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Wizards Insider: February 28, 2010 - March 6, 2010

Blatche adjusting to challenging role as go-to-guy

Bucks 102, Wizards 74 The few fans remaining for the closing seconds of the Wizards' horrific 102-74 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday appeared to be sticking around for the sole reason to boo the team. The Wizards gave a pathetic effort - making lazy passes, failing to...

By Michael Lee  |  March 5, 2010; 11:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
 
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Saunders hoping Blatche cuts down on turnovers

Bucks (31-29) at Wizards (21-37) Wizards starters: Randy Foye, Mike Miller, Al Thornton, Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee Bucks: Brandon Jennings, John Salmons, Carlos Delfino, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Andrew Bogut Line: Bucks by 4 Andray Blatche has certainly improved his scoring and rebounding since the Wizards traded Antawn Jamison...

By Michael Lee  |  March 5, 2010; 6:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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Wizards get rematch against the Bucks

Morning brew After absorbing a beatdown in Milwaukee, the Wizards hope to get payback when they welcome the Bucks to Washington on Friday to complete the home-and-home series. Former Wizard Jerry Stackhouse is back in the NBA with the Bucks after missing the first two months of the season, and...

By Michael Lee  |  March 5, 2010; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
 
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Jerry Stackhouse on his comeback, Gilbert Arenas and Josh Howard

Only two months ago, Jerry Stackhouse was back home in suburban Atlanta, thankful that a high school coach granted him access to his gym and let the 35-year-old stay in shape playing against players nearly half his age. The Wizards probably would have preferred Stackhouse playing with those kids...

By Michael Lee  |  March 4, 2010; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
 
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Wizards begin tough March with loss to Bucks

Morning brew The Wizards fell to the red-hot Milwaukee Bucks last night, 100-87. In his postgame wrap-up, Michael Lee points out that a lack of scoring punch hurt the team most in Milwaukee. And he analyzed the matchup between JaVale McGee and Andrew Bogut. Before the game, Lee shed more...

By Alexa Steele  |  March 4, 2010; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Lack of scoring punch hurts in Milwaukee

Bucks 100, Wizards 87 It was bound to happen sooner than later. Eventually, the Wizards' lack of depth and scoring options was going to place them in a position that cannot be compensated simply by effort and execution. Andray Blatche had done an excellent job of carrying the offensive load...

By Michael Lee  |  March 4, 2010; 1:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
 
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McGee keeps Bogut off the boards

By Michael Lee  |  March 4, 2010; 12:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Wizards preparing for grueling month

Wizards (21-36) at Bucks (30-29) Wizards starters: Randy Foye, Mike Miller, Al Thornton, Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee Bucks: Brandon Jennings, John Salmons, Carlos Delfino, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Andrew Bogut Line: Bucks by 10 When the Wizards got word, just before the all-star break, that the NBA was moving...

By Michael Lee  |  March 3, 2010; 7:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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The unmerciful month of March

The Wizards haven't caught many breaks this season, and they certainly didn't get one from the schedule maker (and Mother Nature) in March. They will start the month in Milwaukee against the Bucks, then turn around and host them on Friday, kicking off a grueling stretch that will see the...

By Michael Lee  |  March 3, 2010; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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Flip Saunders adjusts, Gilbert Arenas speaks

Morning brew For this morning's newspaper, Michael Lee described how Coach Flip Saunders has adjusted to all of the roster changes this season. Meanwhile, suspended guard Gilbert Arenas told the Associated Press that he would have "no problem" playing for Wizards again and that he is not nervous about his...

By Alexa Steele  |  March 3, 2010; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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Arenas would have "no problem" playing for Wizards [UPDATED]

Since pleading guilty to a felony gun charge and receiving a subsequent season-ending suspension from the NBA, Gilbert Arenas has done what most thought he was incapable of achieving: He has maintained a low profile. Other than a brief comment about his suspension and an opinion piece in The Washington...

By Michael Lee  |  March 2, 2010; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
 
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Bog: NBA player says Gilbert is freaking out

From Dan Steinberg's D.C. Sports Bog, excerpts from an ESPN the Magazine column by an anonymous NBA player. He mentions Gilbert Arenas twice and Javaris Crittenton once. Look here for the complete bog post. As Steinberg points out, though: "Quoting an anonymous player who's citing 'word around the league' is...

By Alexa Steele  |  March 2, 2010; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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JaVale McGee learns, Mike James leaves

Morning brew Since the trades that dismantled the team, second-year player JaVale McGee has started six of the past seven games, averaging 10 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks. Coach Flip Saunders told Michael Lee that there's been "Some good, some bad, some indifferent, which you would expect." Despite some...

By Alexa Steele  |  March 2, 2010; 9:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Wizards buy out Mike James then waive him

Mike James wasn't a part of the Wizards' present, and certainly not it's future, so it was only right that the two sides were able to make an amicable split on Monday. James left the team by a mutual agreement immediately after the Feb. 18 trade deadline and needed to...

By Michael Lee  |  March 1, 2010; 8:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
 
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Andray Blatche is on a ridiculous roll

No doubt, Andray Blatche had a monster performance in the Wizards' 89-85 win over New Jersey on Sunday night, as he posted a career-high 36 points with 15 rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks. But it also was a historic performance. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Blatche is...

By Michael Lee  |  March 1, 2010; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
 
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Andray Blatche's confidence grows

Morning brew Andray Blatche scored a season-high 36 points and Randy Foye hit two cluch shots last night as the Wizards defeated the Nets, 89-85 in New Jersey. Before the game, Michael Lee talked to oft-injured newcomer Shaun Livingston about how blessed he feels to playing basketball again. Here's Lee's...

By Alexa Steele  |  March 1, 2010; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (89)
 
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Blatche carries Wizards until Foye finishes

When comedian Chris Rock arrived at Izod Center on Sunday night for the Nets-Wizards game, I couldn't understand why he would spend his evening watching a game between two of the worst teams in the NBA. Then it hit me: maybe he was looking for some new material. But...

By Michael Lee  |  February 28, 2010; 10:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
 
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Livingston "blessed," Wizards try to stay perfect against Nets

Wizards (20-36) at Nets (6-52) Wizards starters: Randy Foye, Mike Miller, Al Thornton, Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee Nets: Devin Harris, Courtney Lee, Trenton Hassell, Yi Jianlian, Brook Lopez Line: Wizards by 1.5 Newcomer Shaun Livingston only got to play two minutes in his Wizards' debut against the New York York...

By Michael Lee  |  February 28, 2010; 5:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
 
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