- The Washington Times - Friday, November 10, 2006

Last night at Verizon Center:

SEEN AND HEARD

Washington Wizards coach Eddie Jordan deconstructed the myth that Jared Jeffries was an irreplaceable defender.

Not that Jordan took any shots at the 6-foot-11 Jeffries, who signed with the Knicks in the offseason. He just seems to think that his replacement, DeShawn Stevenson, is a bit better.

“He gets in your body a lot more,” Jordan said of Stevenson, who is six inches shorter than Jeffries. “He is stronger. He’s more compact. On defense, he’s like a linebacker, and on offense he’s like a Ricky Williams with all that hair flying around. He doesn’t roam like Jared did, and he’s a little more solid as far as staying home with a guy.”

Jordan wasn’t finished there.

“[Stevenson] is also a great help guy. With Jared, he would help, but then he might roam and recover, which was harder for him because he’s 6-11. Not DeShawn. He’s low to the ground and has really great technique. In my mind with DeShawn, what we gained was a solid defender. We’ve lost size and disruption, but we’re more solid.”

BY THE NUMBERS

55 Average points for the Wizards in the first half of their first five games. The only time they failed to score at least 50 in the first half was in the opener, when they scored 45 at Cleveland.

KEY TO THE GAME

The Wizards’ offense bailed them out again. Washington scored 40 points in the fourth quarter against the Bucks. In their three home games this season they have scored 117, 124 and 116 points, respectively.

John N. Mitchell


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