- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Last night at Charlotte Bobcats Arena:

SEEN AND HEARD

The Bobcats made the unexpected announcement before the game that 2004-05 rookie of the year Emeka Okafor would be sidelined for the remainder of the season.

Okafor had his right ankle placed in a cast earlier in the day in an attempt to reduce tendinitis that developed as a result of two sprained right ankles this season.

“The move was made with Emeka’s long-term health in mind,” Bobcats general manager and coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. “Since it became clearer that his playing status for this season was in question, we came to the conclusion that the next step toward a full recovery was to immobilize the ankle his ankle and then build his ankle back to full strength for the 2006-07 season.”

In 26 games this season Okafor averaged 13.2 points, 10.0 rebounds and 1.9 blocks. In his rookie season Okafor averaged 15.1 points and 10.9 rebounds while playing nearly 36 minutes a game.

BY THE NUMBERS

2 Four-point plays by the Wizards this season. Jamison sank a 3-point basket late in the first quarter, then made a free throw after being fouled on the play. Earlier this year injured Jarvis Hayes also converted a four-point play.

Key to the game

The Wizards connected on 33 of 39 free throws.

John N. Mitchell

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