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

Pistons (4-4) at Wizards (2-6); Return of Agent Zero?

Wizards starters: Gilbert Arenas, Mike Miller, Caron Butler, Andray Blatche, Brendan Haywood Pistons: Rodney Stuckey, Ben Gordon, Jonas Jerebko, Charlie Villanueva, Ben Wallace Line: Wizards by 3½ Gilbert Arenas had an announcement to make as walked through the locker room on Saturday. Arenas lifted his headphones from his ears, smiled...

By Michael Lee  |  November 14, 2009; 6:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
 
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The Other Side: Detroit Pistons

Bynumite! It's on you, Earl. (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images) Who would've guessed that Flip Saunders would be looking up at the Detroit Pistons in the standings when he faced his former team for the first time? The new-look Pistons (4-4) are looking to win their third...

By Michael Lee  |  November 14, 2009; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Morning brew, weekend edition

Michael Lee's story in Saturday's Washington Post looks at the state of mind of Flip Saunders and reveals that Mike Miller and Antawn Jamison could be good to go for tonight's home game against the Pistons. Mike Jones of The Washington Times covers similar ground on the injury front. Truth...

By Ed Guzman  |  November 14, 2009; 7:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Jamison sits, Miller practices and reaction to D-Wade's dunk

Antawn Jamison missed practice again, with what Coach Flip Saunders described as a fever and headache. Jamison had to visit a doctor, Saunders said, adding that he wasn't sure if Jamison would be available on Saturday against the Detroit Pistons. Saunders said he would make a decision after shootaround about...

By Michael Lee  |  November 13, 2009; 2:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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Morning brew

Happy Friday the 13th! The Wizards welcomed veteran guard Earl Boykins with open arms yesterday. Michael Lee describes the "reunion" in today's newspaper. And on our blog, Caron Butler explains why he is still optimistic about this season. * The Washington Times' Mike Jones says Boykins feels right at home...

By Alexa Steele  |  November 13, 2009; 9:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Butler optimistic that things will turn around

The Wizards have numerous problems in the early part of the season, but in order to turn things around, the team will need more than just Antawn Jamison, Mike Miller and Randy Foye to come back healthy. They will also have to find some way for Caron Butler to find...

By Michael Lee  |  November 12, 2009; 7:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
 
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Morning brew

Michael Lee reports on the Wizards' point guard shortage for today's newspaper and introduces us to Earl Boykins. Here's the Washington Times's Mike Jones take on the Boykins signing. The DC Sport Bog gets into numerology and says the Wizards have made height historyagain. Here's more on Tuesday's game from...

By Alexa Steele  |  November 12, 2009; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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His name is Earl

When training camp began, the concern was what the Wizards were going to do with so many guards. They had a logjam and the battle for minutes was going to be so intense, blah blah blah. I guess we should've known that those problems would be handled the Wizards Way...

By Michael Lee  |  November 11, 2009; 10:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
 
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Report: Wizards to sign Boykins [Updated]

Marc Stein of ESPN.com is reporting that the guard-depleted Wizards plan to sign veteran Earl Boykins. Wizards guard Randy Foye sprained his right ankle during Tuesday's game against the Miami Heat. And guards Javaris Crittenton, Mike James and Mike Miller were already out with injuries. Boykins, 33, spent last season...

By Alexa Steele  |  November 11, 2009; 3:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
 
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Randy Foye will be listed as day to day

Randy Foye will be listed as day-to-day with a sprained right ankle. The Wizards will likely make a roster move to add another PG soon. More soon....

By Alexa Steele  |  November 11, 2009; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Morning brew

In an attempt to find the silver lining for Wizards fans, we offer this: The Wizards will play only one game over the next seven days, and it's at home (Saturday against Detroit). So they should have plenty of down time to heal (Randy Foye became the latest injury victim...

By Ed Guzman  |  November 11, 2009; 8:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
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Heat 90, Wizards 76 [UPDATED]

No matter what Flip Saunders might have said after the game about his team being fatigued, how a tough schedule has his players out of whack, the Washington Wizards could not have expected that they'd be 2-6 right now. They snuck a win in Dallas in the opener, beat...

By Michael Lee  |  November 11, 2009; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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Wizards (2-5) at Heat (5-1) [UPDATED]

Wizards starters: Gilbert Arenas, DeShawn Stevenson Caron Butler, Andray Blatche, Brendan Haywood Heat: Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, Quentin Richardson, Michael Beasley, Jermaine O'Neal Line: Heat by 9 ½ An hour before tipoff, the Wizards announced that Gilbert Arenas was going to miss his first game of season because of a...

By Michael Lee  |  November 10, 2009; 7:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
 
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Haywood left off all-star ballot

Maybe you're 13th best. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images) The NBA released its ballot for the 2010 All-Star Game on Tuesday and Gilbert Arenas, Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler represent the Washington Wizards. But chosen by a panel of six scribes who selected the 120 names, Brendan Haywood...

By Michael Lee  |  November 10, 2009; 4:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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The Other Side: Miami Heat

It's me again. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images) The Miami Heat and Washington Wizards will play the second of three games this month. Dwyane Wade scored a season-high 40 points, and made the go-ahead jumper, to lead the Heat to a 93-89 win last week at Verizon...

By Michael Lee  |  November 10, 2009; 2:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Morning brew

It's game day for the Wizards, and they'll be looking to avoid their fifth straight loss in Miami against the Heat. Last time they lost five in a row? March, when they had their seventh and final losing streak of at least five games of the 2008-09 season. Michael Lee...

By Ed Guzman  |  November 10, 2009; 8:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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Mike James to miss next five weeks with broken finger

Wizards assistant coach Sam Cassell emerged from the locker room last Saturday, covering in a full lather of sweat. He shouted, "I got him! I got him!" Cassell had just beaten Paul Davis in a game of one-on-one, 12-11, after coming back from a 7-1 deficit. Cassell shouted, "These guys...

By Michael Lee  |  November 9, 2009; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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Morning brew

The Wizards played at the same time as the Redskins on Sunday, and they ended up having more than just timing in common with the local football team. Like the Redskins, the Wizards lost their fourth in a row, this time 102-90 to the Phoenix Suns in Verizon Center. It...

By Ed Guzman  |  November 9, 2009; 3:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
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Suns 102, Wizards 90

Did you ever think you'd be in a situation where the problem with Washington was it's offense, not it's defense? That's where the Wizards are right now after they failed to score more than 90 points for the fourth game in a row. In those games, the Wizards are...

By Michael Lee  |  November 8, 2009; 6:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
 
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Suns (5-1) at Wizards (2-4)

Wizards starters: Gilbert Arenas, Randy Foye, Caron Butler, Fabricio Oberto, Brendan Haywood Suns: Steve Nash, Jason Richardson, Grant Hill, Amare Stoudemire, Channing Frye Line: Suns by 2. I'm still not sure who was responsible for breaking the fruit plate on Friday, but I can assure you that it wasn't Antawn...

By Michael Lee  |  November 8, 2009; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
 
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The Other Side: Phoenix Suns

Man, did you know Steve Nash could get up like that? (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images) The Washington Wizards will attempt to get back on track against the high-scoring once again Phoenix Suns. The Suns tried to abandon fun-and-gun when the acquired Shaquille O'Neal and later dumped...

By Michael Lee  |  November 8, 2009; 8:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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