Dave Johnson: Wizards Set Consecutive Loss Record


Dave Johnson: Wizards Set Consecutive Loss Record

Friday, March 26 2010, 9:31PM

By Dave Johnson
CSNWashington.comCharlotte----Had this season gone according to script Gilbert Arenas would have been playing for the Washington Wizards and the game against the Charlotte Bobcats would have had playoff implications for both teams. Sadly the script was lost long ago and the Wizards suffered a franchise record 14th consecutive defeat 107-96 to the BobcatsOn the day Arenas was in DC Superior Court where he received a sentence of 30 days in a halfway house and two years probation for a felony gun charge, the Wizards had to continue to play through.And play through the Wizards did, but they just did not have enough to secure a win on the road against a Bobcats team in playoff contention and playing aggressive defense.Gerald Wallace led the Bobcats with 23 points and delivered the knockout blow when he completed a fast-break layup to make it 105-86 with 2:39 left in the game. Wallace went the length of the court after Tyson Chandler was able to pry it away from Andray Blatche in the post. Wallaces basket was the punctuation mark on a 20-5 run by the Bobcats. Raymond Felton added 20 points and 11 assist for the Bobcats who won for the eight time in eleven games and held an opponent under 100 points for their 13th consecutive game.It was almost a feel good story for the Wizards. Alonzo Gee, who just a few weeks ago was playing for the D-Leagues Austin Toros, responded in his first career NBA start. Gee led the Wizards in scoring with 19 points as he started in place of Al Thornton sidelines by a strained hip-flexor.Gee was also tenacious on defense. Twice Gee was able to steal the ball away from Wallace and both times delivered emphatic finishes on the break. In the third quarter Gee stunned the Charlotte crowd with a two-handed reverse dunk after a steal to bring the Wizards to within 11 points at 63-52.Turnovers forced the Wizards to chase the game. In the first half the Wizards shot 54 percent from the field but trailed the Bobcats at the break 54-45. While the Bobcats were also making shots (56 percent from the field) they also enjoyed 13 points off 11 Wizards miscues.For this Wizards team, the comeback part of the script was familiar. Even though the Bobcats did find a way to extend their lead to 17 points in the third quarter, the scrappy undermanned Wizards did not go away.Early in the fourth the Bobcats suddenly were plagued by turnovers and the Wizards took advantage. There was real hope for the Wizards when Randy Foye and Nick Young swarmed around Stephen Jackson as he came off a Chandler screen. The ball came loose and Foye lunged on the floor to recover it and then Young finished the break with a 10-foot jumper to pull the Wizards to within four points at 85-81 with 9:51 remaining in the fourth quarter. It would be as close as the Wizards would get the rest of the way.Young finished with 10 points and Foye scored all 17 of his point sin the second half, but there was nothing left to complete the game.As for Arenas, his legal future has been clarified and now over the coming months his basketball future will no doubt come into focus. Arenas has not been with the Wizards since being suspended by the NBA in January, but club personnel have been in contact an head coach Flip Saunders spoke to him last week.The biggest thing now is that Gilbert knows what everything is and we can move forward, said Wizards head coach Flip Saunders. I am happy he is in a situation where he can set a plan for what he wants to do with his life and do the things he needs to do.And the Wizards released the following statement on the sentencing of Arenas:We believe todays sentencing of Gilbert Arenas can help bring closure to the unfortunate situation that has played out over the last three months. Gilbert has admitted his mistakes and will now pay his debt to our community. We are confident that he has learned something significant from the experience and we now look forward to moving on and focusing on building this team into the contender that our outstanding fans deserve.

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Manny Machado trade rumors are dominating headlines at All-Star Game

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Manny Machado trade rumors are dominating headlines at All-Star Game

Manny Machado could very well be playing in his final game in an Orioles uniform Tuesday night when he takes the field for the 89th Midsummer Classic at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. 

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Dodgers are now in the driver's seat as a favorite to land the All-Star shortstop. 

Machado, 26, insists he knows nothing about said speculation and made it clear that the rumors did not detract from his enjoyment of being an All-Star Tuesday night.

Machado is signed through the end of the season, but the Orioles intend to deal him before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

For the latest news and conversation surrounding Machado's status and the Orioles, follow along on Twitter

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All-Star Game Weather: Storms causing traffic havoc, could force delay, postponement

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All-Star Game Weather: Storms causing traffic havoc, could force delay, postponement

There is inclement weather in the forecast for Tuesday evening both before and during the 2018 All-Star Game in Washington, D.C.

The rain could, theoretically, force the game to be delayed or even postponed, but the forecast shows the skies clearing up as first pitch nears.

Bad weather and MLB All-Star Games share a history in Washington.

The last time Washington hosted the MLB All-Star Game, in 1969, a bad rainstorm forced the game to be postponed from Tuesday night to Wednesday afternoon.

Even if the weather does let up and the game is able to start on time, there are sure to be problems with D.C.'s already-dense traffic. Roads are flooding and with more people on them than usual, getting to the game will surely be an issue.

All-Star Game Forecast

The worst of the weather seems to have already happened on Tuesday afternoon. The rest of the evening forecast calls for a slight chance of precipitation, with mostly cloudy skies and, naturally, a lot of humidity.

The issue, if there is any, would likely be with the All-Star Game getting started on time. That said, there's obviously still the chance for delays during the game.

Luckily, a full postponement seems unlikely at this point.

All-Star Game Traffic

There's hardly a worse place to drive in the United States during rush hour than in, around or through Washington. With the All-Star Game in town, there are already significantly more cars on the road than there usually are. Add rain and flooded roads into that equation and things get extra messy.

The George Washington Parkway, a main thoroughfare in the area, has already flooded.

One road in Alexandria, Virginia, is flooded and has cars scattered about.

Public transportation would seem to be the way to go, but even the Capitol South Metro Station in Southeast D.C. is flooding.

A brief history of weather and the All-Star Game

The first and only time the MLB All-Star Game was ever postponed because of rain was in 1969, the last time Washington was the host.

Three other times, the game has either been shortened or delayed because of rain, most recently in 1990 at Wrigley Field in Chicago. That game was delayed for over an hour but was still played.

All signs point to the game being played Tuesday night, but Nationals Park has definitely felt the wrath of this storm already.

On the bright side, if it's light enough when the game starts, there will probably be a rainbow somewhere in-view from the stadium, which should make for some pretty cool pictures for those in attendance.