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  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward Luke Walton (4) shoots past Washington Wizards forward Jan Vesely (24) in the second half of an NBA game, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, in Washington. The Cavaliers won 87-84. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Wizards can't close out Cavaliers, lose 87-84

    On paper, it wasn't exactly an inspiring matchup, the 22-loss Washington Wizards against the 23-loss Cleveland Cavaliers. The two Eastern Conference cellar dwellers squared off at Verizon Center on Wednesday night, and the Wizards trotted out their 11th starting lineup of the season.

  • Washington Wizards guard Shelvin Mack will return to the team after being cut after training camp. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Shelvin Mack gets a second chance with Wizards

    When his phone rang late Saturday night, Shelvin Mack had no idea it would be from the team that let him go just before training camp, the Washington Wizards.

  • Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) passes the ball against Cleveland Cavaliers guard Lester Hudson (14) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 14, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Chemistry is hard to come by for Wizards in John Wall’s absence

    John Wall stood at the far end of the court as the Washington Wizards finished up the morning practice session on their final day at George Mason. With his feet firmly planted on the court, Wall put up shot after shot while a member of the team's training staff rebounded the ball for him.

  • Wizards' second-year players look to take the next step

    Chris Singleton was his own worst critic after the Washington Wizards finished 20-46 last season. The lockout-shortened campaign deprived rookies Singleton, Jan Vesely and Shelvin Mack of a normal training camp and the opportunity to play a regular 82-game schedule.

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Shelvin Mack, taken 34th overall by the Wizards in 2011, averaged 3.6 points and 2.0 assists in his lockout-shortened rookie season.

    Extra time on court aids Shelvin Mack's progress

    After a rookie year with essentially no offseason to get adjusted to the professional game, Shelvin Mack is entering his second season with the Washington Wizards. He played in 64 of the 66 games last season, but now he is getting feedback from his coaches that was absent during 2011's NBA lockout.

  • Washington Wizards guard Shelvin Mack (22) dribbles against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Omri Casspi during the first half of an NBA game, Saturday, April 14, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Mack's first season with Wizards aided by Wall's tutelage

    John Wall knows all about pressure. Last season's No. 1 pick, Wall became the face of the Washington Wizards before his first day in uniform. In his second season, he found himself in the role of mentor to another rookie point guard, former Butler star Shelvin Mack.

  • Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) at the Washington Wizards Media Day at the Verizon Center, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

    Wizards: A franchise in John Wall's hands

    For John Wall, the Monday before Christmas was especially busy. After an early practice with the team, he got on a bus with Wizards teammates Shelvin Mack, Hamady Ndiaye and Jordan Crawford, along with a few Capitals players and team executives, and delivered gifts to three local families. Then it was off to the airport for a flight to Philadelphia for the final preseason game the following night.

  • Washington Wizards guards Roger Mason (8), John Wall (2) and Shelvin Mack (22) train and spend time together off the court nearly every day. "I think our chemistry is going really well together," Mack said. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

    Wizards guards don't back down at work — or at play

    The three guards stood underneath the basket after the morning session of Day 5 of Wizards training camp Tuesday. They shot baskets, passed the ball and broke into laughter at each other's jokes.

  • Washington Wizards coach Flip Saunders speaks to the media about the upcoming NBA basketball season during a news conference in Washington, on Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Saunders likes improved IQ of this year's Wizards

    The Washington Wizards will open the preseason on Friday Dec. 16 against the Philadelphia 76ers. Rookie Chris Singleton can't wait.

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