- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 5, 2001

Seen and heard last night at Alamodome in San Antonio:
MJ'S PUZZLING KNEE The Wizards are uncertain whether Michael Jordan will play tomorrow in Houston. And even though they were delighted to find out there is nothing seriously wrong with his right knee, which forced him to miss the game against the Spurs, that fact alone puts the team in a little bit of a quandary.
"There's no guarantee that that fluid is going is going to stay out of his knee," Wizards Coach Doug Collins said. The knee was drained Monday. "Everybody was happy that nothing was found, but it almost would have been better if something was in there irritating it where they could have done something and fixed it. But basically what they found was a knee that's got some grinding in there from all those years."
Collins said he wants to get Jordan's minutes down to about 32 a game, meaning eight minutes a quarter. Collins said Jordan's knee could change the way he is used the rest of the season.
"It could be as the season goes on he doesn't play in back-to-back games. It could be a lot of things like that," Collins said. "It could be that we have to sort of pick and choose the games he plays when he comes back."
OUT OF THE DOG HOUSE At the team's practice Monday, Collins made it seem as if playing shooting guard Courtney Alexander was the most remote suggestion possible. But Collins gave the enigmatic guard the start against the Spurs his second of the season after benching him for three consecutive games.
So why the change of mind?
"I needed some size," Collins said, pointing out that Alexander is 6-foot-6. "I didnt want to start Hubert there, and that way I could bring [Tyronn] Lue in the game and Hubert [Davis] off the bench.
John N. Mitchell

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