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Jamison out for Raptors

I don't have a lot of inside info on Antawn's knee but I didn't want to leave you guys hanging so here's what I do know: Antawn, who left six minutes in with a sprained left knee, is not making the flight to Toronto for tomorrow's game against the Raptors and will have an MRI on Thursday. He did walk off the court and to the lockeroom under his own power. It's the same knee he hyperextended against Boston on Jan. 20 and tweaked again against Phoenix last Tuesday night.

The early word I'm hearing is that he could be out at least through Saturday's game against the Lakers at Verizon Center. The Wiz then host Seattle on Monday night and San Antonio on Wednesday night and get three days off before hosting Portland on Feb. 11. So even if he misses three or four games, I think the team can stay afloat and get to the all star break when he can get even more rest.

Eddie Jordan did not say he'd picked a starter for tommorow night but the top candidates are Jarvis Hayes, who started at Milwaukee on Dec. 30 when Brendan Haywood missed a game, and Calvin Booth, who played 20 minutes (and played pretty well) at forward tonight. I see more plays being run and more shots for Caron Butler obviously, and a bigger offensive role for DeShawn Stevenson. Then, the bench has to step up like it did tonight when the Wiz outscored Detroit's reserves (didn't I say that would be a key in my post earlier?) 29-20.

By Ivan Carter  |  January 30, 2007; 11:00 PM ET
 
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