Wizards (10-21) at 76ers (10-23), Haywood out, Miller active
Wizards starters: Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Andray Blatche, Fabricio Oberto
76ers: Louis Williams, Allen Iverson, Samuel Dalembert, Thaddeus Young, Samuel Dalembert
Line: 76ers by 5
Brendan Haywood was dressed in street clothes before the game and missed his first game of the season with a stomach ailment. Coach Flip Saunders started Fabricio Oberto, giving him his 13th different starting lineup this season. Saunders joked that he didn't think that Oberto would be around long.
"Fab will play a minute and a half, pick up a couple of fouls and we'll get him out of there," Saunders said.
Saunders said that the team would also activate Mike Miller for the first time since he strained his right calf on Nov. 21. Saunders said he would only use Miller in case of an emergency, at the end of the quarters. Asked how much time he would see, Saunders said, "Seconds."
When someone told him that he would have enough time to get some shots off, Saunders said, "Not with this team."
Saunders was asked before the game to address demands for the Wizards to blow up their underachieving roster. "We haven't been together yet," Saunders said, rattling off the injuries to Antawn Jamison and Mike Miller and Gilbert Arenas's return from a two-year hiatus. "When you really think about it. Until you talk about breaking things up, you want to see what you have when they are all together."
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