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Wizards Insider: December 26, 2010 - January 1, 2011

Open thread: Wizards (8-23) vs. Hornets (19-14)

John Wall already faced a stiff challenge going up against New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul for the first time. But the task will be a little more difficult as the Wizards will not have the services of two players who would provide the most support. Josh Howard (sore...

By Michael Lee  | January 1, 2011; 6:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
Categories:  John Wall, Kirk Hinrich, Kirk Hinrich  
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Al Thornton adjusting to possibly more limited role

Al Thornton didn't really know how to handle it, since it caught him "completely" off guard. During the Wizards' win on Wednesday over the Indiana Pacers, Thornton had received a DNP-Coach's Decision for the first time since he joined the Wizards near the trade deadline. I've just got to stay...

By Michael Lee  | January 1, 2011; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  Al Thornton, Josh Howard, Rashard Lewis  
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Open thread: Wizards (8-22) at Pacers (13-17)

Coach Flip Saunders returned to the Wizards on Friday after missing the previous game against Indiana to tend to his mother, Debbie, in suburban Cleveland. "It's good to get back," he said. Saunders said his mother is still in intensive care, but "she's making some progress. Hopefully she'll be better...

By Michael Lee  | December 31, 2010; 2:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (135)
Categories:  Flip Saunders  
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Preparing for Indiana -- again

The Washington Wizards go for their first road win of the season this afternoon against the same team they beat handily just two days ago. Does that give the advantage to the Wizards or the Pacers, who no doubt will have payback in mind? "It could be both ways," said...

By Gene Wang  | December 31, 2010; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  Morning brew  
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Flip Saunders's status unclear

This morning the Washington Wizards went through practice without Coach Flip Saunders for the second time this week, as he remained away from the team to attend to a family emergency involving his mother. Saunders missed last night's 104-90 victory over Indiana, and it's uncertain whether he'll be back on...

By Gene Wang  | December 30, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  Flip Saunders, Nick Young  
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Refreshing turnaround for undermanned team

With Coach Flip Saunders absent from the start and point guard Kirk Hinrich unavailable for most of the game, the Washington Wizards put together one of their more complete games of the season last night in beating Indiana, 104-90. Go figure. Also unexpected was how energetic the team was defensively,...

By Gene Wang  | December 30, 2010; 8:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (113)
Categories:  Morning brew  
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JaVale McGee keeps Roy Hibbert in check

The Washington Wizards got robust defensive efforts all around in last night's 104-90 victory. over Indiana, but none was more impressive than starting center JaVale McGee's performance against surging Pacers counterpart Roy Hibbert. In addition to scoring 16 points, sinking 8 of 10 from the foul line, grabbing 10 rebounds...

By Gene Wang  | December 30, 2010; 12:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  JaVale McGee  
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Open thread: Wizards (7-22) vs. Pacers (13-16)

The Washington Wizards will be without Coach Flip Saunders for tonight's game because of a family emergency, so top assistant Randy Wittman will fill in as the the team tries to snap a two-game losing streak. The starting lineup looks like it's going to be Kirk Hinrich and Nick Young...

By Gene Wang  | December 29, 2010; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
Categories:  Flip Saunders  
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Wizards shopping Andray Blatche, but not JaVale McGee

The Wizards have already made one huge trade this season, sending former face of the franchise Gilbert Arenas to Orlando in exchange for Rashard Lewis. But they might not be done dealing. According to two Western Conference executives, the Wizards are gauging interest in Andray Blatche to determine if trading...

By Michael Lee  | December 29, 2010; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (131)
Categories:  Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee  
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Flip Saunders absent from morning shoot-around (Updated)

Updated 4:28 p.m.: Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld has announced that Flip Saunders will miss tonight's game against Indiana due to a family emergency involving his mother. Assistant Coach Randy Wittman will serve as head coach for tonight's game. Original post: Washington Wizards Coach Flip Saunders was absent from this morning's...

By Gene Wang  | December 29, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Flip Saunders  
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Despite losses, positive signs for Wizards

The Wizards have lost all three games with Rashard Lewis in uniform, and they are just 1-4 since Josh Howard returned from his left knee surgery, but could the team be nearing a breakthrough? After defeating the Wizards 100-93 on Monday, Houston Rockets coach Rick Adelman came away impressed with...

By Michael Lee  | December 29, 2010; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  Morning brew  
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Cartier Martin "being patient" with more reduced role

The schedule maker provided Cartier Martin with a nice present this holiday season, with a game scheduled in his hometown of Houston two days after Christmas. While the game wasn't exactly on the holiday, Martin shrugged and said it was "close enough. You get the same kind of feel, get...

By Michael Lee  | December 28, 2010; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Cartier Martin, Hilton Armstrong  
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Wizards have another fourth-quarter breakdown

After yet another game in which the Wizards managed to turn an all-but-certain victory into an agonizing defeat, John Wall said, "We're working hard, playing hard. Now, we've got to figure out how to finish out games." The Wizards certainly need to find a way to close out games, since...

By Michael Lee  | December 28, 2010; 9:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
Categories:  Morning brew  
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Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee move on, while Wizards remain stuck on road losing skid

Another one slips from our grasp. (Reuters Photos) The Wizards' road-losing streak didn't come to an end in Houston, but Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee both said after the game that the unfortunate incident from last week has been resolved. Emotions got the best of the Blatche and McGee...

By Michael Lee  | December 28, 2010; 2:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
Categories:  Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee, John Wall, Kirk Hinrich  
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Open thread: Wizards (7-21) at Rockets (14-15)

Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee are back from their one-game suspensions and will both be in the starting lineup as the Wizards attempt to end their 15-game road-losing skid dating back to last season. In the last meeting against Houston on Nov. 10, Blatche and McGee combined for 28 points...

By Michael Lee  | December 27, 2010; 8:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
 
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Kirk Hinrich adjusting to many different roles

Early in the fourth quarter of the Wizards' loss on Sunday in San Antonio, a fan yelled at Kirk Hinrich as he headed to the scorer's table. "Hey, Kirk. You're the man. Don't let anybody tell you different." Y'all must've forgot. (AP Photo) Hinrich didn't look up, but couldn't contain...

By Michael Lee  | December 27, 2010; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  Kirk Hinrich  
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Wizards continue to lose in San Antonio, on the road

Hard to say what to make of it, but the last time the Wizards won in San Antonio, on Dec. 11, 1999, was also during the season that they set the franchise record with 15 consecutive road losses -- a string of putrid play that actually began less than two...

By Michael Lee  | December 27, 2010; 9:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
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Rashard Lewis, Hilton Armstrong fill in well for suspended Wizards Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee

As the Wizards trudged to the locker room following their 14th straight road loss to start the season, Andray Blatche was standing outside the team bus talking with Tommy Sheppard, the Wizards' vice president of basketball administration. Blatche listened and nodded as Sheppard patted him on chest. Blatche will re-join...

By Michael Lee  | December 27, 2010; 1:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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Open thread: Wizards (7-20) at Spurs (25-4)

John Wall will return to action after missing the past five games with a bone bruise under his right knee cap. Wall will get limited minutes as the Wizards attempt to put a halt to their 13-game road losing streak against the San Antonio Spurs, who have hte league's best...

By Michael Lee  | December 26, 2010; 6:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
 
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Andray Blatche: 'I'm very sorry for the incident' with JaVale McGee

Wizards forward Andray Blatche issued an apology a day after he and teammate JaVale McGee were suspended for conduct detrimental to the team. Blatche and McGee will both miss the Wizards' game on Sunday against the San Antonio Spurs after the two had a dispute outside of an area club...

By Michael Lee  | December 26, 2010; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
Categories:  Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee  
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