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Wizards Insider: December 5, 2010 - December 11, 2010

Open thread: Wizards (6-15) vs. Knicks (14-9)

Tonight the Wizards face the Knicks at Verizon Center. New York boasts a 9-4 record on the road this season, while Washington is 6-3 at home. Chat about the game in the comments below, or join the conversation on Twitter. Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) is off tonight, but Alan Goldenbach...

By Washington Post editors  | December 10, 2010; 6:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (104)
 
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John Wall, Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee will start vs. Knicks

UPDATED AT 6:17 p.m.: Rookie guard John Wall will be a game-time decision for will start tonight's home matchup with the New York Knicks, according to Wizards Coach Flip Saunders. Wall injured his left foot and was a late scratch from the last game of the Wizards' road trip, which...

By Alan Goldenbach  | December 10, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee, John Wall, Josh Howard  
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Ernie Grunfeld on the season so far

In this morning's newspaper, Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld addresses his team's lack of consistency this season. LaVar Arrington thinks it might be too much too soon for rookie John Wall. Wall talks about his most recent injury. AROUND THE WEB As the anniversary of the Verizon Center gun incident nears,...

By Washington Post editors  | December 10, 2010; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
Categories:  Morning brew  
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Video: John Wall talks about his injury

Also, LaVar Arrington gives his opinion on Wall's style of play over on his Hard Hits blog. Check it out here....

By Washington Post editors  | December 9, 2010; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  John Wall  
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Tough stretch looms for Wizards

In the third quarter of their 116-91 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday, the Wizards were getting back on defense when Coach Flip Saunders called out the play. "One," Saunders shouted. "One." Then a heckler seated behind the Wizards bench said, "Yeah. One...win on the road. You guys need...

By Michael Lee  | December 9, 2010; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  Morning brew  
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Wizards "lay an egg" against Sacramento in final game of West Coast trip

Hurts to sit, more painful to watch. (AP Photo) Just looking at the three opponents on this Western Conference trip, the Wizards expected some stiff challenges in Phoenix and the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers. But they probably looked at their game against Sacramento as the one they...

By Michael Lee  | December 9, 2010; 3:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (103)
Categories:  Al Thornton, Gilbert Arenas, JaVale McGee, John Wall, Nick Young  
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John Wall misses seventh game with left foot injury

John Wall was ruled out in the second quarter of the Wizards' game against the Sacramento Kings with a sore left foot. After the Wizards' 115-108 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, Wall mentioned that he had injured his foot twice. Wall attempted to run a few sprints...

By Michael Lee  | December 8, 2010; 10:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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Open thread: Wizards (6-14) at Kings (4-15)

Andray Blatche attempted to test his bruised left hip, but quickly decided that he was unable to play and would miss his second consecutive game. Coach Flip Saunders said he would likely lean on rookies Trevor Booker and Kevin Seraphin earlier than he did in Los Angeles, when the duo...

By Michael Lee  | December 8, 2010; 9:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Kevin Seraphin, Trevor Booker  
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A Kentucky reunion in California

Me and my brothers. (AP Photo) Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins furrowed his brow and offered a quizzical look when asked this week if he was looking forward to his first career matchup against John Wall. "John, who?" Cousins asked, acting as if he had amnesia. John Wall? The...

By Michael Lee  | December 8, 2010; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  John Wall  
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Nick Young, Wizards discuss hard-fought loss to Lakers

By Michael Lee  | December 8, 2010; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Seraphin and Booker answer the call

The Wizards were without their best low post scorer and second-leading rebounder on Tuesday, but Andray Blatche's absence from their 115-108 loss to the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers was overshadowed by a surprising second-half rally inspired partly by Kevin Seraphin. Seraphin was only on the active roster on his...

By Michael Lee  | December 8, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Morning brew  
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Wizards lose 11th straight road game but Nick Young, rookies leave an impression

Thanks for the love, Kobe. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images) John Wall wasn't expecting it, but he immediately headed over to Kobe Bryant when the five-time NBA champion sought out the No. 1 overall pick after Wall played his first game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center....

By Michael Lee  | December 8, 2010; 4:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  Gilbert Arenas, John Wall, Kevin Seraphin, Nick Young, Trevor Booker  
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Open thread: Wizards (6-13) at Lakers (14-6)

Andray Blatche and Kirk Hinrich were the only Wizards to start the first 19 games of the season, but neither will be among the first five as the team faces the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. Blatche is out with a left hip contusion, which will give Yi Jianlian his...

By Michael Lee  | December 7, 2010; 10:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
Categories:  Andray Blatche, Flip Saunders, John Wall, Kirk Hinrich, Yi Jianlian  
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Josh Howard on return: "It's about to be that time"

Josh Howard is moving closer to making his long-awaited season debut after spending the past few months rehabilitating from left knee surgery. Howard has been cautious about his return -- and had a slight setback a few weeks ago -- but he said on Tuesday that he would likely be...

By Michael Lee  | December 7, 2010; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Flip Saunders, Josh Howard  
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Wizards face "a tough challenge" in the two-time defending world champs

The Los Angeles Lakers are probably the last team the Wizards would like to face as they attempt to end a 10-game road-losing streak. The Lakers rank second in scoring (108.5 points) and rebounding (44.9) and they have yet to lose a home game to a team with a losing...

By Michael Lee  | December 7, 2010; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Morning brew  
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Wizards react to Steve Nash, 10th road loss in Phoenix

By Michael Lee  | December 6, 2010; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (99)
Categories:  Flip Saunders, Gilbert Arenas, John Wall  
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Wizards' road woes continue

A lot has changed for the Wizards since April 9. They've added the No. 1 overall pick, brought back Gilbert Arenas, acquired Kirk Hinrich and Yi Jianlian and added some other rookies and free agents. But those additions have not helped the Wizards record a win on the road just...

By Michael Lee  | December 6, 2010; 8:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (111)
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Steve Nash carves up Wizards as they struggle to find some continuity

After all these years, Steve Nash remains one of the league's top five point guards

By Michael Lee  | December 6, 2010; 1:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Flip Saunders, Gilbert Arenas, John Wall, Trevor Booker, Yi Jianlian  
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Open thread Wizards (6-12) at Suns (10-9)

Coach Flip Saunders will continue to bring Gilbert Arenas off the bench, while starting Kirk Hinrich in the backcourt with John Wall and using Alonzo Gee at small forward. Saunders said he wasn't sure when, or if, he would make Arenas a starter again. "We'll have to wait and see,"...

By Michael Lee  | December 5, 2010; 7:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Alvin Gentry says JaVale McGee "should be in the running for most improved player"

JaVale McGee's development this season has not gone unnoticed by Pheonix Suns coach Alvin Gentry, who said on Sunday that the third-year center should be in consideration for the league's most improved player award. McGee probably doesn't have a chance, with Kevin Love rebounding like he replaced his hands with...

By Michael Lee  | December 5, 2010; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  JaVale McGee  
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