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Wizards Insider: November 29, 2009 - December 5, 2009

Mike James set to practice Monday, wants to play

Mike James walked off the practice court on Saturday and before heading into the locker room, James playfully started serving up light jabs to the wall with his hands. He showed no concern for his surgically repaired left hand and later said that he has been cleared to begin practicing...

By Michael Lee  |  December 5, 2009; 6:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Tags: Washington Wizards; NBA; Mike James; Earl Boykins; Mike Miller; Javaris Crittenton; DeShawn Stevenson; Flip Saunders  
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Raptors 109, Wizards 107

You can focus all you want on Gilbert Arenas missing an easy, point-blank layup in the closing seconds of overtime, but the Washington Wizards were really lucky to even be in position to beat the Toronto Raptors. If the Raptors were a good, which they are not, this game...

By Michael Lee  |  December 5, 2009; 12:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
 
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Raptors (7-13) at Wizards (7-10)

Wizards starters: Gilbert Arenas, Nick Young, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Brendan Haywood Raptors: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, Hedo Turkoglu, Chris Bosh, Andrea Bargnani Line: Wizards by 3.5 Gilbert Arenas was assessed a technical foul in Toronto on Tuesday when he missed a layup, partly because he felt someone had grabbed...

By Michael Lee  |  December 4, 2009; 6:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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The Other Side: Toronto Raptors

Watching this is making me ill. (Gregory Smith/The Associated Press) The Toronto Raptors have been stuck on seven wins for more than a week. The Raptors (7-13) have lost five games in a row, including a 106-102 loss to the Washington Wizards on Tuesday. They have lost six consecutive road...

By Michael Lee  |  December 4, 2009; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Players feed the hungry

Editor's note: Post staff writer Hamil Harris covered yesterday's food distribution at the D.C. Armory. The Washington Wizards and the Toronto Raptors helped to distribute 26 tractor trailor loads of food, clothes, personal items and toys during a massive holiday giveaway sponsored by the NBA Players Association and Feed The...

By Alexa Steele  |  December 4, 2009; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Boykins's big numbers

Statistics illustrate just how effective Earl Boykins has been for the Wizards, who are 5-4 since he joined the team. Here's how he has performed in the fourth quarter: Opp. Pts. Ast. Result Pistons 6 1 Lost, 106-103 Cavaliers 9 2 Won, 108-91 Thunder 11 0 Lost, 127-108 Spurs 8...

By Alexa Steele  |  December 4, 2009; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Morning brew

In this morning's newspaper, Michael Lee notes that Earl Boykins has become the Wizards' closer. Mike Jones of the Washington Times makes a similar observation. Here are post-Bucks-game notes from Bullets Forever's Mike Prada. In the wake of all the Tiger Woods news the last week, CNN.com has a story...

By Alexa Steele  |  December 4, 2009; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Morning brew  
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Blatche quietly contributes to last two wins

He looked helpless, frustrated and confused late in the third quarter against the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday. Andray Blatche stepped in front of Hedo Turkoglu, was called for his fifth foul and he froze in his tracks. He took several deep breaths, lowered his head, then feebly asked the referee,...

By Michael Lee  |  December 3, 2009; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
 
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Morning brew

Earl Boykins came up big for the Wizards last night in their 104-102 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. Here are Michael Lee's game story and his postgame wrap-up. Mike Jones at the Washington Times also focused on "M-V-P" Boykins. (Let's send some positive thoughts to our friends at the Times....

By Alexa Steele  |  December 3, 2009; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Wizards 104, Bucks 102 [UPDATED]

The Washington Wizards have suffered two agonizing losses in the closing seconds this season -- dropping games to Miami and Detroit that they likely should've won -- so they were grateful to come out ahead against the Milwaukee Bucks, no matter how gruesome the final minutes may have played...

By Michael Lee  |  December 3, 2009; 12:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
 
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Bucks (9-7) at Wizards (6-10)

Wizards starters: Gilbert Arenas, Nick Young, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Brendan Haywood Bucks: Brandon Jennings, Charlie Bell, Andrew Bogut, Carlos Delfino, Ersan Iyasova Line: Wizards by 3 Coach Flip Saunders is slowly beginning to learn about his new surroundings, but that doesn't mean that he is willing to accept all...

By Michael Lee  |  December 2, 2009; 6:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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The Other Side: Milwaukee Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks were expected to be among the dregs of the league, with the team letting free agents Charlie Villanueva and Ramon Sessions walk for nothing, making a risky draft choice with some kid who put up mediocre numbers in Italy and opening the season with an injured all-star...

By Michael Lee  |  December 2, 2009; 3:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Morning brew

Last night Antawn Jamison led the Wizards to a 106-102 win over the Toronto Raptors. Here are Michael Lee's game story and postgame wrap-up. The Washington Times' Mike Jones was also on hand. Bullets Forever's Mike Prada's immediate reaction to the 6-10!! Wizards was to note the gradual progress the...

By Alexa Steele  |  December 2, 2009; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
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Wizards 106, Raptors 102

Well, at least the Wizards started out December much better than they finished November. In defeating the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday, they were solid defensively and effective offensively in the fourth quarter, bouncing back from a poor performance against Charlotte. Funny how things don't look so bad after a...

By Michael Lee  |  December 1, 2009; 11:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
 
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Wizards (5-10) at Raptors (7-11)

Wizards starters: Gilbert Arenas, Nick Young, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Brendan Haywood Raptors: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, Hedo Turkoglu, Chris Bosh, Andrea Bargnani Line: Raptors by 6.5 Javaris Crittenton is moving closer to a return. Crittenton, the third-year point guard, has been sidelined with a left foot injury since training...

By Michael Lee  |  December 1, 2009; 6:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Will December be the Wizards' month?

How bad is the Eastern Conference this season? The Washington Wizards (5-10) are just one game out of the eighth spot in the East as they get set to kick off the month of December on Tuesday in Toronto. The Wizards are hopeful that the worst is behind them, after...

By Michael Lee  |  December 1, 2009; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Morning brew

Before we get into the usual assortment of links on this game day, we wanted to throw this one out there that came up on our radar Monday afternoon. ESPN.com's True Hoop blog weighed in on the Tiger Woods story (you might have heard about it) and the fuss being...

By Alexa Steele  |  December 1, 2009; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Morning brew  | Tags: Gilbert Arenas; Washington Wizards; NBA; Toronto Raptors; Tiger Woods; DeShawn Stevenson  
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Saunders, Jamison advise Arenas to be patient

Gilbert Arenas has topped 20 points just once in the past seven games after scoring 20 or more points in seven of his first eight games. The decline in production has been especially noticeable the past two games, as Arenas has failed to reach double digits and scored a total...

By Michael Lee  |  November 30, 2009; 8:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
Tags: Washington Wizards; NBA; Gilbert Arenas; Antawn Jamison; Flip Saunders  
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'Remembering Abe' set for 7 p.m. Dec. 8

Washington Sports and Entertainment has released a few more details about Abe Pollin's public memorial service. From the news release: On Tuesday, December 8th, 2009 at seven o'clock in the evening the Washington Wizards and Washington Sports & Entertainment will host an open public memorial for Abe Pollin, who passed...

By Alexa Steele  |  November 30, 2009; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Book Review: 'The Book of Basketball'

Let me start by saying that I am a fan of Bill Simmons's work. I read his columns. I download his podcasts. Which I realize only makes me like millions of others who have made him one of the most influential people in sports media. Point is, "The Book of...

By Ed Guzman  |  November 30, 2009; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Tags: Bill Simmons; book review; "The Book of Basketball"; NBA; Michael Jordan; Kobe Bryant  
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Morning brew [Updated]

As the Wizards get ready to head north to play the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday, Michael Lee takes a look at the Wizards' state of mind after they closed out their November schedule with an awful home loss to the Bobcats. Mike Jones of the Washington Times focuses on Gilbert...

By Ed Guzman  |  November 30, 2009; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Morning brew  | Tags: Washington Wizards; NBA; Toronto Raptors; Gilbert Arenas; Lawrence Frank; New Jersey Nets  
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