- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 2, 2003

Seen and heard last night at American Airlines Center in Dallas:

THOMAS STILL OUT — Backup center Etan Thomas missed the game because he still is battling the flu.

“He tried to do something at shootaround this morning, but it just wasn’t there,” Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said.

The game was the second in a row Thomas has missed with the illness. The Wizards hoped he would be available against Dallas, but Thomas was so sick he stayed at the team hotel rather than attend the game.

The Wizards are hoping he will be available Friday at Memphis.

HOT IN HERE — The Mavericks’ building is one of the more modern arenas in the league. However, there is a huge discrepancy between the way the visiting and home locker rooms are laid out.

While the Mavericks’ locker room is beautifully decorated, brightly painted and caters to the needs of the players — each stall has its own sound system — the visiting locker is another story altogether.

It is dimly lit and cramped. And each time the Wizards have visited American Airlines Arena, the heat in their locker room has been turned up significantly higher than the home team’s.

HOME COOKING — The Mavericks remained undefeated at home this season after beating the Wizards. In their nine previous home games, Dallas averaged 109.2 points. On the road, however, the Mavericks were averaging just 90.5.

John N. Mitchell

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