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Daniels Skips Game With Swollen Knee

By Michael Lee
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, November 9, 2008

ORLANDO, Nov. 8 -- Wizards Coach Eddie Jordan had been hinting for several days that he might make some changes to his starting lineup with his team stumbling out of the gate. On Saturday, change came to Jordan, when point guard Antonio Daniels was forced to sit out against Orlando after developing soreness in his right knee.

Daniels was seen limping into the locker room before the game. He said he injured himself while working out at home in San Antonio last summer, but he tweaked his right knee during the Wizards' 114-108 loss to the New York Knicks on Friday.

Daniels said his knee began to swell soon afterward. "My knee is bad right now," said Daniels, who received treatment before the game. "I have to get it looked at. I couldn't go tonight if tonight was the NBA championship."

Daniels missed nine games last season with a sprained right knee. Jordan placed Juan Dixon in the starting lineup and said he wasn't sure when Daniels would be able to return. "We felt it was his best bet to sit out," Jordan said. "I would think by next Wednesday [against Utah], he would probably be ready to go."

Preserved in Ink

Injured point guard Gilbert Arenas decided to honor Barack Obama's election as president by getting the words "Change we believe in" and "44" tattooed on the fingers on his left hand. Arenas said he went to Miami on Friday night to get the tattoo. Arenas said he is making a jersey for Obama to sign if the president-elect ever attends a Wizards home game.

UP NEXT: Wednesday vs. Utah 8 p.m. Comcast SportsNet+, ESPN, WTEM-980

Friday at Miami 7:30 p.m. Comcast SportsNet+, WTEM-980

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