Peep Show

Updated: January 15, 2004, 7:35 AM ET
By By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
Washington Wizards: Tick, tick, tick. With 8 minutes, 38 seconds left in the Nets-Wizards game Wednesday night, Washington head coach Eddie Jordan went off, chasing down a couple referees and giving them an earful after receiving one technical foul earlier in the game. He was ejected, the Wizards lost again and fines should be forthcoming. "His frustration is more than just this one game," point guard Brevin Knight said in the Washington Post. "We've been battling this all season, but that's the position we're in. When you're a team with the record that we have, that's the respect that you get." Teammate Larry Hughes agreed. "It's the little things. Little ticky-tack things that we do we get called for and we don't get on the other end. That frustrates everybody."

Denver Nuggets: The Carmelo bandwagon is picking up steam. A day after Charles Barkley chose 'Melo over LeBron James as his Rookie of the Year, Magic Johnson joined the crowd. "The hype (the two have had) is wonderful," Johnson said in the Rocky Mountain News. "They both deserve it. They've changed two franchises. But Carmelo has changed Denver more at this point than LeBron has Cleveland. That's why (I) think he should be Rookie of the Year. He's a winner. He's a player who does a lot of different things. He commands respect."

Paul Pierce
Boston Celtics: Hopefully, Paul Pierce will never have another career-low four-point game like he did against the Rockets Wednesday night. Hopefully, the Celtics never lose to Houston again by 15 after Pierce bruised his left hand. "Hopefully I'm going to get it X-rayed (today)," he said in Boston Herald. "Hopefully it's just bruised and nothing major. Hopefully I'll be ready for (tomorrow).'' But head coach Jim O'Brien was no help. "I don't know,'' the coach said. "I don't want to speculate. I can't help you with that one. I don't know if he's beat up or whatever.''