- The Washington Times - Friday, December 31, 2004

Yesterday at FleetCenter in Boston:

8-1 Record for the Wizards in games in which they have more assists than their opponents. The Wizards had a 25-18 advantage yesterday against the Celtics but still came up losers.

SEEN AND HEARD

The Wizards were at a loss for words — at least printable ones — regarding the 20-to-1 advantage in free throw attempts enjoyed by the Celtics. “It didn’t surprise me at all,” Antawn Jamison said. “I don’t know. I just don’t know.” …

As an analyst with ABC last season, Boston coach Doc Rivers got to watch a lot more basketball under much less-pressurized circumstances. And even though the Wizards didn’t make a national television appearance, Rivers got a lot of looks at the Wizards. “They didn’t trust each other last year; they have become a team now,” Rivers said. “They trust each other, and they trust Eddie’s offense now, whereas last year they were literally fighting against it. Now it’s a great offense all of a sudden. It’s the same offense that they ran last year. Now, after all that [stuff] they had to go through last year, now they can enjoy watching the product.”

John N. Mitchell

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