Trevor Booker will be listed as day-to-day after an X-ray late Friday night revealed no fractures in his right foot following a scare in the final minutes of the Wizards’ 114-94 loss to the Denver Nuggets. Booker will be a questionable with a sore right foot when the Wizards play the Golden State Warriors on Sunday.
Booker had 10 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots as the Wizards (17-54) dropped to 1-34 on the road. He was injured twice against the Nuggets, as he bumped knees and hobbled around midway in the fourth quarter. He returned with 2 minutes, 43 seconds remaining, missing a hook shot, grabbing a rebound and blocking a shot before he got hurt again and had to leave the game for good with 1:04 left.
“I tried to box out, stepped real hard. I tried to put force in it and came up limping,” Booker explained after the game. “It was like two possession after that, I came out of the game.”
Booker, a 6-foot-7 rookie forward, limped around the visitor’s locker room at Pepsi Center in shower shoes after the game and was immediately rushed to have an X-ray. Booker has started the past eight games for the Wizards, who have also been without Andray Blatche, Rashard Lewis and had Josh Howard for just two of those games. He has averaged 11.4 points and 7.6 rebounds over that stretch.
The Wizards didn’t practice on Saturday and did not have a morning shootaround in preparation for the Warriors. They will have a reunion with former Wizard Al Thornton, who became expendable partly because of the team’s commitment to the development of its younger prospects, such as Booker.
“We knew we were going to try to play Booker,” Coach Flip Saunders said, explaining one of the reasons why the team waived Thornton. “For veterans, when you make a commitment, and now we’re going to evaluate your young players, it takes away their opportunities.”
With the Wizards experiencing so many injuries at forward, Thornton likely would’ve had a better opportunity for minutes had he remained in Washington. But Thornton said he doesn’t have any regrets about his decision after being informed that he didn’t have a future with the Wizards. Saunders added that the season didn’t work out well for Thornton for other reasons.
“Al at times, his biggest thing, was a lot of Yi [Jianlian], he kept getting hurt,” Saunders said. “But when he he was getting good, then got hurt. Comes back, not in great shape. He couldn’t really get into a rhythm. He really worked hard this summer and I thought he’d come in and have a great year. And then he sprained an ankle. He never caused any problems with us. He competed. When he had opportunities, he tried to take advantage.”
John Wall said he wasn’t surprised by Thornton’s decision to bolt and expects him to be fired up when the teams meet at Oracle Arena. “You never know what goes on in this league, it’s a business and that’s something I’m really learning from stuff I’ve seen so far. He gave us a lot of energy off the bench, somebody that was going to play hard for you. He’s the type of person, he’s probably going want to play a good game when we play against him, show what he could’ve did or can do better, but he gave us good energy and good basketball skills while he was here.”