Washington Wizards forward Caron Butler didn't practice yesterday after taking a knee to his right thigh from Raptors guard-forward Morris Peterson late in Wednesday night's season-opening victory at Toronto.
Butler came off the bench to score 11 points on 3-of-10 shooting and had seven rebounds and five assists in his Wizards debut. He hopes to be ready to play tonight against the Knicks.
"It's just a matter of getting it to loosen up a little bit so I can move my leg better," Butler said. "That's why I was in a rush to get back in the game after it happened. I knew it was about to start locking up on me as soon as I sat down and cooled off."
Guard-forward Jarvis Hayes practiced yesterday and said his right knee felt fine one day after scoring 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting in 22 minutes. The sight of Hayes on the court was a welcome one for Coach Eddie Jordan. Hayes missed the final six games of the preseason with knee soreness.
Arenas Unfazed by 'Blitz'
The Raptors threw a different defensive wrinkle at all-star guard Gilbert Arenas on Wednesday. Toronto often "blitzed" Arenas, sending a second defender running at him as soon as he started to turn the corner on pick-and-rolls from the top of the key.
The tactic is designed to force the ball out of Arenas's hands and possibly create turnovers. Jordan was pleased to see Arenas make Toronto pay. Arenas finished with 21 points, seven assists and only two turnovers in 42 minutes.
"If they want to send a double at me, I'm going to find the open guy and trust that they score," Arenas said. "We have a lot of good players on this team."