- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 7, 2007

Last night at Verizon Center

SEEN AND HEARD

Former Wizards guard Larry Hughes called Gilbert Arenas on the way to Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday, anxious to talk to “one of his best friends in the world.”

“We talked about basketball but just for a minute. Next thing I know we were talking about his house and what he’s having done to it,” said Hughes, who now starts for the Cavaliers. “He understands that what he’s going through, people go through it in life. He understands that it’s his turn to go through it.”

Arenas had just come out of surgery on the torn left meniscus in his left leg when Hughes, who played three seasons in Washington, called.

“It really hurts them,” Hughes said of the injuries to Arenas and Caron Butler. “Those are two of their engines, their fire. It’s very hard to lose two of your dogs. I don’t think it will hurt them as far as getting into the playoffs, but it’s going to test a lot of guys over there.”

QUOTABLE

“With eight more regular season games and the playoffs ahead, we need our fans more than ever.”

— Wizards chairman Abe Pollin

BY THE NUMBERS

11 losses in their last 12 games at New Jersey, today’s opponent.

John N. Mitchell


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