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Wizards Insider: April, 2011

Posted at 10:35 PM ET, 04/29/2011

Kirk Hinrich unlikely to get payback against Chicago

Atlanta Hawks rule former Wizards guard “doubtful” for playoff reunion with Chicago after he suffers a strained right hamstring in win over Orlando

By Michael Lee  |  10:35 PM ET, 04/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:09 PM ET, 04/29/2011

Georgetown’s Chris Wright among six to work out for Wizards

Georgetown’s Chris Wright is among six players scheduled to participate.

By Washington Post editors  |  06:09 PM ET, 04/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 04/29/2011

Gilbert Arenas’s ‘new beginning’ ends in the first round

Former Wizard’s return to the postseason ends meekly, as Magic is eliminated by Hawks.

By Michael Lee  |  11:40 AM ET, 04/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 04/28/2011

Maurice Evans fought through knee pain in order to compete

Maurice Evans admits to having his knee drained four times in order to play last season in Atlanta and Washington.

By Michael Lee  |  02:58 PM ET, 04/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 04/28/2011

Maurice Evans optimistic NBA can avoid lengthy lockout

Union vice president Maurice Evans thinks players have made enough concessions in past, but vows to make sure NBA avoids a lengthy lockout.

By Michael Lee  |  11:04 AM ET, 04/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:47 PM ET, 04/27/2011

Trevor Booker to start charitable foundation with help from Carolina connection

Rookie leans on teammates as he starts a non-profit charitable foundation with a basketball tournament this June

By Michael Lee  |  05:47 PM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 04/27/2011

Nick Young improved, must wait to see if Wizards bring him back

After seeing so much change in four seasons in Washington, Nick Young is prepared for anything as he approaches free agency this summer.

By Michael Lee  |  11:13 AM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:33 PM ET, 04/26/2011

Sam Cassell is a candidate for vacant Houston job

Wizards assistant to interview for vacant coaching job with his former team

By Michael Lee  |  06:33 PM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 04/26/2011

John Wall featured on NBATV’s Rookie Roundtable

No. 1 pick discusses first season in Rookie Rountable with fellow rookies Blake Griffin, Wesley Johnson and Landry Fields on Tuesday

By Michael Lee  |  02:11 PM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 04/22/2011

Looking back on John Wall’s rookie season

Though he won’t win rookie of the year, John Wall’s rookie season compares favorably to the past four point guards to win the honor

By Michael Lee  |  11:33 AM ET, 04/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 04/21/2011

Wizards to unveil new look on May 10

Wizards will reveal franchise re-branding on May 10, returning to red, white and blue look of the Bullets.

By Michael Lee  |  10:45 AM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 04/21/2011

Wizards Top 10 Moments: Part V

A look back on Wizards 2010-11 season. Nos. 2 & 1

By Michael Lee  |  09:00 AM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 04/20/2011

Kevin Seraphin cruises through “learning season”

Rookie overcame several obstacles — a language barrier, culture contrasts, different style of play and return from a knee injury.

By Michael Lee  |  12:30 PM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 04/20/2011

Wizards Top 10 Moments: Part IV

A look back on the 2010-11 season. Nos. 4 & 3.

By Michael Lee  |  09:00 AM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 04/19/2011

Yi Jianlian unsure about future in Washington

After injury-riddled season in Washington, Yi Jianlian would like to return but is unsure if he will.

By Michael Lee  |  01:28 PM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 04/19/2011

Wizards Top 10 Moments: Part III

Some of the best moments of the 2010-11 season. No. 6 and 5.

By Michael Lee  |  09:00 AM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:24 PM ET, 04/18/2011

JaVale McGee gets (a little) support for defensive player of the year

Wizards center finished second in blocks, but didn’t expect to win any “defensive awards.” He still got votes for defensive player of the year

By Michael Lee  |  06:24 PM ET, 04/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 04/18/2011

Wizards draft options getting weaker

Harrison Barnes is the latest underclassman to return to college, giving Wizards one fewer option in NBA draft.

By Michael Lee  |  12:34 PM ET, 04/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 04/18/2011

Wizards Top 10 Moments: Part II

Some of the best moments of the 2010-11 season. Nos. 8 and 7.

By Michael Lee  |  09:00 AM ET, 04/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 04/15/2011

Wizards Top 10 Moments: Part I

A look back on highlights from Washington’s 2010-11 season. Here are Nos. 10 & 9.

By Michael Lee  |  11:57 AM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 04/14/2011

Video: Wall, Saunders on season finale

John Wall and Flip Saunders talk about plans for the offseason and how they may prepare for next year.

By Washington Post editors  |  12:54 PM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:05 AM ET, 04/14/2011

Season ends with emphasis on progress

Wizards focus on the need to improve and take advantage of the strides made in the final month.

By Michael Lee  |  08:05 AM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:33 AM ET, 04/14/2011

Wizards hardly disappointed in season finale loss

Flip Saunders rides reserves in season finale, Wizards not disappointed after loss to Cleveland

By Michael Lee  |  01:33 AM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:53 PM ET, 04/13/2011

Open thread, season finale: Wizards (23-58) at Cavaliers (18-63)

Wizards finish regular season in Cleveland, where they are seeking to win a season series over Cavaliers. They are 4-6 in season finales the past 10 years.

By Michael Lee  |  07:53 PM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 04/13/2011

JaVale McGee’s entertaining season comes to a close

Sometimes good, sometimes bad, third-year center’s season was rarely boring

By Michael Lee  |  12:36 PM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:05 AM ET, 04/13/2011

Wizards season ends tonight in Cleveland

Last game of the regular season takes the Wizards back to Cleveland, site of a happy memory.

By Michael Lee  |  08:05 AM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 04/12/2011

Andray Blatche having strong finish to uneven season

After struggling with injuries for most of the season, Blatche is closing by playing his best basketball

By Michael Lee  |  12:43 PM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 04/12/2011

Boston’s Von Wafer assists Wizards in overtime win

Boston Celtics guard Von Wafer’s terrible overtime sequence contributes to Wizards win

By Michael Lee  |  10:37 AM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:49 AM ET, 04/12/2011

John Wall, Wizards thinking playoffs after win over Boston

John Wall invokes the “P-word” after the Wizards defeat Boston in overtime in home finale

By Michael Lee  |  06:49 AM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:52 PM ET, 04/11/2011

Open thread: Wizards (22-58) vs. Celtics (55-25)

A day after dropping to third in East, Boston shuts down four starters in Wizards home finale.

By Michael Lee  |  06:52 PM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 04/11/2011

Wizards seeking 20 home wins

Despite poor road record, Wizards have most home wins in three seasons

By Michael Lee  |  03:06 PM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:15 AM ET, 04/11/2011

Wizards not worried about draft lottery

Wizards focused on strong finish to season, not ping-pong balls

By Michael Lee  |  08:15 AM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 04/10/2011

Wizards get boost from “dangerous” D-Leaguers

Othyus Jeffers and Larry Owens providing a boost to Wizards while trying to secure homes in the NBA

By Michael Lee  |  01:43 PM ET, 04/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:09 PM ET, 04/09/2011

Wizards welcome back Kirk Hinrich with humor

Wizards have some humorous surprises ready for the Atlanta Hawks point guard in his return to Washington

By Michael Lee  |  08:09 PM ET, 04/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:38 PM ET, 04/09/2011

Open thread: Wizards (21-58) at Hawks (44-35)

Jordan Crawford and Maurice Evans face former team as Atlanta Hawks try to avoid losing fourth straight game.

By Michael Lee  |  06:38 PM ET, 04/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 04/09/2011

Wizards benefitting from Kirk Hinrich deal

Jordan Crawford and Maurice Evans playing well since arriving from Atlanta

By Michael Lee  |  01:11 PM ET, 04/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:27 AM ET, 04/09/2011

John Wall leaves Boston thinking about championships

After losing his first game in Boston, No. 1 overall pick talks about someday leading Wizards to a title, or 18...

By Michael Lee  |  01:27 AM ET, 04/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:54 PM ET, 04/08/2011

Open thread: Wizards (21-57) at Celtics (54-24)

After facing an Indiana team seeking to clinch a playoff berth, Wizards get another team playing for something

By Michael Lee  |  06:54 PM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 04/08/2011

Josh Howard remains positive despite “rough season”

After a season of false starts caused by left knee injury, Howard still wants to return to Washington for better finish

By Michael Lee  |  03:29 PM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 04/08/2011

Why Ted Leonsis backs Ernie Grunfeld and Flip Saunders

An explanation for Wizards owner’s support of Ernie Grunfeld and Flip Saunders despite the team’s poor record.

By Michael Lee  |  11:17 AM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:15 AM ET, 04/08/2011

Uncertainty, second chances, and more

Nick Young ponders free agency, Larry Owens chose the Wizards over the D-League playoffs, and other links from around the NBA.

By Washington Post editors  |  08:15 AM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 04/07/2011

Playoffs or Pacers? Not a hard choice for Larry Owens

After waiting five years to make it to NBA, Owens had no problem skipping D-League playoffs.

By Michael Lee  |  02:57 PM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:15 AM ET, 04/07/2011

Wall has (Kentucky) fans in Indianapolis

John Wall experiences another homecoming in Indianapolis.

By Michael Lee  |  08:15 AM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:48 AM ET, 04/07/2011

Wizards get reality check in Indianapolis

Three-game winning streak snapped as Indiana puts away Wizards in a hurry, clinches playoff berth.

By Michael Lee  |  12:48 AM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:03 PM ET, 04/06/2011

Open thread: Wizards (21-56) at Pacers (35-43)

Wizards waived swingman but Coach Flip Saunders said the team will consider bringing him back next season

By Michael Lee  |  07:03 PM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:41 PM ET, 04/06/2011

Wizards waive Cartier Martin, sign Larry Owens and Othyus Jeffers

After waiving Cartier Martin, Wizards add Larry Owens and sign Othyus Jeffers

By Michael Lee  |  04:41 PM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 04/06/2011

Will the Wizards’ late-season run carry over to next season?

Wizards have won meaningless late-season games before, but hope they can experience some carryover this time

By Michael Lee  |  02:04 PM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:05 AM ET, 04/06/2011

Wizards look to add depth to depleted roster

With roster depleted, Wizards will likely sign Owens from NBA Development League and part with Cartier Martin

By Michael Lee  |  08:05 AM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:37 AM ET, 04/06/2011

After three year delay, Wizards finally win three in a row

Late-game win streak proves that Wizards haven’t given up on another lost season.

By Michael Lee  |  01:37 AM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:56 PM ET, 04/05/2011

Open thread: Wizards (20-56) vs. Pistons (26-50)

With six players done for the season, Washington may have to cut a player to add some depth.

By Michael Lee  |  06:56 PM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:05 AM ET, 04/05/2011

Blatche is motivated, Lewis looks ahead

Andray Blatche talks about his recent stellar play, Rashard Lewis focuses on getting healthy . . . and more from around the NBA.

By Washington Post editors  |  08:05 AM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 04/04/2011

Rashard Lewis focused on getting healthy for next season

Two weeks after having PRP injection, Lewis ready to start running and rehabbing

By Michael Lee  |  04:12 PM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 04/04/2011

Wizards continue to lose players — and win games

Hamady Ndiaye becomes the latest injured Wizard — in warm-ups.

By Michael Lee  |  09:55 AM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:53 AM ET, 04/04/2011

As season approaches merciful end, Wizards finally figuring out how to win games

Team is a tad tardy in winning games, but third road win in Charlotte makes Andray Blatche sing

By Michael Lee  |  12:53 AM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:56 PM ET, 04/03/2011

Open thread: Wizards (19-56) at Bobcats (32-43)

Backup center Hamady Ndiaye gets hurt in warmups, leaving Washington more shorthanded against Charlotte.

By Michael Lee  |  05:56 PM ET, 04/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 04/02/2011

Trevor Booker is done for the season but not down

Rookie is done for the season, but chooses not to complain after showing steady improvement

By Michael Lee  |  01:11 PM ET, 04/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:54 AM ET, 04/02/2011

Wizards turn what should’ve been a forgettable game into a memorable, historic night

Jordan Crawford has triple-double and Andray Blatche 16 offensive rebounds in stirring victory over Cavaliers

By Michael Lee  |  12:54 AM ET, 04/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:01 PM ET, 04/01/2011

Open thread: Wizards (18-56) vs. Cavaliers (15-59)

With John Wall suspended, Othyus Jeffers gets start against Cleveland.

By Michael Lee  |  07:01 PM ET, 04/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:16 PM ET, 04/01/2011

John Wall wins third straight Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month

Wizards rookie John Wall was named Eastern Conference rookie of the month for the third time one day after being suspended for Friday’s game

By Michael Lee  |  05:16 PM ET, 04/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 04/01/2011

Flip Saunders on John Wall: “He’s not going to back down”

Coach disappointed by suspension but understands why Wall defended himself

By Michael Lee  |  02:29 PM ET, 04/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 04/01/2011

Undermanned Wizards want to be about “effort and hard work”

Team has dealt with being undermanned for weeks; won’t stop competing without Wall and Nick Young

By Michael Lee  |  11:40 AM ET, 04/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:10 PM ET, 03/31/2011

John Wall suspended one game for punching Zydrunas Ilgauskas

Wizards rookie will miss Friday’s game against Cleveland after altercation with Zydrunas Ilgauskas.

By Michael Lee  |  08:10 PM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 03/31/2011

Flip Saunders thinks altercation with Miami could’ve been avoided

Flip Saunders thinks officials mishandled situation with John Wall and Zydrunas Ilgauskas.

By Michael Lee  |  03:25 PM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 03/31/2011

Jordan Crawford has career night in John Wall’s absence

After John Wall was ejected, Crawford scored a career-high 39 points in loss to Miami.

By Michael Lee  |  10:55 AM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:05 AM ET, 03/31/2011

Despite several setbacks, Wizards kept battling Miami Heat

Wizards respond to absence of some key players and John Wall’s ejection by battling the Heat.

By Michael Lee  |  08:05 AM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:03 AM ET, 03/31/2011

John Wall on his ejection: “I let my organization down”

Rookie felt he had to defend himself but disappointed by how he reacted to errant Zydrunas Ilgauskas elbows.

By Michael Lee  |  01:03 AM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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