- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 4, 2004

Seen and heard last night at FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn.:

7 — Number of players missing from the Wizards’ lineup. Starters Brendan Haywood, Gilbert Arenas and Larry Hughes were serving league suspensions. Reserve guard Anthony Peeler also was suspended. Steve Blake, Etan Thomas and Kwame Brown were injured.

THOMAS UNCERTAIN

Etan Thomas’ strained abdomen is a bigger issue than he originally thought. The backup center thought he would be out a few weeks. However, sources have said that the injury is worse than originally believed.

“They have told me to just be patient and to keep on going to therapy, but it’s just going

slow,” Thomas said.

PROFIT GETS THE CALL

Laron Profit, who wasn’t expected to make the team, started for the Wizards. It marked just the 14th time Profit has started in his career. He scored 11 points and handed out a team-high six assists in the season-opening win in Memphis.

“Crazier things have happened, man,” the former Maryland star said. “I thought John Kerry would win by a landslide. You just have to roll with it.”

John N. Mitchell

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