- The Washington Times - Friday, December 1, 2006

Last night at Verizon Center:

SEEN AND HEARD

Washington Wizards coach Eddie Jordan isn’t overly concerned that Antawn Jamison’s scoring (17.6) and rebounding (7.7) are down from last season, when he averaged 20.5 points and 9.3 rebounds.

Jamison had a busy summer, including a stint with Team USA.

No big deal, Jordan said, pointing out that Jamison struggled a bit at the start of last season after knee surgery.

“I don’t think so, he’s just missed some shots,” Jordan said. “We’re going to try to mix it up a little bit more with him, try and get him some shots on the block and try to do a better job of getting him going.

“I see him fighting his [behind] off defensively, trying to rebound. I don’t have any problem with him just because he’s not knocking his shot down.”

But one area where Jamison is ahead of last season is blocked shots. Jamison had 12 entering last night’s game. Last season, he blocked 12 all year.

QUOTABLE

“Caron said, ‘We finally got King Kong off our back.’ Well, King Kong held on to the Empire State Building for a while so to me we’ve got to keep fighting.”

— Coach Eddie Jordan on the Wizards’ ending their four-game losing streak on Tuesday against Atlanta

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

Verizon Center will celebrate its ninth anniversary today, and Wizards owner Abe Pollin — the longest tenured owner in the league — celebrates his 83rd birthday tomorrow.

John N. Mitchell

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