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Wizards Insider: March 14, 2010 - March 20, 2010

Did Brandon Roy travel?

After losing their 10th consecutive game, 76-74, on Friday night, the Wizards immediately watched the replay of Brandon Roy's decisive jumper with 0.9 of a second remaining. The general consensus was that Roy's feet got a little happy on that last possession. Randy Foye said afterward that he thought...

By Michael Lee  |  March 20, 2010; 3:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
 
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Roy tops Foye again

Trail Blazers 76, Wizards 74 Randy Foye didn't trade himself for Brandon Roy, but considering how their careers have turned out, that has to be a heavy burden for Foye to bear for the rest of his career. On the night of the 2006 NBA draft, then-Minnesota Timberwolves general...

By Michael Lee  |  March 20, 2010; 3:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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Wizards catching tournament fever

Wizards (21-46) at Trail Blazers (41-28) Wizards starters: Shaun Livingston, Mike Miller, Al Thornton, Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee Trail Blazers: Andre Miller, Brandon Roy, Nicolas Batum, LaMarcus Aldridge, Marcus Camby Line: Trail Blazers by 12 Before getting on the team bus after the morning walkthrough at Rose Garden, Wizards assistant...

By Michael Lee  |  March 19, 2010; 9:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Wizards sign Livingston for remainder of the season [UPDATED]

Shaun Livingston will finish the season as a member of the Wizards. When Livingston's second 10-day expired, the Wizards had to decide to keep or let him go. It made sense to keep him since he has already emerged as the starting point guard after only being around for 10...

By Michael Lee  |  March 19, 2010; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Wizards try to snap nine-game skid in Portland

Morning brew After a two-day break, the Wizards' West Coast trip continues in Portland, where they will try to halt a season-high nine-game losing streak. Coach Flip Saunders said Andray Blatche's sprained left ankle has his availability at about "50-50" against the Trail Blazers. But the Wizards will have a...

By Michael Lee  |  March 19, 2010; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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Blatche is "50-50" for Portland, Gee signs second 10-day contract

Andray Blatche was unable to practice on Thursday, two days after he sprained his left ankle late in the fourth-quarter of the Wizards' 97-87 loss to the Denver Nuggets. Blatche received treatment, iced his ankle, and was limited to shooting stand-still jumpers with assistant Gene Banks. But he said he...

By Michael Lee  |  March 18, 2010; 9:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Minor injury adds to Wizards' woes

Morning brew Michael Lee wrote for this morning's newspaper about Andray Blatche's sprained ankle: the latest setback -- albeit a minor one -- in this dismal season. Nuggets guard Chauncey Billups expressed sympathy for his former coach, Flip Saunders. "He's had some down times," Billups said. (Blatche said he should...

By Alexa Steele  |  March 18, 2010; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
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Maryland native Lawson having solid rookie year

Denver Nuggets rookie Ty Lawson was disappointed that his left shoulder injury kept him from playing against the franchise he followed, but didn't necessarily root for, growing up in Clinton. His desire to at least feel like part of the action during the Nuggets' 97-87 win over the Washington Wizards...

By Michael Lee  |  March 17, 2010; 7:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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Wizards losing magic number at five

The Wizards (21-45) were out of playoff contention long before this current nine-game losing streak, long before Josh Howard's left knee injury and long before Ernie Grunfeld hit the reset button on the franchise by dealing starters Antawn Jamison, Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood at the trade deadline. But while...

By Michael Lee  |  March 17, 2010; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
 
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Gee to get second 10-day contract

Andray Blatche limped off the court at Pepsi Center on Tuesday with a sprained left ankle. Randy Foye lost his starting job at point guard and his left wrist was so sore after a loss to the Denver Nuggets that it made a clicking sound whenever he moved it. JaVale...

By Michael Lee  |  March 17, 2010; 1:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
 
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Blatche sprains ankle, expects to play Friday

By Michael Lee  |  March 17, 2010; 1:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Howard has knee surgery; Flip talks Billups

Wizards (21-44) at Nuggets (45-22) Wizards starters: Shaun Livingston, Mike Miller, Al Thornton, Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee Nuggets: Chauncey Billups, Arron Afflalo, Carmelo Anthony, Nene, Johan Petro Line: Nuggets by 14.5 The last time these two teams met, Josh Howard scored 20 points to help lead the Wizards to a...

By Michael Lee  |  March 16, 2010; 8:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Now that's Gee

Alonzo Gee signed a 10-day contract with the Wizards on March 7, but was so quiet and unassuming that two days later, James Singleton still had no idea Gee was his teammate. Singleton looked across the locker room stunned and confused as he saw a nameplate that read, "Gee 24."...

By Michael Lee  |  March 16, 2010; 4:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Jazz on the Wizards' blues

You okay, Deron? Yeah. I just hate having to demolish those guys like that. (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE/Getty Images) Maybe it's because he's starting to mellow (after all, the career leader in technical fouls only has three this season), or he's always had a soft spot for the organization...

By Michael Lee  |  March 16, 2010; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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Another loss, Arenas speaks

Morning brew Last night Washington lost its eighth game in a row, 112-89, to the Utah Jazz. Shaun Livingston started in place of Randy Foye. And here is Michael Lee's postgame wrap-up. Ross Siler of the Salt Lake Tribune talks about weird it was for the Jazz to face a...

By Alexa Steele  |  March 16, 2010; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Livingston starts, gets immediate test

Shaun Livingston was thrilled to get his first start in nearly 11 months - and just his second start since his horrific knee injury more than three years ago - but it probably felt like some sort of punishment. He was matched up Monday against arguably the best point guard...

By Michael Lee  |  March 16, 2010; 2:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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It's eight and counting...

By Michael Lee  |  March 16, 2010; 1:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Shaun Livingston starts in place of Randy Foye

Wizards (21-43) at Jazz (42-24) Wizards starters: Shaun Livingston, Mike Miller, Al Thornton, Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee Jazz: Deron Williams, Wesley Matthews, C.J. Miles, Carlos Boozer, Mehmet Okur Line: Jazz by 11.5 After his breakthrough performance against the Orlando Magic on Saturday, Shaun Livingston will be rewarded with his first...

By Michael Lee  |  March 15, 2010; 8:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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When will the Wizards win another game?

The Wizards have yet to win a game in March, losing seven games in a row, with only three games decided by fewer than 10 points. They are about to the play their fourth game in five nights; thanks to a scheduling quirk created by the blizzard that postponed a...

By Michael Lee  |  March 15, 2010; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
 
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The Wizards' rough road ahead [Updated]

Morning brew The Wizards begin a "ridiculous" road trip tonight in Utah. Already reeling from its current seven-game slide, Washington will also face Denver, Portland and the Lakers during this stretch. Al Thornton spoke to Gene Wang about the road ahead. Added 11:23 am: The artist formerly known as Agent...

By Alexa Steele  |  March 15, 2010; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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Al Thornton on the Wizards' upcoming road trip

The Washington Wizards will board a plane at 1:30 this afternoon for a four-game road trip that includes games against Utah, Denver and a finale against the Los Angeles Lakers. Talk about a brutal schedule on the heels of playing three games in as many nights, including Saturday's 109-95 loss...

By Gene Wang  |  March 14, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
 
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