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Wizards Insider: December 27, 2009 - January 2, 2010

Spurs (19-11) at Wizards (10-20)

Wizards starters: Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Andray Blatche, Brendan Haywood Spurs: Tony Parker, Keith Bogans, Richard Jefferson, Tim Duncan, DeJuan Blair Line: Spurs by 6 Flip Saunders said that changes were coming to the lineup and he decided to bench Randy Foye in favor of Andray Blatche, going...

By Michael Lee  |  January 2, 2010; 6:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
 
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Leftovers from the Friday circus

The Gilbert Arenas-Javaris Crittenton saga has overshadowed everything with the Washington Wizards so far in 2010. And you can find some more interesting takes on the situation in David Aldridge's story on NBA.com and Marc Stein's story on ESPN.com. There will be a number of spicy details dropped over the...

By Michael Lee  |  January 2, 2010; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
 
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Arenas comments on gun reports

A larger than usual media contingent arrived at Verizon Center today amid reports that Gilbert Arenas was involved in a dispute with teammate Javaris Crittenton in which guns were involved. I caught Arenas as he walked into the locker room after practice on Friday and he didn't confirm or deny...

By Michael Lee  |  January 1, 2010; 6:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (156)
 
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Wizards statement

The Washington Wizards e-mailed the following statement today at 12:44: "The Washington Wizards take this situation and the ongoing investigation very seriously. We are continuing to cooperate fully with the proper authorities and the NBA and will have no further comment at this time."...

By Alexa Steele  |  January 1, 2010; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
 
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Reports: Arenas brought guns in dispute with Crittenton

Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas brought guns to Verizon Center because of a dispute with teammate Javaris Crittenton, according to reports in the New York Post and Yahoo! Sports.com. The New York Post reports that the incident was over an unpaid gambling debt and that Crittenton also had a weapon....

By Michael Lee  |  January 1, 2010; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (209)
 
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Happy New Year?

poll by twiigs.com...

By Alexa Steele  |  December 31, 2009; 8:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (121)
 
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Arenas admits to D.C. police firearms probe

Gilbert Arenas confirmed on Tuesday night that the D.C. police department is investigating the circumstances under which he brought weapons to Verizon Center earlier this month. Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump released a one-sentence statement mentioning that it is assisting the United States Attorney's Office with an investigation without...

By Michael Lee  |  December 30, 2009; 11:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (164)
 
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Wizards' morning brew: Saunders rips team

Last night's 110-98 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder triggered a strong response from Coach Flip Saunders after the game. On the blog, Michael Lee shares more details about Saunders sounding the alarm. Here's Bullets Forever's Mike Prada on Saunders reaching the breaking point. Meanwhile, Truth About It offers locker...

By Alexa Steele  |  December 30, 2009; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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Poll: What's the Wizards' problem?

After last night's loss to the Thunder, Wizards Coach Flip Saunders let his team have it for its lack of defense. What do you think? poll by twiigs.com...

By Alexa Steele  |  December 30, 2009; 9:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
 
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Thunder 110, Wizards 98

Flip Saunders sounded the alarm on Tuesday. He didn't demand that Ernie Grunfeld make some trades, but he implied that something needed to be done -- changing the starting lineup, changing the rotation, something -- and quickly. Saunders joined the Wizards in April, with the optimism that he could...

By Michael Lee  |  December 30, 2009; 12:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (93)
 
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Thunder (16-14) at Wizards (10-19)

Wizards starters: Gilbert Arenas, Randy Foye, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Brendan Haywood Thunder: Russell Westbrook, Thabo Sefolosha, Kevin Durant, Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic Line: Thunder by 1 The Wizards utilized zone defense almost exclusively in the fourth quarter on Monday, which helped them rally back from a 10-point deficit and...

By Michael Lee  |  December 29, 2009; 6:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (100)
 
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The Other Side: Oklahoma City Thunder

The Thunder is going for a bit of history at Verizon Center. Since moving to Oklahoma City last year, the Thunder has never won four games in a row. In fact, the franchise hasn't won four consecutive games since April 2006, when the team was known as the Seattle SuperSonics...

By Michael Lee  |  December 29, 2009; 4:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Wizards' morning brew: another heartbreaking loss

Happy Holidays. The brew is back after a short Christmas break. Last night the Wizards lost to the Memphis Grizzlies in overtime, 116-111. Michael Lee notes in his post-game wrap-up that Washington is the only NBA team this season to have two games decided on fouls committed with less than...

By Alexa Steele  |  December 29, 2009; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (180)
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Grizzlies 116, Wizards 111

How many teams this season have had two games decided on fouls committed with less than one second remaining? And how many teams have had those fouls committed by the same player? Don't go searching too hard. You won't find a situation close to what the Wizards have experienced...

By Michael Lee  |  December 29, 2009; 12:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
 
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Wizards (10-18) at Grizzlies (13-16)

Wizards starters: Gilbert Arenas, Randy Foye, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Brendan Haywood Grizzlies: Mike Conley, O.J. Mayo, Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol Line: Grizzlies by 6 JaVale McGee will be placed on the inactive list for tonight's game with a sore right knee. McGee said that the injured himself...

By Michael Lee  |  December 28, 2009; 8:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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The Other Side: Memphis Grizzlies

The Memphis Grizzlies looked as if they were going to be a budding disaster when the season began with four offensive-minded players in Rudy Gay, O.J. Mayo, Zach Randolph and Allen Iverson. And, the Grizzlies certainly appeared to be in trouble when they lost eight of their first 10 games....

By Michael Lee  |  December 28, 2009; 4:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Should McGee get a shot?

I'm about to hop on a flight to Memphis right now after spending the past two nights chilling in Minnesota. I caught up with Mike Miller and JaVale McGee in my story today to talk about how each player is dealing with not playing. Miller is out because of a...

By Michael Lee  |  December 28, 2009; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (115)
 
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Timberwolves 101, Wizards 89

It's easy to jump all over the Wizards and get upset that they lost to the team with the worst record in the Western Conference, the Minnesota Timberwolves, but I'll let Gilbert Arenas make my point for me. "We can call them the worst team in the West, but...

By Michael Lee  |  December 27, 2009; 12:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (131)
 
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