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Saturday, January 15, 2005; Page D08

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MILWAUKEE, Jan. 14 -- Wizards reserve forward Jarvis Hayes's goal coming into the season was to play all 82 games. He'll have to set a new one. "I've got to do 81," Hayes said Friday, before he was forced to miss his first game of the season because of a mild concussion suffered during the Wizards' 104-100 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday.

Coach Eddie Jordan said he doesn't know if Hayes will be available Saturday against Phoenix at MCI Center. Hayes said he still "felt dizzy" before the Wizards played the Milwaukee Bucks.

Hayes doesn't remember when he injured himself. "Second quarter, I think. I really don't remember the play," he said. Hayes, however, said he recalled the right side of his head bumping into "somebody's back, elbow or something."

Wizards assistant coach Phil Hubbard said Hayes looked noticeably dazed following a collision in the fourth quarter, when Hayes drove inside for a layup, lost the ball, and stayed behind while his teammates ran back on defense. The Trail Blazers missed a shot on the other end and Hayes received a pass on the wing which could have led to an easy layup. Instead, Hayes dribbled back out to begin running the offense. "It shook me a little bit," Hayes said. "I was seeing cross-eyed."

He still finished the game. "I played," Hayes said. "Ineffective, but I wanted to be out there."

Hayes tried to participate in the morning shoot-around, but Jordan said Hayes "still felt woozy" and sat him out. "It's precautionary," Hayes said. "I'm a little mad, but I'd rather miss one game than risk missing two more weeks. I hope I'll be ready." . . .

After 34 games, the Wizards have scored more than 100 points 23 times. Last season, the Wizards scored 100 points on 23 occasions over 82 games. . . .

Saturday's game against Phoenix is a sellout -- the third sellout of the season. "For the fans, they're still surprised that it's their team that's doing well. They're happy that it's Washington's turn to get the glory," point guard Gilbert Arenas said. "Mostly they waited to see the Lakers with Shaq and Kobe and now they're coming to see anybody because they want to see us."

-- Michael Lee


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