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Arenas's Recovery Is 'Pretty Good'

By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, April 12, 2008

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., April 11 -- In Friday's loss to the Pistons, Gilbert Arenas played for the fourth time since making his return from a left knee injury, and if his surgically repaired knee responds well, he likely will play again Saturday night, when the Wizards host Philadelphia.

Arenas was a late scratch last Saturday night at Chicago, just 24 hours after playing a little more than 20 minutes in a win over Miami. The coaching staff is under strict orders to limit Arenas to 20-25 minutes per game and the plan was to be cautious with back-to-back situations as well.

"He's been recovering pretty good after the last two or three games so we'll see," Coach Eddie Jordan said. "We'll stay with his minutes, 20 minutes or so, and since he's been recovering, we'll see if he can play [Saturday night]. We think he will be able to."

Most Improved

Wizards guard Roger Mason Jr. has quietly been one of the most improved players in the league this season. Entering Friday's game at Detroit, Mason was averaging 8.8 points in 21.1 minutes per game. Last season, he averaged 2.7 points in 7.9 minutes.

Only seven players had experienced a greater increase entering Friday's games and each was averaging significantly more minutes per game than Mason.

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