- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 14, 2007

Last night at Philips Arena in Atlanta

QUOTABLE

“I’m glad we’re in, but we’re trying to win games — one, two, three or four to get some momentum going into the playoffs and see what is going to be good for us this time next week.”

— Wizards coach Eddie Jordan on the last four games of the season

SEEN AND HEARD

It looks as if the Hawks are finally getting into the spirit of being a draft lottery team. The only problem is it seemed to take them longer than most bad teams to figure it out.

The Hawks dressed just nine players after it was announced that starting center Zaza Pachulia would not play because of a lower right leg injury.

No one is trying to accuse the Hawks of trying to tank games, but doing so for the last month or so — like, say, Boston — would have been wise.

When the Hawks acquired Joe Johnson from Phoenix in exchange for Boris Diaw and two conditional draft picks two summers ago, one of those picks was for this year’s draft. And if that pick isn’t one of the top three, the Suns get it.

John N. Mitchell

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