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Game 5, Arenas out

Gilbert Arenas announced about an hour ago that he will not play tonight and is out for the however long the Wizards remain in the playoffs. He said the pain he was feeling from a pinched nerve in his left knee was too much and was restricting his ability to play at a level that would help the team.

"I didn't have anything so it's time to get ready for next season," said Arenas. "I can't go out there hobbling, trying to help this team win because at the end of the day, it's hurting us."

Arenas said he did everything he could do to play including taking medications, taking a pain killing shot but nothing allowed him to play the way he wanted to play.

"It hurts," Arenas said. "I did my rehab the right way so I could come back for this time so to not be able to perform at a high level, that's the most frustrating part because you know you have it in you but your leg is telling you otherwise. So it's like, let's put out the healthy bodies."

Aside from a short scoring burst during Game 1 and that amazing, leaning, fadeaway bank shot he made to tie the score late in Game 4, Arenas obviously wasn't himself. He averaged 10.8 points and 2.8 assists in 23.5 minutes and shot 38.9 percent.

Arenas did not address questions about his future, saying only that "it's still the playoffs so I'll talk about being a free agent when it's free agency time."

Eddie Jordan's keys for tonight's game should come as no surprise:
1. Rebound. 2. Contain the basketball at the defensive end. 3. Run the offense.

By Ivan Carter  |  April 30, 2008; 5:37 PM ET
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