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The coach wouldn’t get into more detail, but it likely stemmed from a temper tantrum Blatche threw after being taken out late in Sunday’s game against Cleveland. Blatche was heard and seen yelling at the coach before being rebuked by teammates and banished to the end of the bench.

Despite the twist at center, the Wizards contained Orlando’s Dwight Howard, who in the Magic’s two blowouts of Washington this season averaged 28.5 points, 15.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks. Howard finished with a less painful 15 points and 16 rebounds.