- The Washington Times - Monday, April 2, 2007

Yesterday at Bradley Center in Milwaukee


The lack of production out of center Brendan Haywood over the last four games finally caught up with the center, who was benched and did not see any action in the Wizards’ win.

Haywood had been held scoreless in his previous two games and had scored just three points, grabbed 12 rebounds and failed to block a single shot over the last four.

In his place the Wizards started Etan Thomas, who celebrated his 29th birthday. Thomas, who started the first 22 games of the season before suffering a sprained ankle that sidelined him for more than one month, finished with seven points, nine rebounds and a blocked shot.

“He was a shot-blocking presence, and that’s what we missed,” Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said.

Asked whether he would stick with Thomas as the team’s starting center, Jordan replied, “yes.”


16-3 Run for the Wizards to take command of a game Washington had led 96-93 with 8:25 to play.

— John N. Mitchell

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