- The Washington Times - Friday, January 7, 2005

Last night at MCI Center:

KEY NUMBER

23 Gilbert Arenas’ age as of yesterday. It must be pretty comforting for Wizards fans to know he won’t even reach his prime for a few years yet.

KEY TO THE GAME

After the Sonics cut what had been a 19-point Washington lead to 88-82 with 6:09 left, Seattle made just three baskets over the next 5:02, resulting in a 103-91 Washington lead.

SEEN AND HEARD

The game, broadcast on TNT, marked the Wizards’ first appearance on national television since April 16, 2002. That game in Philadelphia was the last of Michael Jordan’s career. …

As expected, the Wizards placed backup point guard Steve Blake on the injured list for the third time with a sprained left ankle suffered Tuesday against New Jersey. The Wizards replaced him on the active roster with another ex-Maryland Terrapin, Laron Profit, who recently received a guaranteed contract for the rest of the season.

After his promising rookie season, Blake has appeared in just eight games this season after having offseason foot surgery. “I can’t begin to tell you how frustrating this has been,” he said. “It just hasn’t been very good for me.”

John N. Mitchell

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