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Posted at 8:16 AM ET, 02/17/2011

Rashard Lewis: There's still something to play for

By Michael Lee
Morning brew

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 [28] 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."

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

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.

AROUND THE WEB
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).

By Michael Lee  | February 17, 2011; 8:16 AM ET
Categories:  Morning brew  
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Comments

Andray Blatche played horrible last night, behind the back dribbles, face the defender and try to shoot over him., he plays like hes a shooting gaurd, its annoying, id like to see him get yelled at few times like mcgee ussually does.

Posted by: skinsfan09 | February 17, 2011 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Andray Blatche played horrible last night, behind the back dribbles, face the defender and try to shoot over him., he plays like hes a soft shooting gaurd, its annoying, id like to see him lose some minutes when he plays like that, but unfortunately we don’t have many other options.

Posted by: skinsfan09 | February 17, 2011 8:36 AM | Report abuse

DHoward is the perfect storm for us. He's physically able to dominate all our Bigs and now has a skillset to go with it PLUS he gets every single call and no-call from the refs. He camps in the lane, sets a million moving screens, throws elbows and shoves at will...nary a whistle. Keveen sets a good pick- illegal screen. Cartier gets all ball on Howard- whistle.

That's just how it's going to go until this team earns some cred from the league which could be a long time.

Posted by: divi3 | February 17, 2011 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: divi3 | February 17, 2011 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Yeah,it's funny tho, cuz 8 times out of 10 DH is in foul trouble against the NBA elite. He doesn't get away with all that when they play MIA,BOS,LAL and teams with top superstars. The Wiz definitely don't get that respect but it would be nice if they tried to make a fair call. DH had 2 fouls through 3 qs last night (3 at the most) he'd have 2 in the first half against the big dogs. I remember the seraphin screen and the cartier jump ball, both were egregious Home Cookin calls. Gil couldn't get a call doe, Stern Conspiracy.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | February 17, 2011 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Recently, I asked several Washington Wizards — Andray Blatche, Hilton Armstrong, Trevor Booker, Al Thornton, Cartier Martin and Nick Young — who was the best player they came across in high school or college who never made it to the NBA. Talent comes and goes, but it’s not always forgotten.

For Those Who Never Made It

This is pretty cool.

Posted by: djnnnou | February 17, 2011 10:22 AM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure that if we'd signed Shaun Livingston we'd have won that game.

Larry told me.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 17, 2011 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Most Improved Player of the Year Watch - ESPN

No 5. Nick Young, Wizards: He has increased his scoring average from 8.6 last season to 17.6, dropping 20.7 points per game in 29 games as a starter since the Gilbert Arenas trade. Sure the Wizards are bad, but with few scoring options Young has had to fight through extra defense for his points.

Posted by: Dave381 | February 17, 2011 11:22 AM | Report abuse

No 5. Nick Young, Wizards: He has increased his scoring average from 8.6 last season to 17.6, dropping 20.7 points per game in 29 games as a starter since the Gilbert Arenas trade. Sure the Wizards are bad, but with few scoring options Young has had to fight through extra defense for his points.

Posted by: Dave381 | February 17, 2011 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Flip's take on that is that NY just takes and makes bad shots. Nothing special more like being lucky.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | February 17, 2011 11:42 AM | Report abuse

This is pretty cool.

That is great clip, thanks. You know there are guys out there who are better than some players in the nba today...but it just didn't break their way.

Posted by: divi3 | February 17, 2011 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Get Tre Kelley in the NBA cuz av'd like 40 for the season at Dunbar, he'll eat Kirk alive.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | February 17, 2011 12:05 PM | Report abuse

"Greatest pass in NBA History"

Magic Johnson, Pete Maravich, Steve Nash, JKidd, Larry Bird (yessir), John Stockton, Bob Cousy would like a word with you.

Posted by: LoveTheWiz | February 17, 2011 1:49 PM | Report abuse

"Greatest pass in NBA History"

Magic Johnson, Pete Maravich, Steve Nash, JKidd, Larry Bird (yessir), John Stockton, Bob Cousy would like a word with you.

Posted by: LoveTheWiz

Since it was essentially an outlet pass, Big Wes might have something to say about it as well....

That being said, a full-court length alley-oop pass is pretty ridiculous.

Posted by: ts35 | February 17, 2011 2:21 PM | Report abuse

That pass was nuts and given there is no "greatest pass in nba history", gotta admit it was right there with the best of them

Posted by: divi3 | February 17, 2011 2:25 PM | Report abuse

That being said, a full-court length alley-oop pass is pretty ridiculous.

Posted by: ts35 | February 17, 2011 2:21 PM | Report abuse

the only thing that woulda made that play crazier would be if Bron dunked it. Watching the game on my 55 inch TV I saw wasd get the board turn and chuck it, the cameras are tracking the ball and I'm like WTF is he doing ?who's he throwing to? and then LBJ rises up and catches it for the lay in. I don't even think Bron knew Wade was gonna throw it to the rim, it even surprised him. it was a 94 foot baseball pass to the rim, super impressive.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | February 17, 2011 2:28 PM | Report abuse

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