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Monday, March 28, 2005; Page D05


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SEATTLE, March 27 -- Antawn Jamison is eligible to come off the injured list, but the all-star forward said that his right knee tendinitis will keep him from playing for "probably another week." Jamison got a second opinion from a doctor in Los Angeles, where it was determined that he had no structural damage in his knee. "I'm kind of getting anxious. It's not as weak as it was. The pain is not really" in the knee, Jamison said on Sunday after taking shots before the Wizards played the Seattle SuperSonics. "I feel like I can go, but they got to put the handcuffs on me. They're just making sure I'm ready. We don't want any setbacks." . . .

Forward Jared Jeffries grabbed a marker and scribbled "Lil' 2" on his sneakers before the game. Jeffries and center Brendan Haywood had given themselves that nickname this season, but after Haywood fractured the tip of his left thumb during the Wizards' 98-94 loss on Friday to the Los Angeles Clippers, Jeffries said, "I'm the last of the little two." Haywood will miss two to four weeks and was placed on the injured list. He returned home Saturday and will see a hand specialist on Monday.

"Like anyone else, he was down but he'll be cool. We'll hold it down until he gets back, just like with Antawn," Jeffries said about Haywood, who was averaging 9.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.63 blocks. The Wizards activated 7-foot-3 rookie center Peter John Ramos, who has played in just four games this season. "It's unfortunate. It happened," Coach Eddie Jordan said of the loss of Haywood. "But we've got guys to step in and fill the role. We've always seemed to have enough." . . .

Forward Kwame Brown said that his blowup with Haywood in the third quarter against the Clippers was just a "basic misunderstanding." Brown and Haywood exchanged expletives on the bench after a blown assignment led to a dunk by the Clippers' Elton Brand. "Every team is going to have a misunderstanding. We have them in practice. We have them in the locker room. Everyone just got to see it," Brown said. "In the heat of the battle, sometimes you're going to get on each other. I think the way we handled it wasn't proper but it wasn't as big as everyone made it out. It wasn't that serious. It's over."

Asked if the situation between Brown and Haywood was all right, Jordan said: "Yeah. Brendan's on the East Coast, Kwame's on the West Coast."

-- Michael Lee

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