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The new-look Washington Wizards will take the court tonight at home against the Minnesota Timberwolves, but it looks like one of the new guys might not see action. Word is that forward Drew Gooden, the guy who has been on eight teams in eight seasons, would like to negotiate a buy-out of his contract so he could go to a team that might win something.

Speaking of the big trade: the Dallas Mavericks were 17-2 against the Oklahoma City Thunder coming into last night’s contest, which just so happened to be the debut of Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson for Dallas. Well, the Mavs gave up 40 points in the second quarter, shot under 15 percent in the third quarter and none of the former Wizards had a game to be proud of as the Thunder rolled 99-86.

Wizards forward Antawn Jamison to Cleveland is still the popular rumor making the rounds. With the trade deadline of Thursday fast approaching, the fate of Jamison (a.k.a. – the last player on that roster people actually care about) seems tied to that of Phoenix forward Amare Stoudemire.

“We are all holding hands and watching you right now.” Sure, when we text that to Washington Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell it’s deemed inappropriate. But when Alex Ovechkin sends it to a fellow Russian, it’s perfectly okay. Damn double standards.

Speaking of Ovi, even on cruise control he’s the best player on the ice. In less than 18 minutes of action, Ovechkin scored twice on four shots and could have had more, if he wasn’t content to set up teammates the rest of the way in an 8-2 blowout of Latvia. Alex Ovetjkin has video of Ovechkin’s two goals. Watch the video, if for no other reason than to see “Good Sasha” force a turnover to set up the first goal.

It seems strangely fitting that goalie Semyon Varlamov, who most likely will not see action for the Russian National Team, is spending his free time snacking on McDonald’s rather than what’s for dinner at the Olympic village. Also, Alexander Semin goes joyriding.

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