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Small fixes helping to improve defense

When the Washington Wizards returned to practice two days after slipping to 0-2, coach Eddie Jordan's message was simple. Stay focused on improving defensively. Published November 4, 2008

Wizards can find reasons for hope

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. | After a 117-109 loss to the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night, the Washington Wizards had plenty of reasons to be frustrated as they readied for their flight home. Published November 3, 2008

Familiar faces dot Wizards-Pistons matchup

On Friday afternoon, the Washington Wizards took to the air for the first time this season. They headed to Michigan, where Saturday they will take on Detroit at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Published November 1, 2008

An opening stumble

Throughout the preseason, the Washington Wizards said they would need key contributions from their young players - notably fourth-year forward Andray Blatche and second-year guard Nick Young - to weather the early going without leading scorer Gilbert Arenas, who is still recovering from knee surgery. Published October 30, 2008

Wizards' four questions

Do the Wizards have a shot at reaching the playoffs in an improving Eastern Conference given their injury woes? Published October 29, 2008

Wizards counting on Blatche

As the Washington Wizards tip-off another season Wednesday night at home against the New Jersey Nets, they know the answers to a few key questions. Published October 29, 2008

Piecing together a winner

Every summer during the NBA's free agency period, the relocation of the league's brightest stars creates the biggest splashes and garners the majority of the headlines. If a team has the ability and financial wiggle room to land a big name or two, the summer is deemed a success in the eyes of fans. Published October 28, 2008

Wizards finalize roster for season

The Washington Wizards finalized their roster for the regular season Tuesday morning, releasing NBA journeymen DerMarr Johnson and Linton Johnson. Published October 22, 2008

Wizards seek rhythm

A grim start to preseason all the way around. Published October 21, 2008

Wizards need work

Club relieved to get back home from tough European trip. Published October 20, 2008

Wizards uneven about Europe

After a flat preseason performance against the Detroit Pistons on Friday, Washington Wizards coach Eddie Jordan is eager to put the 73-62 defeat in the past and turn attention to the team's weeklong European tour. Published October 12, 2008

Big men stumble in loss

Friday night at Verizon Center, where the Wizards hosted the Detroit Pistons in their third preseason game, it was clear the Brendan Haywood replacement projects could take some time to develop. Published October 11, 2008

Wizards re-center after injury

While the loss of starting center Brendan Haywood, who needs wrist surgery and will miss four to six months, is a blow to the Washington Wizards, the team is rather well-prepared for this type of situation. Published October 10, 2008

Wizards lose Haywood

An MRI on Washington Wizards forward Antawn Jamison's right knee Wednesday revealed he has a knee contusion and will not miss any regular-season action. Meanwhile, the news on center Brendan Haywood's right wrist was far graver. Published October 9, 2008

Thomas ready for return

After missing all of last season while recovering from heart surgery, Etan Thomas will take the court for an actual game on Tuesday for the first time in 17 months. Published October 7, 2008