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Washington Wizards

Tuesday, November 2, 2004; Page D06

2003-04: 25-57, 6th in Atlantic Division.

Coach: Eddie Jordan (58-121, .324).

Key additions: 6-foot-9 F Antawn Jamison, 6-4 G Anthony Peeler, 6-9 F Samaki Walker, 6-8 F Michael Ruffin.

Key losses: G-F Jerry Stackhouse, F Christian Laettner.

They'll make the playoffs if: They can get healthy, cut back on their turnovers and make a commitment to playing defense; G Gilbert Arenas buys into the Princeton offense and begins to trust his teammates; F Kwame Brown returns from his foot injury and makes a dramatic leap toward living up to his status as a No. 1 overall pick. Their young players need to grow up and learn how to win together. Key for the team is Jamison being the low-post threat the Wizards expect him to be, taking some of the pressure off Brendan Haywood and Brown.

-- Michael Lee


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