Forward Michael Ruffin, who missed the last two games with right knee tendinitis, attended practice yesterday but experienced pain when he attempted to run and was held out. Ruffin, who was averaging 11.8 minutes off the bench before last Wednesday's game against Portland, is listed as day-to-day and will be a game-time decision tonight against the Toronto Raptors.
Ruffin said he has not had previous problems with the knee, and the Wizards are relying on him to tell them when he can play.
"I'm feeling better and I'm making progress," Ruffin said. "We are going to see how I feel."
Raptors Showing Life
Toronto (3-15) showed some signs of life this week after a dreadful first month. The Raptors beat the Hawks, 102-101, in Atlanta Friday night and then picked up a 95-82 road win over the New Jersey Nets Saturday night. Center Chris Bosh (21.4 ppg, 10.1 rpg) has led the Raptors in scoring 12 times, while rookie forward Charlie Villanueva (12.1 ppg and 6.2 rpg) has silenced many of the critics who faulted the Raptors for selecting him with the seventh overall pick in June's NBA draft.
Toronto's biggest problem -- other than a lack of all-star caliber talent outside of Bosh -- has been horrendous defense. Nine players, including Wizards forward Antawn Jamison, have scored 29 or more points against the Raptors, and Toronto is allowing an average of 102.8 points per game. The Wizards beat the Raptors, 99-96, on Nov. 2 in the season opener for both teams.