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Arenas will start

I just got back from the lockeroom where Gilbert Arenas was bouncing around acting like his usual loose self. Arenas said his left knee feels much better after he had it drained of excess fluid yesterday morning and expects to play as long as he needs to tonight and tomorrow night against Denver. Arenas said he will continue to have it drained "every three weeks or so" and knows what he needs to do to take care of the knee.

"Before, I was going hard because I didn't feel any pain so I wasn't icing it like I should have been," Arenas said. "When you don't feel any pain, you think everything is just normal. Now, I know what I have to do. I have to keep up with my strength excersises, my flexibility excersises, ice and stay off it as much as possible."

He previously had the knee drained on Oct. 17 but it was a slightly different deal that day because he took cortisone into the knee while also having fluid taken out. Yesterday, he just had it drained. He will wear a knee sleeve to keep the knee warm tonight.

He described his three-point shooting woes as a "mental block" and said he just needs to get one or two to go down and everything will roll from there.

I asked Eddie Jordan whether he would monitor Gilbert's minutes tonight since the team plays tomorrow night and then on Sunday in Atlanta.

Eddie: "Nah. Gil is the one who tells us pretty much how he feels and how much he can go. He should be pretty fresh so his normal minutes are the entire first quarter and a few minutes in the second. That's normal."

By Ivan Carter  |  November 8, 2007; 6:46 PM ET
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