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Wizards Insider: January 16, 2011 - January 22, 2011

Open thread: Wizards (12-29) vs. Celtics (33-9)

Washington plays the second of back-to-back games against the reigning Eastern Conference champions and will do so as injuries continue to mount. The latest is to guard Kirk Hinrich, who hyperextended his elbow in last night's 109-97 loss to Phoenix. The Wizards haven't had a home back-to-back set since November...

By Gene Wang  | January 22, 2011; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
 
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Wizards sign Mustafa Shakur

The Wizards signed guard Mustafa Shakur to a 10-day contract, team President Ernie Grunfeld announced today. Shakur was with the D-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers, with whom he averaged 16.7 points, 5.0 assists and 4.7 rebounds this season through 23 games. Mustafa provides some needed depth at point guard for...

By Gene Wang  | January 22, 2011; 5:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Mustafa Shakur  
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John Wall goes from Steve Nash to Rajon Rondo

Where's John? (Reuters Pictures) There might not be a more challenging time to be a point guard in the league, with every night serving as a test of wits and endurance. And, there has been no greater example than this past week for John Wall, who has already faced Deron...

By Michael Lee  | January 22, 2011; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Report: Wizards to sign Mustafa Shakur to 10-day contract

The Wizards appear to be making plans in case Kirk Hinrich is out for an extended period. Scott Schroeder of AOL Fanhouse is reporting that the team is calling up Mustafa Shakur from the D-League. Schroeder spoke Friday night with Shakur, who said that he expects to be in Washington...

By Michael Lee  | January 22, 2011; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Wizards have another meltdown in loss to Suns

This is how you do it, young fella. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) The Wizards have now played 41 games, with 41 more to go, and their 109-91 loss to the Phoenix Suns may have been one of the more deflating of the season. Coach Flip Saunders has been trying to sell...

By Michael Lee  | January 22, 2011; 12:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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Open thread: Wizards (12-28) vs. Suns (19-21)

Rashard Lewis will start despite the tendinitis in his right knee, as the Wizards begin the first of a home back-to-back set against Phoenix and Boston. They Wizards haven't had home back-to-back set since November of 2005, when they defeated the Seattle SuperSonics, 137-96, and the San Antonio Spurs, 110-95....

By Michael Lee  | January 21, 2011; 6:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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Polls: Checking in on the Wizards at halfway mark

The Wizards are about to play their 41st game tonight against the Phoenix Suns. The game was supposed to be on ESPN, but the network switched the schedule to go with Knicks-Spurs since the Wizards appear headed toward their third straight lottery appearance and there was no chance that these...

By Michael Lee  | January 21, 2011; 3:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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John Wall vs. Steve Nash, Part 2

The last time John Wall played against Phoenix, he got a chance to study Suns counterpart Steve Nash up close and personal. Problem was, Nash was virtually unstoppable that day, thoroughly outplaying Wall and leading Phoenix to a 125-108 win at home. Tonight Wall gets another crack at Nash, one...

By Gene Wang  | January 21, 2011; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
Categories:  Morning brew  
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Rashard Lewis battling knee injury

Just a couple weeks ago, the Washington Wizards practiced for the first time with a full roster. Now injuries are beginning to mount again, as forward Rashard Lewis continues to deal with a sore right knee and swingman Josh Howard is not mending as quickly as he had hoped from...

By Gene Wang  | January 20, 2011; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
Categories:  Josh Howard, Rashard Lewis  
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John Wall accepting fines, taking advice from Brandon Jennings

Thanks for the tips, Brandon. (Getty Images) Recently, while John Wall was going over game film, Wizards assistant Ryan Saunders pointed out that the No. 1 overall pick was walking nonchalantly into his jump shots instead of consistently stepping into them and jumping. Saunders also noticed that Wall displayed a...

By Michael Lee  | January 20, 2011; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  John Wall  
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Road frustrations continue to mount

Here are the game story and the postgame wrap-up from last night's 100-87 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, the 20th straight road defeat for the Wizards. Dan Steinberg says the Wizards should buy Wizards.com (DC Sports Bog). Before last night's loss, Lee Friedman said rebounding and defense are the keys...

By Washington Post editors  | January 20, 2011; 8:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  Morning brew  
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Wizards waste a good opportunity to end road woes

Are we really going to let Keyon Dooling beat us? (AP Photo/Morry Gash) This may have been their best shot, and they knew it. And they blew it. If the Washington Wizards were going to stop being 0-for-the-road this season, there might not have been a better opportunity than Wednesday...

By Michael Lee  | January 20, 2011; 2:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Flip Saunders, John Wall, Nick Young, Rashard Lewis  
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Open thread: Wizards (12-27) at Bucks (14-24)

The Wizards are hoping to avoid becoming the sixth team in NBA history to lose their first 20 road games. They have a good opportunity to end the skid against the Milwaukee Bucks, who have lost three in a row and six of their past seven games. Although they are...

By Michael Lee  | January 19, 2011; 7:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (122)
 
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Earl Boykins continues to 'do the impossible'

Bumped into Earl Boykins at Bradley Center and as our conversation came to an end, I mentioned that I was having a hard time trying to stay warm in Milwaukee. "Why would you even try?" Boykins said. "Why try to do the impossible?" Yep. I'm still here. (Photo by Scott...

By Michael Lee  | January 19, 2011; 5:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Post Sports Live: Wizards turning a corner?

By Washington Post editors  | January 19, 2011; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Flip Saunders joins team in Milwaukee

Coach Flip Saunders joined the team in Milwaukee after skipping Tuesday's practice to spend time with his ailing mother, Kay, in suburban Cleveland. Saunders ran the morning shootaround and is expected to lead the Wizards as they attempt to snap their 20-game road losing streak dating back to last season...

By Michael Lee  | January 19, 2011; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Nick Young's 'homecoming' in Milwaukee might help Wizards end road woes

Nick Young may not have had the best luck backing out of his driveway on the way to practice on Tuesday, but he might provide the Wizards with their best hope to finally win a road game in Milwaukee: The game against the Bucks might very well feel like home...

By Michael Lee  | January 19, 2011; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  Nick Young  
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Kirk Hinrich: Skiles team is 'going to play hard'

Kirk Hinrich probably knows the Milwaukee Bucks better than anybody with the Wizards since he spent nearly four seasons playing for their coach, Scott Skiles, in Chicago. Skiles took over as head coach of the Bulls midway through Hinrich's rookie season and they made it to the playoffs in each...

By Michael Lee  | January 19, 2011; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Morning brew  
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Flip Saunders misses practice to tend to ailing mother

Wizards coach Flip Saunders misses practice to tend to his ailing mother.

By Michael Lee  | January 18, 2011; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  Flip Saunders  | Tags:  Flip Saunders, Randy Wittman  
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Wizards focused on snapping road losing streak (again)

The Wizards are 4-2 in their past six games and they have won consecutive games for the first time this season, but they realize that this recent run of success has been aided by a favorable schedule (they've faced one team with a winning record) and overshadowed by an eyesore...

By Michael Lee  | January 18, 2011; 8:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  Morning brew  
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On odd afternoon, Wizards get first quality win

How am I doing, Deron? (AP Photo By Alex Brandon) Wait, was that really JaVale McGee working a give-and-go with Andray Blatche and collecting an assist? Was that really Blatche chasing down Raja Bell to slap a layup off the glass? And was that Nick Young shrugging off the...

By Michael Lee  | January 17, 2011; 9:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  Andray Blatche, Flip Saunders, JaVale McGee, John Wall, Nick Young, Rashard Lewis  
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Open thread: Wizards (11-27) vs. Jazz (27-13)

Former Wizards coach Eddie Jordan was at Verizon Center for the first time since he was fired by Philadelphia last season. Jordan, who maintains his residence in Maryland, was at the arena earlier on Monday morning to watch his son, Jackson, play an AAU exhibition. He stuck around to watch...

By Michael Lee  | January 17, 2011; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (115)
 
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Wizards prepare for rare afternoon game vs. Jazz

With a 1 p.m. start against the Utah Jazz, the Wizards held what amounted to a brief shootaround on Sunday at Verizon Center. Coach Flip Saunders is hoping that the light, short practice would help the Wizards adjust their routine for an unusual tip-off time. "That's normally when you're getting...

By Michael Lee  | January 17, 2011; 8:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Josh Howard to visit specialist for left knee

Josh Howard's season was halted before it really got started, and he could be out a while longer with continued problems with his surgically repaired left knee. Howard will not be with the Washington Wizards as they host the Utah Jazz on Monday afternoon. Instead he will visit with Dr....

By Michael Lee  | January 16, 2011; 9:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Josh Howard  
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Yi Jianlian dunks, Nick Young scores and the Wizards beat another bad team at home

Okay, John, after you teach me how to Dougie, I might have to steal that move from Yi for the dunk contest. (Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post) Yi Jianlian leaped in front of Toronto Raptors center Andrea Bargnani to intercept a pass from Sundiata Gaines in the fourth...

By Michael Lee  | January 16, 2011; 1:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
Categories:  Al Thornton, Andray Blatche, Flip Saunders, JaVale McGee, John Wall, Nick Young, Rashard Lewis, Yi Jianlian  
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