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News » Washington Wizards Getting Inside 2009-02-13

Washington Wizards Getting Inside 2009-02-13

Washington Wizards Getting Inside 2009-02-13
As catastrophically bad as things have gone for the Wizards this season, forward Caron Butler remains optimistic that the Wizards will be better in the second half of the season -- which would still make them a bad team -- but adds that the team should keep its nucleus together for a healthy run next season.

"You get us all healthy, we can beat anybody, hands down," Butler said. "You get our core together, get a couple guys. Obviously, it's trade time, lottery picks. We'll see what happens. We can be great next year."

With 29 games remaining in the regular season and with no hope of the playoffs, the Wizards can probably count out a return by Gilbert Arenas and Brendan Haywood, mostly because they have nothing to play for these days. Arenas, while healthier right now than he was when he returned last year for the Wizards' third consecutive first-round playoff elimination by Cleveland, would be foolish to come back now and play for nothing. However, the Wizards' ticket sales have fallen this season, and without any hope that Arenas might be able to come back next season, season ticket sales could plummet for next year.

Haywood's wrist injury is getting better but slowly, but the big man also probably doesn't want anything to do with this season.

If, however, those two do come back healthy next season, the Wizards probably won't make a major move, according to team sources, and once again they'll try to ride the backs of their core back into the playoffs.

BOBCATS 101, WIZARDS 89: The Charlotte Bobcats became the latest team to put a double-digit beating on the Wizards, who limp into the All-Star break with an 11-42 record. The Bobcats, known mostly for brining up the rear in the Southeast Division, won despite not having starters Raja Bell and Gerald Wallace in the starting lineup.

"Time to get away and regroup," Wizards interim coach Ed Tapscott said. "It will be good for us to get away, clear our heads and try to come back and play better in the second half of the season."

Caron Butler (26 points) and Antawn Jamison (23) led the Wizards, who don't play again until next Tuesday.

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