- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 6, 2003

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:
DIXON COOLS OFF After scoring 27 points and shooting 10-for-17 in his first start against Chicago, Juan Dixon came back to earth the next two games, shooting 1-for-12 from the floor for eight points.
Those two games which also saw him turn over the ball eight times returned Dixon to reserve status. However, Wizards coach Doug Collins doesn't think that the rough stretch will dampen Dixon's confidence.
"I would like to think that with what he's been through in his life this is just a hangnail," Wizards coach Doug Collins said of Dixon, who lost both parents to AIDS. "I'm just going to tell him to keep shooting. I was a shooter. The only thing that can happen if you don't shoot it is you won't make it. Shoot it and shoot it again."
YOU KNOW YOU'RE BAD The team notes said "Clippers fall just short in D.J.'s debut." It was a reference to Dennis Johnson's coaching debut as Clippers coach. The game was a 111-108 loss to New Orleans.
What the notes seemed to gloss over was the fact that the Clippers trailed by 10 points with 37 seconds to play. Johnson took over Monday after Alvin Gentry was fired.
IN THE HOUSE University of Maryland coach Gary Williams grabbed a front-row seat last night. Williams had two former players in the game: Juan Dixon and the Clippers' Chris Wilcox.
John N. Mitchell

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