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Wizards Insider: March 6, 2011 - March 12, 2011

Open thread: Wizards (16-47) vs Clippers (25-41)

The Wizards will be without Andray Blatche, Rashard Lewis and Cartier Martin, which will give rookie Trevor Booker his seventh career start and a matchup against Clippers rookie sensation Blake Griffin. "Trevor, he's going to have a heck of a challenge because one, he's undersized. Griffin is 6-10. Book is...

By Michael Lee  | March 12, 2011; 7:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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With Rashard Lewis out, Yi Jianlian gets an opportunity

Rashard Lewis left the team this week to get a second opinion in Houston for the right knee that has sidelined him for past two games and kept him ineffective for the past few weeks. Coach Flip Saunders said Lewis was expected to return on Friday but will not be...

By Michael Lee  | March 11, 2011; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  Rashard Lewis, Yi Jianlian  
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Jump ball: The JaVale McGee puzzle

Box Seats blogger Kevin Broom posed an intriguing question yesterday in his post about JaVale McGee's production. (Some have argued that when McGee plays more the Wizards have a better record.) Broom asks: Is McGee playing well (and the team winning) because he's getting more minutes, or is the team...

By Washington Post editors  | March 11, 2011; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
 
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Near-demotion spurs Trevor Booker

About two months ago, Coach Flip Saunders considered sending Trevor Booker to the Wizards' Development-League affiliate before Booker gave him reason to think otherwise. "I said, because I know what you do, if you play hard, you can be a very effective player in this league. From that time forward,...

By Washington Post editors  | March 11, 2011; 8:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Morning brew  
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Trevor Booker avoids D-League demotion, plays harder

The Wizards have had a hard time keeping Trevor Booker off the court, with his tenacity and ability to influence the game with some hard-nosed play. But there was a time when that wasn't always the case. Coach Flip Saunders revealed on Thursday that he considered sending Booker to the...

By Michael Lee  | March 10, 2011; 6:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
 
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Josh Howard returns to practice

Josh Howard returned to practice on Thursday after sitting out the past week, and missing the past three games, with a pulled left hamstring. Howard has had a stop-and-go season because of his surgically repaired left knee, and the hamstring was his latest setback. Howard is expected to return for...

By Michael Lee  | March 10, 2011; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Jump ball: Who deserves more playing time?

Flip Saunders's "back to camp" approach has stirred some debate among commenters, much of it centering on which players deserve more playing time. For example, LarryInClintonMD wrote: Can Seraphin really play? Does he have game? If you can answer yes to that question or not, it doesn't obviate the fact...

By Washington Post editors  | March 10, 2011; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Shorthanded Wizards get set for more intense practice

With a host of newcomers and a growing list of injuries, the Washington Wizards head into Day 2 of what Coach Flip Saunders called an in-season training camp that's expected to have the feel of an open tryout. Unlike yesterday's lighter practice though, this morning's session is expected to be...

By Gene Wang  | March 10, 2011; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Morning brew  
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Andray Blatche has right shoulder strain

Starting power forward Andray Blatche has a strained right shoulder, and according to Washington Wizards officials, the status of the team's second-leading scorer is day-to-day after an MRI this morning revealed no structural damage. Blatche hurt his shoulder in the opening minutes of last night's 95-76 loss to Milwaukee at...

By Gene Wang  | March 9, 2011; 1:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
Categories:  Andray Blatche  
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Jump ball: An all-rookie lineup?

In last night's loss to the Bucks, the short-handed Wizards turned to an all-rookie lineup. With John Wall, Jordan Crawford, Trevor Booker and Kevin Seraphin in the game, Hamady N'diaye joined that group with 36.6 seconds left in the first quarter, marking the first time a team had used five...

By Washington Post editors  | March 9, 2011; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Wizards get set for in-season 'training camp'

The Washington Wizards' 95-76 loss to Milwaukee last night was one of the team's most dreadful of the season and included a cavalcade of miscues, from shooting 38 percent to 21 turnovers to the starting back court missing 21 of 30 shots. Certainly injuries were a factor, with Rashard Lewis,...

By Gene Wang  | March 9, 2011; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  Morning brew  
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Andray Blatche latest Wizards player to be hurt

As if the injury situation couldn't get any worse for the Washington Wizards, their 95-76 loss to Milwaukee tonight included second-leading scorer Andray Blatche leaving early in the first quarter with a sprained right shoulder. The injury happened with 8 minutes 46 seconds to play after Blatche became trapped between...

By Gene Wang  | March 9, 2011; 2:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Andray Blatche, Cartier Martin, Flip Saunders, Josh Howard, Rashard Lewis  
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Open thread: Wizards (16-46) vs. Bucks (23-38)

Washington hopes to get Rashard Lewis (sore right knee) and Josh Howard (strained left hamstring) back in the lineup for tonight's game against the Milwaukee Bucks. Milwaukee has lost two in a row and has gone 3-7 in its last 10 games. The Bucks, however might get starting center Andrew...

By Washington Post editors  | March 8, 2011; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Jump ball: The final stretch

This morning Michael Lee blogged about the last 20 games of the season being meaningful for the Wizards. Many readers begged to differ, but flohrtv agreed: The last 20 games are important in establishing some type of team chemistry since the Hinrich trade. Jordan Crawford seems to be a good...

By Washington Post editors  | March 8, 2011; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Final 20 games far from meaningless

The Wizards need to win four of their final 20 games to avoid matching the franchise record for fewest wins in an 82-game season. That might not seem like much of a challenge, but they just completed their worst 20-game stretch of the season, going 3-17, with an eight-game losing...

By Michael Lee  | March 8, 2011; 8:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Morning brew  
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Jump ball: What's in a name?

This morning's blog post about a possible logo change for the Wizards reignited the old debate about the team's name. Changing the colors to red, white and blue apparently isn't enough for many readers. As usual, some are calling for a return to the Bullets, but owner Ted Leonsis appears...

By Washington Post editors  | March 7, 2011; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (170)
 
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John Wall: 'I think I'm getting my step back'

He has won Eastern Conference rookie of the month honors again, and he came within two assists of his second career triple-double in a win against Minnesota, but the real proof that John Wall is starting to regain his pre-injury form came near the end of the first quarter against...

By Michael Lee  | March 7, 2011; 8:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  John Wall, Morning brew  
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New Washington Wizards logo?

It's no surprise that the Wizards are planning to revert to the red, white and blue color scheme of the Bullets days, but we may have our first indication of what the actual logo (back of the jacket, on left) might look like. Update: Ted Leonsis just blogged about the...

By Washington Post Sports  | March 7, 2011; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
 
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Open thread: Wizards (16-45) at Pistons (22-41)

The Wizards snapped a seven-game losing streak against Minnesota on Saturday and now they will attempt to end a seven-game slide against the Detroit Pistons. The Wizards have not beaten the Pistons since Dec. 9, 2008. They came close to a victory the last time they were in Auburn Hills,...

By Michael Lee  | March 6, 2011; 5:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Flip Saunders on Detroit tumult: "It's unfortunate"

Joe's got it under control. (D.Lippitt/EinsteinPhoto/NBAE/Getty Images) Flip Saunders will not be with the Wizards when they face his former team, the Detroit Pistons, on Sunday. But before leaving to attend the wake and funeral of his late mother, Kay, Saunders spoke about the situation in Detroit, which has...

By Michael Lee  | March 6, 2011; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Flip Saunders  
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Trevor Booker hurdles Kevin Love, helps Wizards snap seven-game losing streak

You better box me out. (By Rob Carr/Getty Images) After he finished his post-game press conference, Coach Flip Saunders shook hands with WPGC radio personality and Wizards DJ Big Tigger, who congratulated him on the win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Saunders then congratulated Tigger for pulling off a successful...

By Michael Lee  | March 6, 2011; 12:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Rashard Lewis, Trevor Booker  
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