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Arenas Might Play On West Coast Trip

By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, March 23, 2008

Guard Gilbert Arenas didn't rule himself out of tonight's game against the Detroit Pistons at Verizon Center, but he didn't rule out making his comeback either.

"I don't know," Arenas said when asked about his status following the Wizards' win at Miami Friday night. "Like I said, I'm 50-50 every day."

The team did not practice yesterday because the arena was occupied by the NCAA tournament. The squad will meet this morning for a lengthy shoot-around. Arenas, who has not played since undergoing left knee surgery Nov. 21, has been practicing and said he is concentrating on "getting my wind back."

He will travel with the team as it opens a five-game road trip at Portland on Tuesday night and hinted that he may make his return at some point during the trip. All-star forward Antawn Jamison said his "gut" tells him that Arenas may be close to a return.

"I think it's sooner rather than later," Jamison said. "He's been really pushing it, going hard lately with no setbacks, so I think somewhere on this trip, he'll make an appearance and start playing."

Until Arenas returns, Antonio Daniels will continue to run the team from the point guard position. Tonight, Daniels will make his career-high 51st regular season start.

Friday's victory improved the team to 29-21 with Daniels in the starting lineup. A win tonight would move the Wizards (35-33) three games above .500 for the first time since they were 24-21 prior to a home loss to the Lakers on Feb. 3.

UP NEXT: Sunday vs. Pistons 8 p.m. Comcast SportsNet, WTEM-980

Tuesday at Trail Blazers 10 p.m. Comcast SportsNet, WTEM-980

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