- The Washington Times - Monday, March 25, 2002

Seen and heard yesterday at Air Canada Centre in Toronto:
REALITY STINKS Especially if you thought the Wizards were going to make the playoffs because their chances are slim. Heading into the loss at Toronto, nine of their remaining 12 games are against teams with winning records, all of which would be in the playoffs if the regular season ended today.
HATERS BEWARE Although he is finished for the season, Toronto's Vince Carter, who posted his lowest scoring average (24.7) since his rookie year, said he'll bounce back from summer knee surgery with a vengeance and wreak havoc on the league next year.
"In the summer, when I'm home, I can just sit there and think about all the rough times, all this, all that, all the players who tried to come at me when I was hurt, all that stuff," Carter said. "I'm going to remember, so there's going to be hell to pay. That's just flat out how I feel right now. There's a lot of frustration going on. I can't wait."
Much of Carter's angst can be attributed to watching tapes of players he thinks took advantage of him after he returned in the second half of the season on a left knee that will be scoped and cleaned out this summer.
"They're all going to eat their words," said Carter, who is blamed more than anyone for the Raptors' collapse. "I'm going to do what I have to do to get where I want to be first, and once I'm healthy and ready to go, I'm going to start attacking people."
HOME STRETCH Of the Wizards' remaining games, just four (Milwaukee, Charlotte, New Jersey and Philadelphia ) are on the road.
John N. Mitchell



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