The Washington Times - February 6, 2009, 06:26PM

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Wizards guard/forward Caron Butler will miss a second straight game with the flu, and teammate DeShawn Stevenson also remains out while nursing his problematic back.

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Juan Dixon, who missed the last game with an elbow injury, will be back in action tonight, however.


The Wizards will have a change in the starting lineup. Mike James will slide over to shooting guard and Javaris Crittenton will start at point guard. This differs from Wednesday night when Nick Young started at shooting guard. Ed Tapscott said the move hopefully will allow James to score more now that he doesn’t have to focus on being a playmaker. And Tapscott plans on using Young at both shooting guard and small forward.


The Denver Nuggets are completely healthy tonight and will start Chauncey Billups, who missed the last game with an ankle injury, and Carmelo Anthony along side Kenyon Martin, Nene and Dahntay Jones will be in the back court with Billups.