- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 9, 2004

Last night from MCI Center:

5-5 Height of Denver reserve guard Earl Boykins, not the measure of his heart. The tiniest man in the league, Boykins finished with 15 points and eight assists.

Key to the game

The Nuggets scored 60 points in the first half, and the Wizards never recovered.

Seen and heard

Steve Blake suffered another setback yesterday when the Wizards placed him back on the injured list with a strained left arch.

Blake “has some soreness in his foot and needs some additional rest,” Wizards president of basketball operations Ernie Grunfeld said.

The Wizards made room for Blake on the injured list by activating Laron Profit. Etan Thomas and Peter John Ramos remain on the injured list.

It has been a tough season for Blake, who opened it on the injured list after offseason ankle surgery. After a promising rookie season and a productive summer, Blake has appeared in just one game this season, logging just three minutes in a win at New Jersey last month. …

There is still no solid date set for Thomas (abdominal strain) to make his first appearance, but coach Eddie Jordan said the signs are beginning to look promising.

“He is getting closer because there is no setback; he is less and less sore,” Jordan said. “I’m pretty much removed with how he is feeling, but I’m sure he’s ready to come back, whether it’s Christmas or the All-Star break.”

And after a pause and a smile: “Hopefully, we’ll have him for the playoffs.”

John N. Mitchell

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