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Wizards Insider: December 20, 2009 - December 26, 2009

Wizards (10-17) at Timberwolves (6-24), Catching up with Pecherov

Wizards starters: Gilbert Arenas, Randy Foye, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Brendan Haywood Timberwolves: Jonny Flynn, Corey Brewer, Damien Wilkins, Kevin Love, Al Jefferson Line: Wizards by 3 A lot has been made about the current Wizards and former Timberwolves returning to Minnesota tonight, but there actually is a former Wizard...

By Michael Lee  |  December 26, 2009; 7:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
 
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The Other Side: Minnesota Timberwolves

With Flip Saunders as head coach, the Washington Wizards will be linked to the Minnesota Timberwolves for some time. If/when Ricky Rubio finally comes to the NBA, possibly with the T-wolves, the pre-draft deal with Minnesota last summer involving the No. 5 pick will get heavy scrutiny. But as the...

By Michael Lee  |  December 26, 2009; 5:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Foye discusses return to Minnesota

In my story today on the Washington Wizardwolves, I touched on the mixed emotions that Randy Foye will be feeling when he hits the Target Center as an opposing player for the first time. Foye had a lot to say about tonight's game and how he had hoped to stay...

By Michael Lee  |  December 26, 2009; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Arenas getting probed for gun possession [UPDATED]

Gilbert Arenas is under investigation by the NBA and the Washington Wizards for possibly violating league rules because of alleged gun possession. CBSSports.com first reported the news, which was confirmed by a league source on Thursday afternoon. Arenas isn't expected to receive any criminal charges, according to the source. The...

By Michael Lee  |  December 24, 2009; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
 
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Wizards 109, Bucks 97 [UPDATED]

The Wizards know adversity all too well, but too often this season, they haven't shown the mental fortitude to overcome the obstacles placed in front of them. That wasn't the case on Wednesday night, as the Wizards watched the game start slipping away and then Gilbert Arenas suffering a...

By Michael Lee  |  December 24, 2009; 12:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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Wizards (9-17) at Bucks (12-14)

Wizards starters: Gilbert Arenas, Randy Foye, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Brendan Haywood Bucks: Brandon Jennings, Michael Redd, Andrew Bogut, Carlos Delfino, Ersan Iyasova Line: Bucks by 7 If anyone on the Wizards was excited about a late December game in Milwaukee, it had to be Caron Butler, who brought a...

By Michael Lee  |  December 23, 2009; 7:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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The Other Side: Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks aren't all about Brandon. Don't forget about Bogut, mate. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images) Former Buck Earl Boykins helped the Wizards snap a four-game losing streak to Milwaukee when he scored 11 fourth-quarter points in 104-102 win on Dec. 2. Bucks Coach Scott Skiles got...

By Michael Lee  |  December 23, 2009; 4:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Wizards' morning brew: benching the starters

Michael Lee describes the Wizards' 105-98 win over the 76ers, which included Gilbert Arenas scoring 31 points and Flip Saunders benching all of his starters during the third quarter. Truth About It also goes into detail about the mass benching. On his blog, Caron Butler says the Wizards are not...

By Alexa Steele  |  December 23, 2009; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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Wizards 105, 76ers 98

Dominic McGuire didn't know what was going on until Flip Saunders walked down the bench and pointed at McGuire, Earl Boykins, Nick Young, Andray Blatche and Fabricio Oberto telling them all to get in and replace his lethargic starting five, which was trailing by four points at the time....

By Michael Lee  |  December 23, 2009; 12:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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76ers (7-20) at Wizards (8-17)

Wizards starters: Gilbert Arenas, DeShawn Stevenson, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Brendan Haywood Sixers: Jrue Holiday, Willie Green, Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young, Samuel Dalembert Wizards by 1 Flip Saunders will use his 11th different starting lineup tonight and insert Randy Foye at shooting guard. Saunders said that he hopes that Foye...

By Michael Lee  |  December 22, 2009; 6:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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The Other Side: Philadelphia 76ers

I think there will be a few more fans at Verizon Center tonight. (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images) The last time Philadelphia came to Washington, on Nov. 24, Eddie Jordan's return was overshadowed by Abe Pollin's death earlier in the day. The Wizards used the emotion of...

By Michael Lee  |  December 22, 2009; 4:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Too early to judge the Wizards?

I wouldn't say we stink just yet. (Christian Petersen/NBAE via Getty Images) Former NFL Coach Bill Parcells once said, "You are what your record says you are." And that isn't good for the Washington Wizards, who have won just eight of their first 25 games and still have the...

By Michael Lee  |  December 22, 2009; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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Wizards' morning brew: a return to Foye?

As the Washington Wizards get set to host the Philadelphia 76ers Tuesday night, Michael Lee writes about the possible return of big minutes for Randy Foye in the wake of Coach Flip Saunders announcing that DeShawn Stevenson is losing his starting job. On Bullets Forever, Mike Prada goes down to...

By Ed Guzman  |  December 22, 2009; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Morning brew  | Tags: Washington Wizards; NBA; Randy Foye; DeShawn Stevenson; Mike Miller; Flip Saunders  
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Saunders benches ineffective Stevenson

After watching his team go 1-3 on their West Coast trip, Coach Flip Saunders decided it was time to make another change to his starting lineup. He said he plans to bench the ineffective DeShawn Stevenson and will start either Randy Foye or Nick Young at shooting guard against Philadelphia...

By Michael Lee  |  December 21, 2009; 3:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
 
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Morning brew: Plenty of problems

Well, at least the Wizards ended their losing streak while they were gone. In Monday's Post, Michael Lee takes a look back at the trip that (almost) wasn't in terms of victories. Plenty of problems remain, but you already know that. The trip ended with a thud in Phoenix, which...

By Ed Guzman  |  December 21, 2009; 9:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  Morning brew  | Tags: Washington Wizards; NBA; Gilbert Arenas; Antawn Jamison; Flip Saunders  
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Suns 121, Wizards 95

The schedule will show that the Washington Wizards played a game in Phoenix on Saturday, but for those who had to sit through all 48 agonizing minutes, it really appeared to be short three-hour layover on their return back home to the blizzard. Showing up for an actual game...

By Michael Lee  |  December 20, 2009; 2:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
 
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