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Injured big man update

The Wizards appear to be getting ready to play without centers Etan Thomas and Brendan Haywood Wednesday night. Neither player practiced today and Eddie Jordan said he would start Calvin Booth against the Nuggets if Haywood's bruised thigh doesn't allow him to go. Thomas sprained his left ankle pretty badly and could be out for a few games.
"It's day to day," Haywood said. "I still have a lot of swelling in there. Hopefully it will be gone by Wednesday. If it's gone, I'll play. If not, I'll sit it out."
Haywood said he would not have been able to play if the Wiz had a game tonight. If he can't go, James Lang will be the backup behind Booth.

By Ivan Carter  |  December 11, 2006; 3:31 PM ET
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Ew not good! Wanted to see more of Lang, but not like this... Denver is a tough team to go against with Booth/Lang vs Camby who is probably the quickest and most athletic center in the league. Haven't followed them at all this season so not sure if they have any injuries other than Kmart. But with the likes of Nene and Melo it could be a tough night.

Who knows, maybe Jamison will be hittin his 3s. If Lang gets some run, hope he makes the most of it! But without Etan or Haywood, got a feeling we might be in for Eddie's Antawn at center technique.

Posted by: Darnell | December 11, 2006 4:02 PM | Report abuse

that's it? you were so chatty in your last few posts, you've got to give us more

Posted by: hdtvlove | December 11, 2006 4:36 PM | Report abuse

"Ew not good!"

No kidding.

If the Wiz get into a shooting contest I think they can win Wednsday. Melo is a shooter, but Nene can kill them driving to the hole. Kmart is on his last legs.

Both Etan and Haywood being out is gonna hurt inside.(Also no Songaila)

Did I just say that? ;)

Jamison is really gonna have to step up for them to win.

- Ray

Posted by: Ray | December 11, 2006 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I really don't know what to expect from these two, since they are going to be expected to play a lot against Denver and probably against the Heat also. Booth has finally waited long enough to play after being deactivated for most of the season already and James Lang will have his hardest challenge yet trying to contain Marcus Camby and with with his 4 minute, 4 foul performance on Saturday, I don't have much hope for him.

Look for Denver to attack the paint, control the paint with getting those second chance opportunities and limit the Wizards to only one shot. The Wizards will really need to shoot a great percentage to take pressure off their frontcourt if they want to win.

Posted by: Will | December 11, 2006 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Agree totally with Will and Ray... Camby's quickness spells instant foul trouble for Booth and Lang. Our best chance is to open it up, and we gotta move the ball and take good shots, a high fg% is crucial. Jamison's gotta have a big game, if he lays an egg we'll lose.

Posted by: Darnell | December 11, 2006 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Denver plays a lot from the perimeter. Melo is a bigger post threat than Camby, who shoots a lot of mid-range jumpers. The problem is going to be keeping Camby off of the glass. The 'Zards have to move the ball on offense, limit the Nuggets' possessions and not let guys like JR Smith free for 3s. Otherwise it's going to be a 240 point game. This is going to be a big test for Caron because Melo is a tough cover. Good thing it's the second game of a back-to-back for the Nuggets and the 'Zards should be rested.

Posted by: Learned Hand | December 11, 2006 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Lang's 4 minute 4 foul problem had more to do with Yao Ming than his inability to play without fouling.

Give the kid a break, don't act like he was matched up with Eddie Griffin and had 4 fouls, it was freaking Yao Ming.

JR Smith is killing teams right now. To think all Denver traded to get him was two 2nd rounders and a non-guaranteed contract (coincidentally the same $ amount as Ramos)

Ernie is gawd, but I still wanted JR Smith. :P

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