- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 7, 2006

Last night at Madison Square Garden, New York:

SEEN AND HEARD

Former Wizards player Jared Jeffries was disappointed he missed playing against his old team at the Garden for a second time this season.

Jeffries has missed every game this season with a broken wrist. The Knicks are scheduled to play at Verizon Center on Jan. 17 and March 10.

Jeffries said he expects to play his first game with his new team within the next week, perhaps as early as this weekend. When he returns to Verizon Center, he expects to be booed just like any other departed Wizards player. However, he thinks that sometimes the booing is unwarranted.

“It’s not always the player’s fault,” said Jeffries, who signed a five-year deal with the Knicks for a little more than $30 million. “They shouldn’t always blame the player because it’s not always the player’s fault. Sometimes it’s just the circumstances.”

Jeffries’ left wrist is still in a soft cast, but that hasn’t stopped him from working out regularly and staying in shape.

“I’m ready, really,” he said. “It’s time to get back out there and start playing again. This is what I do, and I’ve really missed it.”

KEY TO THE GAME

Washington got 30 points in the same game out of Gilbert Arenas (38) and Antawn Jamison (33) for the first time since Jamison scored 37 and Arenas 32 against Philadelphia on April 10.

BY THE NUMBERS

66 Points scored by the Wizards in the first half, the most they have scored in the first half of a game this season.

John N. Mitchell

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