Arenas back tonight?

Gilbert Arenas participated in shootaround this morning and will meet with doctors before tonight's game against Detroit to determine whether he can be cleared to play. Arenas has been practicing and lately, he's really picked up the level of his activity. In Orlando Wednesday night, he said expected to be back "way before the playoffs" and hinted that he'd be back before the team opens a five-game road trip in Portland Tuesday night.

If doctors clear him and Arenas feels ready, tonight makes sense. It's the last home game the Wizards will play until April 2 and he'd have tomorrow to see how his knee reacts before the trip. Arenas would likely come off the bench and play limited minutes. He has been out since undergoing left knee surgery on Nov. 21 and last played in a game on Nov. 16.

The Wizards (35-33) have 14 games remaining and came into today's games in fifth-place, one half game ahead of Toronto. The Raptors host Denver today at 3:30.

By Ivan Carter |  March 23, 2008; 1:34 PM ET
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Has anyone mentioned the fact that at 35 wins the Wiz have already surpassed Hollinger's pre-season prediction?

Oh yeah. (first).

Posted by: Washington Ball | March 23, 2008 1:54 PM

Welcome back Agent Zero, we missed ya! Bring on LeBron.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 23, 2008 2:25 PM

The Wiz will soon be near full speed, with three all-stars and 5 other veteran quality players.

A scout from the west thinks EJ is a great coach.

Given the Wiz talent and the competition in the east, what's a fair and realistic outcome to expect from this team in the regular season and the playoffs?

Once that bar is set, please - no excuses.

Posted by: Izman | March 23, 2008 2:46 PM

14 games is enough time for Gilbert Arenas to round into shape and get ready for the playoffs. KEEP HIS MINUTES DOWN EDDIE!!!!

Posted by: George Templeton | March 23, 2008 2:54 PM

Still waiting for DCMans condescending comment.

Posted by: Denver | March 23, 2008 3:03 PM

"Has anyone mentioned the fact that at 35 wins the Wiz have already surpassed Hollinger's pre-season prediction?"

Yeah that guy is a moron, never listen to him. Glad you caught that, maybe someone should remind him.

Gonna say a prayer for Gil, I hope is knee holds up ok if he plays. Gil ain't gonna play "limited minutes" we all know that.

- Ray

Posted by: Ray | March 23, 2008 3:14 PM

Still waiting for DCMans condescending comment.

Posted by: Denver | March 23, 2008 03:03 PM


I'm glad you are so interested in what I have to say. Get a life.

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 23, 2008 3:23 PM

Who cares?

Miami would be NBA champions if Dwyane wasn't playing hurt all season. Detroit is getting old and the Wizards cannot win with a beat up crybaby Arenas.

Posted by: Clewiston88 | March 23, 2008 3:25 PM

Agreed Ray, everybody will hold their breath first time Gil goes to the floor or takes a hit. But it sure is good to see the Wiz getting healthy at the right time of the year.

Wondering Ivan, what's the word on Etan? It would be nice to have 12 healthy bodies heading into the playoffs. Another veteran big man can't hurt, I don't imagine that Pecherov will get alot of time come playoff time.

Got some good chuckles reading some of the responses to Ivan's last post. When you start debating if Red is a good coach or not there seems a complete disconnect with the game's history. Loved the line about all of the HOF players that he had, so anybody could have won with those guys.

But the thing to remember is, Red was the guy that acguired all of those HOF guys. Traded Bob Petitte, an Allstar, to get Russell, who many at the time thought would be an average center.

Red pioneered fast break basketball as an offensive system, and his 6th man system was revolutionary. There's just no debating his impact on the game. And guy's remember he was a DC guy, show a little respect!

Posted by: GM | March 23, 2008 3:42 PM

GA coming back tonight, CB looking like he is rounding into shape, DSong playing strong, AJ playing at a high level, RM has found his role, AD can grab a little more rest, DSteve is due for a strong game, BH playing like a top shelf 5. OK we are almost ready for Detroit. I think I may meander my way in to catch this game from Loud One County tonight.

Posted by: oddjob` | March 23, 2008 3:45 PM

Not to mention Pete Carril based most of his Pronceton concept on Red's Celts (Sam Jones + Russell specifically).

Posted by: doclinkin | March 23, 2008 3:46 PM

I hope tonight's the night.

Posted by: Janitor | March 23, 2008 3:51 PM

If we can get Gilbert to buy into what the Wiz do now then there is no reason they can't get to the conference finals. This is a big IF though. What it will do is balance out the mins for the guards. I'm cautiously optimistic. I think if Blatche keeps improving that this team can be dominant in a couple years with Gilber, Caron, an aging Jamison and players like Nick Young and Pech. What do you guys think?

Posted by: atari1317 | March 23, 2008 4:33 PM

It was Ed Macaulay whom Red traded for the rights to Russell. Pettit was drafted 2nd to Frank Selvy of Furman and stayed with the club that drafted him.

Posted by: joe c | March 23, 2008 4:36 PM

Wondering Ivan, what's the word on Etan? It would be nice to have 12 healthy bodies heading into the playoffs. Another veteran big man can't hurt, I don't imagine that Pecherov will get alot of time come playoff time.
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Agreed, we need 12 healthy bodies... With Gil back, we do have 12 healthy bodies, so no need to have Etan back! I'm very skeptical that he'll take mins away from a good group led by Haywood, Blatche, & Songalia.

Posted by: CN | March 23, 2008 4:42 PM

I think EJ has done a tremendous job coaching this year and also Grunfield has done a great job in building depth on the team. I questioned not bringing Hayes back, but it turns out players like Mason, Young, Petreov, and Blatche have proven their worth and are younger than Hayes and haven't had injurty problems.

If they make the #5 seed he should be considered for coach of the year...I know he won't get it because they will give it to the Hornets coach, who also deserves it, or to Doc Rivers, or Stan Van Gundy.

But I think EJ deserves it, I mean we've played with out Arenas most of the season and Bulter for a month and a half and to still have 35 wins is just amazing, and no Etan Thomas all year.

If you took guys of this talent off teams out west, or CLE, ORL, Det or Bos, they wouldn't even make the playoffs. Well maybe Det. If Bos didn't have Garnet they'd be barely making the playoffs, ORL without howard or Lewis is not making the playoffs, DET without Wallace, Billips or Hamilton would probably be in the same place the Wiz are in. And we all know CLE without James would probably win 20games.

That is such a testimate to E Jordan, he's amazing.
EJ for Coach of the year.

Posted by: avbanig | March 23, 2008 4:43 PM

I love the wiz, but Janitor we don't have a prayer of getting to conference finals. In a 7 game serious we can't compete with Boston who just swept the entire state of Texas, and with Detroit who is as battle tested as any team in the league..

Man I wish we had Hamilton still, he, Arenas, Butler, and Jamison....that would be the best team in the league. That trade Jordan did for Stackhouse can rank right up there with Richmond for Webber or Strickland for Rasheed Wallace as one of the dumbest moves in Bullets/Wizards history.

Posted by: avbanig | March 23, 2008 4:50 PM

From the previous thread:

Good article in the Post today by Ivan: "Wizards 'Equal Opportunity Offense' Is Catching On."

I have been posting how impressed I am with the numbers that AJ continues to put up even when the other two all stars on the team are out, to wit the playoffs last year and this year when Butler has been out, along with Arenas.

However, perhaps I have not given enough credit to EJ's offense making it easier for AJ to score even when the defense must be trying to focus on him.

(I know guys - but EJ just isn't a good coach.)

Posted by: Tim | March 23, 2008 5:08 PM

Gil coming off the bench? Odds are Eddie will have him on the court for 40:00 at a minimum . . .

I'd rather have Etan in that 12th slot than Pech.

Posted by: Prazak | March 23, 2008 5:22 PM

Tim: Just read your blog you're kidding right? EJ just isn't a good coach WHAT? Exactly what do you base that goofball statement on obviously you have no knowledge of the game he has cut and pasted a lineup that has this team on their way to the playoffs after they started out zero and five.He has shown leadership with this team and he has them playing better defense than last year. His offensive scheme's rival that of any coach in the eastern conference given the talent he has had to work with despite the injuries. Hopefully you were joking!!!!.

Posted by: DARGREGMAG@AOL.COM | March 23, 2008 5:27 PM

My post, DARGREGMAG@AOL.COM, was actually being positive towards EJ. I was just teasing the EJ bashers on the board with that last parenthetical line.

Posted by: Tim | March 23, 2008 5:56 PM

The Celtics wouldn't have had their dynasty without Russell, Cousy and later Hondo, but you have to give Red a lot of credit--not only for his draft savvy, but for creating a system that maximized his players' talents. From what I've read, his great Celtics teams essentially combined the sort of defense that Detroit plays now with Phoenix's run-and-gun and ball movement. They often got 120 points in a game, in an era when you didn't have the three pointer, and did it without a single overpowering scorer.

Posted by: John Brisker | March 23, 2008 6:03 PM

"Man I wish we had Hamilton still, he, Arenas, Butler, and Jamison....that would be the best team in the league. That trade Jordan did for Stackhouse can rank right up there with Richmond for Webber or Strickland for Rasheed Wallace as one of the dumbest moves in Bullets/Wizards history."

I agree the Hamilton/Stackhouse trade was a loser, but just remember that Stackhouse eventually turned into Jamison.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 23, 2008 6:05 PM

My over/under for GA if he plays is 30 minutes. I'm taking over. If overtime, 35.

Posted by: mark | March 23, 2008 6:26 PM

"Still waiting for DCMans condescending comment.

Posted by: Denver | March 23, 2008 03:03 PM "

Sorry, no comments here about Gilby. Just waiting to see what he can do on the court.

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 23, 2008 6:40 PM

avbanig, not only would trading hamilton for stackhouse mean we wouldnt have jamison, chances are we wouldnt have arenas either since hamilton wanted a big deal from the wiz that summer (which is the reason they traded him)

Posted by: Anonymous | March 23, 2008 6:54 PM

Who cares?

"Miami would be NBA champions if Dwyane wasn't playing hurt all season. Detroit is getting old and the Wizards cannot win with a beat up crybaby Arenas.

Posted by: Clewiston88 | March 23, 2008 03:25 PM"

Yea, all by himself!! What are you drinking? I'll have some!

Posted by: Povidence Wizard Fan | March 23, 2008 7:12 PM

Who cares?

"Miami would be NBA champions if Dwyane wasn't playing hurt all season. Detroit is getting old and the Wizards cannot win with a beat up crybaby Arenas.

Posted by: Clewiston88 | March 23, 2008 03:25 PM"

Yea, all by himself!! What are you drinking? I'll have some!

Posted by: Povidence Wizard Fan | March 23, 2008 7:12 PM

So, okay, Jarvis is now a Piston, Juan Dixon, too. How many former Wizards are Pistons, now?

Posted by: DetroitDCConnection | March 23, 2008 7:15 PM

Yes Stackhouse turned into Jamison, but even still that deal with the Detroit was a disaster. That deal was emblematic of the foolishness of the Michael Jordan player/GM reign of error.

Posted by: George Templeton | March 23, 2008 7:28 PM

Probably just 4, now that Ben Wallace left: Rip Hamilton, Arvis Hayes, Juan Dixon, Rasheed Wallace...

Posted by: Washington Pistons | March 23, 2008 7:53 PM

Wow, someone remembered "Easy" Ed Macauley!

Toronto got whupped on their home court by Denver today, so tonight's game against the Pistons is a real opportunity for the Wizards to tighten their hold on the fifth seed...

Plus National TV, how can Gilbert resist?

Posted by: khrabb | March 23, 2008 7:56 PM

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