Daniels Sits After A Hard Landing

By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, April 16, 2007

Just when it appeared that the Washington Wizards' injury situation couldn't get worse, guard Antonio Daniels went for a layup Friday night in Atlanta and was greeted near the basket by Hawks forward Solomon Jones. Daniels went down with a loud thud, landing hard on his back and hitting the back of his head.

He finished the game, but he did not practice Saturday and did not play yesterday against the Bulls after his back tightened up.

Daniels said yesterday he was not sure when he'd return and Coach Eddie Jordan said his most optimistic hope is that Daniels "gets a few minutes" in the final two regular season games.

The loss of Daniels, combined with the season-ending injuries suffered by Gilbert Arenas (left knee) and Caron Butler (broken bone in right hand), left the Wizards without three crucial players.

Daniels leads the NBA in assist-to-turnover ratio (4.1 to 1) and averaged 12.1 points and 8.9 assists while shooting 50 percent in eight April games.

The 70-Minute Workout

Center Brendan Haywood appeared to work himself out of Jordan's doghouse with a 14-point, 10-rebound performance during Wednesday's loss at Miami. But he played less than nine minutes on Friday and did not enter the game yesterday until the fourth quarter. Since Jordan replaced him as a starter with Etan Thomas at Milwaukee on April 1, Haywood has sat out three entire games and played a total of 70 minutes.

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