- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 19, 2005

MILWAUKEE — The Washington Wizards placed forward Antawn Jamison on the injured list before last night’s 99-90 loss at Milwaukee.

Jamison has tendinitis in his right knee, a condition that has troubled the All-Star for the last month.

To make room for Jamison on the injured list, the Wizards released veteran forward Samaki Walker.

“It’s frustrating as a player to not be able to play, but I’m in a good situation,” said Jamison, who is third on the team in scoring (19.6) and first in rebounding (7.8). “I have the confidence in my teammates to get it done.”

The Wizards had only eight healthy players last night. Kwame Brown missed the game because of the flu, and Juan Dixon sat out with a sprained right ankle. The status of both players for tonight’s home game with Utah is uncertain.

Jamison will make the trip with the team to the West Coast next week. He will be eligible to return to the active roster March 27, when the Wizards play at Seattle.

Jamison’s NBA-leading streak of 386 straight games came to an end when he did not play in a 93-83 loss to New York on March 8. He played just eight minutes in a win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday and did not play in a win at Atlanta on Wednesday.

Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said placing Jamison on the injured list would give the forward a much-needed break.

“Now he can get more rest and not try to rush anything,” Jordan said. “We want to be very sure about him. It assures us he’ll be gone five games, and then he’ll tell us how he feels after that.”

Had they given him the option to play last night, Jamison joked he probably would have taken it.

“If it was up to me, I’d play tonight,” Jamison said.

Walker, a free agent signed by the Wizards last summer, appeared in just 14 games, averaging 1.7 points and 1.3 rebounds a game.

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