Drew Gooden

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TORONTO -- Add Paul Pierce to the long list of veterans -- Andre Miller, Al Harrington, Drew Gooden and Trevor Ariza -- who trumpet the game-plan preparation of coach Randy Wittman especially come

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TORONTO -- Sometimes, a team plays better when little is expected of it and doesn't have the pressure of a front-runner.

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TORONTO -- For the last few weeks of the regular season, while Wizards coach Randy Wittman faced questions about lineup tweaks and fixes, it always felt like he was holding cards under his sleeve.

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TORONTO -- Just as the "Paul Pierce sucks" chants took over Air Canada Centre, the Wizards' 37-year-old lightning rod took over Air Canada Centre in Game 1 of the first-round series with the Rapto

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TORONTO -- The consensus among the Wizards, despite their inability to beat the Toronto Raptors this season, is that this series is theirs to lose.

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