- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Seen and heard last night at Air Canada Centre in Toronto:

FALLING FAST — The Raptors entered the game having lost six in a row while being beset by injuries. On Feb. 10 they lost Jalen Rose, whom they acquired earlier in the season in a trade with Chicago, with a fractured hand. All-Star guard Vince Carter, the team’s best player, has been out since suffering a sprained ankle Feb. 18.

The news got worse for the Raptors right before the Wizards game when they found out they would be without starting point guard Alvin Williams.

And earlier in the week, they suspended Lamond Murray for comments he recently made about his playing time. Word is the Raptors will look to move him this summer.

SCOUTING BROWN — As Kwame Brown gets back to the business of playing basketball, one of the many things the Wizards want to see him do is develop moves in the paint he can call on almost automatically to score in a pinch.

Coach Eddie Jordan said he thinks Brown will develop those moves in time. “I think he’s very good on the left box, working the middle with the dribble and his right hand jump hook,” Jordan said. “He has a knack to take people off the dribble, especially bigger people who don’t have his quickness. In the long run, I think he’ll develop a couple of moves that will help him out a lot.”

Jordan has tried Brown at center and thinks he can handle himself there, too. But ultimately he thinks Brown’s future is at power forward. “That’s where he’ll be the best, no question,” Jordan said.

John N. Mitchell

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