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Wizards Insider: January 2, 2011 - January 8, 2011

Open thread: Wizards (9-25) at Bobcats (12-21)

The Wizards are 0-17 on the road this season and they haven't won a game in Charlotte since Dec. 26, 2007, a string of four consecutive losses. But some of the Wizards should feel at home on Saturday, with John Wall, Andray Blatche, Josh Howard, Trevor Booker and even Cartier...

By Michael Lee  | January 8, 2011; 6:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  John Wall, Josh Howard  
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Wizards find motivation for inspired defensive effort

I salute our motivation. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) For a team struggling for wins, the Wizards are always in search of some energy source to keep them motivated and focused. Coach Flip Saunders decided to lean on an awesome nature video on Friday against the New Jersey Nets, while the...

By Michael Lee  | January 8, 2011; 12:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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Open thread: Wizards (8-25) at Nets (10-25)

In an extensive interview with the Mike Wise show on Friday afternoon, Andray Blatche described himself as a finesse player and said he wouldn't force himself "to be a different player that I'm not." Later in the evening, Coach Flip Saunders said that facing up and playing on the perimeter...

By Michael Lee  | January 7, 2011; 6:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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Josh Howard to miss tonight's game vs. Nets

Swingman Josh Howard will not play tonight against the New Jersey Nets because of a sore left knee and will be reevaluated on Monday, Wizards Coach Flip Saunders said, adding there is no clear timetable for when he will be back. Howard played 12 minutes in Wednesday's 109-97 loss at...

By Gene Wang  | January 7, 2011; 6:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Josh Howard  
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Andray Blatche defends his game to Mike Wise

Andray Blatche is in the midst of a difficult slump, and has dealt with trade rumors and distractions off the court. But on Friday, Blatche took to defending himself on the Mike Wise Show. Dan Steinberg of the DC Sports Bog has the full transcript, but here are some of...

By Michael Lee  | January 7, 2011; 3:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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Fourth-quarter meltdown leads to 17th straight road loss

Again the Wizards had a lead, albeit by the slimmest of margins, in the fourth quarter on the road, and again, it didn't matter. Washington still is winless away from home after briefly taking a one-point lead with just under nine minutes to play and then collapsing the rest of...

By Gene Wang  | January 6, 2011; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (149)
Categories:  Morning brew  
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John Wall continues to excel against 76ers

There's just something John Wall enjoys about playing the Philadelphia 76ers, but not even the prized rookie point guard could pinpoint exactly why following a 109-97 loss at Wells Fargo Center that while demoralizing did showcase the many skills of Wizards' No. 1 overall pick. Wall finished with 18 points...

By Gene Wang  | January 5, 2011; 11:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  John Wall  
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Open thread: Wizards (8-24) at 76ers (13-21)

Will tonight finally be time for the Wizards to get their first road win? "We'll find out in about three hours," Coach Flip Saunders said. Working in Washington's favor is a roster that's been healthier than at any other time this season. All 14 players practiced yesterday, including guard Kirk...

By Gene Wang  | January 5, 2011; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Categories:  John Wall  
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JaVale McGee is officially in dunk contest; Lester Hudson waived

Washington Wizards center JaVale McGee has had his fair share of acrobatic dunks this season, and now he'll get a chance to show some of those moves nationally when he participates in the NBA's dunk contest as part of All-Star Weekend. The NBA announced that McGee, the Los Angeles Clippers'...

By Gene Wang  | January 5, 2011; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  JaVale McGee  
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JaVale McGee excited about dunk contest

Even though reports began surfacing last night that JaVale McGee was among those scheduled to participate in the NBA dunk contest, the Wizards center confirmed it himself this morning with a Tweet that read: "3 big men in the dunk contest... #Priceless... really excited !!!!" McGee will be one of...

By Gene Wang  | January 5, 2011; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
Categories:  JaVale McGee  
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Another chance to break the streak

The Washington Wizards just can't seem to escape the question each time they're about to visit another city: When are they finally going to end their NBA-worst road losing streak? This time the Wizards try for their first road victory when they meet the Philadelphia 76ers at Wachovia Center tonight...

By Gene Wang  | January 5, 2011; 8:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Morning brew  
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Wizards have entire roster practicing for first time

Wizards Coach Flip Saunders was watching a Boston Celtics game on television the other night when he heard an announcer talking about Celtics Coach Doc Rivers having to come up with his fifth starting lineup of the season. Saunders thought about his own team's situation: The Wizards have had three...

By Gene Wang  | January 4, 2011; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
Categories:  Flip Saunders, Josh Howard, Kirk Hinrich  
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Blatche in a funk, trying to clear his mind

Wizards forward Andray Blatche battles through a shooting slump and admits that trade rumors bother him. Yi Jianlian (knee) and Kirk Hinrich (thigh) return to practice -- with Hinrich sporting new protective eyewear. John Wall rings in the New Year in a dance-off against Chris Brown (DC Sports Bog via...

By Washington Post editors  | January 4, 2011; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
Categories:  Morning brew  
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Hinrich, Yi return to practice

Both guard Kirk Hinrich (thigh) and forward Yi Jianlian (knee) returned to practice on Monday at Verizon Center, and the two said they felt encouraged by their continued progress returning from injury. Hinrich sported a pair of athletic glasses that he said were for protective purposes, not corrective. Hinrich said...

By Paul Tenorio  | January 3, 2011; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
 
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Continuity remains a goal for the Wizards

The Wizards acquired Rashard Lewis on Dec. 18, but in two weeks, the veteran former all-star forward has played six games but been able to participate in only three full practices. He arrived in Washington two days after the deal, sat out that night against Charlotte, practiced in advance of...

By Michael Lee  | January 3, 2011; 8:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
Categories:  Morning brew  
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New year, same problems for the Wizards

Andray Blatche had another difficult shooting night and had nothing to say after the game, ducking out of the locker room while reporters were speaking with Nick Young. JaVale McGee showed some flashes offensively and blocked six shots, but was in no mood to talk, either, as he sat in...

By Michael Lee  | January 2, 2011; 12:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (154)
Categories:  Flip Saunders, John Wall, Nick Young  
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