- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 27, 2005

Last night at MCI Center:

Key number

6½ Games the Wizards would lead the Atlantic Division by had they not been moved to the Southeast Division.

Seen and heard

Steve Blake, who had three stints on the injured list this season and had appeared in just eight games, was activated before the game. A free agent this summer, Blake said, “I don’t want to get hurt anymore. Every time you come back and get hurt again, it [stinks].”

Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said Blake will be worked in slowly because of the steady play of Juan Dixon (who returned after missing two games with the flu) and Anthony Peeler.

“He’s got to work his way in,” Jordan said. “Juan has played very well, and Anthony has played very well.”

To make room for Blake on the active roster, the Wizards placed Larry Hughes (broken thumb) on the injured list. …

Before Philadelphia came to town, Gilbert Arenas had averaged 32.3 points and 4.5 assists over the last four games. Jordan indicated the 23-year-old guard has the green light to take over at any point during a game.

“It’s like the old Chicago Bulls triangle,” Jordan said. “For three quarters, it [was] for everybody, but the last quarter [was] Michael Jordan time. There are times when Gilbert knows it is his time.”

John N. Mitchell

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