Wednesday , Apr , 04 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Wizards, Bobcats close out home-and-home set

(Sports Network) – The Washington Wizards are caught in a funk and will try to
right the ship tonight versus the Charlotte Bobcats in the back end of a home-
and-home series at the Verizon Center.

Washington dropped a 122-102 decision on Tuesday at Charlotte Bobcats Arena
and lost control of the lead in the Southeast Division. The Miami Heat
defeated the Toronto Raptors last night and grabbed a half-game lead over the
Wizards in the Southeast standings.

Gilbert Arenas scored 33 points and Etan Thomas had a career-high 17 points
and 14 boards for the Wizards, who have lost five of their last seven games.
DeShawn Stevenson had 17 points and Darius Songalia 16 for Washington.

Washington played its first game without forward Caron Butler, who broke his
right hand in Sunday’s win over Milwaukee, and is expected to miss the rest of
the season. Butler made the All-Star team and is averaging a career-high 19.1
points and 7.4 rebounds this season.

The Wizards, who are currently sixth in the Eastern Conference standings, open
a short two-game homestand versus Charlotte and Cleveland. They are 26-10 as
the host this season.

Charlotte has won three of its last four games and is 5 1/2 games off a
playoff spot with seven games remaining. In Tuesday’s 20-point win over
Washington, Gerald Wallace scored 34 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead
the way.

Walter Herrmann added 21 points, Emeka Okafor had 17 points and 13 rebounds,
and Raymond Felton finished with 17 points and 14 assists for the Bobcats, who
will try to improve their 10-27 road record this evening.

On the injury front for the Bobcats, guard Derek Anderson (knee) is expected
to miss Wednesday’s game, while center Primoz Brezec (ankle) is questionable
against Washington.

Wednesday’s game between Charlotte and Washington is the third of four
meetings this season. The Wizards are 2-0 so far this season and have
won five straight and nine of the 10 all-time meetings.

The Bobcats have lost all five meetings in D.C.