- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 27, 2002

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:

LUE TAKES A SEAT Wizards guard Tyronn Lue sat out with a sinus infection that has been bothering him for some time. Lue, who has been the team's most consistent player since the All-Star break, was not placed on the injured list and is likely to rejoin the team for Friday's game with Milwaukee.

"He got sick in Toronto and you could kind of see that it wasn't getting any better," Wizards coach Doug Collins said. "We really miss him. He has been playing really well for us. We're going to have to mix-and-match without him."

WHERE AM I? That was pretty much former Wizard Juwan Howard's response after he made himself comfortable in the visitor's locker room.

Howard, who played almost seven seasons in Washington before being traded to Dallas last season, returned to MCI Center.

"Man, it feels funny, I'll tell you," Howard said, "real funny."

Howard, who wears No. 7 on his jersey these days, was booed every time he touched the ball, much in the same way former Wizard Rod Strickland was treated when he visited this season.

Howard, by the way, is not the only former Wizard playing for Denver. Calbert Cheaney, drafted sixth overall by the Wizards in 1993, also occupies a spot on the roster. Cheaney is averaging 6.6 points. Howard, acquired from Dallas at the trade deadline, has averaged 18.8 points in 17 games with the Nuggets.

John N. Mitchell

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