LOS ANGELES, JAN. 16 -- WTOP-AM1500, the Washington Bullets' flagship radio station, canceled broadcast of tonight's Bullets-Clippers game as part of an end-to-end news format for the Persian Gulf war and will not carry Bullets games "until further notice," WTOP General Manager Michael Douglas said.

"Obviously there could be a need to go to continuous coverage on the Persian Gulf at any time," Douglas said, well before bombing began. "Even as we approach that possibility listeners are tuning in to us in increasing numbers to get updates."

Douglas said if war developments warrant, WTOP would also preempt its broadcasts of the AFC and NFC championship games Sunday.

He informed Bullets Vice President Susan O'Malley of the decision yesterday. "She understood," Douglas said. "We'll monitor the situation on a day-to-day basis. We'll talk again tomorrow {about the game at Portland Friday night}. We'll talk daily."

"They told me to go {to Portland} anyway," announcer Charlie Slowes said, "and take a tape recorder." That Tattoo of Foster's

It doesn't refer to Bowie State, where he practices with the Bullets. The "Bowie" tattooed on Greg Foster's right arm is a tribute to New Jersey Nets center Sam Bowie.

"They say we look alike," said Foster. Perhaps he looked more like Bowie when he was younger, for he had the work done when he was in the ninth grade.

"I caught some hell over at my mom's," he said. " . . . And Wes {Unseld} gets on me a lot about it too. But it's a good conversation piece." The New-Look Grant

At shoot-around Tuesday, Byron Irvin tried a one-handed runner down the lane. He looked goofy. The shot was awful. "You don't know anything about that, Byron," said Bernard King, the master of the move.

But King may have an apprentice. Harvey Grant has started to use the shot, and while he's not as good yet as King, it diversifies his game.

It used to be that Grant couldn't go more than a dribble without having to give up the ball. Now he can go down the lane, fill it on a fast break and beat overplaying defenders.

"During the summer {assistant coach} Bill Blair worked with me a lot," Grant said. "A lot of teams were just playing me for my jump shot. Sometimes I couldn't get it off and they would play right up on me. They told me if I wanted to excel in this league, make a name for myself, I've got to learn to put the ball on the floor to get to the hole. That's what I worked on all summer."