Monday , Mar , 06 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Wizards have tough road ahead

(Sports Network) – The Washington Wizards are currently sixth in the Eastern
Conference playoff race, but could lose that spot in the next few weeks.

With Philadelphia at the seventh spot and an upcoming schedule that includes
Miami, Detroit and Dallas, the Wizards certainly have some work to do.

They started off on the right foot by ending a three-game losing streak with a
117-107 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday. Antawn Jamison scored 31
points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Gilbert Arenas contributed 23 point.

Arenas leads the Wizards in scoring with 28.8 points per game. He has been on
fire as of late, averaging 33.4 points over his last five contests. Arenas and
Jamison also have been invited to compete for a spot on the 2006
World Championships and 2008 Olympic team for the United States.

Arenas and Co. need to play like Olympians for their upcoming schedule. After
Tuesday’s home game versus the Boston Celtics, Washington will travel to Miami
before returning home for a game against the Detroit Pistons.

The Wizards will host Dallas on March 17 and New Jersey on March 21, then will
travel Los Angeles for a showdown with the Clippers on March 25.

April doesn’t get any easier either for the Wizards, who play the Spurs, Heat,
76ers, Cavs and Pistons throughout the month.