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Wizards Insider: December 12, 2010 - December 18, 2010

Open thread: Wizards (6-18) vs. Heat (20-8)

On the same day they traded Gilbert Arenas to Orlando for Rashard Lewis, the Wizards play LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat five days after hosting Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers. Just another quiet Saturday in Chinatown. Let the conversation begin in the thread below. You...

By Gene Wang  | December 18, 2010; 7:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (118)
 
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Wizards deal Gilbert Arenas for Rashard Lewis

The Washington Wizards have completed a deal that would send former all-star guard Gilbert Arenas to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Rashard Lewis, the Wizards confirmed, and a news conference is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. today at Verizon Center. The deal ends a more than seven-year relationship between Arenas...

By Michael Lee  | December 18, 2010; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (227)
Categories:  Gilbert Arenas  
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Gilbert Arenas trade update; Magic GM Otis Smith: "Nothing is imminent"

Don't look at me like that. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/Washington Post) As Gilbert Arenas got prepared to walk through the doors of the practice court before the Wizards' shootaround, I asked him if he had anything he'd like to say. "You know I don't talk on game days,"...

By Michael Lee  | December 18, 2010; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  Gilbert Arenas  
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Wizards, Magic discussing trade; Arenas expected to play for Washington tonight

A league source with knowledge of the situation has confirmed that the Wizards and the Orlando Magic are discussing a potential trade with former all-star guard Gllbert Arenas but said that Arenas is expected to be in the lineup tonight for Washington when the Wizards play the Miami Heat tonight...

By Michael Lee  | December 18, 2010; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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Report: Wizards in serious discussions to trade Gilbert Arenas to Orlando

The rumor that will never die has regained new life, as Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that the Wizards are engaged in serious discussions with the Orlando Magic to acquire Gilbert Arenas. According to the report, discussions have intensified in recent days, but the parameters of the deal...

By Michael Lee  | December 17, 2010; 9:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
 
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Wizards hope to have Josh Howard and Andray Blatche against Miami

The Wizards have been plagued by injuries all season, but they are moving closer to being whole, with Josh Howard possibly set to make his season debut and Andray Blatche returning from a two-game absence on Saturday when the Miami Heat makes its first appearance to Verizon Center. Y'all ready...

By Michael Lee  | December 17, 2010; 6:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Andray Blatche, Josh Howard  
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Big comebacks have become a disturbing trend

They came back from 17 points down in the fourth quarter to defeat Philadelphia and from 12 down at halftime to defeat Portland, but the Wizards' last two victories this season may have given this team a false sense of comfort. For some reason, the Wizards have decided to spot...

By Michael Lee  | December 17, 2010; 8:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (108)
Categories:  Morning brew  
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Wizards' latest loss could result in a lineup change

How are we supposed to win like this? (Reuters Photos) There was a moment -- perhaps when former Wizard Quinton Ross nearly crashed into me at press row and was set to make another trip to the free throw line - when this boring, foul-plagued game had me drifting....

By Michael Lee  | December 17, 2010; 1:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
Categories:  Al Thornton, Flip Saunders, Gilbert Arenas, JaVale McGee  
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Open thread: Wizards (6-17) at Nets (6-19)

The Wizards are in New Jersey tonight for a game against the 6-19 Nets -- a team on an eight-game losing streak and with the worst record in the Eastern Conference. New Jersey has won only four games on its home court. All of this should give Washington a chance...

By Washington Post Sports  | December 16, 2010; 4:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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Unheralded "other two" rookies thrust into spotlight

We're going to need you, Kevin. (AP Photo) Possibly down one first-round pick, the Wizards will have to rely on the unheralded other two on Thursday as they prepare to face the New Jersey Nets. With John Wall expected to miss his ninth game of the season with right...

By Michael Lee  | December 16, 2010; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Kevin Seraphin, Trevor Booker  
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Wizards in similar spot, hoping to avoid repeat performance

For the second time in two weeks, the Wizards are on the road, facing a team on an eight-game losing streak that is looking up at them in the standings. Last week, the Wizards were without John Wall and Andray Blatche and went to Sacramento, where the Kings trounced them...

By Michael Lee  | December 16, 2010; 9:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Morning brew  
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Yi Jianlian to miss next two to four weeks with sprained MCL

Yi Jianlian may have to wait until March 20 to get his first shot against his former team, the New Jersey Nets. Yi will stay behind as the team hopes to end a 12-game road losing streak against the Nets on Thursday after an MRI revealed that he has a...

By Michael Lee  | December 15, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
Categories:  Andray Blatche, Flip Saunders, John Wall, Yi Jianlian  
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Short-handed Wizards increasingly frustrated

The Wizards have lost five in a row and nine of their past 10 games overall, and now they are resigned to simply accepting the moral victories. Injuries have kept the Wizards from getting a clear picture of what they have and what they could possibly become, which is becoming...

By Michael Lee  | December 15, 2010; 8:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (95)
Categories:  Morning brew  
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Injuries take toll as Wizards struggle to find answers offensively

Can't score like this. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post) It could either be seen as evidence of his continued growth or a sign of the dismal state of affairs for the Wizards, but are they really in a position where the team has to hope that Nick...

By Michael Lee  | December 15, 2010; 1:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Andray Blatche, Gilbert Arenas, JaVale McGee, John Wall, Nick Young, Trevor Booker, Yi Jianlian  
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Open thread: Wizards (6-16) vs. Lakers (17-7)

After watching John Wall go off for 22 points, 14 assists and three blocked shots in his first game against the Los Angeles Lakers, five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant felt the need to pull aside the No. 1 overall pick, give him a hug and some words of encouragement. "I...

By Michael Lee  | December 14, 2010; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
 
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Former Terp Steve Blake seeking a championship with the Lakers

Thanks for getting me closer to that ring, Kobe. (AP Photo) Of the six active players from the last Wizards team to reach the conference semifinals, Steve Blake is now best positioned to become the first to win an NBA championship as a member of the two-time defending champion...

By Michael Lee  | December 14, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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John Wall, Andray Blatche out against Los Angeles Lakers

At full strength, the Wizards were already facing a severe talent disparity against the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers. But they will now host the Lakers at Verizon Center without two of their three top scorers in John Wall and Andray Blatche, who will sit because of respective knee...

By Michael Lee  | December 14, 2010; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Andray Blatche, John Wall  
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Young ready for rematch against his hometown Lakers

Nick Young knows that he will never be able to get his father, Charles, to fully switch alliances from his favorite team, the Los Angeles Lakers. The tradition is too rich (16 NBA championships). The continued success is too tough to abandon (back-to-back titles). So, they have an agreement: Charles...

By Michael Lee  | December 14, 2010; 8:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Morning brew  
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Josh Howard talks about his return to the Wizards

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By Michael Lee  | December 13, 2010; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Josh Howard  
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Wizards could be shorthanded against the Los Angeles Lakers

The Wizards were without their leading scorer, second-leading scorer and third-leading scorer, as John Wall, Gilbert Arenas and Andray Blatche all missed practice on Monday because of various ailments. Blatche's appears to be the most severe, with Coach Flip Saunders saying that the 6-11 forward is "probably out" against the...

By Michael Lee  | December 13, 2010; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Al Thornton, Andray Blatche, Flip Saunders, Gilbert Arenas, John Wall  
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Howard closer to return; Blatche expects to play despite swollen knee

Josh Howard nears his return. Andray Blatche sits out practice with swelling in his left knee but expects to play Tuesday against the Lakers. Bullets alumni came to town for the first meeting of the Washington Bullets/Wizards Alumni Association before Friday's game against the Knicks (DC Sports Bog). Here's why...

By Washington Post editors  | December 13, 2010; 8:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Andray Blatche sits out practice with left knee swelling, expects to play against the Lakers

I'm going to feel this in the morning. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/Washington Post) Andray Blatche (left knee swelling) and John Wall (sore left foot) both sat out of practice to nurse their respective injuries. Blatche said he started developing soreness in his knee the day after scoring 14 points...

By Michael Lee  | December 12, 2010; 5:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Andray Blatche, Flip Saunders, John Wall  
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