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Wizards Insider: November 22, 2009 - November 28, 2009

Bobcats 92, Wizards 76

It's one thing for the Wizards (5-10) to have a losing record after the first month of the season. It's another thing that the Wizards have been hammered in almost all of their losses this season. They have lost eight games by double digits this season, with the last...

By Michael Lee  |  November 28, 2009; 11:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (102)
 
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Bobcats (6-9) at Wizards (5-9)

Wizards starters: Gilbert Arenas, Nick Young, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Brendan Haywood Bobcats: Raymond Felton, Stephen Jackson, Tyson Chandler, Boris Diaw, Gerald Wallace Line: Wizards by 4 This is a matchup of two teams that are trying to bounce back from early season slumps. The Bobcats have won three in...

By Michael Lee  |  November 28, 2009; 6:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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The Other Side: Charlotte Bobcats

It's been a while since we've seen each other, Gilbert. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images) The two hottest teams in the Southeast Division -- believe it or not, it's true -- will meet at Verizon Center tonight. Like the Washington Wizards, the Charlotte Bobcats started the season...

By Michael Lee  |  November 28, 2009; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Morning brew, weekend edition

The Wizards kept it going on Friday, and Michael Lee was on hand for their 94-84 victory over the Heat in Miami. Antawn Jamison, who missed the Wizards' first two games against Miami, proved to be the missing ingredient, with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Nick Young also stood out,...

By Ed Guzman  |  November 28, 2009; 8:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Tags: Washington Wizards; NBA; Miami Heat; Antawn Jamison; Nick Young; Dwyane Wade; Carmelo Anthony  
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Wizards 94, Heat 84

Just scrolling down the box score from Friday's game, a few things stand out. First, Nick Young had more shot attempts (23) than Antawn Jamison (20) and Dwyane Wade (19) and Gilbert Arenas and Caron Butler combined (16). Second, Wade only attempted seven free throws. And third, the Wizards...

By Michael Lee  |  November 28, 2009; 12:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Wizards (4-9) at Heat (9-5)

Wizards starters: Gilbert Arenas, Nick Young, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Brendan Haywood Heat: Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, James Jones, Michael Beasley, Jermaine O'Neal Line: Heat by 7 Caron Butler tested his sore right ankle in shootaround and is set to give it a go after missing Tuesday's game against Philadelphia....

By Michael Lee  |  November 27, 2009; 6:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (99)
 
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The Other Side: Miami Heat

Will the third time be the charm? The Washington Wizards lost their two first games against the Miami Heat this month, with Dwyane Wade erupting for 81 combined points and Gilbert Arenas having two games he'd rather forget. I feel another 40 coming on. (Photo by Isaac Baldizon/Getty Images) Arenas...

By Michael Lee  |  November 27, 2009; 2:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Morning brew, Thanksgiving edition

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. If you're looking for a break from football (or family) today, we've got some stuff here to look over. In Thursday's Post, Michael Lee takes the temperature of the team after its practice Wednesday, with Caron Butler expressing hope that Abe Pollin's death can serve as a...

By Ed Guzman  |  November 26, 2009; 8:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Morning brew  | Tags: Washington Wizards; NBA; Abe Pollin; Gilbert Arenas; Caron Butler; Allen Iverson  
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Morning brew

Plenty to digest from an emotional Tuesday for the Wizards franchise. For complete coverage of the passing of owner Abe Pollin, go to this splash page. We won't link to every single story here. It's all on the splash page. Take our word for it. From Steinberg's Bog: Agent Zero's...

By Ed Guzman  |  November 25, 2009; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  Morning brew  | Tags: Abe Pollin; Washington Wizards; NBA  
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Wizards 108, 76ers 107

On a night like tonight, basketball games, locker room feuds and the return of a former coach all seemed quite trivial. Abe Pollin, the patriarch of the Washington Wizards died on Tuesday afternoon, creating an emotional and somber tone as the players were informed only a few minutes before...

By Michael Lee  |  November 25, 2009; 12:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
 
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Reactions to Pollin's death [Updated]

NBA Commissioner David Stern: "With Abe Pollin's passing, the NBA family has lost its most revered member, whose stewardship of the Wizards franchise, together with his wife Irene, has been a study in unparalleled dedication to the city of Washington. During his illness he fought with a determination and valor...

By Alexa Steele  |  November 24, 2009; 5:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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Longtime Wizards owner Abe Pollin has passed

The only majority owner in the history of the Washington Wizards died on Tuesday at age 85. The Wizards just released a statement: Washington, D.C. - Washington Sports & Entertainment Chairman Abe Pollin passed away earlier today. Further details will be released through Washington Sports & Entertainment as they become...

By Michael Lee  |  November 24, 2009; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
 
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The Other Side: Philadelphia 76ers

You got there. No, go there. Uh, where are you going? (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Eddie Jordan's current team has a better record than his former team, but that doesn't mean all is well for him in Philadelphia. The 76ers (5-8) have lost their last two games in a row as...

By Michael Lee  |  November 24, 2009; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Wizards reunite with Jordan

Miss me? (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) The locker room callouts about "egos" and "hidden agendas" and the recent spat involving Gilbert Arenas and Caron Butler have overshadowed what the dominant theme of this game was expected to be: the reunion of Eddie Jordan and the Washington Wizards -- on the anniversary...

By Michael Lee  |  November 24, 2009; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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Morning brew

Yes, we're aware there's a game tonight. Might have been easy to forget in light of all the Gilbert Arenas-Caron Butler news. Michael Lee covers it for the paper, which gave it some attention on the sports front page of the dead-tree version of our enterprise. Mr. Lee also put...

By Ed Guzman  |  November 24, 2009; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Morning brew  | Tags: Caron Butler, Eddie Jordan; NBA; Washington Wizards; Philadelphia 76ers; Michael Lee; Mike Jones, Gilbert Arenas  
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Arenas, Butler talk and claim to resolve differences

I wanted to give you guys an update on what happened since my last blog post. The drama with these Wizards has to be charted in real time, it seems. I spoke with Caron Butler shortly after I wrote about how Gilbert Arenas said that 14 of the 15 players...

By Michael Lee  |  November 23, 2009; 10:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
 
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Miller and Butler hurting, Young starting, Arenas talking

The Wizards will possibly be without two starters when they welcome back Eddie Jordan on Tuesday. The team is still waiting on the results of MRIs on Mike Miller's right calf and Caron Butler's right foot. Butler didn't practice on Monday and is questionable after playing with through the injury...

By Michael Lee  |  November 23, 2009; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
 
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Morning brew

Well, you knew it would take something special for the Wizards to get noticed on a weekend when they played a time zone away and local fans were getting geared up for Dallas Week. And of course, it couldn't be on the court. That would be too easy. How about...

By Ed Guzman  |  November 23, 2009; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
Categories:  Morning brew  | Tags: Brendan Haywood, Gilbert Arenas, Michael Lee, NBA, New Jersey Nets, Norman Chad, Washington Wizards  
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Agent ego?

I wasn't able to completely delve into the rising dissension in the Wizards' locker room, but I decided to use this forum to go a little deeper than what I could in the newspaper. You already know by now that Brendan Haywood and Gilbert Arenas made some interesting comments after the team suffered a 22-point loss in San Antonio.

By Michael Lee  |  November 22, 2009; 10:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (99)
Tags: Agent Zero, Brendan Haywood, Gilbert Arenas, NBA, Washington Wizards, ego  
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Morning brew, Sunday brunch edition (UPDATED)

The ugliness continued for the Wizards Saturday night against the Spurs. And based on the scenes Michael Lee witnessed during Washington's 106-84 loss to San Antonio, it's not going to get better any time soon. All of this ended too late to make many dead-tree versions of The Post (thank...

By Ed Guzman  |  November 22, 2009; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (121)
Categories:  Morning brew  | Tags: Gilbert Arenas, NBA, San Antonio Spurs, Washington WIzards  
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Spurs 106, Wizards 84

Sorry about the delay on the video and the blog. Similar to the Washington Wizards, I was experiencing some technical difficulties at the AT&T Center. How can you have jacked up wireless service at a building named after a phone company? As for the game, there was one image...

By Michael Lee  |  November 22, 2009; 1:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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