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Blatche Is Building Career With Blocks

By Michael Lee
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, March 9, 2008

Third-year Washington forward Andray Blatche failed to record a blocked shot for the first time in five games last night against Charlotte. He has 97 blocks and needs three more to join center Brendan Haywood as the first teammates in the NBA this season with 100 blocks each. They would also be the first set of Wizards to block 100 shots each since Haywood and Etan Thomas in 2003-04.

Haywood climbed over the century mark on Friday in Toronto, as he blocked three shots. He added another against Charlotte, giving him 103 this season. Haywood has blocked at least 100 shots in five of his seven seasons, with a career-high 119 coming in 2002-03.

Blatche entered this season with a total of 39 blocked shots. He also had three blocks against Toronto and had blocked at least two shots in each of the five previous games. He has backed up Haywood in those past five games, with the Wizards winning three of them.

"Andray is really active at the center position," Coach Eddie Jordan said. "He was making plays."

Mr. Consistency

Jason Richardson's 34-point performance against Washington on Saturday shouldn't have come as a surprise. The Bobcats' forward has scored at least 30 points in four of his past six games, including 42 points against his former team, Golden State, on March 5.

"We are playing with pride now," he said. "Fortunately, that pride is translating to getting us back in the playoff picture. We'll continue to fight and go hard."

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