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Wizards Insider: December, 2012

Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 12/31/2012

Trevor Ariza hoping to return this week

Trevor Ariza has missed the past 13 games with a strained left calf but is hoping that he can make a return some time this week - just not Tuesday against Dallas.

By Michael Lee  |  05:40 PM ET, 12/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jordan Crawford, Trevor Ariza

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 12/30/2012

Trevor Ariza expected to start practicing this week

Coach Randy Wittman says Ariza is probably closest of the Wizards' injured players to returning to full-contact practice, possibly by Monday.

By Michael Lee  |  10:22 AM ET, 12/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A.J. Price, John Wall, Trevor Ariza

Posted at 07:38 PM ET, 12/29/2012

Wizards vs Bulls: Game 28 Discussion thread

After a solid outing against Orlando, Garrett Temple starts at point guard over Shelvin Mack when the Wizards take on the well-rested Chicago Bulls at United Center.

By Michael Lee  |  07:38 PM ET, 12/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Discussion Thread

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 12/29/2012

Garrett Temple helps Wizards break routine

In his second game with Washington, the journeyman came up big.

By Michael Lee  |  12:29 PM ET, 12/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Garrett Temple

Posted at 07:23 PM ET, 12/28/2012

Avery Johnson firing is another example of high expectations, low patience

Ever since the Boston Celtics won a championship one year after putting the pieces together, teams have showed little patience for coaches who yield mediocre results from high payrolls.

By Michael Lee  |  07:23 PM ET, 12/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NBA

Posted at 06:09 PM ET, 12/28/2012

Wizards vs Magic: Game 27 Discussion thread

The Wizards will host Orlando in a rematch of their 90-83 loss at Amway Center on Dec. 19.

By Michael Lee  |  06:09 PM ET, 12/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Discussion Thread

Posted at 10:51 PM ET, 12/27/2012

Jordan Crawford not worried about role

Jordan Crawford knew his days as a point guard were over when the Wizards added two floor generals, but he isn't worried about how he will be utilized going forward.

By Michael Lee  |  10:51 PM ET, 12/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jordan Crawford

Posted at 04:03 PM ET, 12/27/2012

Wizards' John Wall takes 'a step forward' in practice

John Wall participated in "dummy" practice drills for the first time since getting cleared to "ramp up activity." Coach Randy Wittman said Wall is taking a "step forward."

By Michael Lee  |  04:03 PM ET, 12/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John Wall

Posted at 01:35 AM ET, 12/27/2012

As John Wall targets January, Wizards continue point guard shuffle

John Wall announced that he is targeting a January return, but the Wizards continue their point guard shuffle with Shelvin Mack and Garrett Temple.

By Michael Lee  |  01:35 AM ET, 12/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John Wall

Posted at 06:59 PM ET, 12/26/2012

Wizards vs Cavaliers: Game 26 Discussion Thread

Shelvin Mack will get his first career start after Coach Randy Wittman benched Jordan Crawford for violating team rule.

By Michael Lee  |  06:59 PM ET, 12/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Discussion Thread

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 12/26/2012

Shelvin Mack, Garrett Temple next in line

The Wizards' point guard position has been a revolving door since John Wall injured his left knee. Shelvin Mack and Garrett Temple are up next to run the show.

By Michael Lee  |  10:23 AM ET, 12/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Garrett Temple, Shelvin Mack

Posted at 03:48 PM ET, 12/23/2012

Shelvin Mack returning to Wizards

Wizards move to bring back Shelvin Mack to help address their point guard woes.

By Michael Lee  |  03:48 PM ET, 12/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Shelvin Mack

Posted at 01:55 AM ET, 12/23/2012

Wizards release Earl Barron, Shaun Livingston

After losing for the second time in two nights to Detroit, the Wizards cut power forward Earl Barron and Shaun Livingston.

By Michael Lee  |  01:55 AM ET, 12/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Earl Barron, Shaun Livingston

Posted at 06:45 PM ET, 12/22/2012

Wizards vs Pistons: Game 25 Discussion thread

After the most "embarrassing" loss of the season, Nene will make his first start of the season and Bradley Beal will return from a lower back injury to start in rematch against the Detroit Pistons.

By Michael Lee  |  06:45 PM ET, 12/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Discussion Thread

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 12/22/2012

Jan Vesely gets to run as Nene sits

The sixth pick of the 2011 draft finally gets some playing time because of Nene's sore foot.

By Michael Lee  |  02:16 PM ET, 12/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:50 AM ET, 12/22/2012

Wizards go down meekly to Detroit

The Wizards have had some miserable losses this season, but they haven't looked more hopeless and lifeless than they did in a 100-68 loss to Detroit.

By Michael Lee  |  01:50 AM ET, 12/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Wizards

Posted at 08:25 PM ET, 12/21/2012

Deron Williams, Pau Gasol, Celtics still searching for identities

Williams appears lost in Brooklyn, Gasol is lost in Los Angeles, and the Boston Celtics look lost without Ray Allen. Rough adjustments have led to inconsistent play.

By Michael Lee  |  08:25 PM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NBA

Posted at 06:01 PM ET, 12/21/2012

Wizards vs Detroit: Game 24 Discussion thread

Two of the league's worst teams are riding losing streaks, so one team is guaranteed to end the misery Friday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

By Michael Lee  |  06:01 PM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:41 AM ET, 12/20/2012

Nene makes a difference but Wizards lose again

Wizards big man continues to contribute in many ways, but his performances aren't enough to push the Wizards into the win column.

By Michael Lee  |  08:41 AM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, Nene

Posted at 06:16 PM ET, 12/19/2012

Wizards vs Orlando: Game 23 Discussion thread

Shorthanded Wizards take another hit as rookie Bradley Beal is forced to sit out against Orlando with a sore lower back.

By Michael Lee  |  06:16 PM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Discussion Thread

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 12/19/2012

Earl Barron gets a shot

Seldom-used reserve had season-highs of 14 rebounds and four blocked shots on Tuesday -- plus hit a foul line jumper with 23 seconds left that tied the game and forced overtime.

By Michael Lee  |  03:00 PM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 12/19/2012

Nene remains on minute limit

Coach Randy Wittman caught grief from fans when he pulled Nene from Tuesday's game two minutes into overtime.

By Michael Lee  |  01:34 PM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:01 AM ET, 12/19/2012

Bradley Beal after nasty fall: 'I don't have a concussion'

Rookie Bradley Beal says he avoided significant injury after taking a hard fall Tuesday in the Wizards' loss to Atlanta.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:01 AM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bradley Beal

Posted at 06:09 PM ET, 12/18/2012

Wizards vs. Hawks: Game 22 discussion thread

Discuss the game as the Wizards host the Hawks

By Katie Carrera  |  06:09 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Discussion Thread, Starting lineup

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 12/18/2012

Wizards missing the point without John Wall, AJ Price

With John Wall and A.J. Price out, the Wizards have struggled on offense and could be seeking help at point guard.

By Michael Lee  |  10:00 AM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:46 PM ET, 12/17/2012

John Wall: "It's been very tough for me"

After not speaking for the past month, John Wall finally opened up about the frustrations of sitting out but couldn't offer a timetable for his return.

By Michael Lee  |  07:46 PM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John Wall

Posted at 09:59 AM ET, 12/16/2012

Wizards offense hits new lows in Miami

The Wizards have struggled to score all season, but they hit a new low in Miami, where they scored a season-low 72 points, matched a season-low with 36 halftime points and scored a season-low 10 points in the third quarter.

By Michael Lee  |  09:59 AM ET, 12/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Wizards

Posted at 07:12 PM ET, 12/15/2012

Wizards vs Miami: Game 21 Discussion thread

The Wizards are looking for their fourth straight win - you read that right - against the Miami Heat. They won 105-101 when the teams met at Verizon Center on Dec. 4.

By Michael Lee  |  07:12 PM ET, 12/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Discussion Thread

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 12/15/2012

Trevor Booker to have PRP treatment for his knee Monday, remains out indefinitely

The reserve forward hasn't appeared in a game since aggravating his knee injury on Nov. 19. He remains out indefinitely.

By Michael Lee  |  02:05 PM ET, 12/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Trevor Booker

Posted at 11:34 PM ET, 12/14/2012

Ailing Kobe Bryant logs heavy minutes again

It wasn't a great shooting night for Kobe Bryant, but he persevered through a sore back, playing 44 minutes as the Lakers halted a four-game losing streak.

By Gene Wang  |  11:34 PM ET, 12/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kobe Bryant, Lakers

Posted at 06:31 PM ET, 12/14/2012

Randy Wittman grows agitated over questioning about John Wall

Questions about John Wall's recovery draw agitated responses from Wizards coach.

By Gene Wang  |  06:31 PM ET, 12/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John Wall, Randy WIttman, Wizards

Posted at 06:02 PM ET, 12/14/2012

Wizards vs. Lakers: Game 20 discussion thread

Washington takes on slumping Los Angeles, just after getting good news about John Wall’s knee injury.

By Gene Wang  |  06:02 PM ET, 12/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Lakers, Wizards

Posted at 04:07 PM ET, 12/14/2012

John Wall's doctor reports 'improvement in his stress injury'

Orthopedic specialist says point guard's left knee is getting better and he can increase his level of basketball activity.

By Michael Lee  |  04:07 PM ET, 12/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John Wall

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 12/14/2012

With big names down, other stars emerge

O.J. Mayo, Anderson Varejao, David Lee, Jrue Holiday have used the absence of big name players as an opportunity to have surprising breakout seasons.

By Michael Lee  |  02:29 PM ET, 12/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NBA

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 12/13/2012

John Wall to have knee reexamined

Wizards point guard John Wall, who has missed the entire season with a left knee injury, will have his knee re-examined in New York on Friday, according to ESPN.com.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  10:00 AM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John Wall

Posted at 07:47 PM ET, 12/12/2012

Wizards vs Rockets: Game 19 Discussion thread

Wizards hope to win consecutive games for the first time this season as they take on James Harden and the Houston Rockets.

By Michael Lee  |  07:47 PM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Discussion Thread

Posted at 05:18 PM ET, 12/12/2012

James Harden on Wizards: "I guess I wasn't a fit"

James Harden didn't know that the Wizards had passed on a chance to acquire him. But he also isn't concerned. I'm here in Houston and trying to win games, he said.

By Michael Lee  |  05:18 PM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  James Harden

Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 12/12/2012

Jordan Crawford on point with his offense

In his first start at point guard, Jordan Crawford had a rough beginning but a strong finish, outscoring New Orleans, 12-10, in the fourth quarter.

By Michael Lee  |  02:37 PM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bradley Beal, Jordan Crawford

Posted at 08:58 AM ET, 12/12/2012

Nene prepares for grueling stretch of games

The Wizards' next seven games are part of back-to-back sets, a punishing stretch for the big man working his way back from a foot injury.

By Michael Lee  |  08:58 AM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nene

Posted at 07:37 PM ET, 12/11/2012

Wizards vs Hornets: Game 18 Discussion thread

Short summary of story

By Michael Lee  |  07:37 PM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Discussion Thread

Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 12/11/2012

Wizards staying course at point guard

Coach Randy Wittman said the club was in no rush to add another player at that position, despite A.J. Price's injury.

By Gene Wang  |  09:34 AM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John Wall, Jordan Crawford

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 12/10/2012

Wizards' Emeka Okafor ready to play former team

Washington faces the New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday night.

By Gene Wang  |  03:22 PM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Emeka Okafor, Washington Wizards

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 12/10/2012

Trevor Booker practices lightly for the Wizards

Coach Randy Wittman won't speculate on when the forward will be able to play again.

By Gene Wang  |  03:07 PM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Trevor Booker, Washington Wizards

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 12/09/2012

A.J. Price to miss four-to-six weeks with broken hand

The chance that point guard A.J. Price has always wanted ended abruptly on Saturday as John Wall's fill in broke his right hand in the Wizards' 101-97 loss to Golden State.

By Michael Lee  |  12:27 PM ET, 12/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  AJ Price

Posted at 06:37 PM ET, 12/08/2012

Wizards vs. Warriors: Game 17 discussion thread

The WIzards will host a Golden State Warriors team featuring several players that they have passed on in recent drafts.

By Michael Lee  |  06:37 PM ET, 12/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Discussion Thread

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 12/08/2012

Jan Vesely falling out of Wizards rotation

Second-year forward Jan Vesely has regressed this season and now finds himself out of the rotation after clocking consecutive DNPs — coach’s decision against Miami and Atlanta.

By Michael Lee  |  01:58 PM ET, 12/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 12/08/2012

Bradley Beal gets more assertive, for one quarter at least

Bradley Beal has had 10 games this season in which he scored fewer than 14 points, but he was more assertive in the third quarter of the Wizards' loss to Atlanta, in which he scored 14 of his 18 points.

By Michael Lee  |  10:42 AM ET, 12/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bradley Beal

Posted at 07:26 PM ET, 12/07/2012

Wizards vs Hawks: Game 16 Discussion thread

Wizards hope to build on their upset over Miami tonight in Atlanta.

By Michael Lee  |  07:26 PM ET, 12/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Discussion Thread

Posted at 06:14 PM ET, 12/07/2012

Now that Kobe Bryant has reached milestone, who's next?

Kobe Bryant reached a milestone by scoring 30,000 points last week, but some current stars are on pace to join some of the NBA's exclusive clubs in the near future.

By Michael Lee  |  06:14 PM ET, 12/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kobe Bryant, NBA

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/07/2012

Wizards remain uncertain about John Wall's return

John Wall remains limited and has yet to practice 10 weeks after his left patella injury was discovered. The Wizards still have no timetable for his return.

By Michael Lee  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 12/06/2012

Kevin Seraphin getting points, without getting to the line

Kevin Seraphin ranks second on the Wizards in scoring, but the Wizards are encouraging him to do more by getting to the foul line.

By Michael Lee  |  10:16 AM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kevin Seraphin

Posted at 05:17 PM ET, 12/05/2012

Trevor Ariza will be out for "some time" with strain left calf

The Wizards had a big win over Miami, but they suffered a significant loss with Trevor Ariza going down with a strained left calf.

By Michael Lee  |  05:17 PM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Trevor Ariza

Posted at 12:56 AM ET, 12/05/2012

Wizards' bench leads offense, upset of Heat

The reserves came up big again as Jordan Crawford, Martell Webster and Kevin Seraphin helped lead the way to a win over the Heat.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:56 AM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jordan Crawford, Kevin Seraphin, Martell Webster, Miami Heat, Wizards bench

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 12/04/2012

Wizards vs. Heat: Game 15 discussion thread

Discuss the game as the Wizards host the Eastern Conference leading Miami Heat.

By Katie Carrera  |  05:30 PM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:29 PM ET, 12/04/2012

Dwyane Wade to Bradley Beal: He has no reason to be down at all

Bradley Beal has had a rough introduction to the NBA, but Miami Heat all-star guard Dwyane Wade advised the rookie shooting to "stick with it." Wade knows from experience.

By Michael Lee  |  05:29 PM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bradley Beal, Dwyane Wade

Posted at 08:52 PM ET, 12/03/2012

Rashard Lewis happy to be back in contention

After a forgettable stint in Washington, Rashard Lewis is back with a contender in Miami, where he has a reduced role but an increased chance at an NBA championship.

By Michael Lee  |  08:52 PM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Heat, Rashard Lewis

Posted at 06:54 PM ET, 12/03/2012

Wizards host wounded soldiers at practice

The Wizards are off to a 1-13 start, but a visit from the Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed Hospital at Monday's practice helped but their struggles in perspective.

By Michael Lee  |  06:54 PM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Wizards, Wounded Warriors

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/03/2012

The NBA's best bench?

The Wizards lead the league in bench scoring at 44.9 point per game and account for 50.2 percent of the team's league-worst 89.4 points per game.

By Michael Lee  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 12/02/2012

Trevor Booker out another couple of weeks

Trevor Booker has been out with a strained right knee for the past two weeks, but Coach Randy Wittman said he won't return to action for "probably another couple of weeks."

By Michael Lee  |  04:44 PM ET, 12/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Trevor Booker

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 12/01/2012

After first win, Wizards stumble on big stage

The team that shared the ball and played aggressive defense in a win over Portland was non-existent when the Wizards played the New York Knicks.

By Michael Lee  |  02:22 PM ET, 12/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Wizards

 

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