- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 12, 2003


Seen and heard last night at Madison Square Garden:
JORDAN STILL QUEASY Michael Jordan, although he played 41 minutes against Golden State, is still battling the viral infection that almost forced him to miss Friday's game.
"He's real tired, there's no question about that," Wizards coach Doug Collins said before the game against the Knicks. "He started feeling it last night before the game, and it's starting to take a toll on him a little bit. Hopefully, we can find a way to get him some rest."
One step in that direction is that the Wizards will have today off, marking the first time in at least two weeks that they have not had a game or a practice.
DIXON'S ROLE Working rookie guard Juan Dixon back into the rotation is not going to be an easy job. This is mostly because Collins is comfortable giving minutes to backup point guard Tyronn Lue, who will see his minutes diminish as fan favorite Dixon gets back into the mix.
"It's a delicate situation," Collins said of spreading the minutes around at the point. "You have to juggle things, and it's tough. All of a sudden you put Juan out there and you're taking minutes away from T. Lue. The key is to be able to utilize people and at the same time keep them upbeat."
THREE CITY The Knicks made 16 3-pointers against Philadelphia in a victory at the First Union Center on Friday. As he walked through the bowels of Madison Square Garden, the Knicks' Latrell Sprewell joked that "we might not make 16 in the next five games."
Coincidentally, the Knicks' 16-for-32 performance from behind the 3-point line propelled them to the top of the league in that category in terms of percentage (.384).
John N. Mitchell


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