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Wizards Insider: April 11, 2010 - April 17, 2010

Wizards lose tiebreaker, gain salary cap space

The Wizards finished tied with Golden State for the fourth-worst record in the NBA, but their chances of winning the draft lottery on May 18 got slightly worse on Friday when they lost a tiebreaker to the Warriors in a random drawing. The Wizards (26-56) will have the fifth-best odds...

By Michael Lee  |  April 16, 2010; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
 
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Al Thornton: "I feel good about the future"

By Michael Lee  |  April 16, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Fabricio Oberto: "I got a lot of decisions to make"

By Michael Lee  |  April 16, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Cedric Jackson: "I'm going to stay connected with the guys"

By Michael Lee  |  April 16, 2010; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Cartier Martin: "It's a privilege. You can't get too comfortable"

Shaun Livingston interviews Cartier Martin...

By Michael Lee  |  April 16, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Nick Young: "You don't know how this team might look"

By Michael Lee  |  April 16, 2010; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Mike Miller: "I have some loyalties to the Wizards"

By Michael Lee  |  April 16, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Tags: mike miller, wizards  
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Shaun Livingston: "Hopefully I did what I came here to do"

By Michael Lee  |  April 16, 2010; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Tags: Shaun Livingston, Wizards  
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An offseason of uncertainty

Morning brew The playoffs are set to begin on Saturday, and for the second year in a row, the Wizards will not be participants. The organization faces a summer of uncertainty, with several players entering free agency and the franchise still in the process of being sold. Coach Flip Saunders,...

By Michael Lee  |  April 16, 2010; 8:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Tags: Associated Press, Chris Miller, Fabricio Oberto, Flip Saunders, Gilbert Arenas, Mike Jones, Mike Miller, Soap opera  
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Andray Blatche: 'I'm not satisfied at all'

By Michael Lee  |  April 15, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
 
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Flip on Gilbert Arenas and needed areas of improvement for Wizards

By Michael Lee  |  April 15, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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Josh Howard: 'I'm not looking to break the bank'

By Michael Lee  |  April 15, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Flip Saunders on end of season and desire to return

By Michael Lee  |  April 15, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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On to the draft lottery

Morning brew The Wizards won their final game of this regular season last night, 98-97 over the Indiana Pacers. But was it a costly victory? Michael Lee says it may have hurt the Wizards' chances of a better spot in the draft lottery. In his "gamer" Lee looks back on...

By Alexa Steele  |  April 15, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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A costly victory?

Al Thornton sat in front of his locker room stall after the season finale, staring at the floor, in a daze. As I approached him, I jokingly asked him if he knew who I was. Thornton smiled and nodded. Thanks for the three. Kind of. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari) I...

By Michael Lee  |  April 14, 2010; 11:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
 
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A look back at the 2009-10 season

One last laugh. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images) This has undoubtedly been one of, if not the most bizarre, perplexing, unpredictable and disappointing seasons in the history of this franchise. It's impossible to find a turning point, since there were so many dizzying twists and turns...

By Michael Lee  |  April 14, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
 
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Wizards in-game chat

Washington Post reporter Gene Wang will be online starting at 8 p.m. for an in-game chat as the Wizards play the Indiana Pacers at Verizon Center in their final game of the season. Join the discussion below: Wizards vs. Pacers...

By Gene Wang  |  April 14, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Who would you like to see in a Wizards uniform?

Could you learn to love me, D.C.? (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images) Several teams, such as New York and New Jersey, have spent the past few seasons focused solely on the summer of 2010, when the greatest free agent class in recent memory hits the market,...

By Michael Lee  |  April 14, 2010; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
 
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As Wizards' season winds down, opportunities open up

Morning brew Tonight marks the end of the regular season, and Michael Lee is looking foward to what the Wizards might do in the offseason with lots of money to spend on free agents. Also, here's a rundown of the top available free agents. Yesterday Dan Steinberg's D.C. Sports Bog...

By Alexa Steele  |  April 14, 2010; 9:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Fourth-quarter collapse, injury update

Morning brew The Wizards melted down in the fourth quarter of the season's final road game, falling to the Knicks last night, 114-103. After the game, Michael Lee caught up with Josh Howard, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in February. He was in New York meet with his doctors...

By Alexa Steele  |  April 13, 2010; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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Josh Howard is "ahead of schedule" with knee rehab

Shortly before the Wizards' tipped off against the Knicks, Josh Howard emerged from the tunnel in Madison Square Garden wearing a powder blue sport coat and moving along without the assistance of crutches. A knee brace was still noticeable underneath his jeans, but Howard was able to sit down with...

By Michael Lee  |  April 12, 2010; 11:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Randy Foye to have surgery on Thursday

Wizards (25-55) at Knicks (28-52) Wizards starters: Shaun Livingston, Mike Miller, Nick Young, Andray Blatche, Fabricio Oberto Knicks: Chris Duhon, Bill Walker, Danilo Gallinari, David Lee, Earl Barron Line: Knicks by 3.5 Randy Foye visited with a hand specialist on Monday in New York, where his camouflage cast was removed....

By Michael Lee  |  April 12, 2010; 7:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Andray Blatche, Nick Young are dialed in

Morning brew Despite how trying the past few months have been, some Washington Wizards players are not ready for this season to end. In today's newspaper Michael Lee describes Andray Blatche and Nick Young's pregame "telephone" routine, which Blatche says shows that the two are "dialed in" with each other....

By Alexa Steele  |  April 12, 2010; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Morning brew  | Tags: Andray Blatche, Dan Steinberg, Gilbert Arenas, NBA, National Basketball Association, Nick Young, Shaun Livingston, Washington Wizard  
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Andray Blatche for most improved player?

After the Wizards dropped to 25-55 with a 105-95 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday, Andray Blatche was asked what personal goals he had -- aside from wins -- with just two games remaining this season. Blatche was ready with an answer before the reporter finished the question. "I...

By Michael Lee  |  April 11, 2010; 1:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
 
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