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Wizards Insider: March 1, 2009 - March 7, 2009

Mavericks 119, Wizards 103

Way too much Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry in this one for the Wizards, who played hard and shot a very solid 52.7 percent but couldn't keep pace and turned it over 23 times. Different guys did good things for the Wiz tonight but as as has so often...

By Ivan Carter  |  March 7, 2009; 11:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
 
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Wizards (14-48) at Mavericks (37-25), Butler To Return

Wizards starters: Mike James, Caron Butler, Dominic McGuire, Antawn Jamison, Darius Songaila. Mavericks starters: Jason Kidd, Antonie Wright, Erick Dampier, Dirk Nowitzki, Devean George. Line: Mavericks by 11. -Butler, who has missed three straight games with a hamstring problem, will go for the Wizards. -Josh Howard is out for the...

By Ivan Carter  |  March 7, 2009; 7:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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The Other Side: Dallas Mavericks

You like that, Mr. Cuban? (Photo by Tim Heitman/NBAE via Getty Images) Outside of Shaquille O'Neal's war of words with Orlando Magic Coach Stan Van Gundy, the most entertaining outburst of the week came from Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who blasted his team after it lost 96-87 to an...

By Michael Lee  |  March 7, 2009; 10:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Spurs 100, Wizards 78

Just pure domination. The Spurs dismantled the Wizards in predictable fashion tonight and didn't even need to play particularly well to do it. San Antonio became the latest team to shot better than 50 percent against the Wiz en route to extending its home win streak over the DC ballers...

By Ivan Carter  |  March 7, 2009; 1:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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Wizards (14-47) at Spurs (40-20)

Wizards starters: Mike James, Dominic McGuire, Darius Songaila, Antawn Jamison, Andray Blatche. Spurs: Tony Parker, Roger Mason Jr., Matt Bonner, Tim Duncan, Michael Finley. Refs: Dick Bavetta, Eric Lewis, Rodney Mott. Line: Spurs by 12. -Caron Butler, was a gametime decision but will miss his third straight game with hamstring...

By Ivan Carter  |  March 6, 2009; 8:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Stevenson Undergoes Surgery

The Wizards just announced that DeShawn Stevenson has undergone successful back surgery to repair a herniated disc. From the news release: The procedure was performed this morning by Dr. John Starr at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, DC. Stevenson is expected to make a full recovery and will begin the...

By Alexa Steele  |  March 6, 2009; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Stevenson Update, Abe to Be Honored

- DeShawn Stevenson will have his season-ending back surgery today, according to the team. Stevenson had hoped to avoid going under the knife but told me the other night that the back simply wasn't getting better with other forms of rehab. - Owner Abe Pollin will be inducted into...

By Ivan Carter  |  March 6, 2009; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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The Other Side: San Antonio Spurs

Now Roger, I just need you to shoot like you're back in Verizon Center again. Okay? (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images) Believe it or not, but this season is the 30th anniversary of the last time Washington advanced to the NBA Finals. The Washington Bullets lost to the...

By Michael Lee  |  March 6, 2009; 9:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Injury Update

The Wizards did not practice today so no real news on the status of Caron Butler, who has missed the last two games with a hamstring problem. He'll be evaluated tomorrow prior to the game at San Antonio. Nick Young, who left last night's loss at Oklahoma City late...

By Ivan Carter  |  March 5, 2009; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Who Gets to Stay?

Michael Lee was in Oklahoma City covering last night's loss to the Thunder so I had a night off and watched the game on the tube. I'm meeting up with the team in San Antonio for the remainder of the trip. What shocked me last night was that the...

By Ivan Carter  |  March 5, 2009; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
 
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Race to the Bottom

Last night's loss to the undermanned Thunder (16-45, .262) leaves the Wizards (14-47, .230) firmly in last place in the Eastern Conference and only marginally better than the Sacramento Kings (13-49, .210) league-wide. Meanwhile, in the Draft Watch, Blake Griffin and Oklahoma were upset last night by Missouri, 73-64. Griffin...

By Alexa Steele  |  March 5, 2009; 9:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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Thunder 88, Wizards 83

It's easy to look at the final score, see that the Wizards failed to make a field goal in the final 3 minutes, 17 seconds remaining, and think the Wizards lost simply because they couldn't execute down the stretch. That's only part of the problem. The real reason the Wizards...

By Michael Lee  |  March 5, 2009; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Wizards (14-46) at Oklahoma City (15-45)

Sorry this is late. My computer caught a virus. Doing the best I can. Wizards starters: Mike James, Dominic McGuire, Antawn Jamison, Andray Blatche, Darius Songaila. Thunder: Russell Westbrook, Thabo Sefolosha, Nenad Krstic, Nick Collison, Kyle Weaver Refs: Joe DeRosa, Jason Phillips, Leon Wood Line: Thunder by 4.5. Caron Butler...

By Michael Lee  |  March 4, 2009; 8:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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The Other Side: Oklahoma City Thunder

No, this pouty face is not because I play for a bad team with bad uniforms. I just wish that I wasn't hurt. (AP Photo/LM Otero) It's all about the future in Oklahoma City, where the Thunder's nucleus of second-year forwards Kevin Durant and Jeff Green and rookie point...

By Michael Lee  |  March 4, 2009; 8:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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Wizards Won' t Raise Ticket Prices

I'll be writing more in depth on this tomorrow but the Wizards will not raise ticket prices for next season and the team is coming up with a few creative ways to entice season ticket holders to renew, including offering rebates and long payment plans. The decision is hardly...

By Ivan Carter  |  March 3, 2009; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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DeShawn's Lost Season

As reported last night, DeShawn Stevenson said that he is undergoing season ending back surgery Thursday. It's something Stevenson really wanted to avoid -- the guy once played half a season on a partially torn meniscus to avoid going under the knife -- but became unnavoidable after his aborted...

By Ivan Carter  |  March 3, 2009; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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Hawks 98, Wizards 89

The Hawks won and didn't have to play particularly hard or well to do it. The Wizards came out flat (again) and never recovered after the Hawks used a late third-quarter run to open up a double-digit lead. The third was killer as the Hawks outscored the Wiz 25-18...

By Ivan Carter  |  March 3, 2009; 8:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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Wizards (14-45) vs. Hawks (33-26), Stevenson Done For Season

Update: Caron Butler is a late scratch (hamstring tightness). Wizards starters: Mike James, Dominic McGuire, Antawn Jamison, Andray Blatche, Darius Songaila. Hawks: Mike Bibby, Joe Johnson, Al Horford, Josh Smith, Marvin Williams. Refs: Luis Grillo, Dan Crawford, Curtis Blair. Line: Atlanta by 4. -Spoke with DeShawn Stevenson before the game...

By Ivan Carter  |  March 2, 2009; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
 
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The Other Side: Atlanta Hawks

You've got to be kidding me! (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images) The Atlanta Hawks entered the all-star break with 31 wins, the most at the break since since 1996-97, when Mookie Blaylock, Dikembe Mutombo, Steve Smith and Christain Laettner led the franchise to 56 wins -- the...

By Michael Lee  |  March 2, 2009; 4:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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MMPG: The FourCast

Shaq, I got such a crazy week ahead of me, I don't even want to look. Dwyane, I got a crazy week, too. But I'm licking my chops. (Photo By Barry Gossage/Getty Images) 1. Cleveland at Miami (Monday)) Of note: The Miami Heat announced that Alonzo Mourning's No. 33 jersey...

By Michael Lee  |  March 2, 2009; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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MMPG: Player of the Week

Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat I don't need no stinking bandages. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) It was a dizzying display of three-pointers, blocked shots, steals, an out-of-bounds save, two-handed dunks, screams to the crowd that, "That is my house!" After New York Knicks guard Danillo Gallinari busted his lip with an elbow,...

By Michael Lee  |  March 2, 2009; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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MMPG: Team of the Weak

Memphis Grizzlies Hey, if you were married to Adriana Lima, would you be upset about a shooting slump? (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images) The best news coming out of Memphis these days is that Memphis Grizzlies backup point guard Marko Jaric eloped with supermodel Adriana Lima on...

By Michael Lee  |  March 2, 2009; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Wizards' Next Coach?

Ivan Carter wrote a story about coaching possibilities for the Wizards in this morning's newspaper. We asked this question right after Eddie Jordan was fired, but it's time to revisit the subject. What do you think? Please weigh in below. poll by twiigs.com...

By Alexa Steele  |  March 2, 2009; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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MMPG: Team of the Week

New Orleans Hornets We're creeping back. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images) It's not a coincidence that the sudden resurgence of the New Orleans Hornets coincides with the return Tyson Chandler, the 7-foot-1 center who came back last week from an injured ankle and a rescinded trade. With their...

By Michael Lee  |  March 2, 2009; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Monday Morning Point Guard

Steve, did you hear Stephon Marbury might win a championship in Boston? I think I'm going to be sick, Grant. (Reuters Photo) Caught up in the initial euphoria of winning his first NBA championship last June, Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett gave one of the most awesome interviews in recent...

By Michael Lee  |  March 2, 2009; 9:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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