Stevenson Proves Dangerous in Stretch

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By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, February 26, 2007

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 25 -- For a stretch of the third quarter during Sunday's 98-94 loss at Minnesota, Washington Wizards guard DeShawn Stevenson was the most dangerous player on the court.

Stevenson, who made 9 of 12 shots en route to finishing with 21 points and two assists, almost single-handedly erased a nine-point deficit after he made a difficult layup over the outstretched arm of Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett, made a three-pointer over Ricky Davis, made a long jumper and then another three-pointer.

In that span, the Wizards went from a 55-46 deficit to a 58-56 deficit.

When Andray Blatche converted a fast break with a pretty finger-roll layup on the next possession, the game was tied at 58. Those kinds of contributions have been common of late for Stevenson, who has taken more shots and assumed a larger overall role in the absence of forward Antawn Jamison.

"I'm just looking to be aggressive when opportunities present themselves and do what I can to keep us in the game," Stevenson said.

Butler May Be Back Tuesday

While the team evaluates Caron Butler's sore back with the hope that he will be able to play Tuesday night in New Jersey, Jamison will miss his 11th straight game, according to Coach Eddie Jordan.

"We're still going on the original timetable and that's going to be another 8 to 10 days," Jordan said. The Wizards are 4-6 without Jamison, but they are 4 1/2 games ahead of Miami in the Southeast Division.

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