Inside the giddy visitor's locker room at Charlotte's Time Warner Cable Arena on Sunday, the last remaining Washington Wizards players were getting dressed and wondering if they were going to get back to Washington in time to catch some of the after parties following rapper Lil Wayne's concert at Verizon Center. Moments before, Andray Blatche was singing a much different tune. He emerged from the shower, holding his towel, and belting out at the top of his lungs, the theme from the movie, "Dirty Dancing," which has regained some popularity through the Black Eyed Peas. "I've. Had. The time of my life," Blatche sang, "and I never felt this way before .?.?." Blatche repeated the phrase over and over, oblivious to the fact that his voice was cracking and off-key. He was simply reveling in helping the Wizards claim their third road win of the season with a victory over the Charlotte Bobcats — and their second straight win overall — with yet another inspired performance. He had 25 points and 17 rebounds in the Wizards' 97-91 win over the Bobcats two days after a career night on Friday, when he matched his career high with 36 points and grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds — including a franchise record 16 on the offensive glass — in a 115-107 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. The games have coincided with Blatche being reinserted into the starting lineup after returning last week from a sprained right shoulder. "The whole time I was out, it made me see, don't take nothing for granted. So when I came back, I just came back with a lot of energy, and I'm just happy to be playing again," said Blatche, who missed 11 games in March. "I'm trying to chip in and help us get the wins we should've been getting earlier." The Wizards (20-56) have a chance to win three games in a row for the first time since April 2008 as they host the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday at Verizon Center. They should have a decent chance if Blatche continues to play with the energy and aggression that he has shown the past two games. Blatche has been deliberate and assertive on drives to the basket, refusing to settle for long jumpers and pursuing the ball for his own misses or tipping in misses from others. Previously, the most rebounds Blatche grabbed in consecutive games was 33, which happened February of last season, shortly after he was unleashed following the trades of Antawn Jamison, Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood. He grabbed 16 of the first 36 missed shots the Wizards had against Cleveland, and snatched five more offensive rebounds against the Bobcats, flexing and screaming after a huge tip-in that gave the Wizards a 96-88 lead with 1 minute 43 seconds remaining.
A motivated Andray Blatche has a career-best two-game stretch
Washington Post | Apr 5