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Wizards Insider: January 23, 2011 - January 29, 2011

Rashard Lewis discusses O.J. Mayo's drug suspension

It's O.J. Mayo bobblehead night in Memphis, but the Grizzlies third-year guard was not available against the Wizards as he served the second game in a 10-game suspension for violating the NBAs Anti-Drug program. Mayo tested positive for dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), a performance-enhancing chemical that is contained in several over-the-counter supplements....

By Michael Lee  | January 29, 2011; 8:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Rashard Lewis  
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Open thread: Wizards (13-32) at Grizzlies (23-24)

Coming off their spirited double-overtime loss in Oklahoma City, the Wizards (13-32) will try to snap a 23-game losing streak this season on O.J. Mayo bobblehead night in Memphis, but there will be no Mayo after he was suspended 10 games for taking a banned substance. The Grizzlies won their...

By Michael Lee  | January 29, 2011; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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Wizards bring out the Cook Book, but remain winless on the road

One the biggest problems plaguing the Wizards this season has been their inability to compete on the road for a full 48 minutes. Who knew that wouldn't be enough? The Wizards finally went hard, battled, never relented, only to find out that they would need to keep it going for...

By Michael Lee  | January 29, 2011; 2:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
Categories:  Flip Saunders, JaVale McGee, John Wall, Nick Young, Trevor Booker  
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Open thread: Wizards (13-31) at Thunder (29-16)

The Wizards will be shorthanded as they attempt to snap a 22-game road losing streak dating back to last season. JaVale McGee did not make the trip to Oklahoma City and is not with the team as he deals with the flu. McGee missed practice on Thursday and attempted to...

By Michael Lee  | January 28, 2011; 7:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
Categories:  JaVale McGee  
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Mustafa Shakur hoping to finally find a home in the NBA

About a 30 minutes after the Wizards had concluded practice on Thursday, players were heading out of the locker room to get ready for a flight to Oklahoma City in about two hours. But Mustafa Shakur was still on the practice court, sweating through his T-shirt and practice jersey,...

By Michael Lee  | January 28, 2011; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Mustafa Shakur  
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Wizards hope to get more than one win on four-game trip

The Wizards will begin their longest road trip thus far on Friday, a four-game swoop through Oklahoma City, Memphis, Dallas and New Orleans. For a team that has failed in 21 chances to win a road game, Rashard Lewis said the Wizards aren't exactly looking at this as four chances...

By Michael Lee  | January 28, 2011; 8:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
Categories:  Morning brew  
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Rashard Lewis on trade rumors: "You've got to block it out"

I'm already on the block? (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Rashard Lewis has been around for little more than a month, but his name has already come up in trade rumors at a time when he is starting to get settled in with his surroundings and his teammates are responding to...

By Michael Lee  | January 27, 2011; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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Flip Saunders, JaVale McGee miss practice, Kirk Hinrich returns

Coach Flip Saunders used to the off day on Wednesday to head back to suburban Cleveland to spend some time with his ailing mother, Kay. He also missed practice Thursday to tend to her, leaving assistant Randy Wittman to run a short workout. Saunders is expected to join the team...

By Michael Lee  | January 27, 2011; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Flip Saunders, JaVale McGee, Kirk Hinrich  
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Carmelo's spin, Nick's whirl, Gilbert's world

After the Wizards lost to the Nuggets on Tuesday, Michael Lee talked to Denver star Carmelo Anthony about why he's not considering Washington as his next team. Nick Young made an incredible 360-degree layup on Tuesday. A confidential document offers a window into Gilbert Arenas's life with former girlfriend --...

By Washington Post editors  | January 27, 2011; 8:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Morning brew  
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Nick Young with another 360-degree layup

Andray Blatche stole the ball at center court, dribbled ahead and flipped an underhand pass to Nick Young. Denver Nuggets guard Gary Forbes stepped in front of Young to cut off his driving lane, and Young instinctively decided to catch the ball and spin around Forbes to make an incredible...

By Michael Lee  | January 26, 2011; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Nick Young  
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Video: Elvin Hayes on John Wall

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By Washington Post editors  | January 26, 2011; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Carmelo Anthony on joining Wizards: "I never really thought about it."

You wonder why I don't want to play here? (Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post) The Summer of LeBron has made way for the Season of Carmelo, as the Denver Nuggets superstar has dominated the headlines for the past five months with endless speculation about whether he will be...

By Michael Lee  | January 26, 2011; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
 
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Wizards looking forward to four-game road trip

Even after the Washington Wizards lost to Denver last night, 120-109, and were facing the prospect of four consecutive games on the road, Coach Flip Saunders and his players appeared ready to meet the challenge head-on despite their well documented 0-21 start away from Verizon Center. The reasoning was that...

By Gene Wang  | January 26, 2011; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Morning brew  
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Wizards can't keep pace with another potent offense

Though the Wizards upset talented-but-plodding Boston on Saturday night, their three losses surrounding that game have come against high-scoring teams with point guards who push it and three-point shooters who swish it.

By Gene Wang  | January 25, 2011; 10:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  John Wall  | Tags:  Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets  
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Open thread: Wizards (13-30) vs. Nuggets (25-18)

Washington is at Verizon Center for the second game of a second straight back-to-back series following last night's 115-106 loss to the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. This is the Wizards' only home game during a stretch that includes five on the road, where Washington fell to 0-21...

By Gene Wang  | January 25, 2011; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
 
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Nick Young says he needs to be more vocal

Nick Young tried something new, but after getting his hair cornrowed the night before the Wizards lost their 22nd consecutive road game -- they are 0-21 this season -- he decided that once was enough. "I'm about to take 'em out," Young said after scoring 22 points in a115-106 loss...

By Michael Lee  | January 25, 2011; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
Categories:  Morning brew  
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Wizards prove to be repeat offenders, drop to 0-21 on the road

If only we could do this in the fourth quarter. (REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine) It's almost getting to the point where I could turn my road game stories into a regular game of Madlibs. The Wizards (led/were tied/trailed by a small margin) early in the fourth quarter before they went (random...

By Michael Lee  | January 25, 2011; 1:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee, Mustafa Shakur, Nick Young, Trevor Booker  
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Nick Young gets a new hairstyle, Flip Saunders focused on making playoff run

With the Wizards' struggles away from home, Nick Young decided to take a different approach before their game against the New York Knicks. At the urging of Andray Blatche, Young decided to have his Afro braided on Sunday night. "You can call me A.I. now," Young said, referencing former NBA...

By Michael Lee  | January 24, 2011; 6:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Flip Saunders, Nick Young  
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Open thread: Wizards (13-29) at Knicks (22-21)

Washington's impressive victory over Boston coupled with New York's six-game losing streak evokes an inevitable and inescapable question: Will the Wizards finally get a road victory tonight after 20 such losses in a row to start the season? Let the conversation begin in the thread below. You can also join...

By Washington Post editors  | January 24, 2011; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
 
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Another chance for a road victory

Even after an 85-83 victory over reigning Eastern Conference champion Boston on Saturday night, Washington Wizards players didn't allow themselves too lengthy a celebration. While the win certainly was uplifting, the Wizards shortly thereafter began to turn their attention to the next game at the New York Knicks and the...

By Gene Wang  | January 24, 2011; 8:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
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Rashard Lewis settling into leadership role

The Washington Wizards have been without an established leader in the locker room for an extended stretch dating from last season, when Antawn Jamison capably filled that role. Now it appears Rashard Lewis is in line to become the team's next steadying influence both on and off the court. Coach...

By Gene Wang  | January 23, 2011; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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Newest Wizard Mustafa Shakur has memorable debut

Mustafa Shakur had quite the introduction to the NBA. A D-League guard with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers one day earlier, Shakur got the call-up Saturday from the Washington Wizards, who were short-handed in the back court, and contributed significant minutes during an 85-83 victory over Boston, playing against the...

By Gene Wang  | January 23, 2011; 12:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
Categories:  Mustafa Shakur  
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