Wizards vs Warriors: Game 69 Discussion Thread

March 23, 2013

You’re sick, Trevor? Stay back there. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Trevor Ariza will not have a chance for an encore after his seven three-pointer, 25-point performance in the Wizards’ 103-100 win on Friday against the Los Angeles Lakers. Ariza stayed behind at the hotel on Saturday after coming down with the flu and be will out when the Wizards conclude their four-game road trip against the Golden State Warriors.

The Wizards (25-43) will welcome back center Emeka Okafor, who missed the previous two games – both wins – with the flu. Okafor will return to the starting lineup and receive his regular minutes, Coach Randy Wittman said.

A.J. Price (sore right groin) and Bradley Beal (sprained left ankle) are also out.

“Guys have an opportunity to step up and get extra playing time,” Wittman said. “Cartier Martin, Chris Singleton. Guys have to step up. That’s what we always talk about, being ready for your opportunity coming to you and that’s all you can do.”

John Wall had his best game of the season against the Lakers as he recorded 24 points, a career-high 16 assists and six rebounds and became the first Wizard since Rod Strickland to reach those benchmarks. Strickland had 27 points, 17 assists and seven rebounds on Nov. 22, 1997 in Cleveland.

In his past seven games, Wall is averaging 23.4 points, 10.4 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 2.3 steals. He is also shooting 55.5 percent from the field.

“He’s coming into his own,” Wittman said. “He’s working his tail off. I’m proud of him. It’s a tough year. He had to sit out the first half of the year and then coming in and being a rocky start, trying to work himself back into shape, and he’s continuing to work and now it’s paying off.”

Tipoff: 10:30 p.m.
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Radio: 106.7 (WJFK FM)

Michael Lee is the national basketball writer for The Washington Post.
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