- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 3, 2009

SEEN AND HEARD AT VERIZON CENTER

After playing consecutive games Friday and Saturday, Wizards guard DeShawn Stevenson returned to the sideline Monday to nurse his sore back.

Stevenson, who missed 15 straight games in January with a pinched nerve in his back, experienced a flare-up Sunday, the night after he played 12 minutes and scored two points in the Wizards’ 106-94 win against the Los Angeles Clippers.

That came a day after Stevenson made his return from nearly a monthlong layoff and showed some rust, going 0-for-6 in 23 minutes against Philadelphia.

Stevenson was told he would have to deal with flare-ups for the rest of his career. When he experienced discomfort Sunday, the Wizards decided it would be better to have him rest Monday and then monitor him daily.

“We sort of knew sometimes it would be two steps forward and a step back,” interim coach Ed Tapscott said. “So we want to be cautious.”

The Wizards’ plan is to maintain a conservative approach. The idea is to bring Stevenson back after a week off during the All-Star break so he will be better for the final two months of the season.

QUOTABLE

“That was the worst effort I’ve seen us put forth since I’ve been here.”

Wizards interim coach Ed Tapscott

BY THE NUMBERS

6 Turnovers committed by the Wizards in the last five minutes of the third quarter, helping the Grizzlies go on a 19-2 run to build a 94-81 lead.

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