The Wizards’ five-game West coast trip ended on a high note, with the team defeating the Utah Jazz, but when it was welcomed with some possibly disconcerting news upon arrival back in Washington. Coach Flip Saunders said rookie Trevor Booker “might be done for the year” after an MRI on Tuesday may have revealed a crack on the bottom of his foot.
Saunders said Booker will seek another opinion on the foot that he injured in the fourth quarter of the Wizards’ 114-94 loss on Friday in Denver. Booker averaged 11.4 points and 7.6 rebounds in eight starts in March, getting the opportunity after Andray Blatche and later Josh Howard went down with injuries. An initial X-ray in Denver didn’t show any fractures, but Booker missed the past two games and complained of continued soreness in his foot. The Wizards (18-55) have nine games remaining.
“He might have a little crack on the bottom of his foot,” Saunders said. “He might have a CAT scan today, so we’ll know more probably tonight. But it looks like he might be done for the year.”
Although Booker will not be available, Saunders said Blatche will likely return against Miami after missing the previous 11 games with a sprained right shoulder. “I think Dray will play. I think he’ll be able to play some minutes.”
Saunders wasn’t certain how much Blatche would play, since he hasn’t played in nearly three weeks, but as he was talking, Nick Young was playfully massaging Blatche’s shoulders and shouting, “The champ is back!”
“I’m not 100 percent, but able to play, able to come out and help my teammates,” Blatche said. “We’ve got a lot of guys that’s injured and I’m one of the healthiest one, so I can come in and impact the game.”
Blatche, the Wizards’ second-leading scorer, had hoped to join the team for the last half of the West coast trip but elected not to abandon his rehabilitation and training in Washington, mostly because he hadn’t started to shoot until Thursday. He said he didn’t necessarily feel lonely while his teammates went 1-4 against the Portland, the Los Angeles Clippers, Denver, Golden State and Utah.
“I had a chance to work out and get my shoulder back right. But also get some jump shots up so I can be prepared and ready when they get back,” he said. Blatche’s primary concern against Miami will be “conditioning. Just so when I get out there, I don’t get winded and be sloppy and not be able to help my teammates.”
Blatche had a season-high 26 points during a 105-94 loss to the Heat on Nov. 29. He was relieved that his shoulder had healed enough for him to get back on the court and shooting again. “Something happened. I woke up and I said, I’m going to try to shoot and I shot. It was perfect,” he said. “Pretty much been working on my shot a lot. My shot has been getting better, but I hope I can come out and it can be how I’ve been working on it.”