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Milwaukeeshooting guard Michael Redd

\ “It’s going to be other guys stepping up,” Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said. “I felt good about where we were coming in today, we’ve been prepared to play this game with Michael and as soon as they said, ‘No Michael Redd,’ I got more nervous.”\

\ Jordan rattled off a list of players he expected to pick up the slack with Redd out, with center Andrew Bogut (13.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg) and point guard Mo Williams (16.5 ppg, 6.7 apg) leading the way.\

\ Homecoming for Butler\

\ Tonight’s game seems like a home game in a way for Wizards forward Caron Butler, a Racine, Wisc., native. Butler said he had to come up with almost 50 tickets for family and friends.\

\ “It’s always exciting looking to your left seeing your mom, looking to your right seeing your grandmother, aunts and uncles and everybody, so it’s always good coming back here,” Butler said. “But you still gotta stay dialed in. So I try not to get caught up in the crowd too much. So, I just go out there, try to play hard, look angry and hope nobody in the crowd screams your name and throw you off your game.”\

\ — Mike Jones

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