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Wizards Insider: February 13, 2011 - February 19, 2011

Poll: Will John Wall and/or JaVale McGee win?

Wait, John. Shouldn't both of us get dap? (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) John Wall and JaVale McGee are both considerable underdogs in their respective competitions on Saturday. Wall is the only rookie in the Skills Challenge competition, which also features former champion Derrick Rose, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and Stephen...

By Michael Lee  | February 19, 2011; 7:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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JaVale McGee wants to "represent for the big guys"

Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames. It might not seem like it, given the presence of Blake Griffin and the typical disadvantages of tall competitors, but Saturday's Slam Dunk contest may be the perfect convergence for JaVale McGee to burst on the national scene. No other place will allow McGee to...

By Michael Lee  | February 19, 2011; 9:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  JaVale McGee  
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John Wall wins MVP, sets assist record in Rookie Challenge victory

Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames. When John Wall arrived at Staples Center, he and former Kentucky teammate DeMarcus Cousins were curious about the record for assists in the Rookie Challenge. They found out that New Orleans Hornets all-star Chris Paul own the mark with 17 and Cousins immediately pledged that...

By Michael Lee  | February 19, 2011; 12:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  John Wall  
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Discussion: What are your thoughts for the final 28?

The Wizards enter the second half of the season with the third-worst record in the Eastern Conference, but the organization will have some representation at all-star weekend for the first time since 2008. No. 1 overall pick John Wall will have a busy weekend, as a participant on Friday in...

By Michael Lee  | February 18, 2011; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
 
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Jump ball: Has NBA All-Star Weekend lost its luster?

As announced Thursday night, Wizards rookie John Wall will be participating in the NBA Skills Challenge as part of this weekend's all-star festivities. Fellow rookie Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers, will be taking part in Saturday night's dunk contest, along with the Wizards' Javale McGee. The performance of...

By Washington Post sports editors  | February 18, 2011; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  John Wall  
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John Wall selected for Skills Challenge at NBA All-Star Weekend

Wizards rookie John Wall has been selected to complete in the Skills Challenge on Saturday in Los Angeles as part of NBA All-Star Weekend. He will be joined in the event by Chris Paul of New Orleans, Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City, Derrick Rose of Chicago and Stephen Curry of...

By David Larimer  | February 17, 2011; 10:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  John Wall  
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Jump ball: Should coaches publicly criticize their players?

An offhand remark by Wizards Coach Flip Saunders before last night's loss to the Magic seems to have touched a nerve. Michael Lee blogged in his postgame wrap-up: The Wizards knew before the game that [Nick] Young was probably going to sit out after developing some swelling from a bruise...

By Washington Post editors  | February 17, 2011; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
 
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Rashard Lewis: There's still something to play for

The Wizards have just two fewer wins than they had at the all-star break last season, but they also have six more losses. They have just 28 games remaining, with a third consecutive lottery appearance all but secured, but Rashard Lewis believes the Wizards still have something to play for...

By Michael Lee  | February 17, 2011; 8:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Morning brew  
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Short-handed Wizards go into all-star break with a whimper

I don't need this now. (AP Photo/ Reinhold Matay) The concern for the Wizards entering their last game before the all-star break was not necessarily if they would be able to defeat the Orlando Magic; it really was if they were going to have enough offense to keep the...

By Michael Lee  | February 17, 2011; 12:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Flip Saunders, Gilbert Arenas, JaVale McGee, John Wall, Nick Young, Rashard Lewis  
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Open thread: Wizards (15-38) at Magic (35-21)

The Wizards will close the first half of the season where they started, in Orlando. They lost 112-83 in the season opener and will have a hard time avoiding another loss with Rashard Lewis out with right knee tendinitis, Nick Young out with a bruised left knee and JaVale McGee...

By Michael Lee  | February 16, 2011; 6:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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Nick Young will be game-time decision vs. Orlando, won't help JaVale McGee in Slam Dunk contest

At the end of Wednesday's shoot-around at Amway Center, JaVale McGee was entertaining his teammates as he practiced dunks for the Slam Dunk contest on Saturday. McGee completed one dunk that made a few of his teammates shoot out of their seats, but as he attempted to try some more,...

By Michael Lee  | February 16, 2011; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Jump ball: Does Arenas have a point?

This morning Michael Lee blogged about Gilbert Arenas's advice for handling John Wall: Arenas suggests that the Wizards should become a more wide open, fast-breaking team to take advantage of Wall's speed and/or ditch their plans to simply build through youth and the draft. Some blog commenters -- like jon_quest...

By Washington Post editors  | February 16, 2011; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
 
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Gilbert Arenas thinks John Wall needs to be surrounded by more veterans

Gilbert Arenas has referred to John Wall as the "White Knight," the clean-slate symbol of hope that the Wizards need to parade out in front of the populace to generate enthusiasm in a moribund franchise. But now that Arenas has moved on to the Orlando Magic, he believes that in...

By Michael Lee  | February 16, 2011; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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Lewis hopes for a warm reception in Orlando tonight

When the Orlando Magic was in Washington earlier this month, Rashard Lewis couldn't help but feel nostalgic when he heard his former coach, Stan Van Gundy shouting out plays to Jameer Nelson -- plays that he knew all too well -- or as Van Gundy screamed incessantly at Hedo Turkoglu...

By Michael Lee  | February 16, 2011; 8:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning brew  
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Gilbert Arenas, Nick Young still talking trash

Nick Young got humbled in his last meeting with Gilbert Arenas, when Arenas used nearly every trick in his arsenal to take the Wizards' leading scorer out his game. Arenas roughed him up, snuck in some elbows, nudged him, and talked enough trash that at least three sanitation trucks...

By Michael Lee  | February 15, 2011; 9:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Gilbert Arenas, Nick Young  
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Rashard Lewis out, Nick Young probable vs. Orlando

Rashard Lewis and Nick Young both sat out of Tuesday's practice at Amway Center, as both deal with respective knee injuries. Lewis is not expected to face the Orlando Magic in his return to the arena where his image still hangs on banners surrounding the adjacent blocks. He will miss...

By Michael Lee  | February 15, 2011; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Flip Saunders, Josh Howard, Nick Young, Rashard Lewis  
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Josh Howard on return, helping Wizards win on road

By Michael Lee  | February 15, 2011; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Jump ball: Is Cousins worth a try?

Now that the Wizards have finally won a game on the road, what's next for the team? Assessing the personnel, commenter Darnell1 says: We gotta trade for a center. Bogut, M.Gasol, Cousins... someone we can pair with Mcgee and deal away Blatche. Even if any of those trades were possible,...

By Washington Post editors  | February 15, 2011; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
 
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Josh Howard brings intensity, savvy to Wizards

After missing 19 games with discomfort in his left knee, Josh Howard has returned and is making a difference for the Wizards. Columnist Tracee Hamilton says the win over the Cavaliers was nice, but the Wizards still have a long way to go. With 15 road games remaining, the Wizards...

By Washington Post editors  | February 15, 2011; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  Morning brew  
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Wizards hope they aren't done winning on the road

The Wizards were excited, but they didn't want to get too excited, that they finally ended the third-longest road-losing streak to start an NBA season with a victory over the terrible Cleveland Cavaliers. After all, there is little to celebrate when they still are 1-25 away from Verizon Center, which...

By Michael Lee  | February 14, 2011; 2:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  JaVale McGee, John Wall  
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Jump ball: What should Leonsis do?

A day after the Wizards ended their 25-game road losing streak, owner Ted Leonsis announced on his blog that he won't be doing the Dougie after all. The Dougie has jumped the shark. Regis is doing it. Justin Bieber is doing it. I need to find a new "act." I...

By Washington Post editors  | February 14, 2011; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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First road win "felt like Christmas"

By Michael Lee  | February 14, 2011; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Andray Blatche, Flip Saunders, John Wall, Nick Young  
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An emotional night in Cleveland

The Wizards' first road win in 27 games was emotional for many reasons, as it freed the team of an embarrassing burden that had been hounding them for several months. But even as the Wizards celebrated the 115-100 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers with laughter and jokes in the locker...

By Michael Lee  | February 14, 2011; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Wizards finally play complete game on the road, defeat woeful Cavaliers

I will not be denied my first road win tonight. (David Liam Kyle/NBAE/Getty Images) For a moment, I thought about putting on a plastic poncho and borrowing a pair of Kirk Hinrich's goggles for fear of getting soaked with a champagne shower. But after the Wizards finally won their...

By Michael Lee  | February 13, 2011; 11:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Andray Blatche, Flip Saunders, John Wall, Josh Howard, Kirk Hinrich, Nick Young  
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Open thread: Wizards (14-38) at Cavaliers (9-45)

Josh Howard will return on Sunday to help the Wizards as they attempt to end a 26-game road losing streak dating back to April 9. Howard has missed the past 19 games while dealing with discomfort in his surgically repaired left knee. Coach Flip Saunders said Howard will get between...

By Michael Lee  | February 13, 2011; 5:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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Wizards roll over in worst home loss of the season

This is really bad. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) John Wall played his 40th NBA game on Saturday and uttered a phrase that he probably shouldn't have had to use so early in his NBA career. After an embarrassing, humiliating 118-94 loss to the San Antonio Spurs that wasn't nearly as...

By Michael Lee  | February 13, 2011; 1:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
Categories:  Andray Blatche, Flip Saunders, JaVale McGee, Josh Howard, Nick Young  
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