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Wizards Insider: April 4, 2010 - April 10, 2010

Nick Young providing a spark as a starter

Hawks (50-29) at Wizards (25-54) Wizards starters: Shaun Livingston, Mike Miller, Nick Young, Andray Blatche, Fabricio Oberto Hawks: Mike Bibby, Joe Johnson, Marvin Williams, Josh Smith, Al Horford Line: Hawks by 6 It pretty much got overshadowed with Andray Blatche single-handedly outscoring Boston's Big Three of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce...

By Michael Lee  |  April 10, 2010; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Livingston helps Wizards finish off Celtics

Wizards 106, Celtics 96 The Wizards certainly had some unsettling moments as their 27-point lead quickly started to evaporate in the second half against the Boston Celtics. Andray Blatche said he got a little nervous but then he remembered, "We got Shaun Livingston. He took care of everything for us."...

By Michael Lee  |  April 10, 2010; 12:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
 
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Andray Blatche on getting payback vs. Kevin Garnett, Celtics

By Michael Lee  |  April 9, 2010; 11:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Oberto uncertain about future after "hard" year

Wizards (24-54) at Celtics (49-29) Wizards starters: Shaun Livingston, Mike Miller, Nick Young, Andray Blatche, Fabricio Oberto Celtics: Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Kendrick Perkins Line: Celtics by 11.5 When the Wizards signed Fabricio Oberto last summer, Coach Flip Saunders said he wanted to save him for...

By Michael Lee  |  April 9, 2010; 6:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Wizards sign Cartier Martin for rest of the season

Clear out. I've got four games to go. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images) The Cartier Affair wasn't going to keep Cartier Martin from sticking with the Wizards. The team signed the 6-foot-6 swingman for the remainder of the season ... um, the final four games. The Wizards...

By Michael Lee  |  April 9, 2010; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Blatche's vow, Wizards' options

Morning brew The Wizards face the Celtics tonight in Boston, and Andray Blatche says there will not be a a repeat performance of his March 7 war of words with Kevin Garnett. "I'm just going to go out and play my game and try to get us a win," he...

By Alexa Steele  |  April 9, 2010; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Who should return?

I'll be back. Who's coming with me? (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images) With four games left in the season, there is little left for the Wizards to accomplish as a team, but much is at stake for individual members of this team. Of the 16 players on...

By Michael Lee  |  April 8, 2010; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
 
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Dwight Howard, Magic dismantle Wizards

Morning brew The Wizards were done in by 13 three-pointers and a barrage of dunks last night against Orlando. The Magic won, 121-94, in a game that quickly got out of control in the second half. After the contest, Mike Miller told Michael Lee that he would love to go...

By Alexa Steele  |  April 8, 2010; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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Mike Miller "would love to" go back to Orlando

When the Orlando Magic came to Washington last month, Mike Miller spent some time with former Memphis teammate and fellow Florida alum Jason Williams. Miller said Williams told him how much fun it was playing for a winner and offered some encouraging words. So, after watching Williams end all suspense...

By Michael Lee  |  April 7, 2010; 11:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
 
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Cedric Jackson on losing for first time in 11 NBA games

By Michael Lee  |  April 7, 2010; 10:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Shaun Livingston discusses his future, Al Thornton to return against Magic

Wizards (24-53) at Magic (54-23) Wizards starters: Shaun Livingston, Mike Miller, Nick Young, Andray Blatche, Fabricio Oberto Magic: Jameer Nelson, Vince Carter, Matt Barnes, Rashard Lewis, Dwight Howard Line: Magic by 13.5 The Wizards signed Shaun Livingston six weeks ago unaware of what he could still do in this league,...

By Michael Lee  |  April 7, 2010; 6:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Stephen Curry: One that got away?

The Wizards were never seriously interested in keeping the fifth overall pick last summer, with President Ernie Grunfeld always looking to make a deal that would bolster his team's depth. They did their due diligence, scouting the top prospects and bringing them in for workouts. But after going through that...

By Michael Lee  |  April 7, 2010; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
 
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A rare blowout win for the Wizards

Morning brew The Wizards thrashed the Golden State Warriors 112-93 last night at Verizon Center, denying Coach Don Nelson a victory that would have broken Lenny Wilkens's record for career coaching wins. Michael Lee later blogged that the Warriors are very generous guests. Nick Young scored a season high 29...

By Alexa Steele  |  April 7, 2010; 10:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Morning brew  | Tags: Gilbert Arenas, Golden State Warriors  
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Warriors again provide special nights for Wizards

Excuse me while I dunk on your face. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images) If the last two games have proven anything, it's that the opponent really does matter. The Wizards (24-53) have already doubled their win total from the month of March, and it has as much to...

By Michael Lee  |  April 7, 2010; 12:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
 
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Nick Young on season-high 29 points and win over Warriors

By Michael Lee  |  April 6, 2010; 11:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Don Nelson going for history, Thornton to return in Orlando

Warriors (23-53) at Wizards (23-53) Wizards starters: Shaun Livingston, Mike Miller, Nick Young, Andray Blatche, Fabricio Oberto Warriors: Stephen Curry, Corey Maggette, Reggie Williams, Anthony Tolliver, Chris Hunter Line: Warriors by 3 Don Nelson has 1,332 wins and needs one more to break Lenny Wilkens's all-time coaching wins record. But...

By Michael Lee  |  April 6, 2010; 6:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Uncertainty for Randy Foye, an honor for Gus Johnson

Morning brew Wizards guard Randy Foye says he'd like to stay with the Wizards next year, despite this season's ups and downs. However, a team source told Michael Lee that it is unlikely that the Wizards would retain Foye at the price of his qualifying offer, To foul or not...

By Alexa Steele  |  April 6, 2010; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (106)
Categories:  Morning brew  | Tags: Washington Wizards, gus johnson, randy foye  
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Gus Johnson finally gets in Hall of Fame

Four jerseys hang in the rafters at Verizon Center, belonging to Wes Unseld, Elvin Hayes, Earl Monroe and Gus Johnson. But until Monday, Johnson was the only member of that esteemed quartet to be denied a spot in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. That no longer is the...

By Michael Lee  |  April 5, 2010; 7:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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A Wizards win and a near triple-double

Morning brew The Wizards ended their nine-game home losing streak yesterday against the New Jersey Nets, 109-99. Andray Blatche (20 points, 13 assists, 9 rebounds ) just missed a triple-double. Here is video of Blatche's reaction to not achieving that goal (courtesy of the D.C. Sports Bog and Truth About...

By Alexa Steele  |  April 5, 2010; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
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Wizards finally come through in fourth quarter

After the Wizards beat the New Jersey Nets on Sunday - winning for the second time in the past three games - Coach Flip Saunders kept the victory in perspective. "A lot in this league is who you play," Saunders said after his team won 109-99 and handed the Nets...

By Michael Lee  |  April 5, 2010; 12:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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Cartier Martin on win and Andray Blatche's near triple-double

By Michael Lee  |  April 4, 2010; 10:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Ross is out but hopes to return this season

Nets (11-65) at Wizards (22-53) Wizards starters: Shaun Livingston, Mike Miller, Nick Young, Andray Blatche, Fabricio Oberto Nets: Devin Harris, Courtney Lee, Jarvis Hayes, Yi Jianlian, Brook Lopez Line: Wizards by 3.5 The Wizards will only have 10 players available on Sunday, with Al Thornton (strained right hip flexor) and...

By Michael Lee  |  April 4, 2010; 5:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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