- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 2, 2004

From MCI Center last night.

7Assists for New Jersey, which ties an NBA season low, set by the Lakers.

QUOTABLE

“I had my blood pressure taken during one of them. That wasn’t a good time to get a good reading. At the time I was going through the roof.”

— Wizards coach Eddie Jordan, who was hospitalized for a blood clot during the Wizards’ previous two games, both of which went to overtime.

SEEN AND HEARD

The status of Etan Thomas, who suffered an abdominal strain on the last day of training camp, remains a question. Thomas has been cleared to do light jogging but still appears to be at least three weeks from returning. “It really is a severe abdominal strain. We learned from Gilbert last season that you just can’t rush it,” a team source said, referring to the 28 games Arenas missed because of a similar injury. …

Coach Eddie Jordan was feeling pretty good before the game. Jordan, released from Sibley Memorial Hospital after a six-day stay, said he felt like he was close to being 100 percent healthy. He is on blood thinners. Jordan has been given clearance to fly with the team today for tomorrow’s game at Atlanta.

John N. Mitchell

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