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

The Other Side: Phoenix Suns

Thanks, fellas. An old man like me doesn't get around like I used to. (Photo by Ross D. Franklin/NBAE via Getty Images) Remember when Fun 'N Gun got buried? Terry Porter came in this season, eliminated Mike D'Antoni's "Seven Seconds Or Less" offense and brought a more predictable offense that...

By Michael Lee  |  March 21, 2009; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Wizards at Nuggets

It is very likely that Juan DIxon and Caron Butler will not be available tonight as the Wizards continue a four-game road trip at Denver. Dixon aggravated his achilles tendon against the Clippers the other night while Bulter continues to be bothered by tightness in that hamstring. The absence...

By Ivan Carter  |  March 20, 2009; 5:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Draft Watch

Mind you, Blake Griffin is still a college underclassman and has not declared himself for the NBA draft, but he is the consensus pick for national player of the year and the potential top pick this June. So, with the Washington Wizards holding a 20 percent chance of earning the...

By Michael Lee  |  March 20, 2009; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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The Other Side: Denver Nuggets

See this smile? It's because we started winning again. Imagine if I finally get out of the first round. (Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images) It was all bad about a week ago -- or so it seemed. The season was collapsing on the Denver Nuggets, who were in...

By Michael Lee  |  March 20, 2009; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Butler, Dixon Updates

Caron Butler, who has missed the last three games with a left hamstring injury, and Juan Dixon, who left last night's loss to the Clippers with tightness in his achilles tendon, will be evaluated tomorrow and are listed as day-to-day. The Wizards did not practice today. No real update...

By Ivan Carter  |  March 19, 2009; 4:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
 
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Making It Drizzle?

See, Dom. If you guys want to get your form right from long distance, this is how. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images) Quick question: Who leads the Washington Wizards in three-point shooting? (Go ahead, guess. I bet you won't get it right) The answer: Dominic McGuire. Yep, Mr....

By Michael Lee  |  March 19, 2009; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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Thursday Update: A Mind-Numbing Loss

Enjoy the NCAA tournament while scouting possible future Wizards, folks! As for last night's loss to the Clippers, there really isn't much new to say. The Wiz came out and played some really strong ball early on but fell apart defensively late and were beaten by one of the...

By Ivan Carter  |  March 19, 2009; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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Wizards-Clippers In-Game Thread

From the stuff-you-already-know dept.: Wizards are 16-52. Clippers are 16-51. Somebody's about to get win No. 17 tonight, which is good in the NFL, not so good this deep into an NBA season. The floor is yours to rap about tonight's game. Keep an eye out for game-time decision Caron...

By Keith McMillan  |  March 18, 2009; 10:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Tags: Butler, Clippers, futility, in-game  
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The Other Side: Los Angeles Clippers

We won! I'm so happy I could just ... um, sorry, I'm not used to this ... slap you on the head! (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images) In the midst of another dreadful, frustrating and forgettable season in Clipper Land, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling decided to...

By Michael Lee  |  March 18, 2009; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Butler Update, Lottery Bowl II

Caron Butler, who is traveling with the team on its four-game road trip, did not play last night and will be a game-time decision for tonight's game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Butler has been bothered by tightness in his hamstring all month. As for tonight, Wiz fans have...

By Ivan Carter  |  March 18, 2009; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Race to the Bottom (14 Games Left)

The Wizards remain the 2nd worst team in the league and are 16-52 after last night's loss to Utah. Tonight they face a fellow "Race to the Bottom" contestant, the 16-51 Los Angeles Clippers. The rankings: 1. Sacramento, 14-53 2. Wizards, 16-52 3. Clippers, 16-51 4. Memphis, 17-49 5. Oklahoma...

By Alexa Steele  |  March 18, 2009; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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Road Trip: One Down, Three to Go

Given the 9 p.m. tipoff and the fact the Wizards fell behind by 10 in the first quarter and never really made a run, if you watched last night, you get the Wizards Insider Die-Hard Fan Award. Given that you could've been following George Mason's thrilling finish at Penn State,...

By Keith McMillan  |  March 18, 2009; 1:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Tags: Butler, Etan Thomas, Pecherov  
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Wizards Report Card: Etan Thomas

Etan Thomas worked incredibly hard to get back into basketball condition after undergoing open heart surgery early last season but had his comeback cut short by a knee injury and has now essentially lost two seasons. He appeared in 26 games with seven starts and wound up averaging 3.1...

By Ivan Carter  |  March 17, 2009; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
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Wizards/NBA Chat at 11

Ivan Carter is online now chatting about the Wizards and the rest of the NBA. Washington (16-51) begins a four-game road trip tonight at Utah. In case you haven't heard, Ivan is a short-timer, so chat with him while you can....

By Alexa Steele  |  March 17, 2009; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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The Other Side: Utah Jazz

Can you believe we lost to the Wizards this season? (Photo by Victor Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images) You always remember the first one. Yes, it was Nov. 12 and the Washington Wizards were the only winless team in the NBA when the Utah Jazz came to town with a 5-1...

By Michael Lee  |  March 17, 2009; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Butler Update

Caron Butler underwent an MRI exam on his hamstring today that revealed no new information. He is with the team as it opens a four-game trip at Utah tomorrow night and is officially listed as day-to-day. Butler said he's been bothered by tightness in the hamstring for several weeks...

By Ivan Carter  |  March 16, 2009; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Monday Update: Waiting for Word on Butler

The team is flying to Salt Lake City this afternoon so there was no practice today. I'm still waiting for official word on Caron Butler's status but I don't think he's making the trip. He was scheduled to undergo an MRI on his hamstring today. I'll update when it's...

By Ivan Carter  |  March 16, 2009; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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MMPG: The FourCast

I might be coming back, Tim. You scared? (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images) 1. Houston at New Orleans (Monday) Of note: The Houston Rockets are third in the Western Conference, but they have just a ½ game lead over the fifth-place New Orleans Hornets. The teams split their first...

By Michael Lee  |  March 16, 2009; 12:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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MMPG: Player of the Week

LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers No baller can ball quite like I can ... Awww, I'm bad. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images) The reason LeBron James has been the front-runner for the league's most valuable player award is because he constantly does whatever is necessary for the Cleveland Cavaliers...

By Michael Lee  |  March 16, 2009; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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MMPG: Team of the Weak

Sacramento Kings I didn't ask to join this mess. Why are you picking on us? (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images) Amazingly, the Sacramento Kings have avoided receiving this (dis)honor all season although they own the league's worst record and worst roster. Despite getting Coach Reggie Theus fired and...

By Michael Lee  |  March 16, 2009; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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MMPG: Team of the Week

Atlanta Hawks We beat three of the best teams in the West. I'm shocked! (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images) During a particularly rough stretch of the season in late February and early March -- in which they lost seven of 10 games and Coach Mike Woodson and Josh...

By Michael Lee  |  March 16, 2009; 9:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Monday Morning Point Guard

I'm back in the spotlight with Kobe and Lebron. I'm in the debate for league's best player. But the guy on either the left or right of me will win MVP. (Photo By Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images) No matter how crowded the bandwagon has gotten over the past few weeks;...

By Michael Lee  |  March 16, 2009; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Wizards 106, Kings 104

Crazy finish. The Wiz escaped with a rare win and stayed out of the NBA basement thanks in part to referee Eli Roe who ruled that Francisco Garcia's foot was on the line on the long jumper Garcia made with 3.8 seconds left. The shot would've tied the game...

By Ivan Carter  |  March 15, 2009; 9:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
 
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Wizards (15-51) vs. Kings (14-51), Butler out

Injury update: Caron Butler is out (hamstring). He will likely have an MRI exam taken tomorrow and that will determine his status going forward. Don't be suprised if he doesn't make that four-game trip that opens Tuesday night in Salt Lake City. Wizards starters: Mike James, Dominic McGuire, Antawn Jamison,...

By Ivan Carter  |  March 15, 2009; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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The Other Side: Sacramento Kings

If I make this layup and no one notices, does it count? (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images) For those who think that the Washington Wizards have had it bad this season, at least they aren't the Sacramento Kings. This has been a completely horrendous season for the...

By Michael Lee  |  March 15, 2009; 10:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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