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Left Ankle Sprain Sidelines Haywood

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By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, November 22, 2007

CHARLOTTE, Nov. 21 -- The big news Wednesday was that Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas is expected to miss at least three months after surgery to repair a torn left meniscus, but Washington also played without center Brendan Haywood against the Charlotte Bobcats.

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Haywood, who is averaging career highs of 9.8 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.8 blocks, sprained his left ankle during Tuesday's home win over Philadelphia. He tested it Wednesday afternoon but said he couldn't play.

"It's still too sore," Haywood said before the game. "Maybe I can go Friday night [against Golden State]. It should get better with a couple of days of rest."

Haywood suffered the injury when he came down on the foot of teammate Andray Blatche, who finished with a career-high 26 points on 12-of-14 shooting against Philadelphia.

"If he plays like that every night, he can hurt me anytime he wants," Haywood joked.

Weak Show of Support in Charlotte

Even though the Bobcats are 6-5, the best mark through 11 games since the franchise opened for business in the 2004-05 season, fans in the Charlotte area have been slow to respond.

Of the first seven home games this season, only one drew more than 13,000 fans. . . .

The Wizards will take Thursday off and host Golden State on Friday night. The team caps another back-to-back set with a game at Memphis on Saturday night. The Wizards and Bobcats play three more times, Dec. 26 in Charlotte, and Feb. 23 and March 8 at Verizon Center.

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