Injuries to Wizards guard Antonio Daniels and forward Caron Butler will be evaluated at practice today. Daniels suffered a sprained left ankle after coming down on the foot of Orlando Magic guard Steve Francis on Saturday night and Butler has missed the last two games with a left thigh bruise.
An X-ray taken Saturday night on Daniels's ankle was negative and Wizards Coach Eddie Jordan said the ankle had stopped swelling by the time he met with reporters after the game. Daniels, who missed one preseason game after rolling the same ankle in practice, walked with a slight limp when he left the building later that night.
Jordan was pleased with how his team responded after Daniels left in the third quarter. The Wizards trailed 59-53 at the time, but went on a 12-0 run.
"It seems like when one of your comrades goes down -- you kind of juice it up a little bit," Jordan said. "You feel a little bit bad for him and you kind of get some juices ready. You know you have to pick it up because now a big part of what we have is out. We've always said protect and support each other and we just supported him."
Casual NBA fans might be shocked to learn that the Wizards and Los Angeles Clippers could both be undefeated heading into Wednesday night's game.
The Wizards are 3-0 for the first time since 1978 and won't play prior to Wednesday, and the Clippers enter tonight's game at Minnesota with a 3-0 mark for the first time since 1985.
The Clippers, who added veteran guards Sam Cassell and Cutino Mobley during the offseason, haven't posted a winning record since the 1992-93 season and haven't made the playoffs since 1997.