289 Man-Games and Counting

The Wizards' injury struggles are no news to anybody here, but sometimes seeing the numbers behind something makes it more vivid.

These numbers were originally for a graphic that couldn't fit into Saturday's print edition, and we saw no reason to keep them to ourselves. Based on information from Wizards PR director Brian Sereno, and updated after Saturday night's Heat game, here are the Wizards' games lost due to injury this season:

76 games ... Gilbert Arenas (left knee, 10/29-3/25; left knee rest, 3/29-4/1)
75 games ... Brendan Haywood (torn right wrist ligament, 10/29-3/29)
46 games ... DeShawn Stevenson (lower back pain, 1/2-1/28, 2/2-3/4; herniated disc surgery, 3/6-present)
42 games ... Etan Thomas (sprained left ankle, 11/5; torn left MCL, 1/14-present)
15 games ... Caron Butler (sprained left ankle, 12/27-12/30; flu, 2/4-2/6; left hamstring, 3/2-3/6, 3/15-3/25)
9 games ... Andray Blatche (left knee strain, 1/28-2/11)
8 games ... Juan Dixon (bruised right elbow, 2/4; strained right Achilles', 3/20-3/21;right ankle tendinitis, 3/25-4/2)
6 games ... Antonio Daniels (right knee soreness, 11/8, 11/14-11/19, 11/22-11/25)
6 games ... Mike James (flu, 3/9; fractured finger, 3/28-present)
4 games ... Darius Songaila (sprained neck, 3/23-3/29)
2 games ... Javaris Crittenton (flu, 2/28; back spasms, 4/2)

289 total

By Keith McMillan |  April 7, 2009; 11:17 AM ET
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Wins and losses will justify our "losses" sitting on the bench. Thanks for the list though.

Playoff withdraws begin very shortly

Posted by: BurgwithaU | April 7, 2009 11:30 AM

we all knew that the Wizz were an injury plagued team since couple of seasons ago, but this ain't normal no more. hope it will be better next year when most of them will (hopefully) be healthy.

Posted by: Goelez | April 7, 2009 11:33 AM

I don't think any team could lose three starters for most of the season and do very well. Look how much San Antonio is struggling without Manu Ginobili.

Posted by: pjkiger1 | April 7, 2009 11:46 AM

How does that compare to the rest of the league? I assume it's a lot, but I think we need some context...

Posted by: VeCente115 | April 7, 2009 11:58 AM

Etan on his own has managed to missed 283 games in his 8 yr NBA career. Or maybe I should say 279 and counting, since there are 4 games left in this season that he is not going to play!

Posted by: sagaliba | April 7, 2009 12:08 PM

With all these injuries, why didn't the Wiz play the young guys more? Especially McGee, but also Pech (remember him?). Why should Mike James (who is with the team only because they can't unload his contract) get 10 more minutes a game (when healthy) than Crittenton got? Young and Blatche could also play just a little more, although at half a game, they may get almost enough.

This season could have been more useful than it was in providing experience to all the young guys, not only to see what the Wiz have, but to develop those guys. Maybe the Wiz are just trying to get one or two fewer ping pong balls?

Posted by: EdDC | April 7, 2009 12:14 PM

That's not an NBA team it's a hospital ward. HAR!

Posted by: gconrads | April 7, 2009 12:20 PM

Mayyyybe we should get better trainers? Any way we can pry the Suns trainers loose?

Posted by: corner53 | April 7, 2009 12:40 PM

dude, give us charts! And a comparison against other NBA teams.

Posted by: tundey | April 7, 2009 12:54 PM

Losses to injury are part of the game. The Wizards act shocked with each injury.

Also, a report produced for the NBA shows that injuries go up more than linearly when a player's minutes increase.

The Wiz played Arenas 40+ minutes a game after knee surgery. The Wiz tried starting Etan Thomas after missing a year due to open heart surgery. I could go on, but clearly the Wiz don't get it.

The Wiz need to limit the minutes of the best players and improve the play of the substitutes.

For example, next year, one member of the Big 3 should sit out one game of each of every back-to-back series. Also, the Big 3 should not play all 5 minutes of overtime periods. Overtimes are brutal on hips, hamstrings, etc.

Finally, there should be more defined roles and substitution patterns at certain points in the game.

Posted by: Izman | April 7, 2009 2:27 PM

A good coach will alleviate many problems we have (minute distribution, scheme, in-game situations, etc..)

Posted by: BurgwithaU | April 7, 2009 3:46 PM

Pech stayed healthy all year.

Posted by: original_mark | April 7, 2009 4:08 PM

does the Nat's former trainer now work for the Wiz?

Posted by: 1of9000 | April 7, 2009 4:23 PM


Written like a true NBA GM. You're hired!!!! ABE here's the dough, see ya'. ERNIE, player development office please. TAPS, get out.

Posted by: glawrence007 | April 7, 2009 5:04 PM

So if we had gotten within sniffing distance of an OT this season, and played the usual suspects big minutes in OT, we would really crush the lost-games-due-to-injury record!

There's one benefit of this year's sorrowful play: no OT!

Posted by: fifthstop | April 7, 2009 5:13 PM

McGee and Crittenton to me are the younger players with a future in town.

Nick Young will end up being traded. There aren't enough shots for him once Gilbert comes back to join Caron Butler and DeShawn Stevenson.

Pecherov is a bust. Andray Blatche continues to be plagued by inconsistency and is likely to be on the move as well.

Is there any way the team can buy out Etan Thomas just to get him gone?

My heart goes out to him for his health problems, but on the court he doesn't produce any substantial numbers.

5 points and 4 rebounds? For almost $7M a year?

You've got to be kidding.

Mike James is a salary dump.

Songaila will stick around as a versatile backup.

Posted by: leopard09 | April 7, 2009 5:23 PM

You can book Caron to miss 15-20 games a year, every year. It's a lock.

Posted by: justice98 | April 7, 2009 5:26 PM

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