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Wizards Insider: February 22, 2009 - February 28, 2009

Bucks 109, Wizards 93

The Bucks came out with a defensive mindset and played with energy. The Wizards did not. That was your ballgame folks. Milwaukee led 30-16 after the first quarter and the Wizards never really threatened. "They had more than we had tonight," interim coach Ed Tapscott said in a quote...

By Ivan Carter  |  February 28, 2009; 11:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
 
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Wizards (14-44) at Milwaukee Bucks (28-33)

Wizards starters: Mike James, Caron Butler, Darius Songaila, Antawn Jamison, Dominic McGuire. (note: Javaris Crittenton was a late scratch. He's sick) Bucks starters: Ramon Sessions, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Francisco Elson, Charlie Villanueva, Richard Jefferson. Refs:Derrick Stafford, Eric Lewis, Gary Zielinski. Line: Bucks by 6 1/2. -Bucks lead the...

By Ivan Carter  |  February 28, 2009; 6:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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The Other Side: Milwaukee Bucks

I'd be out there if I could. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Where have we seen this before? A team loses its all-star guard to a knee injury, then its steady but unappreciated center goes down shortly thereafter and the season sinks like a cement-filled Spalding in the river....

By Michael Lee  |  February 28, 2009; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Wizards 113, Bulls 90

Maybe the Wizards should get the Prez season tickets. For whatever reason, they looked like a real, legitimate NBA team tonight. Started well, answered Chicago's runs and closed strong. For only the second time all season, all five starters scored in double figures and for the first time since 1993...

By Ivan Carter  |  February 27, 2009; 10:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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Wizards (13-44) vs. Bulls (26-32)

Wizards starters: Mike James, Caron Butler, Darius Songaila, Antawn Jamison, Dominic McGuire. Bulls starters: Derrick Rose, Ben Gordon, Joakim Noah, Tyrus Thomas, Luol Deng. Refs: Mark Wunderlich, Matt Boland, Bennie Adams. Line: Bulls by 5.5. -The place has a little extra buzz tonight because the President is expected to be...

By Ivan Carter  |  February 27, 2009; 5:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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The Other Side: Chicago Bulls

I figured you guys weren't going to win a championship any time soon, so this is the only way I was going to meet you. (White House Photo) The Chicago Bulls hadn't been to the White House since the Clinton administration, but they didn't need to win a championship to...

By Michael Lee  |  February 27, 2009; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Long Practice, Arenas Participates

The team went through a lengthy practice long on scrimmaging this afternoon as it looks to shake off last night's 106-98 loss to the 76ers and get ready for tomorrow night's game against the Chicago Bulls. All of the usual players partcipated, including Gilbert Arenas though Arenas again declined...

By Ivan Carter  |  February 26, 2009; 4:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
 
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Bulls to Visit Obama

I just got confirmation that the Chicago Bulls will visit President Barack Obama at the White House this afternoon, adding more fuel to the speculation that Obama will be at the Verizon Center on Friday to see his beloved Bulls take on the Washington Wizards. After their 111-99 loss in...

By Michael Lee  |  February 26, 2009; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Obama Coming To See The Wizards?

Rumors circulating around the Verizon Center last night had it that President Barack Obama could be making his first appearance at Wizards game tomorrow night when the team hosts the Chicago Bulls. Obama is a Bulls fan but maybe his energy can help out the Wizards. A thought on...

By Ivan Carter  |  February 26, 2009; 7:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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76ers 106, Wizards 98

The key tonight was turnovers. The Wizards coughed it up 21 times and the 76ers took advantage by turning those mistakes into 30 points. Andre Iguodala, who closed the third by making a buzzer-beater from 31-feet out, nearly had a triple-double (22 points, 11 assists, nine rebounds) and the...

By Ivan Carter  |  February 25, 2009; 10:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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Wizards (13-43) vs. 76ers (27-28)

Wizards starters: Mike James, Caron Butler, Darius Songaila, Antawn Jamison, Dominic McGuire. 76ers starters: Andre Miller, Willie Green, Samuel Dalembert, Thaddeus Young, Andre Iguodala. Refs: Phil Roberson, Scott Wall, Tom Washington Line: Philly by 5. -Philly is 3-0 against the WIzards this season but has lost four straight. -Interesting matchup:...

By Ivan Carter  |  February 25, 2009; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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The Other Side: Philadelphia 76ers

Oh, yeah. He lost the ball. We win. Start up the bus. Let's go home, boys. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) For a great roller coaster ride, folks in Philadelphia no longer have to make the hour-long drive to hop on Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure. They just need...

By Michael Lee  |  February 25, 2009; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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You Tell Us: Your Reaction to an Arenas Return

So if Gilbert's revelation that he's been going full-speed in practice since Feb. 16 means he's going to play again, be it tonight against the 76ers or anytime before the Apr. 15 finale in Boston, what does that mean to you? There are so many potential reactions, from "Noooo! There...

By Keith McMillan  |  February 25, 2009; 12:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (94)
Tags: Gilbert Arenas, injury  
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Arenas Practicing (updated)

Gilbert Arenas confirmed to me a short while ago that he's been all-out practicing since last Monday, the day the team got back together following the all-star break. As I reported a few weeks ago, Arenas has been feeling a lot better on that left knee since meeting with...

By Ivan Carter  |  February 24, 2009; 3:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Tags: Gilbert Arenas, injury  
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Young Struggling

Nick Young's second season has been filled with exhilarating highs and frustrating lows, and he currently finds himself in the latter. Over his last five games, Young is averaging just 5.4 points and shooting just 29.4 percent (10 for 34) from the floor. He has also missed 11 of his...

By Michael Lee  |  February 24, 2009; 9:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
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Haywood and Arenas Sightings

Brendan Haywood and Gilbert Arenas both participated in non-contact drills on Monday, which Wizards Coach Ed Tapscott said livened up the team's first practice since its 31-point loss to former Wizard Roger Mason Jr. and the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday. Tapscott said Haywood and Arenas were limited to running,...

By Michael Lee  |  February 23, 2009; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
Tags: Arenas, Haywood, Mason, Tapscott  
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MMPG: The FourCast

Remember when I told you the league would be yours one day, LeBron? I'm not ready to hand it over just yet. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson) 1. Boston at Denver (Monday) Of note: All four of the Boston Celtics' home losses this season have been against Western Conference, and the Denver Nuggets...

By Michael Lee  |  February 23, 2009; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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MMPG: Player of the Week

Yao Ming, Houston Rockets OMG, Tracy. Why you leave me hanging? :-) - Yao. (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images) Instead of informing the Houston Rockets personally, Tracy McGrady delivered the startling news on his website that he was going to need microfracture surgery on his bothersome left knee...

By Michael Lee  |  February 23, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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MMPG: Team of the Weak

Detroit Pistons I'm serious, Allen. The Denver Nuggets said they want you back. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan) Dee--Troit Bas--ket--baall ain't what it used to be. The Detroit Pistons lost a season-long sixth consecutive game on Sunday, dropping an embarrassing 99-78 defeat to the Cleveland Cavaliers. It wasn't too long ago that...

By Michael Lee  |  February 23, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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MMPG: Team of the Week

Utah Jazz No, I'm not going to share. I should've been an all-star anyway. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac) Larry H. Miller, the man credited with keeping professional basketball in Utah, died at age 64 last Friday due to complications from Type-2 diabetes. Miller's health had been in decline since he...

By Michael Lee  |  February 23, 2009; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Monday Morning Point Guard

My team is going to miss me more than your team is going to miss you. Oh yeah? (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images) The first week after the All-Star break was filled with disappointment, as the trade dud, um, deadline featured some dull deals based mostly on economics rather...

By Michael Lee  |  February 23, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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