- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 5, 2003


Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:
OTHER OPTIONS With Jerry Stackhouse missing time because of a groin injury, the Wizards have had to look at other avenues for scoring. Michael Jordan provided a lift with his season-high 45-point night on Saturday, and Kwame Brown has upped his level of play as well.
Brown put together his highest scoring back-to-back outings since the season's first week with 20 points against Milwaukee and 12 against New Orleans. He averaged 31.5 minutes and 6.5 rebounds in the two games. Brown spent some time before last night's game against the Cavaliers working with assistant coach Patrick Ewing on the Wizards' practice court.
"He's been much more active going to the boards," coach Doug Collins said. "It seems when Kwame scores, it picks up all other aspects of his game. I want it to get to the point where scoring is a piece of it, but rebounding and defense are always there. I think we're looking to go to our big guys more, and that excites him. And I think that when he gets emotionally into the game, he's going to have those kind of nights. He's been aggressive. He's been great."
Collins said the frontcourt combinations and how much Brown plays at the end of games still depend on the game and the situation. Brown and Etan Thomas are beginning to find their niche coming off the bench after playing some late minutes both against the Hornets and Bucks.
HUGHES GETTING HEALTHY Larry Hughes returned to the lineup off the bench, while Tyronn Lue got his second straight start. After missing the Wizards' victory over New Orleans, Hughes received treatment on his bruised left knee and returned against Cleveland with a sleeve on the knee. He entered the game with 1:49 remaining in the first quarter.
Duff Durkin

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