- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 31, 2005

Last night at MCI Center


25 Wins at MCI Center for the Wizards this season, a team record.


The Wizards connected on 29 of 36 free throws. Atlanta made 88.9 percent of its free throws (16-for-18) but only had half as many attempts.


HAYWOOD CAUTIOUS: Wizards center Brendan Haywood, out the last two games with a broken left thumb, thinks he could be back in three weeks.

“I’m looking at three weeks hopefully that I can come back,” Haywood said. “I have to be careful with it, though. It’s a situation where if I go out and play with it and somebody hits it or the ball hits it, I could be out for a longer time. So if you’re asking me if I could go out there and play for one game, I could. But it’s not worth risking.”

DONE DEAL: Jarvis Hayes agreed with coach Eddie Jordan, saying he won’t make it back to the active roster during the regular season.

Asked before the game whether his broken patella would keep him sidelined, Hayes replied, “I just won’t have enough time to heal.”

Hayes said he isn’t allowed to run on the knee — a dead giveaway that he’s far from ready to contribute — and isn’t even sure he’ll be ready to play when the playoffs begin next month.

“Right now the only thing I can do on it are things like calf raises,” Hayes said. “I’m not ruling the playoffs out, but it’s shaky.”

Hayes has been on the injured list since March5. He has played in 54 games this season and started 22, averaging 10.2 points.

10 MORE DAYS: The Wizards signed small forward Damone Brown to his second 10-day contract.

— John N. Mitchell

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