Tomorrow, 7 p.m.
_____Eastern Conference_____ The Wizards and Bulls are vying for fourth place in the Eastern Conference, which carries home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Washington holds the tiebreaker over Chicago.
|Team ||W-L ||Pct. ||GB |
|4. Chicago ||46-34 ||.575 ||- |
|5. Wizards ||45-35 ||.563 ||1 |
• Bulls (2): Tonight, vs. Knicks; tomorrow, at Pacers.
• Wizards (2): Tonight, at Nets; tomorrow, at Knicks.
Think the boos at MCI Center affect Kwame Brown? After he was jeered at home during the third quarter of a loss against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, Brown said the poor reception from some of the home faithful doesn't bother him. "I've been through worse stuff than that," Brown said after the Celtics game.
But the disparity between his production at home and on the road tells a different story. Brown matched his season high with 16 points at Indiana on Friday. The 7-foot forward has also reached that total in Miami and in Charlotte, and seven of his nine double-digit scoring performances have been away from home. In his first 15 games at home, Brown averaged 5.4 points and 5 rebounds. But in 20 road games, Brown is averaging 7.8 points and 5.4 rebounds. Last night he had two points in 10 minutes and did not play in the second half. . . .
The Wizards didn't have to face Allen Iverson for the second time this season. Iverson missed last night's game because of two sprained thumbs. On Jan. 26, Iverson had a strained left rotator cuff and was replaced by guard Willie Green, who scored a career-high 32 points. Green started in place of Iverson again last night. . . .
Wizards Coach Eddie Jordan said his team wasn't panicking during the recent slide. "We're taking good advantage of our goals as a team. We wanted to have a winning season and we wanted to make the playoffs. So step by step, we're on target," Jordan said. "We always say that you have to be worthy to be in the playoffs, and to be worthy, you have to win games like this.". . .
After scoring 83 points against the Pacers, the Wizards' scoring average dipped to 99.9 points. It was the first time since Nov. 14 -- a string of 68 games -- that their scoring average was below 100. . . . Playoff tickets for the Wizards' first two home games went on sale at 6 p.m. and more than 16,000 tickets to each game were sold in 2 1/2 hours.
-- Michael Lee