- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 15, 2003

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:

STACKHOUSE UPDATE Wizards guard Jerry Stackhouse will be out for the remainder of the Wizards' four-game homestand with a pulled left groin. This is the same kind of injury that kept Richard Hamilton out for more than a month last season. However, coach Doug Collins doesn't think that will be the case with Stackhouse, the team's leading scorer (22.5).

"He has a similar injury to what Rip had but this is not the same thing, this is in a different spot," Collins said.

In Stackhouse's place the Wizards started Bryon Russell, who started at small forward for the first 14 games before ceding the position to Michael Jordan. Russell has struggled since signing with the Wizards last summer, when they thought he would be the one-year solution at small forward.

But Collins believes that in the next three games are so, or until Stackhouse returns, Russell will get the job done.

"I just ask him to keep working hard and be ready," Collins said before the game. "I think he's the ultimate pro. He knows what it's like. It happened to him before, at Utah maybe, where his minutes were down a little bit and he's fought back. I expect him to do well. He's got all the experience and he knows what we need to have accomplished. Maybe more extended minutes will help him in terms of success."

CLOCK WATCHING Charles Oakley played only five minutes, leaving him 16 minutes short of becoming the 15th player to log 40,000 for his career.

AND 1 The Raptors came in town with eight healthy players, and three of them were on 10-day contracts. One of them, guard Rafer Alston, gained fame by appearing on the apparel company And 1's Mix-Tape Tour.

For those who don't know what that is, it was a series of games an And 1 team played against some of the best "street ballers" in big cities like New York, Chicago, Detroit and Philadelphia.

Alston went by the name "Skip to My Lou."

ESPN made a series out of it that debuted last summer.

John N. Mitchell


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