Sore Knee Keeps Daniels Out Again

By Michael Lee
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, January 16, 2008

NEW YORK, Jan. 15 -- About 90 minutes before the Wizards played the Knicks on Tuesday, Antonio Daniels was in uniform. At tip-off, he was on the bench, in a suit.

The Wizards' point guard has soreness in the same knee that caused him to miss seven games in December. He had seven points and nine assists in the Wizards' win against the Celtics on Monday.

"He played very hard on it," Coach Eddie Jordan said. "It's good we're going to have two days before we play on Friday and then we'll have three days after that. So it's a good time to rest him."

Daniels was injured in Miami on Dec. 13 and the Wizards went 3-4 in his absence. He returned this month and the Wizards went 5-2 as he averaged 11 points and 5.7 assists. The Wizards are 14-7 with Daniels in the starting lineup.

Roger Mason Jr. got his sixth start of the season. "He's done a terrific job for us," Jordan said about Mason, who scored 20 or more points twice as a starter.

Keeping Perspective

A day later, several players said that winning back-to-back games against the Boston Celtics gave them confidence, but they didn't want to place too much importance on the games. "It's not like we've arrived," forward Antawn Jamison said. "We're still going to keep playing hard." . . .

The Wizards will play the Knicks again on Friday, to complete the second of three home-and-home series this month. Asked about the bizarre scheduling, Jordan laughed. "It helps the assistant coach," he said, "to not have to do another scouting report."

UP NEXT: Friday vs. New York 7 p.m. Comcast SportsNet, WTEM-980

Monday vs. Dallas 1 p.m. Comcast SportsNet, WTEM-980

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