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Wizards Insider: January 31, 2010 - February 6, 2010

Wizards-Hawks postponed [UPDATED with ticket exchange info]

The Wizards' game against the Hawks has been postponed because of the blizzard in the D.C. area. They were scheduled to play at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Verizon Center. A future date has not been determined. It is the first time that an NBA game was postponed because of...

By Michael Lee  |  February 6, 2010; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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With trade rumors swirling, Butler has best game

Wizards 92, Magic 91 Caron Butler's name has been mentioned in trade rumors for almost a year, and the talk has only intensified with the Feb. 18 trade deadline less than two weeks away. He's been rumored to be headed to Dallas, to Houston, to the Los Angeles Clippers, to...

By Michael Lee  |  February 6, 2010; 12:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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Ewing would like a head coaching gig

Magic assistant and former Georgetown star Patrick Ewing is still hoping for the opportunity to become an NBA head coach, something that he never pondered during his glory days with the New York Knicks. "Never," Ewing said. "If you asked me that question when I was playing, I would've said,...

By Michael Lee  |  February 5, 2010; 8:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Wizards preparing for "snowpocalypse"

Wizards (16-32) at Magic (33-16) Wizards starters: Randy Foye, Mike Miller, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Brendan Haywood Magic: Jameer Nelson, Vince Carter, Matt Barnes, Rashard Lewis, Dwight Howard Line: Magic by 13 DeShawn Stevenson still keeps his offseason home in Orlando and is always thrilled whenever he gets the opportunity...

By Michael Lee  |  February 5, 2010; 6:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Arenas to Orlando? Magic GM "not necessarily sure"

Gilbert Arenas's future in Washington remains uncertain because of speculation that the Wizards could look into voiding his contract, trading him or negotiating a buyout in the aftermath of his suspension for bringing guns to the locker room last December. There is also a possibility -- though highly unlikely --...

By Michael Lee  |  February 5, 2010; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Wizards follow Pacers on long road to recovery

Wizards morning brew While we wait for the snowpocalypse to begin here in the Washington area, the Wizards are in sunny Orlando preparing to play the Magic. In today's newspaper, Michael Lee examines how difficult it is for a team like the Wizards to bounce back from adversity and the...

By Alexa Steele  |  February 5, 2010; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Snow update: Wizards announce ticket exchange policy

Despite the inclement weather scheduled to hit the D.C. area this weekend, the Wizards still plan on hosting the Atlanta Hawks at Verizon Center on Saturday. But the team announced a ticket exchange policy for those unable to attend the game. Fans can take their unused tickets for the Hawks'...

By Michael Lee  |  February 4, 2010; 11:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Time to deal Jamison, Butler, Haywood?

If the Wizards are going to make a move before the trade deadline, they might want to act sooner rather than later. This is arguably the best time for President Ernie Grunfeld to rework his roster and start anew, with teams around the league expressing interest in Antawn Jamison, Caron...

By Michael Lee  |  February 4, 2010; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (94)
 
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Wizards keeping an eye on the weather

The heavy snow predicted to fall in the Washington area Friday and Saturday puts several local events in doubt, including Saturday night's game between the Wizards and Hawks at Verizon Center. A team spokesman said they are watching the weather and making plans as if the game will be played,...

By Alexa Steele  |  February 4, 2010; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Knicks overwhelm Wizards

Wizards' morning brew A game-ending 23-6 run by the Knicks put the finishing touches on another dispiriting loss for the Wizards. Michael Lee was in New York for the debacle. In his postgame blog post, Lee got some help from Brendan Haywood to pinpoint where the team went wrong. Here's...

By Alexa Steele  |  February 4, 2010; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Wizards "play selfishly" and lose to Knicks

Knicks 107, Wizards 85 After the game, Brendan Haywood asked me to hand him the box score. It didn't take Haywood long to spot the problem. Haywood immediately pointed at the assist column. The Wizards had just 13 assists. "See, whenever that number is not around that 20 mark, you...

By Michael Lee  |  February 3, 2010; 11:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
 
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Saunders to Foye: 'I haven't lost confidence in you'

Wizards (16-31) at Knicks (18-29) Wizards starters: Randy Foye, DeShawn Stevenson, Mike Miller, Antawn Jamison, Brendan Haywood Knicks: Chris Duhon, Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Jared Jeffries, David Lee Line: Knicks by 6 Coach Flip Saunders met with Randy Foye on Tuesday to discuss his expectations of the point guard and...

By Michael Lee  |  February 3, 2010; 7:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
 
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Caron Butler to miss Knicks game with left knee injury

Caron Butler has ruled himself out of tonight's game against the New York Knicks because of swelling in his left knee. He sat with his left knee wrapped in ice at the morning walk-through on Wednesday but said that he hopes to be available on Friday against Orlando. The Wizards...

By Michael Lee  |  February 3, 2010; 1:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
 
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Wizards' morning brew: Miller's impact, Crittenton's decision

Tonight the Wizards face the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Gene Wang says guard Mike Miller is back on track after missing many games due to injuries. And Javaris Crittenton decides not to appeal his suspension without pay for the remainder of the NBA season. Meanwhile, Michael Lee reports on...

By Alexa Steele  |  February 3, 2010; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
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Crittenton will not appeal suspension

Washington Wizards reserve guard Javaris Crittenton has decideded not to appeal his suspension without pay for the remainder of the NBA season. The executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, Billy Hunter, released a statement this afternoon stating that the union supports Crittenton's decision. "Javaris has said that he...

By Alexa Steele  |  February 2, 2010; 5:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
 
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Falk denies rumor of plans to run Wizards

On his column on Bulls.com, longtime NBA writer Sam Smith floated the rumor that agent David Falk would take a prominent role within the Washington Wizards organization once the Pollin family sells the team. Smith writes: Falk, who represented Michael Jordan and once was the game's preeminent agent, has been...

By Michael Lee  |  February 2, 2010; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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Bog: History of a name change

On his D.C. Sports Bog, Dan Steinberg goes in depth to find an explanation for why Abe Pollin changed the name of his professional basketball team from the Bullets to the Wizards. Check it out. I didn't live here when the name was changed, and I didn't undertake a massive...

By Alexa Steele  |  February 2, 2010; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Poll: Do you accept Arenas's apology?

Here is a link to the op-ed Gilbert Arenas wrote for this morning's paper. poll by twiigs.com...

By Alexa Steele  |  February 2, 2010; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
 
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Wizards' Morning Brew: another loss, an op-ed by Arenas

During their three-game losing streak, the Boston Celtics had trouble closing teams out in the fourth quarter, particularly at Orlando last Thursday and at home against the Lakers on Sunday, when they blew an 11-point lead in the final nine minutes. Apparently, all they needed was to face the Wizards,...

By Ed Guzman  |  February 2, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Morning brew  | Tags: Washington Wizards; NBA; Gilbert Arenas; Antawn Jamison; Flip Saunders; Antawn Jamison; Caron Butler  
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Celtics 99, Wizards 88

Randy Foye had been playing so well in the aftermath of Gilbert Arenas's initial indefinite suspension that Coach Flip Saunders even drew up the final play for him against Dallas nearly two weeks ago. Foye never got a chance to attempt that shot, as Caron Butler called his own...

By Michael Lee  |  February 2, 2010; 12:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
 
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Celtics (29-16) at Wizards (16-30) [UPDATED]

Wizards starters: Randy Foye, Mike Miller, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Brendan Haywood Celtics: Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Kendrick Perkins Line: Celtics by 5 Gilbert Arenas wrote an Op-ed in the Washington Post that will run in Tuesday's paper in which he apologizes to fans of the...

By Michael Lee  |  February 1, 2010; 6:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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Wizards trade rumors: McGrady, Haywood updates

It's that time of year again, when speculation runs rampant, rumors are reported the moment they are heard and everyone scrambles. As I reported roughly three weeks ago, the Wizards have been in talks with the Houston Rockets about a possible swap of Caron Butler for Tracy McGrady's expiring contract....

By Michael Lee  |  February 1, 2010; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
 
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Wizards' morning brew: the Celtics come to town

The Washington Wizards will put their two-game winning streak on the line at home on Monday night against the suddenly reeling Boston Celtics, who lost their third straight game, 90-89 at home to the Lakers. The Celtics have yet to lose four straight; the Wizards have yet to win three...

By Ed Guzman  |  February 1, 2010; 9:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
Categories:  Morning brew  | Tags: Washington Wizards; NBA; Gilbert Arenas; Flip Saunders; Antawn Jamison; Caron Butler; Randy Foye; Andray Blatche; Boston Celtics; Kobe Bryant  
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Wizards 106, Knicks 96

On a few occasions, it looked as if Antawn Jamison was attempting to get his master's degree from the Moses Malone School of Stat-Padding Rebounds, as he repeatedly batted around his missed shots, earning offensive rebounds before later getting shots to fall. But after Jamison missed 16 of 26 shots...

By Michael Lee  |  January 31, 2010; 12:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (132)
 
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