18, 2009; 10:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Stay Tuned

It was about a week ago that someone told me that a Larry Hughes for Etan Thomas and Mike James swap may not go down until the last minute as the Bulls look for better deals for Hughes. The trade deadline is tomorrow at 3 p.m. The Bulls have...

By Ivan Carter  |  February 18, 2009; 6:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
 
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Post-Practice Update

- Caron Butler, who took a fall on his right hip in the fourth quarter last night, did not practice because he's still experiencing soreness. Interim coach Ed Tapscott said Butler likely would've practiced if the Wizards had a game for tomorrow night. They don't play again until Friday night....

By Ivan Carter  |  February 18, 2009; 2:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Wednesday Pre-Practice Update

Nothing really new to report on the trade front so far today. As I reported in last night's gamer from the 111-103 win over the Timberpuppies, the Wizards are leaning towards not making a move prior to tomorrow's trade deadline. Mike Lee reports that according to a well placed...

By Ivan Carter  |  February 18, 2009; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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Wizards 111, Wolves 103

Not much to really say about this one folks. That was two bad teams flopping around and the Wizards, after blowing a 19-point first half lead, pulled it out thanks to a 16-5 game-closing run that included a pair of big threes by Mike James (the guy who once...

By Ivan Carter  |  February 17, 2009; 10:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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Wizards (11-42) vs. T-Wolves (17-34)

Wizards starters: Mike James, Caron Butler, Darius Songaila, Antawn Jamison, Dominic McGuire T-Wolves: Sebastian Telfair, Randy Foye, Kevin Love, Ryan Gomes, Mike Miller. Refs: Kevin Fehr, Scott Foster, Sean Wright. Line: Wizards by 2 1/2. -Andray Blatche, who missed the last nine games with a left knee strain, will...

By Ivan Carter  |  February 17, 2009; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Trade Rumors Update

Trade rumor update: SI's Ian Thomsen threw out a rumor that the Cavs and WIz have been talking about a deal that would send Antawn Jamison to C-town in a package that would bring back Wally Sczcerbiak and his $13 million expiring contract. Mike Lee talked about it in...

By Ivan Carter  |  February 17, 2009; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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Jamison to Cleveland?

You and me, teammates? (AP Photo) Probably the most compelling part of Ivan's story today on the woeful Wizards was the conclusion, when Team President Ernie Grunfeld said he planned on holding on to his core group. Grunfeld has been making the same claim all season, but here it is...

By Michael Lee  |  February 17, 2009; 4:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
 
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The Other Side: Minnesota Timberwolves

Can we just forfeit the final 31 games? (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images) The Minnesota Timberwolves' season can be divided into three parts -- the really awful Randy Wittman era, the pretty good Kevin McHale era and the really awful McHale era. The Timberwolves started the season...

By Michael Lee  |  February 17, 2009; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Wizards' Woes

This morning, Ivan Carter examined the many problems plaguing the Washington Wizards this season. Please weigh in on the story and the team's predicament. Meanwhile, looking to the future, let's pretend the Wizards are keeping their presumably high draft pick. poll by twiigs.com...

By Alexa Steele  |  February 17, 2009; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
 
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MMPG: The FourCast

You never would've been an all-star if it wasn't for me. How about letting us have Vince as a way to say thanks? (AP Photo by Tony Gutierrez) Editor's note: This is a post-holiday edition of Monday Morning Point Guard. 1. New Orleans at Oklahoma City (Tuesday) Of note: The...

By Michael Lee  |  February 17, 2009; 9:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Monday Update

Some notes after the Wizards got back together for practice this evening: -Andray Blatche, who has missed nine games with a strained left knee, participated in practice and is progressing but will not return against Minnesota tomorrow night. Interim coach Ed Tapscott said he wants to see Blatche go...

By Ivan Carter  |  February 16, 2009; 7:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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Monday Morning Point Guard

Watch me get down. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) Call me jaded and cynical, but the two most talked about events of the NBA's All-Star Weekend -- Nate Robinson defeating Dwight Howard in the slam dunk contest and Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal sharing the All-Star Game MVP award --...

By Michael Lee  |  February 16, 2009; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Back for More

The Wizards will get back together for practice this evening at Verizon Center after getting a few days off for the All-Star break. I'll provide injury updates and other info following the workout. The team hosts Minnesota tomorrow night at VC....

By Ivan Carter  |  February 16, 2009; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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