Results of an MRI exam on Washington Wizards forward Kwame Brown's right knee revealed no new information yesterday afternoon, and the injury is still being called a right knee contusion. Brown participated in part of yesterday's workout at MCI Center and is listed as day-to-day. He was injured when Chicago rookie forward Andres Nocioni fell onto his leg with 31 seconds remaining in Sunday night's Game 1 loss to the Bulls.
It appeared that Brown's knee hyperextended. He was still walking with a limp yesterday afternoon. The injury comes at an especially bad time for Brown, who played inspired basketball in Game 1. He scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds in 35 minutes of the 103-94 loss. Brown, now in his fourth season, finished the regular season with strong games against the New Jersey Nets and New York Knicks and has impressed teammates with his renewed confidence.
"He's been terrific for us these last three or four games," forward Antawn Jamison said. "We need that low post presence that Kwame brings." . . .
Although he doesn't expect Nocioni to have a 25-point, 18-rebound performance throughout the playoffs, Bulls Coach Scott Skiles said that he wasn't surprised.
"The stats don't look like it, if you look at his regular season stats, but he's had a phenomenal year for us," Skiles said. "To have a breakout game like that, I'm really happy for him. Noche is capable any night. If he were a 38-44 minute a game player, which he may be, he is a double-digit rebounder." . . .
The first three games of the series will be spread out over seven days. Skiles was asked if he thought that having two days off between games would benefit his team. "I think they should have the first series be about six months," Skiles said, sarcastically. "So they can make some more money and have some more advertising and all the things that they do."
-- Ivan Carter and Michael Lee