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Wizards Insider: February, 2012

Posted at 07:53 PM ET, 02/28/2012

Wizards at Bucks: Game 34 discussion thread

Wizards will start the second half of the season in Milwaukee against a Bucks team that has lost six consecutive games at Bradley Center. Wizards have lost, 102-81, on Dec. 30

By Michael Lee  |  07:53 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:54 PM ET, 02/27/2012

Wizards at Halftime, Part V: Is John Wall going to continue his improved play?

John Wall has quietly been posting some all-star caliber numbers in recent weeks, but will time spent at All-Star Weekend provide the same boost it did last season?

By Michael Lee  |  05:54 PM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 02/27/2012

Wizards at Halftime, Part IV: Are Nick Young and JaVale McGee looking ahead to July?

Nick Young will be an unrestricted free agent. JaVale McGee will be a restricted free agent. With the Wizards having nothing to play for, will they distracted by what awaits them in July?

By Michael Lee  |  04:43 PM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 02/27/2012

Wizards at Halftime, Part III: Which young players will distinguish themselves as members of the team’s core?

The Wizards have seven players in their first or second season, but which ones beside John Wall should be a part of the long-term future.

By Michael Lee  |  02:55 PM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 02/27/2012

Wizards at Halftime, Part II: Can they trade Andray Blatche by March 15?

The trade deadline is March 15. Will Andray Blatche still be wearing a Wizards uniform after that?

By Michael Lee  |  12:35 PM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 02/27/2012

Wizards at Halftime, Part I: Will they avoid the worst record in franchise history?

The Wizards are on pace to win just 14 games, which would be the worst winning percentage in franchise history.

By Michael Lee  |  11:01 AM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 02/27/2012

NBA All-Star Break: Wizards at halfway point

After 33 games, the Wizards have had several memorable — and embarrassing — moments already. What stands out so far?

By Michael Lee  |  09:33 AM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:06 AM ET, 02/26/2012

John Wall takes four place in NBA Skills Challenge — and a bit of grief (with video)

The Wizards point guard’s attempt to offer a bit of extra entertainment goes awry as he is eliminated by Rajon Rondo.

By Michael Lee  |  01:06 AM ET, 02/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Wizards Insider

Posted at 01:24 AM ET, 02/25/2012

Wizards’ John Wall puts on show in Orlando

Upset that he was picked 12th and had to come off the bench in Rising Stars Challenge, John Wall had 17 points, eight assists and several dunks as Team Chuck defeats Team Shaq, 146-133.

By Michael Lee  |  01:24 AM ET, 02/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:52 AM ET, 02/24/2012

USA Basketball to train in DC, face Brazil at Verizon Center

USA Basketball announced that LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant, among others, will train in four cities, including Washington, and face Brazil on July 16 at Verizon Center.

By Michael Lee  |  08:52 AM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/23/2012

Wizards ‘relapse’ in loss to Sacramento

In a performance that encapsulated many of their problems this season, the Wizards ‘relapse’ and play selfishly in the second half of a disappointing loss to Sacramento before all-star break.

By Michael Lee  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:40 PM ET, 02/22/2012

Kings at Wizards: Game 33 discussion thread

Washington (7-25) returns from a 2-3 road trip to face the Sacramento Kings in the finale before the all-star break. Coach Randy Wittman hopes Wizards can steal a win.

By Washington Post editors  |  06:40 PM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 02/22/2012

Wizards’ John Wall ready to face DeMarcus Cousins

Former Kentucky teammates John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins have had somewhat similar seasons and will face each other for the second time in their careers on Wednesday.

By Michael Lee  |  03:09 PM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Washington Wizards

Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 02/22/2012

Wizards’ small forward production contributing to shortcomings

The Wizards have had numerous shortcomings this season, which have contributed to a 7-25 record, but Coach Randy Wittman says the team will need more production at small forward going forward.

By Michael Lee  |  07:15 AM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 02/21/2012

Wizards’ Andray Blatche, Ronny Turiaf close to returning

The Wizards have had an inexperienced front court for much of the season, but veterans Andray Blatche and Ronny Turiaf are expected to return soon after the all-star break.

By Michael Lee  |  02:05 PM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:18 AM ET, 02/21/2012

Wizards end trip with another second-half meltdown

Wizards take a third-quarter lead in Phoenix, then collapse under a 31-6 Suns run that sends them back to Washington with a 2-3 record on five-game road trip.

By Michael Lee  |  08:18 AM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:50 PM ET, 02/20/2012

Wizards at Suns: Game 32 discussion thread

Wizards look to conclude their five-game trip with a winning record for the first time in seven years as they take on Phoenix at US Airways Center.

By Michael Lee  |  08:50 PM ET, 02/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 02/20/2012

John Wall to participate in Skills Challenge

JaVale McGee wasn’t invited, but the Wizards will have some representation all-star Saturday night as John Wall is set to return to Skills Challenge in Orlando.

By Michael Lee  |  03:29 PM ET, 02/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  JaVale McGee

Posted at 10:15 PM ET, 02/19/2012

Phoenix’s Steve Nash to John Wall: “Stick with it”

Steve Nash, a two-time MVP, offers advice to John Wall, telling him to “think long term” as it relates to his career and continue to stay positive and focused on getting better.

By Michael Lee  |  10:15 PM ET, 02/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:41 PM ET, 02/18/2012

Former Wizard Josh Howard healthy again in Utah

Josh Howard has played more games in less than half a season in Utah (25) than he did in 1½ injury-plagued seasons in Washington (22).

By Michael Lee  |  05:41 PM ET, 02/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 02/18/2012

John Wall on being 12th pick for Rising Star Challenge: “It’s a joke to me”

John Wall’s reaction to being the 12th pick — and 6th guard taken? “It’s a joke to me.”

By Michael Lee  |  03:33 PM ET, 02/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:02 PM ET, 02/17/2012

Wizards at Jazz: Game 31 discussion thread

Wizards will try to take advantage of reeling Utah, which has lost five of its last six games. Jazz remains one of the league’s best home teams, with an 11-5 record at Energy Solutions Arena.

By Michael Lee  |  09:02 PM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:37 PM ET, 02/17/2012

Wizards’ Shelvin Mack faces former Butler teammate Gordon Hayward

Former Butler teammates Shelvin Mack and Gordon Hayward worked out together in Indianapolis during the lockout and will play each other as opponents for first time in NBA.

By Michael Lee  |  08:37 PM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 02/17/2012

Jeremy Lin: A Linspiration to benchwarmers everywhere

Jeremy Lin has served as an inspiration for fans and bad puns, but he has also given hope to an overlooked faction in society: NBA benchwarmers.

By Michael Lee  |  03:22 PM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:51 PM ET, 02/16/2012

John Wall selected - 12th overall - to play for Team Chuck

In the new Team Chuck vs. Team Shaq format for the Rising Stars challenge, John Wall is selected 12th overall to play for Team Chuck on Feb. 24 in Orlando. Jeremy Lin added to team.

By Michael Lee  |  11:51 PM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 02/16/2012

Wizards’ JaVale McGee out of slam dunk contest [UPDATED]

JaVale McGee, the runner-up in last year’s slam dunk contest, will not participate in Feb. 25 event.

By Michael Lee  |  02:00 PM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  JaVale McGee

Posted at 09:29 AM ET, 02/16/2012

Wizards can’t repeat magic in Los Angeles

After a stellar performance in Portland, the Wizards are unable to find the same success the next night in Los Angeles.

By Michael Lee  |  09:29 AM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  washington wizards, nick young

Posted at 10:37 PM ET, 02/15/2012

Wizards at Clippers: Game 30 discussion thread

Wizards will try to go for 3-0 on their five-game road trip and defeat the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center for the first time since Feb. 13, 2008.

By Michael Lee  |  10:37 PM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 02/15/2012

Amazing numbers from Wizards’ win over Portland

Washington set new season highs in points scored, field goal percentage and three-point field goal percentage during Tuesday’s game in Portland.

By Michael Lee  |  04:27 PM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:23 AM ET, 02/15/2012

Wizards back court shines in Portland

Nick Young, Jordan Crawford and John Wall combined to score 85 points and shoot 31 for 47 (66 percent) from the field to lead Wizards to stunning 124-109 win in Portland.

By Michael Lee  |  08:23 AM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:02 PM ET, 02/14/2012

Wizards at Trail Blazers: Game 29 discussion thread

Wizards hope to see some carryover after their lopsided win over Detroit, but Portland is one of the NBA’s best home teams.

By Michael Lee  |  10:02 PM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:05 PM ET, 02/14/2012

Wizards’ Jan Vesely is an ‘energy guy,’ starting or off the bench

Jan Vesely is coming off his best game as a pro as he scored 10 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three shots – all career-highs – in the Wizards’ win over Detroit.

By Michael Lee  |  06:05 PM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 02/14/2012

Wizards finally have their own second-half ambush

On many occasions this season, the Wizards have played closely with an opponent and gotten blown out in the second half. They finally had their own ambush in Detroit.

By Michael Lee  |  12:36 PM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 02/13/2012

Wizards’ John Wall overcomes poor first half to direct an impressive road win

On a bad shooting night, Wizards guard John Wall finds another way to contribute, handing out a career-high-tying 15 assists in Detroit.

By Michael Lee  |  02:08 PM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 02/13/2012

JaVale McGee playing better after getting new asthma medicine

After starting February in a slump, JaVale McGee has played some inspired games since getting treatment for his athletic asthma.

By Michael Lee  |  10:06 AM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:12 AM ET, 02/13/2012

Wizards’ Rashard Lewis gets heckled, makes history

Rashard Lewis went from not knowing if he would play, to helping the Wizards dominate Detroit - and joined an exclusive club by becoming 21st active player with 15,000 career points.

By Michael Lee  |  12:12 AM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:55 PM ET, 02/12/2012

Wizards at Pistons: Game 28 discussion thread

Wizards hope to get their five-game road trip off on the right foot as they get set to take on the red-hot Detroit Pistons.

By Michael Lee  |  05:55 PM ET, 02/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:22 PM ET, 02/10/2012

Missed opportunity for Wizards heading into road trip

Heat makes uncharacteristic mistakes, but Washington fails to capitalize

By Gene Wang  |  11:22 PM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:40 PM ET, 02/10/2012

Game 27 discussion thread: Wizards vs. Heat

Washington seeks to end a six-game losing streak in first of three meetings against Eastern Conference champions

By Gene Wang  |  06:40 PM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 02/10/2012

Against Heat, Wizards hope to again rise to level of competition

While Washington frequently takes a weakened opponent lightly, it also is capable of challenging a superior foe.

By Michael Lee  |  04:30 PM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:06 AM ET, 02/10/2012

Homecourt disadvantage?

The supposed comforts of home are non-existent for the Wizards as they often have to win over the home fans or watch them pull for the opposing team.

By Michael Lee  |  12:06 AM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 02/09/2012

JaVale McGee fighting through ‘dog days’

After having a decent run near the end of last month, JaVale McGee has struggled in the first five games of February.

By Michael Lee  |  02:42 PM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  JaVale McGee

Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 02/09/2012

Jeremy Lin can be inspiration to Chinese Americans

New York Knicks guard’s popularity in China on rise as well.

By Gene Wang  |  01:47 PM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:12 AM ET, 02/09/2012

Wizards lose game – and crowd – to Jeremy Lin

With no crowd support, Wizards suffer embarrassing lopsided loss to undermanned New York Knicks and let Jeremy Lin keep his miraculous underdog story alive.

By Michael Lee  |  01:12 AM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:19 PM ET, 02/08/2012

Wizards vs. Knicks: Game 25 discussion thread

Wizards seek to win two in a row as Knicks are without Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony. New York does have Jeremy Lin and John Wall is pretty familiar with him.

By Michael Lee  |  07:19 PM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:08 PM ET, 02/08/2012

Wizards’ John Wall selected for Rising Stars Challenge

After winning MVP honors in the Rookie Challenge last season, John Wall has been invited back to All-Star Weekend to participate in the Rising Star Challenge, which will have a new format.

By Michael Lee  |  05:08 PM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Wizards Insider

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 02/08/2012

Wizards’ Trevor Booker on Knicks: “It’s a game we should win”

The undermanned New York Knicks are without Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire, and Wizards forward Trevor Booker thinks team “should” get second win in a row.

By Michael Lee  |  03:14 PM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:03 PM ET, 02/07/2012

Wizards waive Hamady Ndiaye

Center was recent call-up from team’s D-League affiliate.

By Gene Wang  |  06:03 PM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Hamady Ndiaye

Posted at 05:06 PM ET, 02/07/2012

Maurice Evans slowly working way back into Wizards rotation

Veteran swingman logs season-high 15 minutes in Monday’s victory over Toronto.

By Gene Wang  |  05:06 PM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 02/07/2012

Rashard Lewis uncertain if he will play Wednesday vs. Knicks

Starting forward is day-to-day with sore left knee and isn’t sure if he will play Wednesday against the Knicks.

By Gene Wang  |  03:19 PM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 02/07/2012

Trevor Booker’s boost plays a big role in Wizards’ win over the Raptors

Trevor Booker had a key blocked shot in overtime, as well as a season-high 19 points as he earns more praise from fellow Wizards.

By Gene Wang  |  08:00 AM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:50 PM ET, 02/06/2012

Wizards rise up defensively in overtime

Raptors fail to score a field goal in extra session during 111-108 loss

By Gene Wang  |  11:50 PM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:36 PM ET, 02/06/2012

Wizards vs. Raptors: Game 25 discussion thread

Washington seeks to end four-game losing streak

By Gene Wang  |  06:36 PM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:48 PM ET, 02/04/2012

Caron Butler feels right at home with Clippers in rout of Wizards

Former Wizards star helps the Clippers dismantle Washington, 107-81.

By Gene Wang  |  11:48 PM ET, 02/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Wizards Insider

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 02/04/2012

Wizards vs. Clippers: Game 24 discussion thread

NBA dunk champion Blake Griffin, former Wizards star Caron Butler make only appearance at Verizon Center

By Gene Wang  |  06:30 PM ET, 02/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 02/03/2012

Wizards at Raptors: Game 23 discussion thread

Tonight Washington will try to continue their recent energetic play in Toronto against the Raptors.

By Washington Post editors  |  06:30 PM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  open thread, discussion thread

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 02/03/2012

JaVale McGee says ‘it’s possible’ that he’ll compete in slam dunk competition

JaVale McGee said on Friday that he might be open to competing in the slam dunk contest again. “It’s possible,” he said.

By Michael Lee  |  03:14 PM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  washington wizards, javale mcgee

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 02/03/2012

Wizards’ owner Ted Leonsis takes referees to task

In their past two losses, the Wizards have attempted 22 free throws compared to 70 for their opponents, Chicago and Orlando. Ted Leonsis thinks his team gets no respect.

By Michael Lee  |  01:34 PM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:46 AM ET, 02/03/2012

Dwight Howard saga has Orlando sputtering

Dwight Howard has demanded a trade, Orlando has yet to move him, leaving Howard to deal with the backlash, his teammates to deal with weekly slights, and no one coming out ahead.

By Michael Lee  |  07:46 AM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 02/02/2012

Wizards’ Nick Young shrugs off poor start with late flurry

After rough start in Orlando, Nick Young became first Wizard in more than three years to score at least 20 points in one quarter.

By Michael Lee  |  03:57 PM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  nick young

Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 02/02/2012

Wizards’ Shelvin Mack, Kevin Seraphin have career nights in Orlando

On a night when John Wall and JaVale McGee struggled, their respective backups, Shelvin Mack and Kevin Seraphin, filled in to keep game competitive in Orlando.

By Michael Lee  |  08:32 AM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:58 PM ET, 02/01/2012

Wizards at Magic: Game 22 discussion thread

The Wizards, who were blown out by 18 points the last time they played the Magic, look for a different outcome tonight.

By Washington Post editors  |  06:58 PM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:21 PM ET, 02/01/2012

Wizards’ Ernie Grunfeld has ‘seen some real good signs’ since making coaching change

Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld has seen progress in his team since replacing Flip Saunders with Randy Wittman, but hopes to see the players continue to develop moving forward.

By Michael Lee  |  05:21 PM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 02/01/2012

Wizards’ Rashard Lewis is more encouraged about rematch

After last month’s embarrassing loss to his former team, Rashard Lewis says tonight’s game against the Magic will be different.

By Michael Lee  |  01:39 PM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 01/31/2012

Wizards’ Trevor Booker gets another chance with Andray Blatche down

Trevor Booker has gone from the bench to starter back to the bench, but he will have a chance to earn more minutes with Andray Blatche out three to five weeks with a calf injury.

By Michael Lee  |  05:09 PM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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