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Tuesday, March 29, 2005; Page D03

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PORTLAND, Ore., March 28 -- Wizards Coach Eddie Jordan said that second-year forward Jarvis Hayes probably won't return in the regular season. Hayes, the team's fourth-leading scorer at 10.2 points per game, has been on the injured list since March 5 with a fractured right patella and hasn't played in more than four weeks. Hayes was expected to miss four to six weeks but he has only recently begun rehabilitating the knee.

"Jarvis probably won't come back 100 percent healthy," Jordan said. "It's not a focus point for us. He's hurt. We look at his healing process down the line. What does that mean? The last week of the season? Sometime in the playoffs? I don't know. It won't be anytime soon." . . .

Jordan said that the team will sign forward Damone Brown to another 10-day contract on Tuesday. In his first five games with the Wizards, Brown averaged five points, two rebounds and two assists in 15.2 minutes. "Everything is going pretty good," said Brown, who started the season with the NBDL's Huntsville Flight. "Coach said everybody has got to step up, so when you're called on, you got to make plays. I'm having a chance to play and contribute, that's always exciting."

Since going scoreless in three minutes during his debut with the Wizards against Utah on March 19, Brown has made the most of his time. Brown had six points and a team-high six assists against Denver and scored a season-high 11 points against the Los Angeles Clippers. He spent time learning the Princeton-style offense last season and in training camp with the New Jersey Nets and Jordan said he hasn't had any problem using Brown as one of the first players off the bench. "He's one of those small forward skills," Jordan said. "He's been important for us." . . .

Gilbert Arenas's 18-point performance against Seattle ended a string of 15 games in which he scored 20 or more points. . . . With center Brendan Haywood out for possibly the rest of the regular season, Etan Thomas will get considerably more playing time. He played 28 minutes against Seattle -- two fewer than his season high.

-- Michael Lee


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