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Wizards Insider: March 7, 2010 - March 13, 2010

Flip Saunders on Shaun Livingston

Among the few positives from the Wizards' 109-95 loss to Orlando on Saturday was the performance of guard Shaun Livingston, who had 18 points on 8-for-11 shooting and eight assists. It was the second time Livingston has scored that many points for the Wizards, and he played season-high 30 minutes...

By Gene Wang  |  March 13, 2010; 11:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Magic (46-20) at Wizards (21-42)

Wizards starters: Randy Foye, Mike Miller, Al Thornton, Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee. Inactive: Josh Howard. Magic starters: Jameer Nelson, Vince Carter, Matt Barnes, Rashard Lewis, Dwight Howard. Inactive: Adonal Foyle. Line: Magic by 11 1/2. Washington is playing its third game in as many nights, and the biggest question will...

By Gene Wang  |  March 13, 2010; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
 
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Pistons run Wizards ragged, sweep season series

Pistons 101, Wizards 87 What are the Wizards going to have left for Orlando? After sticking with the Atlanta Hawks the night before, they didn't appear to have much stored up for the Detroit Pistons on Friday and they got ran off the court. The Pistons had 28 fastbreak points,...

By Michael Lee  |  March 13, 2010; 12:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
 
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Young scoring but not dunking; Flip having "fun"

Wizards (21-41) at Pistons (22-42) Wizards starters: Randy Foye, Mike Miller, Al Thornton, Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee Pistons: Will Bynum, Richard Hamilton, Jonas Jerebko, Tayshaun Prince, Jason Maxiell Line: Pistons by 6 In the locker room before the game, JaVale McGee was giving Nick Young a hard time because he...

By Michael Lee  |  March 12, 2010; 7:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Poll: What do you think of Arenas's jersey change?

I'm not going back to Zero. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE Getty Images) By now, you are already aware that Gilbert Arenas is changing jersey numbers from No. 0 to No. 6 next season. Arenas has spent his entire career marketing his image and his persona around his jersey number and...

By Michael Lee  |  March 12, 2010; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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The JaValevator goes up

JaVale McGee became the second player this season to have eight dunks in one game as he caught lobs, attacked the rim for put-backs and soared along the baseline for an impressive highlight reel. Trey Kerby from Yahoo! Sports' Ball Don't Lie blog put up an interesting post that lists...

By Michael Lee  |  March 12, 2010; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Agent Zero retires, Josh Howard speaks and Wizards lose

Gilbert Arenas might, but it appears that Agent Zero will never again play for the Washington Wizards. The NBA has approved Arenas's request to have his infamous jersey No. 0 changed to No. 6 next season. Arenas asked pending free agent Mike Miller if he could have the number, and...

By Michael Lee  |  March 12, 2010; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Miller gives No. 6 to Arenas; Wizards give away game

Hawks 105, Wizards 99 After the Wizards lost their fifth game in a row to the Atlanta Hawks, the question that had to be asked had nothing to do with the performances of Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee, or how they were going to stay energized playing three games in...

By Michael Lee  |  March 11, 2010; 11:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
 
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Arenas plans to go from No. 0 to No. 6

Hawks (40-23) at Wizards (21-40) Wizards starters: Randy Foye, Mike Miller, Al Thornton, Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee Hawks: Mike Bibby, Joe Johnson, Marvin Williams, Josh Smith, Al Horford Line: Hawks by 7 Agent Zero is no more. If Gilbert Arenas plays again for the Washington Wizards, he will not wear...

By Michael Lee  |  March 11, 2010; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
 
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Josh Howard hopes to play again for Wizards

After leading the Washington Wizards to a shocking 10-point victory over the Denver Nuggets nearly three weeks ago, Josh Howard reached into his locker room stall and picked up an all-white Washington Nationals baseball cap. Howard then explained how much he liked the curly W logo and that he had...

By Michael Lee  |  March 11, 2010; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Hoopocalypse now

Morning brew The Wizards will kick off their roughest stretch of the season - a five-games-in-six-nights affair also known as the Hoopocalypse - tonight against the Atlanta Hawks at Verizon Center. The Wizards will play three games over the next three nights. The offense has been a problem for the...

By Michael Lee  |  March 11, 2010; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Livingston sparks late-game run

With the offense sputtering - and getting just one field goal in the first four minutes of the third period on Tuesday - Coach Flip Saunders benched the slumping Randy Foye in favor of Shaun Livingtson. In the 20 minutes that Livingston was on the floor, the Wizards outscored the...

By Michael Lee  |  March 10, 2010; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
 
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Energy well runs dry

Morning brew The Wizards lost their fourth game in a row on Tuesday, falling 96-88 to the Houston Rockets before the smallest crowd this season at Verizon Center. The Wizards have several problems, but scoring appears to be the greatest challenge right now, with the team failing to reach 90...

By Michael Lee  |  March 10, 2010; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
 
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Wizards fail to reach 90 points for fifth game in a row

Rockets 96, Wizards 88 When the Wizards had just 40 points at halftime, I thought to myself, when is this team going to score 90 points again? The Wizards are struggling mightily to get points these days, and it didn't help that Andray Blatche missed 13 of 22 shots,...

By Michael Lee  |  March 10, 2010; 12:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
 
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Saunders explains his take on Blatche-Garnett 'wolfing' exchange

Rockets (31-31) at Wizards (21-39) Wizards starters: Randy Foye, Mike Miller, Al Thornton, Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee Rockets: Aaron Brooks, Kevin Martin, Shane Battier, Luis Scola, Chuck Hayes Line: Rockets by 4.5 Coach Flip Saunders again explained why he criticized Andray Blatche for "wolfing" at Kevin Garnett in the fourth...

By Michael Lee  |  March 9, 2010; 6:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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Antawn Jamison discusses new life in Cleveland

As I stated earlier, former Wizard Antawn Jamison left in the third quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers' 97-95 win against the San Antonio Spurs on Monday after developing stiffness in his left knee. At the time he left the game, Jamison had already scored 17 points. He seems to have...

By Michael Lee  |  March 9, 2010; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
 
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Nick Young struggling as Wizards try to regroup against Houston

Morning brew The Wizards hope to regroup from their disappointing loss in Boston and snap their three-game losing streak as they host the Houston Rockets at Verizon Center on Tuesday. The loss to Boston was an encouraging outing for JaVale McGee, Andray Blatche and Al Thornton, but it also showed...

By Michael Lee  |  March 9, 2010; 8:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
 
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Lacking the calming influence

The new-look Wizards suffered a heartbreaking loss in Boston on Sunday, as they squandered a 13-point lead with six minutes remaining and lost 86-83 at TD Garden. After the game, Andray Blatche tried to explain the loss on simplistic terms: "Basketball is all about a game of runs. We...

By Michael Lee  |  March 8, 2010; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
 
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Wizards front line outplays Celtics but loses mental game

Celtics 86, Wizards 83 The Wizards young front line nearly had a coming out party on a national stage Sunday night, as Andray Blatche, Al Thornton, JaVale McGee dominated their Boston Celtics counterparts on both ends of the floor. The Wizards young trio combined to score 60 points on...

By Michael Lee  |  March 8, 2010; 1:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (183)
 
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Saunders back in Boston with a slightly different team

Wizards (21-38) at Celtics (39-21) Wizards starters: Randy Foye, Mike Miller, Al Thornton, Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee Celtics: Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Kendrick Perkins Line: Celtics by 12 Flip Saunders returned to Boston for the first time since his Detroit Pistons lost to the Celtics Game...

By Michael Lee  |  March 7, 2010; 7:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
 
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Wizards sign Alonzo Gee

The Wizards signed Alonzo Gee to a 10-day contract this afternoon. Gee a 6-foot-6 forward, averaged 21 points and 6.6 rebounds this season NBA Developmental League's Austin Toros. He will wear No. 24 and be available when the Wizards play the Boston Celtics tonight - on ESPN?!? (Sorry, I'm still...

By Michael Lee  |  March 7, 2010; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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