- The Washington Times - Monday, February 12, 2007

Yesterday at Verizon Center

SEEN AND HEARD

Lost in the shuffle of a bad loss and an apparent major philosophical difference between Jordan and his star player, Gilbert Arenas, was the first career start for second-year forward Andray Blatche and the return of veteran forward Michael Ruffin.

Blatche, a second-round draft pick taken out of high school in 2005, was the latest starter in the spot vacated by the injured Antawn Jamison. Coming off a career-best 12 rebounds Wednesday against San Antonio, Blatche had eight points and six rebounds (but four turnovers) in 27 minutes.

Ruffin, one of the team’s best defenders (faint praise but true), was inactive for the last 37 games with what was called a right midfoot sprain. He was scoreless with five rebounds in 22 minutes. But he helped limit Portland’s star forward, Zach Randolph, to 10 points.

“It felt great to be back out there,” Ruffin said. “It would have been nicer if the team had done better.”

QUOTABLE

“We didn’t make plays. We didn’t make shots. We didn’t react to their defensive traps and pressure. We just didn’t have guys who made plays offensively.”

— Wizards coach Eddie Jordan

BY THE NUMBERS

13-point field goal made by the Wizards in 15 attempts

— Bob Cohn

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