- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Last night at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J.:

SEEN AND HEARD

The Wizards arrived in New Jersey thinking they might get healthy, but things instead took a turn for the worst. Caron Butler, who missed the team’s game in Minnesota, was sent home to Washington for more treatment on his back, which continues to be stiff. The Wizards aren’t certain if Butler will be available for tonight’s home game against Miami.

“We’ll see what the doctors say tomorrow,” coach Eddie Jordan said of Butler. “Right now the initial reading is, he’s just having some muscular spasms. He’s tough but it just didn’t get any better. I don’t know if it remained the same or if it got worse.”

Backup center Michael Ruffin, who had just returned after being listed as inactive for 37 games with a right foot sprain, experienced dizziness after the team’s shootaround and also missed the game.

QUOTABLE

“We feel we can hold them off whether we have Caron or Antawn [Jamison]. We have 12 guys who I think are capable of doing some good things on the floor.”

— Jordan when told that despite the loss of Dwyane Wade, Miami still feels it can catch the Wizards and win the Southeast Division.

BY THE NUMBERS

163-pointers made by the Nets on 32 attempts, setting a franchise record.

John N.Mitchell

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