The Washington Times - January 24, 2008, 06:10PM

\ But in all seriousness, I expect the Wizards to bounce back in a big way tomorrow night. I guess it’s possible they were playing over their heads, at such a high level, and after a blow like the one the Cavs dealt them Wednesday night, they might struggle to get their groove back. But nah, I don’t think so. Wednesday night was probably nothing more than a stutter. Cleveland seems to have Washington‘s number, having bounced them from the playoffs in each of the last two seasons, but the Wizards aren’t 36 points worse than the Cavaliers. Look for a better effort when they meet again Feb. 22 in Cleveland.


\ Boston’s weak link …
\ So Boston is definitely looking a little less invincible these days having gone 6-4 in their last 10 with losses to Charlotte, Washington and now Toronto. Leading the way in Wednesday’s 114-112 Raptors victory was the must underrated point guard in the league, Jose Calderon, who had 24 points — including 5-for-5 shooting from 3-point range — and 13 assists. Toronto had three other players surpass the 20-point mark in the defeat. There’s a common theme to Boston’s seven losses. Opponents with strong point guard play have won. Rajon Rondo just doesn’t have it yet for the Celtics. The pickings are slim, but maybe Boston should try to bring in a veteran point guard to join Pierce, Garnett and Allen.

\ 2001 do-over?
\ Michael Jordan probably wishes that were possible. Because Tyson Chandler is 949,483,948,493 times better than Kwame Brown, the high schooler Jordan and the Wizards took first overall, just ahead of Chandler. Chandler is averaging 12.3 points, 12.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks a game and he, along with Chris Paul, is a big reason why the Hornets — yes, the Hornets — own the best record (29-12) in the West right now. And how is Kwame doing these days? He had a chance to make some noise with Andrew Bynum hurt in L.A. Instead, he’s been straight garbage, mustering 5.4 points and 5.4 rebounds a game while invoking savage boos from the Laker faithful.

\ Who is Mike Jones?
\ I was asked yesterday by a reader if I could give more information on my background. I was born and raised in Warrenton, Va., about an hour from D.C. I got my start in journalism as a freelance sportswriter for The Fauquier Times Democrat while I was a junior in high school. Two years later I got a job writing fulltime at The Fauquier Citizen — which two years ago was purchased by the Times Democrat and folded — while attending Lord Fairfax Community College. After seven years at The Citizen, the last five as sports editor, I joined The Washington Times as a copy editor. I saw it as a great way to get my foot in the door at a major newspaper, and wrote features on the side as much as I could. The plan worked and 20 months later, I’m covering the Wizards. So there, that’s my background in a nutshell.

\ — Mike Jones