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So a key Wizard got injured, weird


"Sometimes it's just frustrating," Brendan Haywood said last week, when Caron Butler hurt his knee. "It feels like we're cursed."

Well, that was last week. Then came Wednesday night's loss to the Heat, when Mike MIller went down with a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder--"Felt like it slid a little bit on me and went numb," Miller said, describing the injury.

Flip Saunders said he'll likely be gone 7-to-10 days. But even if it really is that brief of a recovery, this means that within the season's first six games, 60 percent of the Wiz starters will have missed at least one game with an injury. The two who have been spared are Gilbert Arenas, who missed most of the last two years with rotted knee, and Brendan Haywood, who was sidelined for 75 games last season. Does that really seem fair?

"Any time somebody goes down for our team, you get a little scared, because sometimes little things that don't seem like they should be big injuries end up turning into season-[ending] injuries," Haywood said on Wednesday. "If you would have seen my injury in training camp last year, there's no way you think I'm out for the season. That's like a routine blocked shot. You know, a couple years ago when Gerald Wallace falls into Gil's knee, it doesn't look like he really falls into it that hard, but he ends up being gone for a year and change. So these type of things keep happening. Even Antawn's injury, you're first you you see it, you're like, 'Ok, it's a sprain.' Then he's out for the first month of the season or however long he's out. So these type of things keep mounting up, and you just ask yourself why."

That's correct. You just ask yourself why. This is a keen understanding of the plight of the Washington pro basketball fan. Or the Washington sports fan, I guess.

You could easily argue that Alex Ovechkin and Chris Cooley are the two most popular athletes in D.C. right now; both are sidelined indefinitely. Tony Plush might have been the Nats' most popular player when he got shelved. And forty percent of the Wizards' starters are gone.

"It's always frustrating, scary," Butler said. "You know, I just hope for the best. Say a prayer for him tonight, and I'm pretty sure the whole city doing that. He's family; hopefully he come back and bounce back from it."

"It's kind of tough, but we've been in this position before," DeShawn Stevenson said.

"We've just got to keep playing until [Miller and Jamison] get healthy," Arenas said, in his new head-down, soft-voiced, no-eye-contact media posture. "We're just trying to keep the boat going until everybody gets healthy. You know, once everybody gets healthy, then we'll do what we have to do."

That's what Haywood said as well, minus the boat part. You just wonder when "once everybody gets healthy" is actually going to happen. Or if, I guess.

"I think we still can be a top 10 team in the NBA," Haywood said. "Right now, we're not at full strength. We're missing 20 points and 10 rebounds out of our lineup. You take that out of any lineup and teams are gonna struggle. Antawn Jamison wasn't here, Mike Miller was hurt for a large part of the game, so I think we're doing well. We're trying to survive while 'Twan's not here, and when we get everybody back, then we'll evaluate ourselves come closer to the All-Star break. But it's very early in the season, so I think D.C. should be excited about what we're doing. And we're going to continue to try to give them a product to be proud of."

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 5, 2009; 12:21 AM ET
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Comments

OK, Mike Millier is one of my favorite Wizards now! After he hurt the shoulder initially on a simple pick (and he was in very obvious pain then), he went to the locker room and then back to the bench. Soon after, he came back into the game! As soon as he went back in, I could see that he was favoring his shoulder when he ran. But did that keep him from driving the lane with his left hand (it's his left shoulder) and getting a layup and a hard foul that caused him to crash on the floor and once again suffer immense pain? But did he walk off then? No, he stayed in the game, made the FT, and then on the next posession, got a beautiful assist that put the Wizards back in front (or tied) I believe. Only then, did Flip take him out. I don't know why Flip had him in when he was in obvious pain, but Mike Miller is one tough dude! Get well soon, Mike!

Posted by: Dougmacintyre | November 5, 2009 7:37 AM | Report abuse

at a loss...

Posted by: TheFunBunch | November 5, 2009 8:31 AM | Report abuse

You know, at some point you just have to laugh to keep from crying. This team is just so un-lucky with injuries. It's gotten to the point (for me) that when I look at the games I start wondering who's next?! Who's next to walk off the court to get x-rays and MRI's?! That's discouraging.

Posted by: terpwiz | November 5, 2009 8:56 AM | Report abuse

"Say a prayer for him tonight, and I'm pretty sure the whole city doing that."

A late entry for Overstatement of the Year.

Posted by: disgruntledfan | November 5, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

OK, Mike Millier is one of my favorite Wizards now! After he hurt the shoulder initially on a simple pick (and he was in very obvious pain then), he went to the locker room and then back to the bench. Soon after, he came back into the game! As soon as he went back in, I could see that he was favoring his shoulder when he ran. But did that keep him from driving the lane with his left hand (it's his left shoulder) and getting a layup and a hard foul that caused him to crash on the floor and once again suffer immense pain? But did he walk off then? No, he stayed in the game, made the FT, and then on the next posession, got a beautiful assist that put the Wizards back in front (or tied) I believe. Only then, did Flip take him out. I don't know why Flip had him in when he was in obvious pain, but Mike Miller is one tough dude! Get well soon, Mike!

Posted by: Dougmacintyre
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No doubt. Miller has got all of my respect! We couldn't believe he was still in the game as well, the guy was literally playing with his left arm just hanging there useless. Then when he hit the floor before he left the game for good, I thought his season was over.

Much respect Mike! Get well soon!

Posted by: urallimbeciles | November 5, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Patience. The quality of the roster depth will keep these short term injuries from really hurting the season. Second half of the year is when it all comes together.

Posted by: shanks1 | November 5, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

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