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Posted at 7:56 PM ET, 02/12/2011

Nick Young believes pressure still on Wizards in Cleveland

By Michael Lee

Nick Young watched the Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday to end a 26-game, 55-day streak without a win and came away with a sense of relief and disappointment. Relief, that the Wizards wouldn't have to head to the Cleveland worried about being the team that finally lost to the woeful Cavaliers. Disappointment, that the game lacks the luster, or rather pressure, of two teams in desperate need to end respective losing streaks.

"I kind of wanted to play in that environment," Young said. "It would've been a lot of pressure."

But the game hasn't lost much meaning for the Wizards, who still have to worry about a 26-game road-losing streak dating back to April 9. They are 0-25 this season. "We still got the pressure on us to try to get a road win," Young said. "They got over they hump; now it's time for us to get over ours."

Coach Flip Saunders, a native of suburban Cleveland, said he was happy to see the Cavaliers finally put an end to their futility. "Like anybody that's gone where you've had that streak, where you've gone two months where you haven't won a game, no coach wishes that on anybody," he said. "From their standpoint, they've really been competing the last week and a half. Games have been decided by five points or less, they've had a lot of close games. As a coach, and when you have respect for the game and players are working hard as they did, you'd like to see them rewarded a little bit."

The Wizards will have some help as they attend to end their road slide, with Josh Howard expected to return against the Cavaliers after missing the past 19 games with left knee tendinitis. Howard expected to come back against San Antonio but Saunders said they decided to make other plans. "When we looked at it, he looked at it, we don't want to put him in a situation where he hasn't played and come back and play back to back. An extra day of rest, then more than likely he'll be able to go in Cleveland."

Young said he was looking forward to facing Antawn Jamison for the first time since he was dealt at the trade deadline last season. Jamison missed the Wizards' preseason win and sat out Cleveland's 109-101 win at Verizon Center with a sore knee. "We should have a couple of laughs," Young said. "We should be able to talk about they ain't been winning, we aint been winning on the road. It's going to be something to talk about."

By Michael Lee  | February 12, 2011; 7:56 PM ET
Categories:  Flip Saunders, Josh Howard, Nick Young  
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Comments

Nice comment that Nick Young made that he's glad Cleveland won so Wiz won't have that pressure of maybe losing to them...

Well Nick, I hate to be the one to tell you losing to Cleveland will be just as bad tomorrow since it will extend YOUR TEAM'S LOSING STREAK...

And while you're at it Nick, how about showing some effort TONITE against the Spurs..and did you play at all in that first half??? If so I could hardly tell...

Posted by: pentagon40 | February 12, 2011 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Hi everyone. Im not watching tonight because Im watching this comedy called "The Wizards Never Cease To Amaze"

Posted by: dlts2041 | February 12, 2011 9:12 PM | Report abuse

If we lose to the Cavs tomorrow then Flip should get the boot. There is no excuses on how the Wiz allowing the Spurs to run up 72 points in the first half, then lose to the worst team in the NBA.

Posted by: demonj21 | February 12, 2011 9:21 PM | Report abuse

All isn't that bad. Forty Five points in the lst half by us puts us still in the game to score over 100. Just defend and play baby. Just like SA did in the 1st half.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 12, 2011 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Phil just made a comment in the third that McGee got his 1st rebound. It is a testament of how well SA is shooting the ball and not a scar against McGee or the Wizards, but I am sure that Flip will interpret it as a blight against his players.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 12, 2011 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Flip understands with the lineup at 1:02 in the third that he must win tomorrow.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 12, 2011 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Don't know why the starters were back in the 4th.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 12, 2011 10:05 PM | Report abuse

the wiz are just finishing up with the spurs,getting their az whupped by 30 some points!my question to you all is WHY IN THE HEL- ARE FLIP AND ERNIE STILL EMPLOYED WITH THIS TEAM?CAN ANYBODY GIVE ME A RATIONAL EXPLANANTION?ONE HAS MADE POOR ROSTER AND SALARY DECISIONS FOR GOD KNOWS HOW LONG WITH THIS TEWAM,AND THE OTHER JUST CANT TEACH AND COACH.THATS RIGHT!WHY DO YOU THINK HE WAS FIRED FROM HIS TWO PREVIOUS JOBS?BECAUSE HE'S A GREAT COACH?HEL- NO!

Posted by: billydee123 | February 12, 2011 10:27 PM | Report abuse

I want to know why Hinrich was playing for Wall in the first quarter???

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 12, 2011 10:28 PM | Report abuse

the wiz are just finishing up with the spurs,getting their az whupped by 30 some points!my question to you all is WHY IN THE HEL- ARE FLIP AND ERNIE STILL EMPLOYED WITH THIS TEAM?CAN ANYBODY GIVE ME A RATIONAL EXPLANANTION?ONE HAS MADE POOR ROSTER AND SALARY DECISIONS FOR GOD KNOWS HOW LONG WITH THIS TEWAM,AND THE OTHER JUST CANT TEACH AND COACH.THATS RIGHT!WHY DO YOU THINK HE WAS FIRED FROM HIS TWO PREVIOUS JOBS?BECAUSE HE'S A GREAT COACH?HEL- NO!

Posted by: billydee123 | February 12, 2011 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Ohh. Flip just explained it. Lewis was out, so I guess Hinrich was the three replacement. Hinrich! Hinrich! Did Booker not start??

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 12, 2011 10:31 PM | Report abuse

If we lose to the Cavs tomorrow then Flip should get the boot. There is no excuses on how the Wiz allowing the Spurs to run up 72 points in the first half, then lose to the worst team in the NBA.

Posted by: demonj21 | February 12, 2011 10:41 PM | Report abuse

I just had an exclusive interview with Nick tonight and posted it to my blog . . have a read: http://www.ChatWizards.com

Posted by: Sports4eva | February 12, 2011 11:55 PM | Report abuse

They either win this game in CLEVELAND, or set a record for futility.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 13, 2011 12:06 AM | Report abuse

the wiz are just finishing up with the spurs,getting their az whupped by 30 some points!my question to you all is WHY IN THE HEL- ARE FLIP AND ERNIE STILL EMPLOYED WITH THIS TEAM?CAN ANYBODY GIVE ME A RATIONAL EXPLANANTION?ONE HAS MADE POOR ROSTER AND SALARY DECISIONS FOR GOD KNOWS HOW LONG WITH THIS TEWAM,AND THE OTHER JUST CANT TEACH AND COACH.THATS RIGHT!WHY DO YOU THINK HE WAS FIRED FROM HIS TWO PREVIOUS JOBS?BECAUSE HE'S A GREAT COACH?HEL- NO!

Posted by: billydee123 | February 12, 2011 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Because you don't own this team, and the owner has said numerous times he will give GRUNFELD enought rope to hang himself before he makes a move.

That doesn't necessarily mean that SAUNDERS is safe after this season is over however.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 13, 2011 12:10 AM | Report abuse

lol, I was going to name this game "Fire Flip vs Da Cavs". I think we have to seriously look at firing him if we get murdered by the Spurs one night and lose to the pitiful Cavs the next night while going 0 & forever on the road. Its defiinitely not all his fault and we suck so much that it might be good to keep him so we can get a top pick & then axe him but if we do that then people might get mad at us for doing it at that time.

If he loses then I wouldnt argue at all with him getting the boot. His sytem sucks, atleast for our team and he cant motivate our guys enough. Now he shouldnt need to motivate pros but this could be like a Bobcats with Larry Brown or a Pacers with Jim O'Brien situation where the team just doesnt respond to them anymore and looks way better with the new coach & system change.

Posted by: dlts2041 | February 13, 2011 1:23 PM | Report abuse

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