Washington Wizards Coach Gar Heard intended to make three changes to his starting lineup against visiting Toronto last night, but injuries suffered by backup center Jahidi White and power forward Aaron Williams allowed Heard to make just one alternation, inserting rookie guard Richard Hamilton for Mitch Richmond.
Heard had planned to start White for Ike Austin and Williams for Michael Smith.
However, White showed up at the morning shoot-around with a stiff neck that later was diagnosed as a pinched nerve.
He was not in uniform for the game.
Williams was elbowed in the left rib cage at practice Wednesday and the discomfort from the bruising caused Heard to use Williams as a reserve.
Replacing Richmond with Hamilton was based on Richmond's health, Heard said, not Richmond's average of nine points a game and 31 percent shooting.
Richmond is suffering from tendinitis and a calcium deposit in his left knee.
Once Richmond is healthy, he will get back his starting job, Heard said.
"You don't lose a job when you're injured," Heard said.
"It's about him getting healthy. If I can bring him off the bench, play him a few minutes in stretches, that could give him a chance to heal. I'm going to sit him out of practice as much as possible."
Veteran guard Reggie Jordan, who spent the first eight games on the injured list with tendinitis in his right knee, was activated before the game.
Rookie guard Laron Profit was placed on the injured list with tendinitis in his left knee.