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Wizards Insider: November 21, 2010 - November 27, 2010

Open thread: Wizards (5-9) vs Magic (11-4)

Orlando enters this game having won two in a row, including 104-95 over Miami on Wednesday. Center Dwight Howard continues to toy with the rest of the Eastern Conference, averaging 22 points and 12 rebounds per game. When Wizards Coach Flip Saunders was asked about how Washington center JaVale McGee...

By Gene Wang  | November 27, 2010; 6:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
Categories:  JaVale McGee  
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John Wall to miss fifth game

Washington Wizards rookie point guard John Wall is out for tonight's game against Orlando with a bruised right knee, marking the fifth time he'll be unavailable this season because of injury. This latest setback, which Wall suffered in a 116-114 overtime win against Philadelphia on Monday, comes just after the...

By Gene Wang  | November 27, 2010; 6:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  John Wall  
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John Wall's status in doubt for Orlando

As Washington Wizards players wound down their short practice this afternoon on the Verizon Center auxiliary court, rookie point guard John Wall was practicing foul shots off to the side while talking with assistant coach Sam Cassell. Wall then took a short break from the light shooting and circled his...

By Gene Wang  | November 26, 2010; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  John Wall  
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Wizards embarrassed again on national television

It wasn't the foot. If you are wondering why he didn't have that usual giddy-up, that extra burst that allows him to go on those don't-blink-or-you'll-miss-it, one-man fast breaks on Thursday against the Atlanta Hawks, John Wall said after the Wizards' 116-96 loss, "My foot's fine." Sorry we had to...

By Michael Lee  | November 26, 2010; 2:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
Categories:  Flip Saunders, Gilbert Arenas, JaVale McGee, John Wall, Kevin Seraphin, Kirk Hinrich, Nick Young  
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Open thread: Wizards (5-8) at Hawks (8-7)

With John Wall back from his left foot injury and Al Thornton expected to miss a few games with a sprained left ankle, Coach Flip Saunders will finally go with a starting lineup featuring three point guards in Wall, Gilbert Arenas and Kirk Hinrich, JaVale McGee and Andray Blatche against...

By Michael Lee  | November 25, 2010; 7:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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Al Thornton to miss "a couple of games" with sprained left ankle

Al Thornton was understandably disappointed on Thanksgiving. He was back in his home state of Georgia, but won't be able to play against the Hawks tonight because of a sprained left ankle that he aggravated in the first quarter of the Wizards' 116-114 win over Philadelphia two days before. "And...

By Michael Lee  | November 25, 2010; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Al Thornton  
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Elton Brand suspended one game for foul on JaVale McGee

Updated at 5:09 p.m.: Elton Brand pushed JaVale McGee from the sky, sending him backward as McGee attempting to dunk. Brand was unable to prevent McGee from completing the slam, and when McGee landed on the floor, he rolled around in pain then looked over at the Philadelphia 76ers bench....

By Michael Lee  | November 24, 2010; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
 
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Many contributed to improbable Wizards win

Nick Young got fouled while making a fall-away jumper in the lane in the third quarter of the Wizards' 116-114 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, and before he attempted the free throw, John Wall pushed him. Then, JaVale McGee shoved. Then, Andray Blatche pushed him again, forcing Young to stumble...

By Michael Lee  | November 24, 2010; 8:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
Categories:  Morning brew  
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John Wall shows (again) why Wizards selected him first overall

I see why they took you, John. (AP Photo) If you turned the channel when Marreese Speights made a layup to give the Philadelphia 76ers a 15-point lead with about eight minutes left, or when 76ers rookie Evan Turner stepped to the foul line for two free throws and...

By Michael Lee  | November 24, 2010; 1:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  John Wall  
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Wall returns to action after missing four games

John Wall returns to action after missing four games with a sprained left foot.

By Michael Lee  | November 23, 2010; 8:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  John Wall  | Tags:  John Wall, in-game, injuries, injury  
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Open thread: Wizards (4-8) vs. 76ers (3-11)

Most of the Wizards players arrived after the death of franchise patriarch Abe Pollin, but on the eve of the anniversary of his passing, Coach Flip Saunders remembered him as a giving person. Saunders participated in a luncheon for senior citizens that Pollin started many years ago. "The legacy that...

By Michael Lee  | November 23, 2010; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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One year after his father's death, Robert Pollin reflects

Don't forget, my dad hired you, Mr. Stern. (AP Photo) On Nov. 24 of last year, Abe Pollin was having lunch with his wife, Irene, and son, Robert, when he decided that he was going to attend a Washington Wizards game. His health was waning because of a rare...

By Michael Lee  | November 23, 2010; 5:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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No official word on John Wall's status

The Washington Wizards appear hopeful rookie point guard John Wall will be back in the fold tonight against the Philadelphia 76ers at Verizon Center, but Coach Flip Saunders said anything definitive would have to wait until closer to tip-off. Wall has missed the past four games with an injury to...

By Gene Wang  | November 23, 2010; 10:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  John Wall  
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Gee: Signing with Spurs was 'big decision'

Alonzo Gee understood that there was some risk when he decided to leave Washington after his second 10-day contract to join a playoff contender in San Antonio. With the Wizards, Gee was assured playing time on an injury-ravaged and inexperienced team. But with the Spurs, Gee was presented the opportunity...

By Michael Lee  | November 23, 2010; 8:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Morning brew  
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Lester Hudson on getting waived: "It's a business"

I'm waving goodbye. (AP Photo) For the previous few days at practice, Lester Hudson was the last player the leave the court, as he used some extra time to take jumpers with Wizards assistants Ryan Saunders and Wes Unseld Jr. Hudson had been struggling all season to regain the...

By Michael Lee  | November 22, 2010; 9:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Alonzo Gee rejoins Wizards, Lester Hudson waived [UPDATED]

The Wizards have completed a somewhat startling reunion, as the team has brought back swingman Alonzo Gee, according to multiple league sources. In order to make the move possible, the Wizards waived reserve point guard Lester Hudson. Ready for another Gee thing? (AP Photo) Gee spent part of last season...

By Michael Lee  | November 22, 2010; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
 
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One giant leap for JaVale McGee

After JaVale McGee grabbed 12 rebounds on Friday against Memphis, Coach Flip Saunders was cautious about praising McGee too much, because he wanted to see how McGee would perform in his next game against Ben Wallace and the Detroit Pistons. Wallace is an aging veteran who has lost most of...

By Michael Lee  | November 22, 2010; 8:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Gilbert Arenas makes the pass, then Richard Hamilton makes the Wizards pay

If my teammate is open, I'm making the pass. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson) Gilbert Arenas faced a tough choice with the game tied and time running out at the end of regulation: Should he force a shot over Richard Hamilton and Charlie Villanueva? Or should he kick it out to...

By Michael Lee  | November 21, 2010; 11:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Andray Blatche, Gilbert Arenas  
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Open thread: Wizards (4-7) at Pistons (4-8)

About 90 minutes before tipoff, Coach Flip Saunders called John Wall a game-time decision and sounded pessimistic about having the No. 1 overall pick against the Detroit Pistons. The day before, Wall didn't participate in any non-contact drills during practice and said he would "probably not" be able to play....

By Michael Lee  | November 21, 2010; 5:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
 
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Wizards hope to end road skid

The Wizards ended a remarkable streak on Friday when they defeated the Memphis Grizzlies, 89-86, with a, grind-it-out, "root canal" performance that saw them shoot just 38 percent. It was the first time since Jan. 14, 2008 that the Wizards made fewer than 40 percent of their shots and still...

By Michael Lee  | November 21, 2010; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Andray Blatche, Flip Saunders  
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