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Monday, April 4, 2005; Page D04

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Wizards Coach Eddie Jordan said all-star forward Antawn Jamison could possibly return tomorrow against the Boston Celtics. "We're looking at somewhere this week, whether it's Tuesday or Wednesday" at Detroit, Jordan said. "It seems like he's recovering rapidly."

Jamison, the Wizards' third-leading scorer and leading rebounder, was placed on the injured list on March 18 with right knee tendinitis and has missed the past 11 games. The Wizards are 7-5 this season without Jamison, whose streak of 386 consecutive games played ended last month in New York. He is averaging 19.6 points and 7.8 rebounds this season and although the Wizards haven't practiced much, Jamison has been participating in the team's shoot-arounds for the past week. "The test is when he gets into the game, once the bumping and grinding and the transition comes," Jordan said . . .

Indiana Pacers guard Reggie Miller quietly played his final game at MCI Center yesterday. He scored 12 points, including a three-pointer in the fourth quarter that gave the Pacers a 73-69 lead. He needs only 92 points in the Pacers' final 10 games to pass Jerry West for 12th on the all-time scoring list. Although Miller, one of only 13 players with at least 25,000 points, announced that he will retire after this season, he has chosen not to focus on the farewell tour. The Pacers (38-34) are tied with Cleveland for sixth in the Eastern Conference despite a season-long suspension for Ron Artest and injuries to two starters, forward Jermaine O'Neal and point guard Jamaal Tinsley. "My main focus is to get this team into the playoffs," Miller said. . . . Larry Hughes said his sprained left elbow will not force him to miss any time. "I felt like if I was able to play, I would play and not have to sit out down the road," he said. "I'll be ready to play the next game. I just wasn't physically able to get the job done" against the Pacers.

-- Michael Lee


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