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Wizards Insider: January 9, 2011 - January 15, 2011

Open thread: Wizards (10-27) vs. Raptors (13-26)

Andray Blatche (sprained right shoulder) and Nick Young (sore left knee) are both starting against the Raptors. Blatche said before the game that he had full range of motion in his arm after missing the loss to Minnesota two days before. Josh Howard will miss his fifth consecutive game and...

By Michael Lee  | January 15, 2011; 6:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
 
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Nick Young's status "up in the air" for Toronto

Nick Young was unable to practice this afternoon because of soreness in his left knee and he was unsure if he would be available on Saturday when the Wizards host the Toronto Raptors. This knee brace wasn't just for show. (AP Photo) "It's up in the air," Young said. Young...

By Michael Lee  | January 14, 2011; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
Categories:  Andray Blatche, Flip Saunders, Nick Young  
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Wizards keep nope alive on the road

Will I win a road game my rookie year? (AP Photo/Jim Mone) The Wizards have shown that they are capable of making runs on the road. They had several on Thursday in Minneapolis, as they came back from a 10-point first quarter deficit to take the lead in just...

By Michael Lee  | January 14, 2011; 3:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (126)
Categories:  Flip Saunders, John Wall, Kirk Hinrich, Nick Young, Rashard Lewis  
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Open thread: Wizards (10-26) at Timberwolves (9-30)

Andray Blatche will dress but is not expected to play against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday as the Wizards attempt to end their season long, road-losing streak. Blatche took some shots before the game, but he also attempted some left handed hooks, which may have signaled that this sprained right...

By Michael Lee  | January 13, 2011; 7:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
 
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Andray Blatche "questionable" for Minnesota, Trevor Booker ready if necessary

Andray Blatche tried to participate in the morning shootaround at Target Center, arriving on the court wearing a protective wrap over his sprained right shoulder. The wrap was similar to the one that Al Thornton has been wearing since straining a tendon in his right shoulder on Saturday in Charlotte....

By Michael Lee  | January 13, 2011; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Andray Blatche, Trevor Booker  
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Gilbert Arenas to Nick Young: "You learned from the master"

Nick Young couldn't resist getting caught up in the moment after he scored a career-high 43 points in the Wizards' 136-133 win over the Sacramento Kings. He placed his jersey on the ground, took a bow, and held on to the game ball around Verizon Center like he was a...

By Michael Lee  | January 13, 2011; 7:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
Categories:  Morning brew  
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Andray Blatche doubtful against Minnesota with right shoulder sprain

Andray Blatche was voted best-dressed Wizard on Tuesday by the fans in attendance at Verizon Center, as he walked into the arena before the Sacramento Kings game wearing a red sweater, with a black skull cap, scarf and tie. He won over the crowd when he lifted his pant leg...

By Michael Lee  | January 12, 2011; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
Categories:  Andray Blatche  
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Nick Young has career night as Wizards pull out wacky win

Of course, the guy wearing No. 1 would do this on 1/11/11. (Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post) Nick Young made a three-pointer from the left corner in the third quarter and bobbed his head from side-to-side. He rebounded a miss by Rashard Lewis and hit another three-pointer from...

By Michael Lee  | January 12, 2011; 1:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (132)
 
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Open thread: Wizards (9-26) vs. Kings (8-26)

John Wall will not have to worry about guarding Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans on Tuesday as Evans will miss his second game in a row with a sprained left ankle. But he will get to face DeMarcus Cousins, his former roommate at Kentucky, for the first time. Cousins actually...

By Michael Lee  | January 11, 2011; 6:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
 
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John Wall faces possible matchup with Kings' Tyreke Evans, adjusting to challenges of NBA

It's been overshadowed by John Wall's reunion with his friend and former roommate at Kentucky DeMarcus Cousins, but there is possibly a more intriguing matchup for the No. 1 overall pick as the Wizards prepare to host the Sacramento Kings on the Tuesday. This league ain't easy. (AP Photo/Thearon Henderson)...

By Michael Lee  | January 11, 2011; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  John Wall  
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Wizards looking for some payback against Sacramento

Playing without John Wall and Andray Blatche, the Wizards got demolished, 116-91, by the Sacramento Kings when the teams met at Arco Arena last month. The victory still stands as Sacramento's most lopsided of the season, but Kings Coach Paul Westphal discounted the performance, coming short of placing an asterisk...

By Michael Lee  | January 11, 2011; 8:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Morning brew  
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Josh Howard to miss one to two weeks with sore left knee

I'll be back soon. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Josh Howard's sore left knee will keep him out one to two weeks after the veteran swingman was evaluated on Monday. Howard had missed the past two games and hasn't played a full game since Dec. 29 against Indiana. He has attempted...

By Michael Lee  | January 10, 2011; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  Al Thornton, Flip Saunders, John Wall, Josh Howard  
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The Wizards' delayed pursuit of 10 wins

The Wizards knew that rebuilding would likely be a difficult process, filled with more growing pains than glory. But the results have been extremely gruesome, especially considering that the team has set a franchise record with 18 consecutive road losses to start the season. At 9-26, the Wizards are on...

By Michael Lee  | January 10, 2011; 9:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (89)
Categories:  Morning brew  
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Carmelo Anthony headed to New Jersey? Washington was never in his plans

Some Wizards fans have held on the faint, perhaps unrealistic, hope that the team would be able bring back Carmelo Anthony, either by trade or next summer in free agency, to play professional basketball near his native Baltimore. Though the prospect of Anthony catching lobs from John Wall or getting...

By Michael Lee  | January 9, 2011; 9:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
 
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Wizards experience more "lapses" as they drop to 0-18 on the road

Guys, guys. What's going on out here? (AP Photo/Streeter Lecka) After the Wizards lost their 18th consecutive road game to start the season, JaVale McGee was getting dressed in front of his locker room stall at Time Warner Cable Arena, lamenting about how he only grabbed one rebound against...

By Michael Lee  | January 9, 2011; 1:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
Categories:  Al Thornton, Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee, John Wall, Nick Young  
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