- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 2, 2003

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:
MORE PERIMETER WOES Larry Hughes, the Wizards' No.3 scorer, was relegated to bench duty against the Hornets, joining Jerry Stackhouse in street clothes. Hughes bruised his left knee in Milwaukee and is hoping to be back for Tuesday night's home game against Cleveland.
Stackhouse, the team's leading scorer, aggravated his left groin in the first half against the Bucks and is not expected to play again until after the All-Star break. Tyronn Lue and Bryon Russell were moved into the starting lineup in place of Hughes and Stackhouse.
"Injuries are part of it," coach Doug Collins said before the game. "Hopefully, we'll get Larry back by Tuesday."
As for Stackhouse, Collins is not so hopeful. Collins recalled how long it took him to recover from a deep groin pull one season in Philadelphia.
"I missed about 20 games that season, and it still bothered me the whole season," Collins said.
LAMENTING JAHIDI'S ABSENCE More and more, it seems as if Jahidi White is destined to miss the season after undergoing surgery on his left knee in the offseason.
"Jahidi is working hard, his weight is down, but he just can't get any lift off his leg," Collins said. "We miss him not being there. We miss his toughness."
HE REBOUNDS, TOO What Wizards player had the most rebounds going into the game? Why, that soon-to-be 40-year-old on the roster, the two guard by the name of Michael Jordan. Jordan had 260 rebounds, a 5.5 average, while Hughes had 259 and Kwame Brown 258.
HI, COURTNEY Courtney Alexander is still laboring to be a dependable player with the Hornets, no surprise to those who remember his struggles with the Wizards last season. Alexander can score at times; he just has a tendency to forget to do the other stuff. Alexander was averaging 9.1 points and 2.2 rebounds.
Tom Knott

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