- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 16, 2006

Last night at Verizon Center:

SEEN AND HEARD

Wizards center Etan Thomas will make the West Coast trip with the team, but in all likelihood, his sprained left ankle will keep him out of the lineup.

“We don’t expect him to play,” Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said of Thomas, who suffered the sprain against Houston a week ago today. “I haven’t really seen it, but I understand that it’s a real severe sprain.”

Forward/center Michael Ruffin’s sprained right foot isn’t faring well, either. Ruffin, who was injured last month, missed his 11th game last night. Ruffin was expected to miss only a week or so when the injury happened, but hasn’t suited up in three weeks.

“He’s getting better,” Jordan said. “Outside of that, there is no further comment about that.”

QUOTABLE

“More dangerous without [Dwyane] Wade? Hmm, no.”

— Jordan to a reporter who asked him if the defending champions might be “more dangerous” without the injured Wade, one of the top players in the game

BY THE NUMBERS

5 Blocks for forward Antawn Jamison, a career high. He blocked just 12 shots all of last season.

John N. Mitchell


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