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Home, But It Still Feels Like the Road

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By Michael Lee
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, December 2, 2007

After going 1-3 on their recent road trip, the Washington Wizards started a five-game homestand against Toronto last night. But after playing in Philadelphia the night before, Coach Eddie Jordan said the homestand won't really begin until Wednesday against Cleveland. "It's still a road trip to us." Jordan said.

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After Cleveland, the Wizards will host Phoenix, New Jersey and Minnesota. "It's one game at a time," Jordan said. "I don't want to get too far ahead of myself."

A Dunk Down Memory Lane

With the Wizards set to retire Earl Monroe's No. 10 jersey last night, Jordan was asked about his favorite memory of the man known as "The Pearl." Jordan said that as a rookie in Cleveland, he matched up against Monroe, who was with the New York Knicks.

"I drove on him down the lane, and I almost dunked on him," Jordan said.

Almost? "I didn't dunk," Jordan said with a laugh.

"My memory of him playing was not any particular game -- just him playing, teaming up with Clyde [Frazier]. That was incredible having two guards that way," Jordan said. . . .

In addition to retiring Monroe's number, the Wizards also celebrated the 10th anniversary of Verizon Center, which opened as MCI Center on Dec. 2, 1997. The Wizards defeated the Seattle SuperSonics, 95-78, and went on to win their first eight games in the building . . .

The Wizards recognized slain Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor last night with a moment of silence and video montage.

UP NEXT Wednesday vs. Cleveland7 p.m. Comcast SportsNet, WTEM-980 Friday vs. Phoenix7 p.m. Comcast SportsNet, WTEM-980 UP NEXT Wednesday vs. Cleveland7 p.m. Comcast SportsNet, WTEM-980 Friday vs. Phoenix7 p.m. Comcast SportsNet, WTEM-980


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