- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 22, 2008

SEEN AND HEARD AT VERIZON CENTER

Shooting guard DeShawn Stevenson hasn’t been his usual 3-point threat this season, averaging just 7.6 points in the team’s first eight games. So Stevenson, who averaged 11.1 points a game the past three seasons, decided to change his pregame routine Wednesday in Atlanta. Stevenson was on the court early for a series of warmup shots. The result was a 12-point effort — only his third double-digit game of the season. He decided to keep up the routine Friday night.

Stevenson said he made 210 shots and then went to lift weights an hour before the game.

“Gotta change something,” he said. “I’m pulling a Gilbert Arenas — pregame shooting.

“And I changed my wristbands,” he added, pointing to the two red plastic bracelets on each wrist. The first bracelet on each wrist had printed in white ink “I wear my heart on my sleeve” — and the second read “Like it’s a new fashion.”

Against Houston, Stevenson finished with nine points on three 3-pointers and handed out seven assists. …

Wizards coach Eddie Jordan and his wife, Charrisse, will collect nonperishable food and monetary donations Monday to help feed the needy during the holiday season as part of the Food4Families Drive. The collections, which will take place at the main entrance of Verizon Center on F Street, will run from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Jordans will be collecting at 7:25 a.m.

Mike Jones

TODAY’S GAME

Washington Wizards at New York Knicks

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Madison Square Garden, New York

TV/radio: CSN, ESPN 980

Probable starters: Wizards — F Caron Butler, F Antawn Jamison, C JaVale McGee, G DeShawn Stevenson, G Dee Brown. Knicks — F Quentin Richardson, F David Lee, F Wilson Chandler, G Nate Robinson, G Chris Duhon.

Injuries: Knicks — Out: F Danilo Gallinari (back), G/F Jared Jeffries (fractured fibula). Wizards — Day-to-day: G Antonio Daniels (knee); Out: C Brendan Haywood (wrist), G Gilbert Arenas (knee).

Outlook: The Wizards will try to avenge a 114-108 loss of Nov. 7. They could be catching New York at the right time; the Knicks’ roster is in flux after trades Friday shipped out their top two scorers, Jamal Crawford and Zach Randolph. They receive in return Al Harrington from Golden State and Tim Thomas and Cuttino Mobley from the Los Angeles Clippers, but those players likely won’t be available because they have to clear physicals.

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