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Dave Johnson: Wizards Set Consecutive Loss Record

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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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Nationals Roundup: Nats blow multiple leads in frustrating walk-off loss to Mets

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Nationals Roundup: Nats blow multiple leads in frustrating walk-off loss to Mets

The Nationals lost to the New York Mets, 6-5, Tuesday to drop their record to 19-29. 

Consider these news and notes as Washington trudges through its four-game series in New York: 

Players Notes:

NATIONALS: 

Erick Fedde made his first start of the season for Washington Tuesday night and put together a solid outing. The 26-year-old threw five innings of one-run baseball, allowing four hits, a walk, and strikeout. Thirty-one of his 61 pitches were sinkers.

Do you believe in the broadcaster's jinx theory? Perhaps you might after reading up on what Juan Soto did in the 2nd inning Tuesday. Then, later in the 8th, Soto scorched a go-ahead double to deep right notching his 100th career RBI. 

METS: 

Amed Rosario was the hero at Citi Field. His walk-off infield single off Kyle Barraclough was the difference in New York's 6-5 comeback win. 

The Mets got a quality start from starting pitcher Zack Wheeler, who threw seven innings of four-hit ball, three earned runs, two walks, and six strikeouts. 78 of his 118 pitches were thrown for strikes. 

Pete Alonso is lighting it up right now. His game-tying 417-foot home run in the 8th marked his 16th of the season. 

Injuries: 

SP Jeremy Hellickson: hamstring, expected to be out until at least May 31

RP Justin Miller: shoulder, expected to be out until at least May 31

SP Anibal Sanchez: hamstring, expected to be out until at least May 27

OF Andrew Stevenson: back, expected to be out until at least May 24

1B Matt Adams: shoulder, expected to be out until at least May 22

1B Ryan Zimmerman: foot, expected to be out until at least May 23

RP Koda Glover: elbow, expected to be out until at least May 25

RP Trevor Rosenthal: viral infection, Expected to be out until at least May 21

RP Austen Williams: shoulder, expected to be out until at least Jun 13

Coming Up:

Wednesday, 5/22: Nationals @ Mets, 7:10 p.m. ET, Citi Field 

Thursday, 5/23: Nationals @ Mets, 12:10 p.m. ET, Citi Field

Friday, 5/24: Marlins @ Nationals, 7:05 p.m. ET, Nationals Park

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Brandon Scherff confirms that he and the Redskins have 'been talking' about a contract extension

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Brandon Scherff confirms that he and the Redskins have 'been talking' about a contract extension

Bruce Allen identified getting a contract extension done for Pro Bowl guard Brandon Scherff as one of the Redskins biggest priorities of the 2019 offseason. To this point, however, nothing has happened. 

That doesn't seem to have Scherff concerned. 

"We've been talking, but I'm not really worried about that," he said after OTAs on Monday. "I'm here for another year, so that's all I'm worried about right now. Everything will take care of itself."

Scherff, the fifth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, has played at an elite level since his rookie season. He's made two Pro Bowl teams in four years, and until last year, had been remarkably durable. 

In 2018, Scherff's season started very strong. 'Skins coach Jay Gruden described the former Iowa Hawkeye as the best pulling guard in the NFL and it was well-earned praise. Then, in a Week 8 loss, Scherff went down with a torn pectoral muscle. His season was over. 

At OTAs, however, Scherff was a full participant with no brace or apparent encumbrances from the injury. 

"I'm feeling really good, just taking it slow and making sure I'm 100 percent," he said. 

Expect the free agent market to be quite bullish. Once a lesser-paid position than tackle, guards have recently started pulling in significant cash. Zach Martin's recent contract extension in Dallas pays him more than $14 million per season, and Jacksonville is paying Andrew Norwell more than $13 million this year. 

For Scherff, expect top of the market money. He has the talent, pedigree and ability that if Washington won't pay in the neighborhood of Martin and Norwell, he can wait for free agency. 

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