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Gilbert Returns

"Damn, we ain't had this much media since...." Nick Young said 90 minutes before tip.

"People I ain't seen before, people got smiles on their faces," Antawn Jamison added when he entered the locker room. "Y'all need anything? Y'all want a cold drink?"

Yeah, so maybe there are a bunch of us here who haven't been around much this season, but the same could be said for Zero. And even before tip, Ed Tapscott was playing it cool.

"The plan is holding," he said. "T-minus, what is it, 59 minutes?"

He was asked about how things change tonight; "I think I have a little more talent than I have had in the past couple weeks."

During the National Anthem, someone shouted out "Gilbert!" A few minutes in, a guy in a Wiz jersey started chanting "MVP."

As for Gil himself, he left the court before introductions, came back, was announced fourth (ahead only of Caron Butler), did zero stunts during intros, then dumped water on his hands and his face, wiped his shoes on a towel, ran down and jumped up to touch the rim, earning applause. And then, of course, he assisted on the Wiz's first four baskets, one of which caused Oleksiy Pecherov to break into spontaneous laughter.

His plan is not to speak with the media after the game. We'll see. Plans have a way of changing around here.

Gilbert, ducking a ball.

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 28, 2009; 8:03 PM ET
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Intensity level in the fourt quarter was top notch. From the first AND second units. I was impressed.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | March 28, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Good meeting you Dan. Wear the Crabdribble well!

Joe - wizardsextreme

Posted by: jmg878 | March 28, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

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