- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 13, 2006

Last night at Bradley Center in Milwaukee:

SEEN AND HEARD

The Wizards have all but ruled out starting forward Caron Butler for the next two games, tomorrow at Chicago and back home Sunday against Cleveland.

“We’re looking at Caron as maybe at the end of the weekend,” Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said. “We’ll look at him and see how he’s doing.”

Last night marked the fourth consecutive game Butler has missed with the sprained right thumb he suffered late in the fourth quarter of a 108-91cqctory at Boston on April 5.

If the sprain were of the left thumb — on his non-shooting hand — Butler probably would be playing. However, he can’t grip the basketball with his right hand. Butler has been walking around massaging a ball in an effort to speed up the healing process. So far he has had no luck.

KEY TO THE GAME

With their injuries, the Wizards need as many players as possible to contribute offensively. Jared Jeffries scored a career-high 20 points. However, the bench was once again awful. The Bucks’ reserves outscored the Wizards’ 33-7.

BY THE NUMBERS

19

Turnovers by the Wizards, leading to 25 points.

John N. Mitchell

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