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Wizards Insider: October 25, 2009 - October 31, 2009

Wizards 123, Nets 104 [UPDATED]

Andray Blatche put on his dark blade shades, slipped his charcoal jacket with white pin stripes over his burgundy shirt and had to absorb some heckling from his teammates. "See," Blatche said, "it's hard trying to look good." Although his teammates questioned Blatche's taste in clothing, there was no...

By Michael Lee  |  October 31, 2009; 11:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
 
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Home Opener: Nets (0-2) at Wizards (1-1), Butler Out

Wizards starters: Gilbert Arenas, Mike Miller, Caron Butler, Fabricio Oberto, Brendan Haywood Nets: Rafer Alston, Courtney Lee, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Yi Jianlian, Brook Lopez Line: Wizards by 6.5. Caron Butler is out with a bruised left knee, but Coach Flip Saunders said he is expected to be back on the floor...

By Michael Lee  |  October 31, 2009; 4:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
 
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The Other Side: New Jersey Nets

I'm supposed to have teammates, right? (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images) The Wizards miserable season started with a 95-85 loss to the New Jersey Nets last October. At the time, it appeared to be an upset, until the Wizards kept spiraling toward the bottom of the Eastern...

By Michael Lee  |  October 31, 2009; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Picture this: You in a Halloween costume

Are you going to the Wizards' home opener later today? If so, please share photos of yourself and your friends at the game, preferably in creative costumes. We will post a gallery of submissions online....

By Alexa Steele  |  October 31, 2009; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Morning brew, weekend edition

Alexa Steele, our NBA editor, pointed out that I failed to introduce myself in my first Morning brew post following Tuesday's season opener. So by way of introduction, I'm Ed Guzman, the night NBA editor. I'm an L.A. native and I've been at the Post for nearly four years after...

By Ed Guzman  |  October 31, 2009; 2:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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Hawks 100, Wizards 89

Well, you don't have to worry about the Wizards going 82-0 this season. But you might have to worry about how many players the Wizards have left at the end of the season. It might not be anything serious, but it was not a good sign late in the...

By Michael Lee  |  October 31, 2009; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Wizards (1-0) at Hawks (1-0)

Wizards starters: Gilbert Arenas, Mike Miller, Caron Butler, Fabricio Oberto, Brendan Haywood Hawks: Mike Bibby, Joe Johnson, Marvin Williams, Josh Smith, Al Horford Line: Hawks by 6. You already know that the Wizards exercised the fourth-year and third-year options on shooting guard Nick Young and center JaVale McGee, respectively, which...

By Michael Lee  |  October 30, 2009; 7:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
 
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Wizards exercise options on Young, McGee

The team has exercised its options on guard Nick Young and center/forward JaVale McGee. From the news release: Under the terms of the NBA's collective bargaining agreement, the first two years of a first round draft pick's contract are guaranteed while the third and fourth year of the contract are...

By Alexa Steele  |  October 30, 2009; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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The Other Side: Atlanta Hawks

Come fly with me. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images) The Washington Wizards played a big role in helping the Hawks record their best record this decade last season. They lost all four games. But with Gilbert Arenas back and a new coach in Flip Saunders, many expect...

By Michael Lee  |  October 30, 2009; 2:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Morning brew

In this morning's newspaper, Josh Barr (pinch-hitting for Michael Lee, who had a day off) reports on how the Wizards are counting on Andray Blatche and Fabricio Oberto, and for this blog, on Javaris Crittenton's exploratory surgery. * Mike Jones writes for the Washington Times that the season opener provided...

By Alexa Steele  |  October 30, 2009; 9:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Picture Yourself, on Halloween

Are you going to the Wizards' home opener on Saturday -- which happens to be Halloween? If so, please share photos of yourself and your friends at the game, preferably in creative costumes. We will post a gallery of submissions online....

By Alexa Steele  |  October 29, 2009; 9:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Crittenton undergoes exploratory surgery

Reserve point guard Javaris Crittenton revealed after practice today that he had exploratory surgery last Friday on his left foot and will be out at least another month. It was tough not to notice Crittenton, who was using crutches to walk down a hallway outside the Verizon Center practice court,...

By Alexa Steele  |  October 29, 2009; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
 
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Morning brew

Michael Lee wrote about Gilbert Arenas's reemergence for this morning's newspaper. And he blogged about why Nick Young didn't play in the season opeaner. * In the Washington Times, Mike Jones says Randy Foye and Fabricio Oberto add balance to the Wizards, and columnist Tom Knott called the season opener...

By Alexa Steele  |  October 29, 2009; 9:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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Young lost in the shuffle

Lost in the euphoria of the Wizards' surprising 102-91 road win over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday was that Flip Saunders appears to have settled on a rotation -- and that doesn't bode well for youngsters and summer league superstars Nick Young and JaVale McGee. Young got his first DNP-Coach's...

By Michael Lee  |  October 28, 2009; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (108)
 
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Morning brew

We know it's only one game, but the obvious question for Wizards fans: Was that game as good for you as it was for Gilbert Arenas? Check out Michael Lee's postgame thoughts (spoken and written) following Washington's 102-91 win over Dallas. Arenas showed he was more than ready, scoring 29...

By Ed Guzman  |  October 28, 2009; 9:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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Wizards 102, Mavericks 91

After a game like that, it's really hard to pinpoint who was most responsible in leading the Wizards to victory in the first game of the Flip Saunders era. It's easy to credit Gilbert Arenas, who had 29 points and 9 assists in his first season opener in two...

By Michael Lee  |  October 28, 2009; 1:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
 
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2009-10 Season Opener, Wizards at Dallas

Wizards (0-0) at Mavericks (0-0) Wizards starters: Gilbert Arenas, Mike Miller, Caron Butler, Fabricio Oberto, Brendan Haywood Mavericks: Jason Kidd, Quinton Ross, Shawn Marion, Dirk Nowitzki, Erick Dampier Line: Mavericks by 8. With Antawn Jamison out the first couple of weeks, Flip Saunders decided to go with Mike Miller as...

By Michael Lee  |  October 27, 2009; 8:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (170)
 
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Morning brew

(Yes, we changed it from buzz to brew.) Depressed about the Redskins? Well for contrast, read Michael Lee's story from this morning's newspaper, in which he writes about the Wizards' boundless optimism as they prepare for tonight's season opener at Dallas. * The Washington Times's Mike Jones also wrote about...

By Alexa Steele  |  October 27, 2009; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Davis claims 15th spot

The Wizards concluded their final practice before the regular season debut in Dallas on Tuesday and Coach Flip Saunders announced that the team would enter the year with 15 players, meaning that longshot big man Paul Davis was able to hold on. Davis's ability to beat the odds can be...

By Michael Lee  |  October 26, 2009; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
 
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Morning buzz

Michael Lee's been busy. Here's a report from yesterday's practice, which describes how tough the first 15 games of the season could be for the Wizards. And here is his story from Sunday's newspaper about Gilbert Arenas's latest incarnation. Plus he wrote Wizards player and coach bios, and top NBA...

By Alexa Steele  |  October 26, 2009; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
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Wizards start season with tough 15 games

The Wizards got out of practice later than usual on Sunday, with the team making its final preparations for the regular season debut Tuesday in Dallas. The preseason ended with the Wizards going 4-4 and showing that despite the upgrades in talent and depth, it takes time for everything to...

By Michael Lee  |  October 25, 2009; 6:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
 
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