- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 8, 2006

Last night at Verizon Center:

SEEN AND HEARD

DeShawn Stevenson is struggling. Going into the game, Stevenson, who was acquired as a free agent over the summer, was shooting just 33 percent from the floor and averaging just 4.3 points through the first three games of the season.

But Stevenson has gotten the word from coach Eddie Jordan that he’s primarily concerned with everything other than Stevenson’s offense. That has allayed any worries about fitting in with his new team.

“The first day I got here, the first thing Eddie told me was to not worry about getting my shot,” Stevenson said. “He’s concerned with everything else I bring to this team, and that’s what makes me feel comfortable.”

Stevenson also recognizes that the Wizards have a pecking order, and he doesn’t want to interfere with the chemistry of the team.

“They’ve got a lot of good players, and they go to them,” Stevenson said. “Right now I’m just trying to find my offense and feel my way around. I don’t want to come in here and shoot balls. They’ve got guys who get a set number of touches, and it’s my deal to blend in with them, not for them to blend in with me.”

KEY TO THE GAME

The Wizards connected on 13 of 17 shots from the field in the third quarter, when they led by as many as 36.

BY THE NUMBERS

42 Points averaged by Gilbert Arenas at home in victories against Boston and Indiana.

John N. Mitchell

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