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 in the second half of the season.
"I think this is a chance to show, if we can't get that last playoff spot, a chance to show what we're capable of doing for next season," said Lewis, who has played 25 games since joining the Wizards in a trade for Gilbert Arenas on Dec. 18. "I know the trade kind of happened, but it happened on the fly, a lot of injuries, guys in and out of the lineup. I think these last  games, we should focus on winning ball games."
But the Wizards (15-39) will need to get healthy. They entered the break with Lewis nursing a sore right knee, Nick Young nursing a bruised right knee, Al Thornton dealing with a dislocated right middle finger and JaVale McGee playing with a sore back. Lewis said he planned to do some cardiovascular work during the break in anticipation of making a return when the team gets back together on Monday. He will spend the five-day break with his family in Houston.
Coach Flip Saunders said he is still waiting to get all of his pieces together for a few games. Lewis, Kirk Hinrich and Josh Howard were only able to play four games together. "I'm anxious after the all-star game, we get all of those veterans. It will help our young players even more. We've got a tough schedule with some tough teams. Hopefully, we'll put ourselves in position to win."
When asked what the goal was for the Wizards down the stretch, John Wall said, "The goal is to try to win them all. We're trying to win as many games as we can. We still believe in our team. We've got to stay positive. We're going to keep fighting, keep working, keep pushing."
Dwyane Wade "probably threw the best pass in NBA history," according to the recipient of that pass, LeBron James, in the Miami Heat's 110-103 victory over the Pacers in Indianapolis on Tuesday (The Early Lead.)
Last night, the Cavaliers entered the all-star break on a high note, by stunning the Lakers.
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Instead of a true recap of last night's game, Bullets Forever proposed a haiku contest.
Ken Berger says this All Star Weekend might be the last of it's kind (CBSSports.com).
James "Baba" Battista, the ringleader in the Tim Donaghy referee betting scandal is speaking out (TrueHoop, ESPN.com).
Less than a month after New Jersey pulled out of trade talks, the Denver Nuggets have re-engaged the Nets in discussions on a blockbuster deal for Carmelo Anthony (Adrian Wojnarowski Yahoo! Sports).
| February 17, 2011; 8:16 AM ET
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