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

Haywood Cleared to Return

So the TV star promised in his previous post that he wasn't going to mail it in. Turns out, he wasn't lying. Ivan phoned in earlier this evening -- from a Caps game, no less -- with an update that might be of interest. A team source tells Ivan that...

By Keith McMillan  |  March 14, 2009; 8:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Tags: Arenas, Haywood, injuries  
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Injury Update

Andray Blatche, who left last night's game against Orlando with a sprained ankle early in the fourth quarter, practiced today and is probable for tomorrow night's game against Sacramento. Caron Butler, who left the game after aggravating that hamstring that has been bothering him all month, did not practice...

By Ivan Carter  |  March 14, 2009; 4:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Tags: Arenas, Blatche, Butler, Ivan Carter, Steinberg  
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Magic 112, Wizards 103

Can't be mad at the fellas tonight. The Wizards played and mostly well even after Caron Butler went out with a hamstring problem and had a chance late before a few key plays went against them. Orlando closed the game on 13-6 push. -Andray Blatche rolled his left ankle...

By Ivan Carter  |  March 13, 2009; 10:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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Wizards (15-50) vs. Orlando (47-17)

Wizards starters: Mike James, Caron Butler, Darius Songaila, Antawn Jamison, Dominic McGuire. Magic starters: Rafer Alston, Courtney Lee, Dwight Howard, Rashard Lewis, Mickael Pietrus. Refs: Sean Corbin, Derrick Collins, Gary Zielinski. Line: Orlando by 8. -Hedu Turkoglu is out for the Magic with left foot tendinitis. -The Wizards are 0-13...

By Ivan Carter  |  March 13, 2009; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Wizards Report Card: Darius Songaila

In many ways, Songaila's season perfectly illustrates where the Wizards are as a team. The veteran forward is a solid NBA player, the kind of guy who could be a valuable 8th or 9th man on a good team. Instead, he's being asked to play more minutes and fill...

By Ivan Carter  |  March 13, 2009; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Wizards Report Card  
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The Other Side: Orlando Magic

Stan "GPS" Van Gundy said we should go that way. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) Since the Washington Wizards last played the Orlando Magic on Jan. 6, the Magic has lost point guard Jameer Nelson to a season-ending shoulder injury, Dwight Howard has been dethroned as the slam dunk champion,...

By Michael Lee  |  March 13, 2009; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  The Other Side  
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Race to the Bottom (17 Games Left)

The Wizards are still the second-worst team in the league. Tonight they face the Orlando Magic in their second to last chance to avoid becoming the first team in NBA history to winless against its own division. The rankings: 1. Sacramento, 14-50 2. Wizards, 15-50 3. Clippers, 15-49 4. Memphis,...

By Alexa Steele  |  March 13, 2009; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
 
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Maybe It Is Time to Tank

Yo, Nick and JaVale, I was wondering what would happen if you guys got to play like me. (By Jonathan Newton -- The Washington Post) Okay, maybe not tank in the sense of purposely throwing games for the sake of getting more ping-pong balls in the NBA draft lottery (Although...

By Michael Lee  |  March 12, 2009; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (148)
 
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No Tanking Here

Well, one thing you can say about the Wizards is that they sure aren't tanking games in an effort to get the number one pick. Look at last night's distribution of minutes: Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler both playerd over 40, Dominic McGuire played 35, Mike James played nearly...

By Ivan Carter  |  March 12, 2009; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
 
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Hornets 109, Wizards 98

Chris Paul has six triple-doubles this season and two of them have come against the Wizards. Tonight's 30-point, 13-assist, 10-rebound effort was as good as it gets and proof of why the guy is my single favorite player to watch in the league. He's simply dominant without appearing to...

By Ivan Carter  |  March 11, 2009; 10:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Wizards (15-49) vs. Hornets (39-23)

Wizards starters: Mike James, Caron Butler, Darius Songaila, Antawn Jamison, Dominic McGuire. Hornets: Chris Paul, Rasual Butler, Tyson Chandler, David West, Julian West. Refs:Bob Delaney, Tommy Nunez Jr., Joe Forte. Line: Hornets 8. -Mike James returns after missing Monday's win at Minnesota with the flu. -Peja Stojakovic and Sean Marks...

By Ivan Carter  |  March 11, 2009; 6:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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The Other Side: New Orleans Hornets

Can you believe they tried to get rid of me? (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images) A whole lot has been said and written about the New Orleans Hornets' botched attempt to send Tyson Chandler to Oklahoma City for Joe Smith and Chris Wilcox. I took a shot...

By Michael Lee  |  March 11, 2009; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  The Other Side  
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Wizards Report Card: Juan Dixon

Juan Dixon was a big part of the team's 110-99 win at Minnesota Monday night as the veteran guard played some critical fourth-quarter minutes and helped put the game away with two late buckets and three free throws. It was the kind of role Dixon fully expected for himself...

By Ivan Carter  |  March 11, 2009; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Wizards Report Card  
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Whom Should the Wizards Draft?

Michael Lee wrote an article about Blake Griffin for tomorrow's newspaper, but it's on our Web site right now. We've asked before whom the Wizards should draft if they keep their first round draft pick, but it's time to revisit that topic again. What do you think? poll by twiigs.com...

By Alexa Steele  |  March 11, 2009; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
 
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Race to the Bottom (Update)

The Clippers (15-49) and Kings (14-50) helped their lottery chances last night with losses to Cleveland and Oklahoma City, respectively. The rankings: 1. Sacramento, 14-50 2. Wizards, 15-49 3. Clippers, 15-49. 4. Memphis, 16-46 5. Oklahoma City, 18-46 6. Minnesota, 18-46 Games of note tonight: the Wizards host New...

By Ivan Carter  |  March 11, 2009; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Race to the Bottom (18 Games Left)

It's appropriate, after the Wizards' win over the similarly snakebitten Timberwolves, to revisit The Race to the Bottom. Or, more literally, race for the most lotto balls. Through Monday night's games, the Kings are, uh, wearing the crown. The Wizards won but lost ground, if that makes any sense. 1....

By Keith McMillan  |  March 10, 2009; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (94)
 
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Wizards 110, T-Wolves 99

Wow, I've spent all season watching the Wiards lose and then came back to hometown tonight to witness an even worse situation with the Timberwolves. The Wizards won tonight and didn't have to play all that well to do it. After the Wizards took control late in the third quarter,...

By Ivan Carter  |  March 9, 2009; 11:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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Wizards (14-49) at Wolves (18-44), Mike James out

Wizards starters: Javaris Critttenton, Caron Butler, Darius Songaila, Antawn Jamison, Dominic McGuire. Timberwolves: Sebastian Telfair, Mike MIller, Jason Collins, Kevin Love, Ryan Gomes. Refs: Eddie F. Rush, David Guthrie, David Jones. Line: Minnesota by 4. -Mike James is out with the flu so Crittenton gets the start. -Talk about your...

By Ivan Carter  |  March 9, 2009; 7:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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The Other Side: Minnesota Timberwolves

What did I do to deserve this? Oh, yeah, I wasted Kevin Garnett's prime. (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images) Al Jefferson's season-ending knee injury on Feb. 8 has truly put the TimBER!!! in Timberwolves, as Minnesota has completely collapsed without its leading scorer and rebounder. The Timberwolves...

By Michael Lee  |  March 9, 2009; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The Other Side  
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Gut Feeling on Gilbert

As the Wizards continue winding down this brutal season, the two things on everyone's mind are Gilbert Arenas and the identity of the next head coach. As for Gilbert, who is not on the four-game trip that wraps up Monday night in Minneapolis, I don't think he's going to...

By Ivan Carter  |  March 9, 2009; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
 
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MMPG: The FourCast

LeBron, I've lived in Orlando, Los Angeles, Miami and now Phoenix. Could you seriously see me freezing my butt off in Cleveland? (Erik M. Lunsford/The Palm Beach Post) 1. New Orleans at Atlanta (Monday) Of note: Thanks to the arrival of Mike Bibby, the Atlanta Hawks have already made the...

By Michael Lee  |  March 9, 2009; 11:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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MMPG: Player of the Week

Deron Williams, Utah Jazz Carlos, is this dude trying to guard me? (AP Photo/Colin Braley) Deron Williams was slow to recover from an ankle injury that forced him to miss 13 of the first 15 games of the season, but it's safe to say that the fourth-year point guard has...

By Michael Lee  |  March 9, 2009; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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MMPG: Team of the Weak

Los Angeles Clippers Why am I here? (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images) The Los Angeles Clippers have lost five in a row -- the fourth losing streak of five or more games this season -- after falling to a decimated Indiana Pacers team on Saturday, which only...

By Michael Lee  |  March 9, 2009; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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MMPG: Team of the Week

Charlotte Bobcats I'm trying to take you guys up there. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) At times this season, the Charlotte Bobcats have looked like a team lacking vision and direction. They seemed to make a major trade almost every month, giving up on their former leading scorer (Jason Richardson)...

By Michael Lee  |  March 9, 2009; 9:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Monday Morning Point Guard

Which one of us is going to take over? (Reuters Photo) It's getting to be that time of the year, when the games start coming in rapid fire, the pressure rising to pipe-bursting levels, and the real contenders start to separate from the fake ones. In the Western Conference, where...

By Michael Lee  |  March 9, 2009; 8:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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