- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Last night at MCI Center:


1 Win for the Wizards this season in which Gilbert Arenas scored less than 20 points. He scored just nine in the blowout.


The Wizards are closely monitoring the development of rookie Andray Blatche. Last night they saw some things early from the rookie, who was shot in the chest before training camp, that they no doubt liked.

Blatche entered the game against the Hawks late in the first quarter, and in no time he was on the floor wrestling with former Wizards guard Tyronn Lue.

Moments later, the 6-foot-11 Blatche scored on a feathery 18-foot jumper.

His most impressive moment of the night, by far, was a putback dunk late in the game. Blatche finished with a career-high nine points and seven rebounds in 17 minutes.

Blatche has shown skills in recent games. Against Utah he stunned onlookers when he took the ball off the backboard and went end-to-end for a lay-up. Even though he missed the shot, the fact that he can do these things at his height and age (19) are promising. …

At a halftime ceremony, Antoine Robinson, a cousin of Wizards swingman Jarvis Hayes, re-enlisted in the Navy for six more years.

John N. Mitchell

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