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

Morning brew

To borrow Michael Lee's phrase from his postgame thoughts, Friday night's game will be remembered for the Wrath of Tawn. Nothing pretty about the 102-86 loss to the Pacers in Indianapolis. Antawn Jamison, to his credit, spoke up and let his teammates have it. But other than that, there wasn't...

By Ed Guzman  |  November 7, 2009; 7:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
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Pacers 102, Wizards 86

Simple question: What happened out there? Andray Blatche buttoned his shirt, pondered his answer, but the words couldn't come out. He threw on his black bubble-vest coat, still struggling to explain the most troubling loss of the season for a Washington Wizards team that entered this season with high...

By Michael Lee  |  November 7, 2009; 12:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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Wizards (2-3) at Pacers (1-3)

Wizards starters: Gilbert Arenas, Nick Young, Caron Butler, Fabricio Oberto, Brendan Haywood Pacers: T.J. Ford, Brandon Rush, Dahntay Jones, Danny Granger, Roy Hibbert Line: Pacers by 1.5. Shaquille O'Neal's hard foul on DeShawn Stevenson has officially been upgraded to a flagrant one penalty foul. O'Neal flattened Stevenson in the second...

By Michael Lee  |  November 6, 2009; 6:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
 
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The Other Side: Indiana Pacers

Like the Wizards, Indiana (1-3) has been dealing with injuries early in the season, with Mike Dunleavy still recovering from right knee surgery and Troy Murphy going down on Tuesday with a bruised lower back. The Pacers are coming off their first win of the season, defeating the New York...

By Michael Lee  |  November 6, 2009; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Nick Young to start vs. Indiana

In a rather surprising move, Wizards Coach Flip Saunders has decided to insert Nick Young into the starting lineup against Indiana in place of the injured Mike Miller. Miller sprained his left shoulder during the Wizards' 93-89 loss against the Miami Heat on Wednesday and isn't expected to return until...

By Michael Lee  |  November 6, 2009; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Book review: 'When the Game Was Ours'

Magic Johnson and Larry Bird are iconic figures in NBA history. Long-time Wizards fans are no strangers to their last-second heroics and impossible shots. Their story (singular, since they will always be tied together) is immensely familiar and has been told many, many times in print and on video. So...

By Ed Guzman  |  November 6, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Tags: Magic Johnson; Larry Bird; NBA; Jackie MacMullan; When the Game Was Ours; book review  
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Morning brew

In this morning's newspaper, Michael Lee writes about how the Wizards' offense is not flowing. And here on the blog he asks if Mike Miller should have returned to Wednesday's game after hurting his shoulder. Also, DC Sports Bog notes that the Wizards' television ratings are up this season. In...

By Alexa Steele  |  November 6, 2009; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Mike Miller's return causes more pain

Oooh...ah. No, that really hurts. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images) There were a number of troubling developments from the game last night, but the most glaring was the sight of Mike Miller cringing and grimacing as he sprinted off the floor with a left shoulder injury. Miller is...

By Michael Lee  |  November 5, 2009; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
 
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Morning brew

We had a double dose of Michael on hand for Wednesday night's 93-89 loss to the Miami Heat. Lee not only wrote the game story, but he also gave us the big picture in his postgame blog post. Meantime, Wilbon writes about Dwyane Wade, who dropped 40, while also taking...

By Ed Guzman  |  November 5, 2009; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
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Heat 93, Wizards 89

Flip Saunders thought the final minute of the game wasn't as important as the first nine minutes, when the Washington Wizards sleepwalked, turned into spectators to the Dwyane Wade show and found themselves down by 19 points. But even after that miserable start, the Wizards were in position to...

By Michael Lee  |  November 5, 2009; 12:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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Heat (3-1) at Wizards (2-2)

Wizards starters: Gilbert Arenas, Mike Miller, Caron Butler, Fabricio Oberto, Brendan Haywood Heat: Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, Quentin Richardson, Michael Beasley, Jermaine O'Neal Line: Wizards by 2.5. According to two league sources, the NBA will upgrade Shaquille O'Neal's crushing personal foul against DeShawn Stevenson to a flagrant foul. With the...

By Michael Lee  |  November 4, 2009; 6:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
 
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The Other Side: Miami Heat

If you want me to inspire you, Wizards, I will. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images) The Miami Heat is a walking billboard for what the Washington Wizards want to accomplish: Want to go from putrid to the playoffs? Follow these steps. First, hire a new coach. Next, have your all-star...

By Michael Lee  |  November 4, 2009; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Going to tonight's game?

Please submit photos to our Wizards Fan Gallery. There are some pretty funny ones on there from Halloween's home opener. Also, the "NBA on ESPN RV Tour," a promotion for ABC and ESPN, will be at Verizon Center today. Maybe you can get some free stuff. From the news release:...

By Alexa Steele  |  November 4, 2009; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Morning brew [Updated]

Well, then... As Mike Miller said in Michael Lee's game story, "it's a 48-minute game. They played all 48." They, of course, are the Cleveland Cavaliers, who absorbed a massive haymaker from the Wizards and completed a 30-point turnaround to win, 102-90. Plenty to chew on as the Wizards fell...

By Ed Guzman  |  November 4, 2009; 8:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
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Cavaliers 102, Wizards 90 [UPDATED]

The Washington Wizards had a number of places where they wanted to affix the blame after a disappointing loss in Cleveland. Brendan Haywood targeted the referees, who put the Wizards in a compromising position after they allowed Shaquille O'Neal to turn back the clock, clock the Wizards and send...

By Michael Lee  |  November 4, 2009; 12:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
 
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Wizards (2-1) at Cavaliers (2-2)

Wizards starters: Gilbert Arenas, Mike Miller, Caron Butler, Fabricio Oberto, Brendan Haywood Cavaliers: Mo Williams, Anthony Parker, LeBron James, Anderson Varejao, Shaquille O'Neal Line: Cavaliers by 11.5. The last time he was in Cleveland, Antawn Jamison left the Quicken Loans Arena wearing a sling after a collision with Cavaliers center...

By Michael Lee  |  November 3, 2009; 6:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
 
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The Other Side: Cleveland Cavaliers

What? Are we really looking up at the Wizards in the standings? (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images) The Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers meet for the first time this season, rekindling a competitive environment that some would call a rivalry. Dan Steinberg wrote all about it on...

By Michael Lee  |  November 3, 2009; 3:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Morning brew

Plenty to take in on a big game day, so let's get right to it ... Caron Butler says he's "ready to play, man," which Michael Lee covers in his off-day story previewing the Wizards' early-season showdown with the Cavaliers in Cleveland. And speaking of the showdown, the Sports Bog...

By Ed Guzman  |  November 3, 2009; 9:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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Halloween photos

Did you attend the Wizards' home opener on Saturday? If so, please share photos of yourself and your friends at the game, preferably in creative costumes. As of Monday afternoon, four photos have been submitted. Let's see some Gilbert masks!...

By Alexa Steele  |  November 2, 2009; 9:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Foye is fine about not getting an extension

Randy Foye was one of several members of the 2006 draft class who weren't able to negotiate extensions before the midnight deadline early Monday. Foye confirmed that his representatives had discussions with the Wizards, but they couldn't come to an agreement. A person familiar with the negotiations said the two...

By Michael Lee  |  November 2, 2009; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
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Trade with Minnesota looking good so far

We told you, you'd like this deal. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post) Did you realize that Mike Miller is leading the Wizards in rebounding? I was looking at the stats after the first three games and noticed that Miller has a team-high 29 rebounds, with 21 coming in...

By Michael Lee  |  November 2, 2009; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
 
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Morning brew [Updated]

The Wizards have some time to get ready for Tuesday's game at Cleveland, and in Monday's Post, Michael Lee writes about the team's newfound depth and defensive intensity. In short, it's been refreshing to see the Wizards not have a huge dropoff when the latest injuries hit. A couple of...

By Ed Guzman  |  November 2, 2009; 8:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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Morning brew, daylight savings time edition

Did Gilbert Arenas have a turn-back-the-clock moment on Saturday in the Wizards' home opener? Or were we the only ones turning back the clock as daylight savings time came to an end? In any event, Michael Lee was on hand to watch Arenas score 32 points, his first 30-point game...

By Ed Guzman  |  November 1, 2009; 7:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
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