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Wizards Insider: October 31, 2010 - November 6, 2010

Open thread: Wizards (1-3) vs. Cavaliers (2-3)

There won't be a dramatic reunion tonight at Verizon Center since Antawn Jamison will miss his third straight game with soreness in his left knee. With Jamison out and Gilbert Arenas limited to a 25-minute limit coming off the bench, there won't be any starters from those classic Cavaliers-Wizards playoff...

By Michael Lee  | November 6, 2010; 6:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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Josh Howard expects to "hopefully soon" start full practice, already giving back to D.C.

Josh Howard visited with Dr. David Altcheck at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York on Thursday and said he was cleared to participate in games of three-on-three, five-on-five, and more contact drills as he continues his recovery from left knee surgery last March. I could be a month...

By Michael Lee  | November 6, 2010; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  Josh Howard  
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John Wall, Wizards have turnover-filled outing in Gilbert Arenas's regular season debut

You might want to calm down before you take my team record for turnovers in a game. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill) After the Wizards' 112-91 loss to the New York Knicks on Friday, Gilbert Arenas sat with a ice pack on his left knee and his right foot in...

By Michael Lee  | November 6, 2010; 12:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
 
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Open thread: Wizards (1-2) at Knicks (2-2)

Gilbert Arenas will make his season debut on Friday night at Madison Square Garden, but he will be coming off the bench. Arenas has not played a regular season game since Jan. 5, but No. 1 overall pick John Wall said he is eager to welcome back the three-time all-star....

By Michael Lee  | November 5, 2010; 7:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
 
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Source: Gilbert Arenas set to make season debut in New York

Gilbert Arenas is set to make his season debut on Friday against the New York Knicks, a league source confirmed this morning. Arenas made it though the team's morning practice without any complications with his right ankle. He has missed the first three games of the season and hasn't played...

By Michael Lee  | November 5, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
 
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Wizards ready for "bright lights" of Madison Square Garden

When John Wall made his first appearance at Madison Square Garden with Kentucky last year, he took over the world's most famous arena with an electrifying performance. He led the Wildcats to a 64-61 win over Connecticut as he scored 12 of his team's final 15 points. Wall put on...

By Michael Lee  | November 5, 2010; 8:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Morning brew  
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Gilbert Arenas inching closer back, Flip Saunders defends John Wall and Kevin Garnett

Gilbert Arenas practiced fully on Thursday, spending most of his time lined up with the second unit which featured Lester Hudson, Yi Jianlian, Cartier Martin and Hamady Ndiaye. Arenas will be listed as a game-time decision when the Wizards face the New York Knicks on Friday at Madison Square Garden....

By Michael Lee  | November 4, 2010; 7:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
 
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Wizards still see room for improvement

The Wizards were never really discouraged after losing their first two games of the season, although that season-opening, 29-point drubbing in Orlando was rather deflating. But after recording their first victory of the season with a dramatic overtime victory over Philadelphia in their home debut the Wizards were feeling pretty...

By Michael Lee  | November 4, 2010; 8:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
Categories:  Morning brew  
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Friday's Wizards-Knicks game will be played at MSG

The Knicks released the following statement this afternoon: After receiving assurance from the city and environmental experts regarding the safety of the arena for our customers and employees, all events at Madison Square Garden, beginning with Friday night's Knicks game, will go on as scheduled. We have been working with...

By Alexa Steele  | November 3, 2010; 6:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Gilbert Arenas returns to practice; Wizards uncertain about location of Knicks game

Gilbert Arenas returned to practice on Wednesday, participating in some light, non-contact drills and "some full-court action," Wizards Coach Flip Saunders said, adding that the team would have to wait and see how his right ankle responds tomorrow before deciding when he would return. Arenas appears to be coming along...

By Michael Lee  | November 3, 2010; 4:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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A memorable home opener for Wall, Wizards

The Wizards finally put a notch in the win column, claiming their home opener at Verizon Center with a 116-115 overtime victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. The win featured a whole lot of John Wall, a healthy portion of Andray Blatche, a nice helping of Nick Young, a dash of...

By Michael Lee  | November 3, 2010; 8:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
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John Wall joins elite company with stellar performance in home debut

Woo-hooo! (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post) About an hour after winning his first NBA game, John Wall showed up for his post-game press conference wearing a black checker-patterned backpack over his shoulders. It matched his shirt and shoes, and Wall rarely leaves an arena without one. When...

By Michael Lee  | November 3, 2010; 12:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Open thread: Wizards (0-2) vs. 76ers (0-3)

The Wizards' home opener has finally arrived at they host the Philadelphia 76ers in a battle of winless teams. John Wall received treatment on his sprained right ankle and will play. Gilbert Arenas will not play, but Coach Flip Saunders said before the game that the three-time all-star will practice...

By Gene Wang  | November 2, 2010; 6:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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Wizards ready for home opener

By Michael Lee  | November 2, 2010; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Andray Blatche focused on inside play

Wizards assistant Gene Banks leaned in and put all of his weight on Andray Blatche. He pushed him, shoved him and roughed him up every time Blatche received the ball in the low post. Blatche had to accept the pounding and still get his shot off. He finally got...

By Michael Lee  | November 2, 2010; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Saunders: Arenas ruled out of home opener, Wall will play

Washington Wizards Coach Flip Saunders ruled out veteran guard Gilbert Arenas from tonight's home opener against the Philadelphia 76ers because of strained tendon in his right ankle but said rookie point guard John Wall, who sprained his right ankle on Saturday night in a 99-95 loss to Atlanta, will play....

By Gene Wang  | November 2, 2010; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Gilbert Arenas, John Wall  
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Home opener, Wall-Turner matchup near

A special night was dragging on and losing its buzz, but a few hours after the Wizards took him No. 1 overall, John Wall still had some responsibilities to take care of at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden. Draft picks had to pose for their last set of pictures...

By Michael Lee  | November 2, 2010; 8:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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John Wall expected to play, Gilbert Arenas likely to sit against 76ers as both deal with ankle injuries

The right ankles of the Wizards' two best players kept them sidelined for part of Monday's practice and are expected to keep at least one of them out of the home opener against Philadelphia. John Wall emerged from the locker room wearing a protective walking boot on his right ankle,...

By Michael Lee  | November 1, 2010; 3:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
Categories:  Gilbert Arenas, John Wall  
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Explosive performance in close loss

As it stands, the Wizards are the best of the NBA's winless teams -- but that's only because they have played the fewest games. The Wizards (0-2) are one of five teams that have played just two games this season and they will be among the last two after tonight....

By Alexa Steele  | November 1, 2010; 9:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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John Wall: "It was a great effort. We fought hard"

By Michael Lee  | October 31, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Wizards no longer timid, but remain winless

The difference between the Wizards that showed up in Atlanta, and the ones that failed to show up against the Orlando Magic was evident in the third period, when JaVale McGee got the ball near the foul line, drove around Hawks forward Josh Smith and dunked on him. Okay, you...

By Michael Lee  | October 31, 2010; 12:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
Categories:  Andray Blatche, Flip Saunders, JaVale McGee, John Wall  
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