- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 11, 2004

Last night from MCI Center

19 Free throws made by the Wizards, 10 more than the Knicks attempted.

Key to the game

After the Knicks made 62.8 percent of their shots in the first half, New York was just 8-for-25 in the fourth quarter.

SEEN AND HEARD

The feeling in the organization one day after Kwame Brown was suspended for one game for conduct detrimental to the team was that it was time to let the incident with Brown and coach Eddie Jordan slip into the past.

President of basketball operations Ernie Grunfeld reiterated that the incident was behind the team and added that the suspension was precipitated only by that.

“Absolutely nothing else,” Grunfeld said. “We’ve said all we’re going to say about it. It’s an internal matter, and we’ve handled it. Things happen from time to time.”

Said Jordan: “We’re not tolerating immaturity. There are times when players are going to have opinions and reactions. Some of those are acceptable, and some of them are overboard. It’s not a distraction at all. It’s a re-enforcement, actually.”

Added teammate Larry Hughes: “We have to not talk about it and welcome him back tomorrow. He has to keep his head straight, learn from it and try to move on.” …

Arena security did not permit Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington to enter the Wizards’ locker room following the game. A courtside spectator at a number of games this season, Arrington left in a huff after attempts to secure him a pass proved futile.

John N. Mitchell

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