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Wizards Insider: November, 2012

Posted at 08:48 PM ET, 11/30/2012

NBA turns San Antonio Spurs stunt into a fiasco

OPINION | Commissioner David Stern’s response to Coach Gregg Popovich’s resting of his four stars was pure overreaction.

By Michael Lee  |  08:48 PM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NBA

Posted at 07:22 PM ET, 11/30/2012

Wizards vs Knicks: Game 14 discussion thread

The Wizards are seeking their first winning streak after starting the season with 12 straight losses, but they will have a tough challenge against the Atlantic Division-leading New York Knicks.

By Michael Lee  |  07:22 PM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Discussion Thread

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 11/30/2012

Randy Wittman made a big move that finally worked

By allowing players to feel more engaged and involved with what happened on the court, Wizards Coach Randy Wittman set the stage for his team's first win of the season.

By Michael Lee  |  07:01 AM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:53 AM ET, 11/29/2012

Wizards get first win, the hard way

Considering how difficult this season as been in Washington, the Wizards' first victory was bound to be tough. But they won't complain after an 84-82 win over Portland.

By Michael Lee  |  01:53 AM ET, 11/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Wizards

Posted at 07:01 PM ET, 11/28/2012

Wizards vs. Trail Blazers: Game 13 discussion thread

The Wizards are trying to avoid 0-12 start against Portland but they have extra incentive to defeat the Trail Blazers after absorbing a 21-point loss last March.

By Michael Lee  |  07:01 PM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Discussion Thread

Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 11/28/2012

Is 0-19 or even worse possible for the Wizards?

Wizards are seeking to avoid becoming the 10th team to open a season at 0-13, but getting a win over Portland is important for many reasons. Namely, infamy could await them on the other side.

By Michael Lee  |  02:34 PM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Wizards

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 11/28/2012

Shaun Livingston ready to bounce back up after bad bounce

After sitting out against San Antonio with a shoulder injury, Shaun Livingston is ready to return to help the Wizards snap a season-opening 12-game losing skid.

By Michael Lee  |  11:50 AM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John Wall, Shaun Livingston

Posted at 09:39 PM ET, 11/27/2012

Wizards air out frustrations in pre-practice meeting

As the Wizards attempt to snap a 12-game losing streak, Coach Randy Wittman opens the floor to his players to let them offer suggestions.

By Michael Lee  |  09:39 PM ET, 11/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bradley Beal, practice, Randy WIttman, winless streak, Wizards

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 11/27/2012

Andray Blatche on Wizards: They tried to end me

The Brooklyn Nets are in first place, but Andray Blatche hasn't completely moved on from his time in Washington as he criticized the Wizards on Twitter and the radio.

By Michael Lee  |  11:25 AM ET, 11/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Andray Blatche

Posted at 10:51 PM ET, 11/26/2012

Another Wizards starting lineup yields same results

Another different starting lineup doesn't prove to be the answer as the Wizards lose their 12th consecutive game in a 118-92 home defeat to the San Antonio Spurs.

By Gene Wang  |  10:51 PM ET, 11/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bradley Beal, Kevin Seraphin, Randy WIttman, San Antonio Spurs, Washington Wizards

Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 11/26/2012

Game 12 discussion thread: Wizards vs. Spurs

Wizards hope to avoid starting the season with 12 straight losses.

By Gene Wang  |  06:00 PM ET, 11/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 11/26/2012

Chris Singleton playing better despite missed free throws

Chris Singleton had 13 points and 12 rebounds but missed a crucial free throw against Charlotte. The miss overshadowed Singleton's improve play of late, with him averaging 10 points and 7.3 rebounds over his past three games.

By Michael Lee  |  09:01 AM ET, 11/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 11/26/2012

Nene rests Sunday but expected to play against San Antonio

Nene was sore after 29-minute stint against Charlotte and needed some rest a day later, but Randy Wittman said he expects to have the Brazilian big man against San Antonio.

By Michael Lee  |  07:01 AM ET, 11/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:48 AM ET, 11/25/2012

Randy Wittman takes full responsibility for Wizards' latest loss

Coach Randy Wittman accepted the blame for the Wizards' 108-106 double-overtime loss to the Charlotte Bobcats, but his players came to his defense after the team dropped to a franchise-worst 0-11.

By Michael Lee  |  06:48 AM ET, 11/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 11/24/2012

Wizards vs. Bobcats: Game 11 discussion thread

Wizards hope to snap season-opening 10-game losing streak

By Michael Lee  |  05:31 PM ET, 11/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Discussion Thread

Posted at 05:53 PM ET, 11/23/2012

And the winner is.? To be determined much later

It's early, but NBA teams that made big splashes last offseason have yet to reap the benefits. Nowhere is the concern greater than Philadelphia, where all-star center Andrew Bynum has yet to play and recently injured his knee by bowling.

By Michael Lee  |  05:53 PM ET, 11/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NBA

Posted at 04:58 PM ET, 11/23/2012

Nene continues to be cautious in recovery

The Wizarsd big man says his "quad's a little sore" after his first game back from injury, and Coach Randy Wittman will carefully monitor his playing time.

By Gene Wang  |  04:58 PM ET, 11/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nene, Wizards injuries

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 11/22/2012

Nene's return is no miracle,' but Wizards come close to first win

In his first game of the season, Nene made a difference in just 20 minutes.

By Michael Lee  |  10:55 AM ET, 11/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nene

Posted at 02:12 AM ET, 11/22/2012

A final minute of elation and despair

Martell Webster's putback at the overtime buzzer was waved off, but the Wizards’ breakdowns in the final minute contributed to Washington’s 10th straight loss.

By Michael Lee  |  02:12 AM ET, 11/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Wizards

Posted at 06:14 PM ET, 11/21/2012

Wizards vs. Hawks: Game 10 discussion thread

There's a slight chance Nene will make his season debut as Washington tries to avoid becoming the 13th team in NBA history to lose its first 10 games.

By Alexa Steele  |  06:14 PM ET, 11/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Discussion Thread

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 11/21/2012

Nene on making debut in Atlanta: It's a chance'

Nene says there’s a chance he will play tonight, “maybe 10 minutes” if he feels better before the game.

By Michael Lee  |  12:40 PM ET, 11/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nene

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 11/21/2012

Shaun Livingston, Chris Singleton lead another failed comeback effort

Chris Singleton, Shaun Livingston and Bradley Beal helped the Wizards cut a 20-point deficit down to one, but the team still doesn't have what it takes to finish.

By Michael Lee  |  10:00 AM ET, 11/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Singleton, Shaun Livingston

Posted at 09:11 PM ET, 11/20/2012

Nene, John Wall making progress

Injured Wizards starters Nene and John Wall are nearing return from injury. How near, however, remains a question.

By Michael Lee  |  09:11 PM ET, 11/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injury front, John Wall, Nene

Posted at 11:36 PM ET, 11/19/2012

Wizards get little production from starters

Starters combined for 31 points on 8-for-37 shooting and half of team’s 10 turnovers

By Gene Wang  |  11:36 PM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Washigton Wizards, Wizards

Posted at 06:03 PM ET, 11/19/2012

Wizards vs. Pacers: Game 9 discussion thread

Washington hopes to avoid making history.

By Gene Wang  |  06:03 PM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Pacers, Wizards

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 11/19/2012

Bradley Beal accepts reserve role

Bradley Beal knew that his poor play and the Wizards' lack of wins probably meant that he would get benched. He has accepted demotion without complaint.

By Michael Lee  |  10:39 AM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bradley Beal

Posted at 12:15 AM ET, 11/18/2012

Wizards can't find the offense to match their defense

Washington can't take advantage of a strong defensive showing, fails to put up points to capitalize.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:15 AM ET, 11/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense, Randy WIttman, Utah Jazz

Posted at 06:24 PM ET, 11/17/2012

Wizards vs. Jazz: Game 8 discussion thread

Discuss the game as the Wizards host the Jazz.

By Katie Carrera  |  06:24 PM ET, 11/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Discussion Thread, Utah Jazz

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 11/17/2012

Wizards having a hard time getting over the hump

The Wizards are the NBA's last winless team but there is another reason to be concerned: They have had the fourth-easiest strength of schedule.

By Michael Lee  |  01:49 PM ET, 11/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Wizards

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/17/2012

Shaun Livingston has a reunion in Washington

Shaun Livingston joins the Wizards for a second stint and reunites with some familiar faces and a system that brought his career back to life.

By Michael Lee  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:42 PM ET, 11/16/2012

New NBA title threats out West?

The Lakers and Thunder could very well meet in the Western Conference finals, but the Grizzlies and Clippers will likely make things interesting along the way.

By Michael Lee  |  09:42 PM ET, 11/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NBA

Posted at 06:57 PM ET, 11/16/2012

Nene returns to practice for Wizards

The big man, out since August with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, gives his teammates a lift by practicing on a limited basis for the first time.

By Michael Lee  |  06:57 PM ET, 11/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nene, Wizards injuries

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 11/15/2012

Wizards sign Shaun Livingston (updated)

Free agent guard added to roster. Jannero Pargo is waived.

By Alexa Steele  |  04:12 PM ET, 11/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Roster

Posted at 04:10 AM ET, 11/15/2012

Wizards reserves show some fourth-quarter fight

Cartier Martin, Kevin Seraphin and Jordan Crawford led an improbable fourth-quarter run in Dallas, cutting an 18-point deficit down to three, but the Wizards ultimately lost, 107-101.

By Michael Lee  |  04:10 AM ET, 11/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cartier Martin, Kevin Seraphin

Posted at 06:55 PM ET, 11/14/2012

Wizards at Mavericks: Game 7 discussion thread

Wizards are looking to snap season-opening six-game losing skid in Dallas.

By Michael Lee  |  06:55 PM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Wizards

Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 11/14/2012

Wizards get a more aggressive Trevor Ariza, still waiting for a win

Trevor Ariza's aggressive play was the lone bright spot in the Wizards' dismal loss to the Bobcats.

By Michael Lee  |  12:52 PM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Trevor Ariza

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 11/14/2012

Wizards have another ill-advised three-point party

The Wizards shot 16.1 percent from beyond the three-point line but that didn't keep them from taking 31 shots from long distance.

By Michael Lee  |  09:01 AM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Wizards

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 11/13/2012

Wizards at Charlotte: Game 6 discussion thread

Tonight the Wizards seek their first win of the season in Charlotte.

By Michael Lee  |  05:30 PM ET, 11/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:50 PM ET, 11/13/2012

Bradley Beal, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist meet for first time

Before the first meeting between the No. 2 and No. 3 picks of the last NBA draft, Bradley Beal discusses his friendship with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

By Michael Lee  |  02:50 PM ET, 11/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bradley Beal

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/13/2012

Wizards still seeking first win of the season

Wizards are 0-5 for the third time in five seasons and seeking that elusive first win as they take on the Charlotte Bobcats.

By Michael Lee  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 11/12/2012

Wizards not getting to the foul line

Wizards have been unable to score and finish late but one of their biggest problems this season has been getting to the free throw line.

By Michael Lee  |  10:44 AM ET, 11/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bradley Beal, Free throws

Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 11/11/2012

Homecoming not so sweet for Randy Wittman, A.J. Price and Jordan Crawford

Randy Wittman, A.J. Price and Jordan Crawford all have ties to the Hoosier state but the trio was unable to have have success on Saturday against the Pacers.

By Michael Lee  |  12:38 PM ET, 11/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:56 AM ET, 11/11/2012

Flagrant foul from Bradley Beal is downgraded

After reviewing Bradley Beal's hard foul on Monta Ellis, the NBA has decided to downgrade his action to a flagrant foul penalty one.

By Michael Lee  |  12:56 AM ET, 11/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bradley Beal

Posted at 07:00 PM ET, 11/10/2012

Wizards at Pacers: Game 5 discussion thread

The Wizards hope to end four-game skid in Indiana, where A.J. Price will face his former team as a starting point guard. The team will have Bradley Beal, who was not suspended for his hard foul on Milwaukee guard Monta Ellis the night before.

By Michael Lee  |  07:00 PM ET, 11/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A.J. Price, Bradley Beal

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 11/10/2012

Former Wizard Josh Howard waiting to get back in NBA

Former Wizard Josh Howard finds himself waiting for a spot to open up on an NBA roster.

By Michael Lee  |  02:06 PM ET, 11/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:11 AM ET, 11/10/2012

Bradley Beal receives a flagrant foul against Milwaukee

The rookie plays his best game of the young season and also receives his first flagrant foul, sparking a small melee.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:11 AM ET, 11/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bradley Beal

Posted at 08:34 PM ET, 11/09/2012

Replacing Phil Jackson too much for Mike Brown to overcome

ANALYSIS | Brown was unable to overcome several obstacles as coach of the Lakers, but replacing his legendary predecessor loomed largest among them.

By Michael Lee  |  08:34 PM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Lakers, NBA

Posted at 05:25 PM ET, 11/09/2012

Wizards vs. Bucks: Game 4 discussion thread

Discuss the game as the Wizards look to snap a three-game losing streak.

By Katie Carrera  |  05:25 PM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Discussion Thread

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 11/09/2012

Chris Singleton adjusts to ever-changing role

After 18-second appearance in previous game, Chris Singleton bounced back and scored 14 points - forcing overtime with an emphatic dunk - in the Wizards' 100-94 loss to Boston.

By Michael Lee  |  02:45 PM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Singleton

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 11/09/2012

The block that put Bradley Beal on track

Bradley Beal finishes with 16 points, four rebounds and three assists in the Wizards' loss in Boston but his first-quarter block of all-star Paul Pierce helped jump start his career-best night.

By Michael Lee  |  12:07 PM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bradley Beal

Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 11/08/2012

Encouraging developments for Wizards in loss to Boston

The Wizards have yet to win a game this season, but showed signs of growth in a loss to the Celtics.

By Michael Lee  |  09:47 AM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:15 PM ET, 11/07/2012

John Wall to visit doctor, no target for return

The guard is seeking an update on his knee injury, and while some hoped he could return by Nov. 30, he said he has no scheduled return in mind.

By Michael Lee  |  09:15 PM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John Wall, John Wall injury, Wizards injuries

Posted at 06:33 PM ET, 11/07/2012

Wizards vs. Celtics: Game 3 discussion thread

The Wizards will try to bounce back from Saturday's loss to the Celtics -- and notch their first win of the young season.

By Michael Lee  |  06:33 PM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Discussion Thread

Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 11/07/2012

Jordan Crawford to play against Celtics

Reserve guard was unable to practice because of a sore left ankle, but he will be available tonight.

By Michael Lee  |  03:18 PM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jordan Crawford

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 11/07/2012

Trevor Booker on his idol Kevin Garnett

Meeting Kevin Garnett as a youngster helped inspire Trevor Booker to play in the NBA and give back to his community in South Carolina.

By Michael Lee  |  01:27 PM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Trevor Booker

Posted at 08:24 AM ET, 11/07/2012

Kevin Seraphin expects to attract more attention from Boston

Kevin Seraphin thinks he caught Kevin Garnett and the Celtics by surprise when he scored 19 points during the Wizards' 89-86 loss last Saturday but he is prepared to attract more attention during the rematch Wednesday in Boston.

By Michael Lee  |  08:24 AM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kevin Seraphin

Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 11/06/2012

Wizards face must-win game?

Martell Webster said the Wizards' game in Boston on Wednesday is a "must-win." Coach Randy Wittman is encouraged by his team's second half performance.

By Michael Lee  |  08:43 AM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Martell Webster

Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 11/05/2012

Justin Bieber visits practice, Jordan Crawford rests sore ankle

Pop star Justin Bieber visits Wizards practice before his concert at Verizon Center, but Jordan Crawford doesn't participate because of a sprained left ankle.

By Michael Lee  |  05:20 PM ET, 11/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jordan Crawford, Justin Bieber

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 11/05/2012

Jordan Crawford providing offensive boost for Wizards

Jordan Crawford has come off the bench to lead the Wizards in scoring in each of the first two games. He had 21 in a loss to Boston.

By Michael Lee  |  09:10 AM ET, 11/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/05/2012

Bradley Beal made history with first NBA start

The shooting guard became the second-youngest player to start at his position in his team's season opener last week in Cleveland.

By Michael Lee  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:23 AM ET, 11/04/2012

Kevin Seraphin helps fuel rally, but shows inexperience as Wizards fall to Celtics

The third-year big man recorded his 17th consecutive game in double-digits and defended Kevin Garnett well in the fourth quarter but committed a costly turnover in the final minute.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:23 AM ET, 11/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Boston Celtics, Kevin Seraphin

Posted at 06:32 PM ET, 11/03/2012

Wizards vs Celtics: Game 2 discussion thread

Discuss the Wizards home opener.

By Katie Carrera  |  06:32 PM ET, 11/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Discussion Thread

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 11/03/2012

Bradley Beal plans to be more aggressive in home debut

After a disappointing debut, Bradley Beal plans to be more aggressive in the Wizards' home opener against Boston.

By Michael Lee  |  02:06 PM ET, 11/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bradley Beal

Posted at 07:44 PM ET, 11/02/2012

After three days to prepare, Wizards ready for home opener

The Wizards had some uncharacteristic performances in Cleveland, but after spending three days correcting the mistakes, Coach Randy Wittman and his team are ready for the home opener against Boston.

By Michael Lee  |  07:44 PM ET, 11/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Randy WIttman

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 11/02/2012

David Sterns departure places greater focus on 2014

David Stern's plans to retire have brought attention to 2014, when player movement and significant departures and arrivals will likely change the look of the NBA.

By Michael Lee  |  11:09 AM ET, 11/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NBA

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 11/01/2012

Kevin Seraphin hoping to return for home opener

Wizards big man Kevin Seraphin practiced for the first time in nearly three weeks and hopes to return for the home opener Saturday against Boston.

By Michael Lee  |  03:55 PM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kevin Seraphin

Posted at 07:31 AM ET, 11/01/2012

Bradley Beal on his regular season debut: ‘I was all over the place’

The Wizards rookie didn't have the best showing in the regular season opener, but he's determined to bring back his aggressive and assertive style.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:31 AM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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