- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 1, 2007

TORONTO — Calvin Booth, pegged as a starter in place of the injured Antawn Jamison, went about his business the way he always has before last night’s game with the Toronto Raptors.

He relaxed in front of his locker stall and listened to some of the thousand of tunes he has downloaded onto his computer.

“I’m not going to change the way I get ready for a game,” Booth said. “The key for me and the rest of the guys is to do what we do. We’re not going to replace Antawn’s 20 points, but we have to do what we do.”

Jamison suffered a sprained left knee in the Wizards’ 104-99 win over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday. He is scheduled to have an MRI today, and at that time the team will begin talking about a timetable. He certainly won’t return before the All-Star break in mid-February.

At the time of his injury, Jamison was third on the Wizards in scoring (19.3) and second in rebounding (7.9).

Yesterday there emerged the possibility that forward Darius Songaila, who has missed the entire season following back surgery at the start of the regular season, could be back “before the All-Star break or right after” it, according to Wizards coach Eddie Jordan.

Said Songaila: “The last few practices have gone well — I’m just waiting for the doctor to OK the whole process, and then we’ll go from there. But you can’t expect me to come out and play 20 minutes a game. It’s going to be a process. ”

Booth, in his eighth year in the NBA, has played a limited role with the team this year, seeing mostly spot duty over 21 games. However, he has 82 starts to his credit, including 35 with Seattle in 2003-04.

Jordan has options at Jamison’s spot. Jarvis Hayes might be in the starting lineup when the Wizards face teams with small lineups. And second-year forward Andray Blatche likely will see his minutes in the rotation increase.

Blatche, just 20, said he also won’t change his approach.

“I’m not going to try and do things that are outside of my game,” the 6-foot-11 Blatche said. “I just need to play defense and run the floor.”

Jordan made a point of saying the Wizards have no other choice than to become better at the defensive end with Jamison out. He also said the Wizards have enough veterans on the roster to help them get through the Jamison-less stretch.

“We still have the heart and soul of this team in place,” Jordan said. “We still have capable veterans. We’ve had some significant injuries in the past, and we’ve done OK, so we’ll see.”

During the 2004-05 season Jamison missed 14 games in the second half of the season with knee tendinitis. During that stretch the Wizards went 7-7.

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