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Arenas Sits Out Practice

I just showed up at the Verizon Center and the team is scrimmaging. Reporters haven't been allowed to watch yet, but I've heard that Gilbert Arenas is sitting out. The team got the day off, but Arenas is going to rest his surgically repaired left knee one more day with the expectation that he will be raring to go tomorrow night against Philadelphia. The key will be how Gilbert feels on Wednesday against Charlotte on Wednesday. His scratch on Saturday was totally unexpected. The team had a brief shootaround prior to the game and Gilbert was involved in every drill, Eddie Jordan said. But once he started feeling some soreness, the team's medical staff decided that it was best to sit him out rather that let the injury linger into this week, which is especially important for the Wizards. They will play two back-to-back sets, and Gilbert has really struggled on the second end of back-to-back games this season. It's no coincidence that the Wizards went 0-2 in those games against Orlando and Denver, when Gilbert shot a combined 10-for-28 and scored just 28 points.
The key to the win Saturday was not that the Wizards shot the ball well, but that they moved it great. They matched their season-high with 26 assists, with Antonio Daniels leading the way with 10. The Wizards are 3-0 this season when they have at least 20 assists, and they should focus on better ball movement even when Arenas returns. I just got called into practice. I'll be back to check in later.

By Michael Lee  |  November 19, 2007; 12:18 PM ET
 
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