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Wizards Report

 Washington's Jarvis Hayes (left) is finally healthy and has become a consistent contributor for the Wizards.
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Date published: 1/12/2007

By ADAM HIMMELSBACH

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It has taken Hayes some time to get readjusted. He is averaging career-lows in points (6), rebounds (2.2), minutes (17:36), field-goal percentage (38.8) and free-throw percentage (74.2).

But games like Hayes' 12-point effort against the Toronto Raptors last Saturday combined with his 10-point burst on Wednesday could be proof that the old Jarvis is almost back.

"It's a great boost," said Hayes, who has made 9 of his last 15 field goal attempts. "These are the type of games I knew I could have, knocking down a big shot; not only one but a couple of them."

Arenas honored for third time

Wizards point guard Gilbert Arenas was named the Eastern Conference's player of the week for Jan. 1-7.

It was the third time this season that Arenas earned this recognition. In three games last week, Arenas averaged 33.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 2.7 steals per game.

Help in the middle

Wizards center Etan Thomas returned to action Wednesday night after missing the previous 13 games because of a sprained ankle.

Thomas played 15 minutes and finished with five points and two rebounds. When Thomas was out, center Brendan Haywood averaged 9.1 points and 8.1 rebounds.

"We need for them to bring the best out of each other," Daniels said.

To reach ADAM HIMMELSBACH: 540/374-5442
Email: ahimmelsbach@freelancestar.com


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