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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why was he ever cleared to play in the first place. he was never healthy, we never should have let him come back. stupid...

Posted by: Peter | April 30, 2008 5:55 PM

now wizards can get back to playing a TEAM game

Posted by: ak47 | April 30, 2008 5:55 PM

I know Arenas does the quirky thing but at some point you've gotta grow up a little. How stupid is it to announce this via the media? Minutes before a critical game 5 in Cleveland? Would it have killed him to tell his coach before addressing the press?

And finally, will the Wizards organization get smart AND STOP ALLOWING THESE MORONS TO TALK TO PRESS? Sure they'll get fine but I think the total fine might be less than the cost of the wasted plan trip back and forth. And the humiliation.

Posted by: Bart | April 30, 2008 5:57 PM

Quitter!! LMAO!!! Les Boules finally have a chance to get back in the series.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 30, 2008 5:58 PM

Sad to say, but there is no way Arenas is a max player. He's now a year and half removed from his All-Star form with a knee injury that doesn't look like it can completely heal properly.

If and when the Wiz go down to Cleveland, I'm wondering who takes the fall for the asinine decision to try to work Arenas back into the rotation during the 1st round of the playoffs. Was it Eddie or Enrie or both?

Cleveland looked like a very beatable team at the outset of this series. Instead of going with what brought them, the Wiz tried to work Arenas back into the fold, it completely screwed up the chemistry. They are a different team defensively, he couldn't add any dribble penetration to their offense, Butler got reduced to a bit-part player. Their lack of identity, I believe helped open the door for Cleveland.

Posted by: p1funk | April 30, 2008 6:03 PM

i wish he would have sat out on sunday.

Posted by: bryan | April 30, 2008 6:06 PM

Blessing in disguise... The Wiz's odds of winning tonight just went up.

Posted by: Prazak | April 30, 2008 6:07 PM

Every comment to this post so far is dead on which is, as p1funk says, sad to say. C'mon, Wiz - show some pride and come to play!

Posted by: Mike in SD | April 30, 2008 6:16 PM

If he can't bring it, then sitting is the way to go. We can finish the season looking like we did the bulk of the way. Uh-oh, I just realized something...

Does this mean DCMan88 was right?

(Not sure I'm ready to type this sentence without the question mark yet.)

Posted by: Pauly B. | April 30, 2008 6:22 PM

What happened with the technical foul. I am watching the game on my computer and it says varejo got a double tech and songaila got one????

Posted by: technical foul | April 30, 2008 6:31 PM

Yeah, much better chemistry without GA!

Here we go again! Clearly Songalia's arm was intertwined with LeBaby's and he got hit in the face at the end! This is getting silly.

Posted by: Rob P | April 30, 2008 6:34 PM

I just wanted to say that Lebron is the ultimate over rated player of time. He gets every call and overreacts like a little baby. That tech on songaila was complete bs. His game is ugly, the only reason he gets anything is because he is so big and athletic. The refs are his toy and he deserves none of the credit he's been getting since he was a small child. Im sick of it, i will never cheer for him for the rest of his career.

Posted by: Tony Troese | April 30, 2008 6:35 PM

Thanks for quitting on the team a la Stackhouse, Gil.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 6:35 PM

LJ is an amazing player but is deserving of no respect. His whining and play acting is like the worst euro soccer player. He was animatedly rubbing his jaw while looking around 3 minutes after songalia's contact. That is obvious BS and well beneath those he claims to emulate. EXACTLY like heywood said. If there is a game 6 he should be mocked.

Posted by: mk | April 30, 2008 6:42 PM

"Quitter!! LMAO!!! Les Boules finally have a chance to get back in the series.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 30, 2008 5:58 PM "

The annoying "signature stealer" strikes again. As you can see, I write it as "Les BouleS."

In any regard, it's a good decision for Gilby to shut it down. Rehab and get better.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 30, 2008 6:44 PM

Did anyone see that pansy Lebron flex his jaw muscles after the love tap from DSong? I thought he was going to cry.....

Posted by: FLOP CITY | April 30, 2008 6:45 PM

from the right angle, theres no question darius slapped bron. i loved it, and the refs missed it cause if they really saw it for what it was he'd be ejected. marv and reggie both said no question thats intentional. wiz are playin tough, lets see if they can overcome everything and get back here.

Posted by: zach | April 30, 2008 6:48 PM

Did anyone see Arenas sprain his finger trying to foul lebron? I thought he was gonna break it....


Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 6:49 PM

Flop city check my post above.

Posted by: mk | April 30, 2008 6:49 PM

Good choice by Gilbert because he obviously wasn't at 100%. I'm pretty sure he won't opt out this year, because he wants Jamison resigned. Meanwhile, Caron Butler is a BEAST tonight...but when Gilbert was in, he didn't play nearly as well. Was this due to his injury, or maybe the Wizards are better when Butler is the leading scorer/featured star?? I'm a little worried that maybe the Wizards ARE better without Gilbert, and this is coming from one of Gilbert's biggest fans.

Posted by: Crunkenstein | April 30, 2008 6:50 PM

Eddie Jordan symbolizes all of you washington fans.. "I KNOW THAT IM RIGHT!"

Im SO GLAD TNT was ripping him. Thats how the whole world looks at you Washington. You all KNOW NOTHING and are completely and utterly RETARDED!


Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 6:50 PM

Zach it was intentional but no big deal in the playoffs and not worthy of an ejection

Posted by: mk | April 30, 2008 6:51 PM

This team is better off with with an unhealthy Gil. If Gil is 100% our ceiling in much higher with him. Until Caron can break down the defense, command double teams, and get to the line on a consistent basis, he cannot be our number 1 option on offense.

Posted by: Josh | April 30, 2008 6:56 PM

Excuse me, we are better off sitting an unhealthy Gil.

Posted by: Josh | April 30, 2008 6:58 PM

We haven't gotten it done on the boards and the TOs are in the danger zone. Cleveland is mailing this in so far...

Oh, that new Jackie Chan movie looks terrible.

Posted by: Pauly B. | April 30, 2008 7:04 PM

Did u see daniels trip over his own feet? I thought he was gonna cry....

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 7:07 PM

Daniels traveled on his layup

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 7:09 PM

Lebron is 2-8, and the cavs are down 2. wow, washington is sweet

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 7:14 PM

Z is owning us on the offensive glass. The dude is freakishly huge.

Posted by: Pauly B. | April 30, 2008 7:18 PM

Pauly dont worry, Z travels. gibson travels, lebron travels. mike brown travels. you have plenty of excuses. the media screwed you. lebron took songalias arm and hit himself in the face.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 7:21 PM

a pretty creditable first half. Jamison needs to step up in the second half if we are to stand a chance of winning though.

Posted by: khrabb | April 30, 2008 7:25 PM

i'm ready to WITNESS wizards 2nd half tank job.

they SUCK in pressure.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 7:27 PM

i wish stevenson would just go at lebron so lebron could lay him out once and for all

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 7:27 PM

get rid of agent dildo

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 7:29 PM

Yeah, funny. Daniels did travel big time!

Posted by: Rob P | April 30, 2008 7:29 PM

Hopefully Arenas has played his last game in a Wizards uniform. He is a useless POS and doesn't give fk 1 about the team. Any other team would be crazy to sign him. I wouldn't sign him for the Metro Bus Driver minimum. POS blogging Ay whole. EFF on off down the road.

Posted by: GRRRRRR | April 30, 2008 7:29 PM

darius and lebron mix up = mj push off in 98'

Posted by: he's lebron james | April 30, 2008 7:32 PM

is mike brown even real? or did they shave a gorilla, put black face on it, and put it in a minstrel show?

Posted by: is he even real? | April 30, 2008 7:42 PM

same script. this is ridiculous. HOW CAN EDDIE NOT ADJUST? this is exactly the same way we lost every game. this is unreal.

Posted by: zach | April 30, 2008 7:45 PM

washington tankards

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 7:47 PM

Season is about over! Jamison did not show up this game and nobody is running offense. It's the jack-it-up hope it goes in show!

Haywood not playing too well either!

Posted by: Rob P | April 30, 2008 7:48 PM

DS should sit and let Mason finish this game!

Too much small ball as well although we are hanging in there on the boards. We just can't put a complete game together against this team! So time to shut up for good!

Posted by: Rob P | April 30, 2008 7:49 PM

Zach, it's hard to "adjust" when you don't know what the hell to do to begin with. LMAO!

Jamison is playing terrible! Fouling, missing, just really bad game, see you next year fellas!

Posted by: Rob P | April 30, 2008 7:53 PM

new changes next year:

draft physical, atheletic, F/C.
draft a PURE point guard. (Pass first mentality)

sign arenas to a 4 or 5 year deal.
sign jamison to a 5 year deal.

i'm not too sure about EJ if EG feels its time then i'm all for it. he had his chance here for what 5+ years and still only a second round apperence in the TWO THOUSAND AND FOUR playoffs. that was THREE years ago, if this was his first three years he'd already be on his way.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 8:01 PM

Small ball continues.

LeBron traveled on the dunk. One, two, three...can refs count?

Posted by: Rob P | April 30, 2008 8:12 PM

Antonio Daniels took 3 huge steps on his breakaway steal in the 2nd quarter. The slow mo replay really showed it.

Guys take 3 steps in the NBA - not just LeBron

Posted by: Casual Fan | April 30, 2008 8:29 PM

What the hell is this offense at the end of the game? We've seen it all year and it's terrible. Is there passing? Is there floor reversal? Nothing. Let's call a timeout play for a Songalia drive to the lane??? Come on....

CB got fouled big time. Off arm got smacked by LeBron to cause the pathetic looking shot. They do anything and we get called. I knew it would be tough to beat them in their building, but we have not played well either!

Posted by: Rob P | April 30, 2008 8:39 PM

Oh how sweet it is!

Posted by: khrabb | April 30, 2008 8:48 PM

Got some bounces to go our way!

Get the game at home and anything can happen. How sweet it would be to oust LeBaby!

I don't know how we won with Jamison playing as bad as he did.

That last shot was more like it. Had he missed I would have been perfectly happy with the play!

What was CB in LeBron's ear about before their last shot? Would love to know what he said to him.

Posted by: Rob P | April 30, 2008 8:54 PM

@ Casual Fan,

Your a little slow. Just bc Daniels traveled , which I already stated earlier, does not mean LeTravel can do it too! I'll take straight up traveling calls all day with the Cavs. LeTravel and Z travel ALL the time!

Posted by: Rob P | April 30, 2008 8:57 PM

I think EG ought to sit down with GA and tell him there are certain professional ways to do things and they way GA does some things aren't.

Otherwise, if EG won't support his coach, then EJ ought to tell him to take his coaching job and shove it.

BTW, I hope some of you so called Wizard "fans" noticed the toughness and resiliency of this team in winning this game. They have been like this all year. Have you even noticed?

Posted by: Tim | April 30, 2008 9:03 PM

Tim is right on about GA. Totally unprofessional the way he handled his return during the regular season without informing the coach and then calling his season over with talking to EJ first. I WAS a huge Agent Zero fan and respected his attempt to play hurt to help the team. No way EG can let this go without supporting EJ.

He just played himself out of a long-term deal with the Wiz and probably any team run by a sane GM. I hope the Wiz invest wisely and resign Jamison and do a sign & trade to get something for GA. I want to see the team build around CB3 who puts the team first and his priorities second.

Posted by: wizfan89 | April 30, 2008 9:34 PM

Cavaliers coach Mike Brown sees a marked difference in the Arenas-less Wizards. He sees a team that no longer defers to their lead player.

"Their whole team seems to be more aggressive [without Arenas]," Brown said.

Posted by: jjames | May 1, 2008 8:37 AM

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