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April 14, 2014 Updates
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John Wall and Bradley Beal are both learning about the intensity and challenges of battling for postseason position and Wednesday’s game against the Charlotte Bobcats was a struggle for the duo. Wall, the first-time all-star, and Beal, an invite for Team USA tryouts this summer, combined to miss 23 of 33 shots in the Wizards’ 94-88 overtime loss and Wittman didn’t hold back when asked to critique their performances. “When you don’t put effort in, you’re not going to have good showings. It just filters down,” Wittman said. “You can’t play with no energy or effort at one end of the floor and expect to turn it on at the other end of the floor. It doesn’t work that way. That’s been proven with these guys. It was almost like we were spinning our wheels in mud. We just didn’t come out with any enthusiasm. I don’t even know if they had a sweat broken at the jump ball.” Washington Post

April 10, 2014 Updates

What do you do when your 6-foot-8 small forward is sick while you’re taking your team photo? You bring in the 6-foot-6 man working for the WNBA team that shares the same building. With Trevor Ariza battling the flu, the Washington Wizards slapped a No. 1 jersey on Washington Mystics Player Personnel Manager Awvee Storey (who played for the Wizards eight years ago) and put him in the photo. NBCSports.com

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At least one general manager likened Gary Harris to Washington's Bradley Beal, though he has yet to show the shooting range and touch Beal did in his one season at Florida. "I think he has a chance to be a really good pro defender," a Northwest Division executive said. "When you're talking about two guards, he might be the best two-way player in college at his position." Having the Michigan State pedigree does nothing but help Harris as well. "What makes him coveted, at least from my perspective, is that he was with (Michigan State Coach Tom) Izzo all that time," an Eastern Conference general manager said. "That kid comes in as a grown-ass contributor, because all he's tried to do is produce." NBA.com

April 7, 2014 Updates

John Wall usually takes time after practice to put up some extra shots or do ballhandling drills, and then he heads to the training room for ice and treatment. The process usually leaves Wall as one of the last players to leave the locker room, an hour or so after the team breaks huddle. On Monday, Wall was among the first players to leave the practice court and emerged from the locker room about five minutes later in a Wizards sweat suit. As he hurriedly walked down the hallway, with a gold backpack and two huge boxes, Wall was asked how he felt about Kentucky advancing to the NCAA title game to face Connecticut. “I’m going,” Wall said, stopping to autograph a few posters. He then rushed to the airport to catch a flight to Dallas to watch his beloved Wildcats. Washington Post

April 5, 2014 Updates

Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that guard Glen Rice has been recalled from the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League. Rice will be with the team for tonight’s game vs. Chicago. In two separate assignments with the Energy, Rice has appeared in 19 games while averaging 17.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.7 steals in 28 minutes per game. NBA.com

One of the more interesting (but untold) stories of the Washington Wizards' return to the playoffs after a five-season absence is the presence of assistant coach Ryan Saunders on Randy Wittman's bench. Saunders made his way to Washington as an assistant for his father, Flip, and became a coaching free agent last summer after a season and a half under Wittman. But, instead of following Flip to Minnesota, where the elder Saunders became the Timberwolves' new team president and part owner last May, Ryan was retained by the Wizards, who didn't want to surrender the contributions he makes on the scouting and analytics side as well as his presence on the floor as one of Wittman's aides alongside veterans Don Newman, Sam Cassell and Don Zierden. ESPN.com

April 3, 2014 Updates

Marcin Gortat apparently thought he was pretty sneaky when he snuck into the Boston Celtics' huddle. Because everybody knows that when you're up by 17 points, you need to sneak into the other team's huddle. SB Nation

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John Wall was perhaps the most attentive and engrossed, politely asking a group of reporters to move out of the way so he would have a better line of sight for the televisions. Wall is four years removed from his days at Kentucky, and failing to win a national championship is the only regret he has about leaving college after one season. “I wanted to stay. I really wanted to stay because my whole goal was to win a national championship,” Wall said. Leaving after one year “wasn’t my intention. You can’t beat going No. 1 anyway. You don’t want to risk injuries or anything like that coming back, so I decided to go.” Washington Post

March 28, 2014 Updates

"You already know what's going on. That's something you can't hide. That's something you can't run from. You know that they're right there," Ariza said of the Bobcats, one of the NBA's hottest teams that entered the day just 1.5 games back of the No. 7 spot. "They have no problem stepping on our throats so we have to do the same thing to all these other teams because at this time that's what you got to do. You got to be cutthroat. You've got to try to take everybody's head off." CSNWashington.com

March 25, 2014 Updates
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Gilbert Arenas and Antawn Jamison are the only two new-era players cracking the Top 10.

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