Wednesday , Feb , 23 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Washington Wizards Team Report – February 23

=== Washington Wizards Team Report – February 23 ===

(Sports Network) – A pair of squads aiming to get their post-All-Star slates
off on the right foot go head-to-head this evening, when the Washington
Wizards host the Memphis Grizzlies at the MCI Center.

The Wizards will hopefully be back to full strength tonight, as star guard
Larry Hughes (thumb) and forward Kwame Brown (ankle) are listed as
questionable. Hughes, who is averaging 21.2 points, 5.3 assists, 6.1 rebounds
and 2.82 steals per contest, has missed 17 games with the injury. Washington
did a solid job without Hughes, posting an 8-9 record.

Washington, which currently sit fifth in the East, has lost its last three
contests overall, including a 123-93 shellacking at the hands of the Houston
Rockets last Tuesday prior to the All-Star break.

Antawn Jamison had 23 points and seven boards for the Wizards, who came up
winless on a three-game road trip. Gilbert Arenas was held to only 11 points,
but had nine assists for Washington, which had won four in a row before going
on the road. Brendan Haywood had 16 points for Washington in the contest.

Jarvis Hayes had 21 points for Washington, which has lost seven of nine as the
visitor. The Wizards shot 41.7 percent from the field, including 6-of-22
(.273) from three-point range. Washington drained 17-of-21 (.810) from the
charity stripe.

Washington’s Juan Dixon left the game with a sprained right ankle. Dixon is
expected to play this evening.

Washington has been solid at home this season, posting a 20-7 mark. The
Wizards have won their last four tilts within the MCI Center.

Washington remains second in the Southeast Division, 8 1/2 games behind first
place Miami. The Wizards are also fifth in the Eastern Conference.

Following tonight’s game, the Wizards will have a day off before heading to
Chicago to face the Bulls. Washington will close up its week against
Sacramento at the MCI Center on Sunday.