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Wiz move up to 5th (for now)

At one point during the fourth quarter, the Miami Heat had five guys on the court who were playing in the D-League earlier this month. That's amazing. It would also explain why American Airlines Arena was maybe half full tonight. (But the Miami Heat dancers were in the house and that's all that matters. They are best in the league, hands down)

Anyway, the Wizards took care of business with a 103-86 win. They never trailed and once lead by 26. The key was excellent ball movement as the Wiz finished with 25 assists and shot 53.2 percent from the field. The Wiz have won five of six, eight of 11 and four straight on the road. Combined with Toronto's loss, they are now in fifth-place, a half game ahead of the Raptors and we know what that means: Jay-Z against Soulja Boy! Whew!

Rookie Nick Young was a late scratch with a bruised left thigh, an injury he suffered during last Thursday's win over Cleveland. It's been bothering him ever since and after he warmed up tonight, the decision was made to sit him out. Nick told me that he expects to be able to play Sunday night against Detroit.

No real update on Gilbert Arenas. He went through a pretty intense workout before the game. In one drill, he dribbled a basketball while athletic trainer Eric Waters used a stretch chord to create resistence. Arenas didn't rule himself in or out of Sunday's game against the Pistons but my gut tells me that if he comes back, it will be at some point during the road trip that opens Tuesday night in Portland.

Antawn Jamison, who put up his 39th double-double of the season tonight, has the same feeling.
"I think it's sooner," Jamison saied. "He's been really pushing it, going hard lately with no setbacks so I think somewhere this trip he'll make an appearance and start playing."

Sat next to a scout from a Western Conference team who had some very nice things to say about Eddie Jordan as a coach.
"He's one of the best in the business at getting his guys to run and execute that system. I mean, they are very good. A lot of teams try to emulate what they do but they can't do it. I think he's doing a great job. They are one of the most organized teams in the league at both ends of the floor."

"But," I replied. "Some of the folks who read my blog seem to think that Jordan's a lousy coach."

Scout: "Then they are uninformed and don't know a lick about basketball. I do this for a living and I'll tell you: he's one of the best in the business."


By Ivan Carter  |  March 21, 2008; 10:51 PM ET
 
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