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- The Wizards made one trade deadline deal, sending guard Jordan Crawford to the Celtics for Leandro Barbosa and Jason Collins. Seeing as the additions all about expiring contracts — Barbosa is out for the season with a knee injury — Washington’s side of the equation clearly focused more on moving a disgruntled player than anything. The team’s leading scorer earlier in the season, Crawford saw his minutes decline over the past 19 games with John Wall returning from injury — and the team playing its best basketball of the season. The third-year guard did not play during the last four games and showed his displeasure by overtly slouching on the bench during Tuesday’s loss to Toronto. “It was a direction after getting healthy bodies back, John coming back, the development of Bradley [Beal] and seeing the steps he was taking,” Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. “The situation arose where the minutes weren’t what I think he wanted and what it was at one time.”
- The 34-year-old Collins, who previously played under Wittman with Minnesota, will join the Wizards for Saturday’s home game against the Rockets.
- While the Wizards made a move, the Nuggets (34-21), currently fifth in the Western Conference, decided to stay pat. “It coincides with the philosophy of this season. This team we put together, see how it would do,” Nuggets coach George Karl said. “I think it’s done well enough to keep it together.” Denver snapped a three-game losing streak on Tuesday with a win over the Celtics.
- The Nuggets lone visit to the nation’s capital is something of a revenge tour. The Wizards won at Denver 112-108 despite 29 points from Ty Lawson. “The scenario for a season, there is always a need for little things to motivate you over an 82 game season,” Karl said. “I’m sure a lot of our [pre-game] clips will be on the game the last time we played them.” Denver snapped a three-game losing streak on Tuesday with a win over the Celtics.
– Benjamin Standig