- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 16, 2006

Last night at American Airlines Center in Dallas:

SEEN AND HEARD

Dallas forward Jerry Stackhouse had high praise for Washington president of basketball operations Ernie Grunfeld before the game.

“I met some good people in Washington,” said Stackhouse, whom the Wizards traded to Dallas on June 24, 2004, along with Christian Laettner and a lottery pick for Antawn Jamison. “Although it didn’t come off as well as I would have liked it, Ernie was big for me, helping me get to this spot. We had conversations, and he knew what my aspirations were. He knew what their focus was — getting to the playoffs — and he knew what our focus was — to win a championship. He knew what I wanted, and he helped facilitate it, so that was good.”

Stackhouse is viewed by the younger players on the Mavericks as a leader. Most notably, Stackhouse has accepted the role of sixth man — he will get strong consideration for the league honor at the end of the season — and he has made his impact felt in that role.

This season he is averaging 13.3 points, 2.8 assists and 2.4 rebounds in less than 25 minutes a game. On four occasions Stackhouse has single-handedly outscored the opposition’s bench.

Key to the game

The Wizards, down 97-96 with 1:14 to play, didn’t score another field goal the rest of the way.

BY THE NUMBERS

12 Points scored by Gilbert Arenas against the Mavericks, 16 below his season average.

John N. Mitchell


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