Banged-Up Wizards Are Seeking Healthy Options

An athlete who's recovering from a significant injury, like Gilbert Arenas, should play whenever he can -- even if the season is nearly over, Tony Kornheiser says.Video by Atkinson & Co.
By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 27, 2009

After flying back and forth across the country while playing six games in nine nights, the Washington Wizards received a day off yesterday, and that should help the banged-up team get at least a little bit healthy before returning to the practice court today.

The Wizards snapped a five-game losing streak with a 95-93 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night despite having only eight players in uniform. Gilbert Arenas is on schedule to make his season debut tomorrow night.

Darius Songaila, who missed the past two games with a pinched nerve in his neck, and guard Juan Dixon, who missed three of the past four games with a strained Achilles' tendon, are day-to-day. Caron Butler, who has missed the past seven games with tightness in his left hamstring, will be reevaluated at practice today.

Center Brendan Haywood will practice for the second time today since undergoing surgery on his right wrist in October, but no timetable has been set for his return to game action.

Antawn Jamison and Nick Young are the only Wizards who have appeared in every game this season. Jamison has posted 36 double-doubles and scored 10 or more points in 68 consecutive games.

"He's a professional," second-year point guard Javaris Crittenton said of Jamison. "From his approach to the game, to how he dresses, to how he comes in early as a captain. Words can't even explain what type of player Antawn is. A true soldier, even with everybody injured, he battles and battles. Win or loss, he's coming to play hard every night. I know that he's teaching me how to be a true professional."

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