- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 28, 2006

Last night at Bobcats Arena in Charlotte:

SEEN AND HEARD

A little more than a week ago, Wizards guard DeShawn Stevenson took the clippers to his dreadlocks and sheared them off.

No superstitions were involved or anything like that. Stevenson, who had scored in double figures in 15 of 19 games for his new team, was just ready for a change.

“I just felt like it was time to go a different way,” said Stevenson, who is wearing his hair closely cropped these days. “One thing about the hair is that it took up a lot of time getting ready.”

Stevenson said he took meticulous care with his braids, washing them and making sure they were properly twisted, especially on game days.

“It’s a lot of work, a whole lot,” Stevenson, averaging 10.1 points a game. “It wasn’t that I didn’t like them; it’s just that it was time for a change.”

BY THE NUMBERS

1,308 Points scored by the Wizards in their last 11 games before last night. The last NBA team to score more points in an 11-game stretch was the 1994-95 Phoenix Suns, who scored 1,310 points in 11 games from Dec. 26, 1994 to Jan. 17, 1995

John N. Mitchell

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