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Posted at 8:05 AM ET, 02/14/2011

An emotional night in Cleveland

By Michael Lee
Morning brew

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 room, Coach Flip Saunders was still dealing with a heavy heart as his 90-year-old mother, Kay, continues to battle with deteriorating health.

"She's in intensive care, struggling," said Saunders, a native of Cuyahoga Heights, Ohio.

The team spent the night in Cleveland, allowing Saunders to spend some extra time with his ailing mother. Saunders missed a Dec. 29 victory over Indiana to be with her in suburban Cleveland, after she was first hospitalized. He has visited her on a few off days, and also missed two practices, most recently before a road loss in Milwaukee three weeks ago.

Saunders often credits his mother for giving him his feisty side, once sharing the story how she would routinely argue with other residents of her retirement home if they made disparaging comments about his teams. Kay Saunders is revealing her fighting spirit as she continues to hold on. Flip Saunders spent time with her before and after the game and planned to be with her again before the team heads off to Orlando later this afternoon.

Saunders's father, Walter, was in attendance at Quicken Loans Arena, sitting stoically while wearing a camouflage Wizards cap, and provided support as both try to deal with a difficult situation. Flip Saunders joked that the road win allowed the Wizards (15-38) to watch ESPN again, since they won't keep making jokes about the 0-25 start on the road this season.

But he was more thrilled to have his father around to share the moment. "I feel good. He can watch ESPN, too," Saunders said after the game. "And I'm sure my mom's at the hospital. I'm sure they had the game on for her, whether she was awake or whatever, I'm sure somebody said something to her. She probably knows that we won."

FROM THE POST
Here are the game story and the postgame wrap-up.

Over the weekend, Mike Wise talked to former Wizard/current Cavalier Antawn Jamison and Jason Reid wrote that Sunday's game was must-win for Washington.

In case you missed it, here's Wise's column on Jerry Sloan.

AROUND THE WEB
In his Keys to the Palace, Jon Kelman says we can't overlook Saturday's debacle against the Spurs (Bullets Forever).

Kyle Weidie says Ted Leonsis owes us a Dougie (Truth About It).

Andray Blatche shares his approach to room service (SportsandFood.com).

Ken Berger says LeBron James got a strong reminder on Sunday about what rivalries are all about (CBSSports.com).

Kings rookie forward DeMarcus Cousins was removed from a team plane bound for Phoenix after an altercation with teammate Donte Greene on Saturday night (FanHouse).

By Michael Lee  | February 14, 2011; 8:05 AM ET
Categories:  Morning brew  
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Comments

nice to see a confident wizards team. hope they keep it up, kinda funny tho not to see al thortan play...he get no respect!

Posted by: skinsfan09 | February 14, 2011 8:37 AM | Report abuse

TLG = Ted LOSE Grunfeld
ROY = K. Seraphin

Posted by: member8 | February 14, 2011 8:50 AM | Report abuse

nice to see a confident wizards team. hope they keep it up, kinda funny tho not to see al thortan play...he get no respect!

Posted by: skinsfan09 | February 14, 2011 8:37 AM | Report abuse

THORTON = trade bait.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 14, 2011 8:57 AM | Report abuse

al thortan is a good solid player, plays hard, but seems like flip doesnt care much for him, id like to see him traded for his own sake!

Posted by: skinsfan09 | February 14, 2011 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Saunders often credits his mother for giving him his feisty side, once sharing the story how she would routinely argue with other residents of her retirement home if they made disparaging comments about his teams.

So Samson151 must be Kay?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 14, 2011 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Al Thornton I like him coming off the bench and adding energy. It is a mistake for Flip not to use him to the fullest and he would not be one of my first trade pieces.

With Lewis and Howard both at the time less healthier, it isn't the right time to trade him.

I actually think the center position is the first trade piece I would work on. They probably won't trade Yi for obvious economic reasons, Chinatown and all that, but Yi is too soft. Can we find a raw tough Chinese player like Seraphin for Yi.

Is there one out there Samson151 that we can steal for Yi?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 14, 2011 10:17 AM | Report abuse

By the way through Armstrong into the deal. Is Hamady any good?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 14, 2011 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Al Thornton I like him coming off the bench and adding energy. It is a mistake for Flip not to use him to the fullest and he would not be one of my first trade pieces.

With Lewis and Howard both at the time less healthier, it isn't the right time to trade him.

I actually think the center position is the first trade piece I would work on. They probably won't trade Yi for obvious economic reasons, Chinatown and all that, but Yi is too soft. Can we find a raw tough Chinese player like Seraphin for Yi.

Is there one out there Samson151 that we can steal for Yi?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 14, 2011 10:17 AM | Report abuse

100% agree. i dont want to trade al thortan, but he probly wants to be traded. he should be playing, and playing consistent minutes. yi plays since wiz play in chinatown, hes wayy to soft and i rather see his minutes go to booker.

Posted by: skinsfan09 | February 14, 2011 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Al Thornton I like him coming off the bench and adding energy. It is a mistake for Flip not to use him to the fullest and he would not be one of my first trade pieces.

With Lewis and Howard both at the time less healthier, it isn't the right time to trade him.

I actually think the center position is the first trade piece I would work on. They probably won't trade Yi for obvious economic reasons, Chinatown and all that, but Yi is too soft. Can we find a raw tough Chinese player like Seraphin for Yi.

Is there one out there Samson151 that we can steal for Yi?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 14, 2011 10:17 AM | Report abuse

100% agree. i dont want to trade al thortan, but he probly wants to be traded. he should be playing, and playing consistent minutes. yi plays since wiz play in chinatown, hes wayy to soft and i rather see his minutes go to booker.

Posted by: skinsfan09 | February 14, 2011 10:24 AM | Report abuse

By the way, throw...

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 14, 2011 10:25 AM | Report abuse

nice to see a confident wizards team. hope they keep it up, kinda funny tho not to see al thortan play...he get no respect!

Posted by: skinsfan09 | February 14, 2011 8:37 AM | Report abuse

He has been out the past week with a dislocated finger. I am sure he was just getting more rest with last night DNP.

Posted by: dcinmd1 | February 14, 2011 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Yep, forgot about the report on Al's finger.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 14, 2011 11:00 AM | Report abuse

First, did you miss the part where Al Thornton is injured?

Second, he is not all that good. He plays well in spurts like all NBA bench caliber players and has many obvious flaws to his game.

Hell, Yi still has more upside potential than Al Thornton. I would keep Yi around for the right price. If he works on his low post moves and gets stronger in the upper body, there is real potential there.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 14, 2011 11:04 AM | Report abuse

While you were away BulletsFan78, dem dar Tarheels made some noise. I really thought we had Duke the other night, but anyhow The Heels are on the way back to the Head Table.

We will take our seat with a whipping of Duke in the last game of the season, then we will commence to upsetting the table in a good March Madness run.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 14, 2011 11:07 AM | Report abuse

First, did you miss the part where Al Thornton is injured?

Second, he is not all that good. He plays well in spurts like all NBA bench caliber players and has many obvious flaws to his game.

Hell, Yi still has more upside potential than Al Thornton. I would keep Yi around for the right price. If he works on his low post moves and gets stronger in the upper body, there is real potential there.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 14, 2011 11:04 AM | Report abuse


yea im hoping the DNP was because of the finger. and yea he has flaws, but brings alot of energy and plays hard. yi is soft, i dont see him changing, and he has zero post moves and cant check pfs or centers

Posted by: skinsfan09 | February 14, 2011 11:09 AM | Report abuse

LarryInClintonMD.

Considering they have one of the best recruting classes every year they should make it into the NCAA tourney...don't think MD will this year.

Are your Tar Heels going to end up like Kentucky?

All of the players leave after one year?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 14, 2011 11:27 AM | Report abuse

I think a healthy JH is the right SF for washington. NY at 2 and SH at 3 will is something they need to try.I personally think both need to be in the team next season. AlT and Yi will sign some where.

Posted by: gtefferra | February 14, 2011 12:19 PM | Report abuse

correction "will do "

Posted by: gtefferra | February 14, 2011 12:21 PM | Report abuse

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