“We’ll see how it goes at shootaround and if the trainers can get me going, I’m going to give it a go,” Young, the Wizards’ leading scorer at 17.7 points per game, said on Thursday.
If he is able to return, Young could help a team that has struggled scoring of late, failing to reach 90 points in three of their past four games. During their five-game losing streak, the Wizards are averaging just 89.4 points and have been outscored by a total of 97 points.
Young has missed two games this month, with the Wizards defeating Minnesota, 103-96, when he sat out with soreness in his left knee on March 5. But on that night, the Wizards also had Andray Blatche, Rashard Lewis and Cartier Martin, three players who have been absent, along with Josh Howard, the past two games. Young scored 21 points when he came back the next game in Detroit.
With 10 of the final 16 games on the road, Young said he would like to help the Wizards (16-50) avoid tying the 1990-91 Sacramento Kings with the NBA’s worst road record of all time at 1-40. The Wizards are an awful 1-30 away from Verizon Center and were thrashed 127-108 when they were at Air Canada Center on Dec. 1.
“We only got one this year,” Young said. “Let’s get as many wins as we can. That would be a positive for us, because we can’t get have one victory and be satisfied a whole year on the road. That’s crazy. We got to at least get two or three out of this.”
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