Andray Blatche did not travel with the team to Philadelphia and instead flew to New York to visit a shoulder specialist. He met with a doctor to have his sore right shoulder examined on Friday, when the Wizards held a shootaround in advance of their game against the 76ers at Wells Fargo Center.
Blatche is averaging just 11.8 points on 39 percent shooting and was recently benched in favor of Trevor Booker. Coach Flip Saunders said Blatche aggravated the injury during Monday’s practice. He scored nine points in a reserve role in the Wizards’ 93-78 win against Toronto on Tuesday, and even grabbed a one-armed rebound. But he said after the game that his shoulder was “nagging on and off.”
Blatche said on media day that his shoulder was about “85 percent” and that he was “praying for a healthy season.” He missed 18 games because of injury last season, including 10 consecutive games in March after he attempted to gather a loose ball and collided with Milwaukee’s Brandon Jennings and Luc Mbah a Moute in a 95-76 loss.
Blatche tweeted from his Twitter account at 1:09 p.m.: “No good news from the shoulder doc smh”