- The Washington Times - Friday, February 20, 2004

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:

THUMBS UP — Although no one was publicly rejoicing in the Wizards’ locker room before the game, the Wizards had to be happy facing the Pacers without Ron Artest, who is out following surgery on his left thumb.

SCOUTING THE EAST — Now that the Pistons have acquired Rasheed Wallace in a trade from Atlanta, who does Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld see as the best team in the Eastern Conference?

“That’s yet to be determined,” Grunfeld said, “But you have to like what Detroit did. They added a very skillful player in Rasheed.”

In case you’re wondering, there are three ex-Wizards now playing prominent roles for the Pistons: Rasheed Wallace, Ben Wallace and Richard Hamilton.

CHECK THE CLOCK — The Wizards’ home game tomorrow against Milwaukee will start at 6 p.m. rather than the usual 7 p.m.

John N. Mitchell

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