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Daniels, Butler Sidelined by a Sprain and a Strain

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By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, April 1, 2008

SALT LAKE CITY, March 31 -- Guard Antonio Daniels (sprained left wrist) and all-star forward Caron Butler (strained left hamstring) did not play on Monday night against the Utah Jazz but could return Wednesday when the Wizards host Milwaukee.

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Daniels was injured three minutes into Sunday's loss to the Lakers in Los Angeles when he got his hand pinned between the body and arm of Lakers forward Vladimir Radmanovic. Daniels walked off the court in pain and did not return.

Daniels said he was scheduled to see a hand specialist on Tuesday and plans on playing Wednesday night. The wrist has bothered Daniels since he injured it during a game against Milwaukee on March 11, but he has continued to play.

"It can't get any worse," Daniels said. The team is 32-23 when he starts.

Butler's hamstring tightened up on him during overtime Sunday night, and he tried to loosen it up before Monday's game but was held out. The Wizards do not practice Tuesday.

"We're looking at taking 48 hours to give the muscle time to heal and then I want to get back out there," said Butler, who previously missed 19 games because of a left hip injury. "This is a key stretch for us."

Guard Gilbert Arenas (left knee) missed his 65th game on Monday night and will be reevaluated prior to Wednesday's game. Arenas said he would play as soon as he is medically cleared and hopes to make his return at Verizon Center.

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