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Gilbert Shuts It Down

Any surprises left from the Wizards? Sure, why not one more.

Gilbert Arenas will not play in Game 5 of the team's first-round playoff series against the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight, and said his injured left knee will not permit him to play again this season. "I'm done," he said.

"My leg wasn't recovering fast enough each game," he said before tonight's game. "It still wasn't recovering. The nerve pinch just came out of the blue; you know, the swelling and the achiness, it hadn't affected that, but the nerve pain, each step feels like you're hitting my funny bone. Eventually that was wearing and tearing, and it's not going anywhere."

Arenas said he took a pain-killing shot before Game 4 on Sunday, but he was still limited in Washington's loss.100-97 loss. During the playoffs he was diagnosed with a pinched nerve in the knee, which further hampered his play.

He has long said he plans to opt out of his contract at the end of this season; he declined to discuss his future plans today, and said he would serve as a "cheerleader" as the Wizards attempt to preserve their season.

"It's frustrating because I was willing to do anything; I end up taking the shot, taking four different kinds of pain pills, Vicodin, I sound like a drug addict just to play in the game, and it still doesn't work," he said. "We just have to go back and start rehabbing it again and get ready for next season."

Much more from Ivan Carter and the rest of the boys in the near future, but Gilbert reiterated that even if the team advances to the second round or even beyond, he would not play again this season.

He also said he will do one more blog post, and then end the blogging phase of his career as well.

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 30, 2008; 5:09 PM ET
Categories:  Wizards  
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