- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Last night at Madison Square Garden in New York:

SEEN AND HEARD

The Wizards got their first look at Jared Jeffries since he signed with New York for five years and $33 million. Only trouble is, Jeffries has yet to play a game with his new team since breaking his left wrist in the first preseason game.

Jeffries, wearing a gray suit, hugged all the Wizards as they made their way to the court. He talked briefly about how hard it has been being a spectator who is still at least three to four weeks away from being able to contribute.

“It’s hard, but it’s not just this game,” said Jeffries, who is no longer wearing a cast. “It’s every game. Not playing is the worst. You want to get out there and play with your teammates. There’ve been games where they’ve needed a point here or a rebound or two that you think you can get. It’s frustrating.”

The 11th pick in the 2002 draft by the Wizards, Jeffries started 77 games for Washington last season. Over four seasons he averaged 6.1 points and 4.9 rebounds.

“You always miss the friends you have, but I’m happy here,” said Jeffries, who stays in touch with good friend Brendan Haywood. “But we’ve got a good group here, a good coaching staff. It’s cool; I really enjoy it.”

PLAY OF THE GAME

Although they didn’t convert it, the Knicks opened the third quarter with an attempted alley-oop on a pass from Jamal Crawford to little Nate Robinson, at 5-foot-9 the winner of the Slam Dunk Contest during last season’s All-Star Weekend. Robinson mishandled the two-handed attempt.

BY THE NUMBERS

0 Made 3-pointers, in 15 attempts, for the Wizards.

John N. Mitchell

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