Monday, November 12, 2001

Seen and heard yesterday at MCI Center:
WHITNEY INJURED Starting point guard Chris Whitney suffered a sprained right ankle late in the second quarter and it is not known if he will be available for Wednesday’s game against Milwaukee.
Whitney tried to return in the second quarter, but Wizards coach Doug Collins pulled him from the game for good with 10:29 left in the third quarter.
JORDAN GETS TEE’D UP The frustration in his poor shooting bubbled over late in the fourth quarter when Michael Jordan, seated on the bench, was whistled for a technical foul with 19 seconds left in the game. The technical, Jordan’s first of the year, was called by Leroy Richardson.
Vin Baker, a starting forward for Seattle, was mysteriously absent. He participated in Saturday’s shootaround and everything seemed fine.
However, at some point following the shootaround and the start of the game, Baker came up with a bruised right knee. This wouldn’t seem strange if the team at least provided an explanation as to how the injury happened, but they wouldn’t give one when pressed.
THREE SLAMMERS The game featured three slam dunk champions: Michael Jordan for the Wizards, and Brent Barry and Desmond Mason for the SuperSonics.
Jordan won the title with the Bulls in 1987 in a somewhat questionable decision over Dominique Wilkins Barry won it 1996 while with the Clippers, and Mason won it last year with the Sonics.
John N. Mitchell

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