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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 Quinton Ross (lower back bruise) sidelined with injuries. Ross sustained his injury while catching a Brad Miller elbow to the back in the first quarter against the Chicago Bulls on Friday. He was forced to leave immediately afterward.

"For him not to play, it's got to be pretty tight," Coach Flip Saunders said about Ross.

Ross said he expects to be back before the season ends. "It shouldn't be too long. I'm trying to get my swelling down. I'll be straight," he said.

Although the Wizards only have six games remaining in a lottery-bound season, Ross said he hasn't had any thoughts about shutting it down for the rest of the season. "You still got to be professional. I still want to play," he said. "I want to help this team get wins. it's not that many games left, but if I'm able to play, I should."

Andray Blatche needs only 11 points to reach 1,000 points for the first time in his career. Blatche's previous career-high for a full season was 713.

Blatche scored a career-high 36 points when the Wizards defeated the Nets, 89-85. Since that game, the Wizards have gone 1-17 and the Nets (11-65) have gone 5-12. Saunders said he has noticed a difference in New Jersey, especially since they avoided breaking Philadelphia's record of nine wins in 1972-73.

"They are playing good. No question, since they won, got off where they aren't going to match Philadelphia, they've played looser," Saunders said. "They are healthier. Devin Harris is an all-star guard. Brook Lopez has played big. They are playing with a lot more confidence and playing well. it's deceptive. Sometimes, you get off and never get it going."

Head athletic trainer Eric Waters is back with the team. He missed the trip to Houston and New Orleans after having an emergency appendectomy while the team was in Charlotte. He returned to Washington on Sunday and after a few days of rest, he worked on Friday night. Waters said on Sunday that he is feeling much better.

By Michael Lee  |  April 4, 2010; 5:56 PM ET
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Looks like I some subtle results on the floor that only come from coaching.

Did we make a coaching change?


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 4, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

SAM is calling the shots for the last seven games. SAUNDERS is taking a sabbatical from the youngsters. Chuckle. No really, but I thought I saw some coaching as well LARRY. Looks like the WIZ want the wins to get out of the lottery. I love the winning, but every one hurts lottery-wise.

Posted by: glawrence007 | April 4, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Alright peoples how bout an unofficial poll? Some questions about this upcoming offseason...

When Leonsis takes over does he start fresh from ground ze-ro? Should he change the team name and colors to separate from "The Wizards" embarrasing legacy? Should he change the name back to Bullets, keep Wizards, or got to something entirely new? Should he just change the team colors, and if so to what?

Should Ted keep Ernie and/or Flip?

What about the players? Who do we keep?

Do we keep Gil? If we keep him, do we keep him at PG or move him to SG?

Do we keep Livingston? Can he be our starting PG?

Do we keep Howard? Do we keep him at his 1yr team option and see what he does in that 1 year, or do we renegotiate him at a lower salary per year but maybe something more long term?

Do we keep Miller? Foye? Singleton? Oberto? Boykins?

Can Blatche/Thornton be our fowards of the future?

Who should we draft?? Assuming Wall and Turner are gone when we pick who do you want?? Cousins, Favors, Wesley Johnson, Aminu, Ed Davis, Cole Aldrich and Greg Monroe are some of the players that could be available to us.

What free agents would you be interested in? Joe Johnson, Larry Hughes, Hakim Warrick, Chris Duhon, David Lee, Amare Stoudamire, Chris Bosh, Kyle Lowry, Carlos Boozer are some examples of available players...

Posted by: Darnell1 | April 4, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Three way tie for the third spot in the draft lottery-D.C., DETROIT and GOLDEN STATE with NETS then T-WOLVES 1,2.

Hear the news. FONOVAN McNABB is a REDSKIN for the #37 pick in this month's draft and either a third or fourth next year. SOUP's on the block probably for a third.

Posted by: glawrence007 | April 4, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse


Lots of questions dude.

We need seven bigs and eight others.

IN the house:

#5 - McGEE
#3 - HOWARD (team option), THORNTON, ROSS (player option)
#2 - ARENAS, FOYE (80% offer), YOUNG
#1 - None

Eight players - keep seven.

I say you don't exercise HOWARD's option at any price. Too extensive a medical history for the money.

Offer FOYE. No choice with ROSS.



COUSINS or FAVORS (4 million) with our first
DaSEAN BUTLER or NEMANJA BJELICA (2.5 million) with CAVS first
JERMAINE JORDAN (1 million) with our second

ADD FA's with estimated payroll:

RANDOLPH MORRIS (1.5 million)
CARLOS BOOZER (13 million)
AL HARRINGTON (11 million)
DEREK FISHER (6 million)

Posted by: glawrence007 | April 4, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Man just imagine though if we actually got Wall!! We could have a backcourt rotation next season of Wall, Livingston, Foye, Arenas, Howard and Miller.

Posted by: Darnell1 | April 4, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

We could also put Howard and Miller in the forward rotation with Thornton, Singleton and Blatche. Not too shabby... but we got a big hole at center. Unless McGee can make huge improvements to his game we gotta enforce that spot. Some FA centers include Haywood, Camby, Big Ben, and Pryzbilla. We could potentially package Nick Young and our 2 later picks for a center.

Posted by: Darnell1 | April 4, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

David Lee could even be an interesting player to look at filling the center spot. Imagine a frontcourt of Lee with Blatche and Thornton. Rotate in Miller at SF, McGee off the bench, Singleton and Howard. That's not a bad frontcourt. Arenas and Wall in the backcourt, with Livingston and Foye, Howard and Miller.

Posted by: Darnell1 | April 4, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Ok there it is.

We draft Wall and sign free agent C David Lee.


Still have our 2 later draft picks...Gani Lawal would be a nice pickup in late first round... second round, I dont see him on any of the mocks Ive checked but I'd gotta take a look at that dude Zoubek on Duke.

Posted by: Darnell1 | April 4, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

As far as Lee... 6-9 250 Center New York Knicks, unrestricted Free Agent, age 26.

News: Lee posted a historic triple-double Friday against the Warriors, racking up 37 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists.
Spin: The triple-double was the first of Lee's career and marked the first time since the ABA-NBA merger in '76-'77 that a player had at least 30 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists in a game. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (in 1976) was the last player to do so.

He is the perfect gritty low-post rebounder to play next to the finese shot-blocking Blatche, with Thornton physical style and all-around skills at SF that would be pretty solid. Guys like McGee, Singleton, Miller and Howard off the bench. Maybe add that dude Zoubek in the 2nd round as a 3rd center. But between Lee, McGee and Blatche center is pretty secure, and all those guys can fit in an uptempo style.

Posted by: Darnell1 | April 4, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Lee is averaging 20 and 12 this season btw.

Posted by: Darnell1 | April 4, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

What do you all think??!!

Wall, Arenas, Thornton, Blatche, Lee.

Bench Livingston, Foye, Young, Howard, Miller, Lawal, Singleton, McGee, Zoubek.

Posted by: Darnell1 | April 4, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

What do you all think??!!

Wall, Arenas, Thornton, Blatche, Lee.

Bench Livingston, Foye, Young, Howard, Miller, Lawal, Singleton, McGee, Zoubek.

Posted by: Darnell1 | April 4, 2010 11:29 PM

This would be AMAZING or lets say we don't keep Young or Miller....pick up Rudy Gay and have him start at SF with Thornton off bench so....

Wall, Arenas, GAY, Blatche, Lee.

Bench Livingston, Foye, YOUNG, Howard, THORNTON, Lawal, Singleton, McGee, Zoubek.


Wall, Arenas, GAY, Blatche, Lee.

Bench Livingston, Foye, THORNTON, Howard, MILLER, Lawal, Singleton, McGee, Zoubek.

Posted by: kanderson2385 | April 5, 2010 12:24 AM | Report abuse

The Wizards need to add Rudy Gay. He adds excitement and somewhat of a local talent as well.

Posted by: Theone9 | April 5, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

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