Wizards rookie guard John Wall was walking around on crutches Monday, making it likely that he will miss his first game when Washington faces Toronto on Tuesday night.
Wall sprained his left foot against Chicago over the weekend.
If Wall is unable to play, Gilbert Arenas will start in his place.
Wizards coach Flip Saunders said Monday that Wall was day-to-day and that he would start if available.
John Wall recorded his first triple-double in Wednesday’s 98-91 win for the Wizards over Houston.
Wall finished with 19 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds, as well as six steals and just one turnover.
“It’s fun to watch,” Coach Flip Saunders said of his star pupil in the post-game interview.
“The thing tonight he did is that he did it very much under control. One turnover is impressive, to have as many assists as he had to just one turnover, so it does show you one, his intelligence and how coachable he is.”
Gilbert Arenas’ sore right ankle kept him out of practice for the third straight day Tuesday as the Washington Wizards prepared for their season opener.
Coach Flip Saunders said he will “have to see what happens in the next 48 hours” to determine if Arenas plays Thursday night against the Orlando Magic.
No. 1 overall pick John Wall and veteran Kirk Hinrich would be the starting guards if Arenas does not suit up — and possibly even if he does.
Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas left the team’s preseason game against the Bucks on Thursday night with a strained right groin.
Arenas admitted on Tuesday night that he faked a knee injury supposedly to open up more time for teammate Nick Young in Washington’s exhibition home opener.
On Thursday, Arenas last just three minutes before exiting with the groin injury. Wizards coach Flip Saunders fined Arenas for the fake injury Tuesday. Before Thursday’s game, he was not eager to revisit the incident.
“That’s over with. I’m not going to get into it,” Saunders said. “I’ve done enough.”
Gilbert Arenas says the knee injury that kept him out of the Wizards’ preseason home opener was not an injury at all, but a ruse designed to get a teammate more playing time.
Washington coach Flip Saunders said before Tuesday night’s game against the Atlanta Hawks that Arenas’ knee was bothering him.
“His knee is acting up and is a little sore, and it looks like he’s going to sit this one out,” Saunders said. But after the game, Arenas revealed his scheme to get Nick Young into the starting lineup.
“I told [Young] I’d sacrifice playing tonight so he can get some time in because I know he’s kind of frustrated he’s not getting a chance to crack the [small forward] position, especially since we’re going three guards,” Arenas said, smiling.
Wizards coach Flip Saunders believes his team will hold onto the No. 1 overall pick and select Kentucky’s John Wall.
“Dwight Howard comes along only once every 10 years,” Saunders said Tuesday.
“You can have good big men, but if you don’t have guard play, it doesn’t help you. Point guards keep you in games.”
Saunders added that he and his staff see Wall as a pure point guard, perhaps one that could change the position.
“He might revolutionize the point guard position because of his athleticism, but he has an extremely intelligent mind-set as far as running a team,” he said.
Player-coach conflict is nothing new in the NBA, but it appears to be an annual thing with the Pistons.
Rasheed Wallace and Flip Saunders had their issues. Last year, it was Richard Hamilton and Michael Curry. This time around, Charlie Villanueva and John Kuester are not clicking.
Villanueva was in uniform, but did not play in Wednesday night’s 98-81 loss to Miami, as Kuester preferred to give rookies Austin Daye and DaJuan Summers more playing time. While it was known Summers and Daye would get more opportunities to play as the season winds down, Villanueva did not know it would be at his expense.
Wizards coach Flip Saunders benched Andray Blatche in the first quarter against the Bobcats on Tuesday after the forward, who has been one of the few bright spots in a dreadful season, refused to return to the action after the two argued over his defensive contribution.
“I took him out of the game because I wanted to talk to him about not getting back on defense,” Saunders said”.
“I told him ‘if you don’t want to talk, don’t want to be coached, you’re not going to play.’ We had coaches go up to him three different times. He just said he didn’t want to play.”
With the Washington Wizards mired in their second six-game losing streak of the season as owners of a 7-16 record, a $79.18 million payroll and with roughly an $8 million luxury tax bill on the way, the rumors have begun to fly.
League insiders have begun to surmise that Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld could blow up the roster – or at least move a key piece or two.
Caron Butler, the two-time All-Star forward whom the Wizards in the offseason refused to trade to Phoenix with the No. 5 draft pick for Amare Stoudemire, has struggled to find his place in Flip Saunders’ system and has been mentioned in several rumors in the past few weeks.
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The Washington Wizards are forced to start yet another season with a sidelined all-star after an MRI on Thursday revealed that forward Antawn Jamison’s right shoulder injury will force him to miss the next three to five weeks.
“He’s really ahead of where we anticipated, but we’re being really conservative right now,” Coach Flip Saunders said on Friday, after the Wizards completed shootaround for their preseason finale against the Chicago Bulls.
“We’re going to be patient with him. We don’t want to take any chances. We want to make sure that thing is right and fully healed.”