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Butler, Jamison to return Friday against the Hawks

WASHINGTON -- Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison are expected
to return to the lineup Friday for the Washington Wizards, who have
struggled without two of their top three stars.

Butler has missed three games -- all losses -- with back spasms.
Jamison has missed 12 with a sprained left knee; the Wizards went
4-8 without him.

If both play Friday against the Atlanta Hawks, the Wizards could
have their entire roster healthy for the first time this season.

"They practiced well," coach Eddie Jordan said. "Without
anything happening overnight, they should be ready to play."

Butler has been treated by a chiropractor for his back, which
was aggravated by a long bus ride through Minnesota after the
team's plane was diverted during the recent road trip.

"A little pain," Butler said after practice. "But overall it
is something I can play through."

Jamison has been itching to play for several days, but the team
wanted to make sure his knee was sound.

"If everything is going well, I will stay in there," Jamison
said. "But if I get winded, they will take me out. My mentality
going into the game is that I am going to be playing the way I am
accustomed to."

With Butler and Jamison out, point guard Gilbert Arenas has
remained in a shooting slump while trying to carry more of the
scoring load. Arenas was given the day off Thursday.

"It is just a situation where everybody is keying in on him,"
Butler said. "He is my little brother and I feel bad that I
couldn't be out there to help him."