After missing Monday night’s 111-108 overtime win against Toronto with a sore left knee, Washington Wizards starting forward Rashard Lewis participated only lightly in workouts on Tuesday afternoon and said he was uncertain of his status for Wednesday night’s game against the New York Knicks.
Lewis participated in the shoot-around following practice, taking jumpers and jogging around the auxillary court at Verizon Center. Lewis has missed three games this season, all with knee soreness. Monday’s game, though, was the first he missed because of discomfort in his left knee.
The decision to scratch Lewis, 32, from the lineup apparently came shortly before tip-off, when the club announced rookie Chris Singleton would be starting. Coach Randy Wittman did not indicate during his pregame session with the media Lewis would be out.
“I didn’t cancel myself out of the game yesterday morning,” said Lewis, who is averaging 11.4 points and 5.8 rebounds in 32 games with Washington. “It just was sore, and I wanted to see how I’d feel. When I came back early for the game, I just couldn’t go.”
Wittman had said after the Wizards lost to the Los Angeles Clippers, 107-81, on Saturday perhaps he would give more playing time to veterans other than Lewis. Then Wittman clarified those remarks before the start of the Raptors game, saying he may tinker with the rotation rather than the starting lineup.
Last season Lewis struggled at times with a sore right knee, causing him to miss significant time. His personal physician in Houston even had suggested Lewis receive a platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection to encourage more natural healing in the troublesome quad tendon above his right knee.
This season Lewis is averaging 8.5 points and four rebounds per game and has 15 starts in 22 games.
Lewis “didn’t do much today,” Wittman said. “Still some soreness. Still day-to-day. We’ll have to view him when he comes in tomorrow. I didn’t have him do anything out there today again. I don't want to waste it out there if he’s going to have an ability to play.”