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Wizards Insider: January 17, 2010 - January 23, 2010

Jamison: "I'm fine"

Antawn Jamison could not escape questions about whether fatigue has set in following a seccond straight disappointing performance in Friday night's 112-88 loss to Miami at Verizon Center. Jamison missed 10 fo 14 shots and was 0 for 2 from three-point range in scoring just eight points. Two nights earlier...

By Gene Wang  |  January 23, 2010; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
 
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Wizards' morning brew: a blowout loss to the Heat

Well, that went over well. The Washington Wizards fell behind by 17 points after one quarter and never really recovered, falling to the Heat at Verizon Center, 112-88. Gene Wang was on hand (giving Michael Lee a night off) to recap the game for the Post. Here's the game story...

By Ed Guzman  |  January 23, 2010; 8:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  Morning brew  | Tags: Washington Wizards; NBA; Gilbert Arenas; Antawn Jamison; Flip Saunders; Miami Heat; Dwyane Wade  
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Miami Heat (21-20) at Washington Wizards (14-27)

Wizards starters Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Brendan Haywood, DeShawn Stevenson, Randy Foye. Heat starters: Quentin Richardson, Michael Beasley, Jermaine O'Neal, Dwyane Wade, Rafer Alston. Line: Heat by three. The most pressing concern for the Wizards tonight is defending Wade, who is averaging 28.6 points this month. Wade is second in...

By Gene Wang  |  January 22, 2010; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
 
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Polls: Looking back, looking forward

The Washington Wizards have had a miserable first half of the season on and off the court and they will start the second half against the Miami Heat tonight at Verizon Center. There have been a number of troubling developments in the first half, with Abe Pollin dying, Gilbert Arenas...

By Michael Lee  |  January 22, 2010; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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Jamison and the All-Star Game

This morning was certainly not your typical shootaround atmosphere for the Washington Wizards. The hallways surrounding the practice gym were filled with bishops, priests and cardinals, all getting ready for 10 a.m. mass as part of a Right to Life event in the nation's capital. Center Frabricio Oberto stopped briefly...

By Gene Wang  |  January 22, 2010; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Wizards' Morning Brew: The Heat comes to town, and Crittenton

The Wizards' homestand continues with the Miami Heat in town Friday night. In the Post, Michael Lee takes stock of the Wizards at the midway point of the 82-game schedule. We already know all that the team has dealt with this season, but Coach Flip Saunders put it best when...

By Ed Guzman  |  January 22, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Morning brew  | Tags: Washington Wizards; NBA; Abe Pollin; Gilbert Arenas; Antawn Jamison; Flip Saunders; Ted Leonsis; Caron Butler  
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Foye was supposed to get final shot

After Shawn Marion swatted Caron Butler's last second shot in the Wizards' 94-93 loss on Wednesday, Coach Flip Saunders was adamant that the play was not designed for Butler got go one-on-one in that situation. Saunders didn't mention what was supposed to happen, and some of his players simply confirmed...

By Michael Lee  |  January 21, 2010; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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Wizards' morning brew: Tough loss to Mavs

Last night, the Wizards played an impressive game against a division-leading team -- and fell just short after a terrible last play. Here is Michael Lee's game story and his postgame thoughts on that fatal final play. Bullets Forever's Mike Prada found the postgame comments interesting as well. Truth About...

By Alexa Steele  |  January 21, 2010; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
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Mavericks 94, Wizards 93

You could argue that a two-time all-star has probably earned the right to break from a play in the closing seconds, but Flip Saunders wasn't trying to hear it. Not on Wednesday night. Not after Caron Butler broke from the play that Saunders had drawn up with 6.7 seconds...

By Michael Lee  |  January 21, 2010; 12:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
 
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Mavericks (27-14) at Wizards (14-26)

Wizards starters: Randy Foye, DeShawn Stevenson, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Brendan Haywood Dallas: Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, Shawn Marion, Dirk Nowitzki, Erick Dampier Line: Mavericks by 4.5 Before the game, Coach Flip Saunders was asked to give his team a grade through the first half of the season. "Incomplete," Saunders...

By Michael Lee  |  January 20, 2010; 6:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
 
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Foye's first NBA coach discusses his progress

Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Dwane Casey is pleased to see Randy Foye developing into a productive starting point guard. Casey was Foye's first coach in Minnesota, guiding him through the first 40 games of Foye's rookie season before Randy Wittman replaced him nearly three years ago. I caught up with...

By Michael Lee  |  January 20, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Michael Jordan on Leno

Did you see Michael Jordan on "The Jay Leno Show" last night? Well, here's a clip. Skip to the 3:38 mark for the biggest laugh....

By Alexa Steele  |  January 20, 2010; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Wizards' morning brew: searching for positives

For this morning's newspaper, Michael Lee recalled how optimistic everyone felt when the Wizards defeated the Mavericks in Dallas in the season opener. That seems so long ago. Tonight the Wizards (14-26) face the Mavericks at Verizon Center, and despite his team's record, forward Mike Miller has a positive outlook....

By Alexa Steele  |  January 20, 2010; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Some more answers on Arenas

Gilbert Arenas's guilty plea on Friday to felony possession of a firearm has left the franchise in flux between now and his sentencing on March 26. The Washington Wizards will probably look like a completely different team, with President Ernie Grunfeld still moving forward with his plans to make some...

By Michael Lee  |  January 19, 2010; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (117)
 
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Wizards' morning brew: a win over the Blazers

The Wizards won consecutive games for the fourth time this season on Monday, taking out the Brandon Roy-less Blazers, 97-92, at Verizon Center. It was an encouraging win in many ways, as Antawn Jamison continues to play well and Caron Butler made some key plays at the end. It was...

By Ed Guzman  |  January 19, 2010; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Morning brew  | Tags: Washington Wizards; NBA; Abe Pollin; Gilbert Arenas; Antawn Jamison; Flip Saunders; Ted Leonsis; Caron Butler  
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Wizards 97, Trail Blazers 92

It's been so rare this season that it's easy to forget that the Wizards' locker room really is a much better place to be after wins. The jokes are on point, the laughter is contagious. Moments after the Wizards defeated the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday afternoon, Caron Butler...

By Michael Lee  |  January 18, 2010; 7:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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Trail Blazers (25-16) at Wizards (13-26)

Trail Blazers (25-16) at Wizards (13-26) Wizards starters: Randy Foye, DeShawn Stevenson, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Brendan Haywood Trail Blazers: Andre Miller, Jerryd Bayless, Martell Webster, Lamarcus, Aldridge, Juwan Howard Line: Wizards by 1.5 Mike Miller will be available against Portland this afternoon, after missing the past three game when...

By Michael Lee  |  January 18, 2010; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
 
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Wizards' morning brew: Leonsis poll and MLK Day

Happy MLK Day, everyone. Sunday was a day of rest for the Wizards, who were coming off a stretch of four games in five days, on top of everything else that happened last week. But now, the Wizards can look forward to plenty of home games (seven of the next...

By Ed Guzman  |  January 17, 2010; 11:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
Categories:  Morning brew  | Tags: Washington Wizards; NBA; Abe Pollin; Gilbert Arenas; Antawn Jamison; Flip Saunders; Ted Leonsis  
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