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Heat (40-36) at Wizards (18-59), Arenas Out

Wizards starters: Javaris Crittenton, Dominic McGuire, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Brendan Haywood.

Heat: Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, Jermaine O'Neal, Jamario Moon, Yakhouba Diawara

Refs: Joe DeRosa, Ron Olesiak, Courtney Kirkland

Line: Heat by 1.5.

Gilbert Arenas will not play tonight against Miami, with the team electing to give the three-time all-star some rest. Arenas was listed as a game-time decision, but it was obvious that he wasn't going to play when he walked through the locker room before the game without his headphones and cracking jokes. "We said selected games. The knee is fine," Wizards interim coach Ed Tapscott said.

Javaris Crittenton will start in Arenas's place after missing the previous game against Cleveland on Thursday with back spasms. "I gave him 43 minutes against Memphis and it took a lot more out of him than he thought it would," Tapscott joked about Crittenton. "Guys are crying for minutes, all of a sudden, I give them to him and he says, 'My back is sore.' "

One thing to keep an eye on this evening is ball movement. The Wizards have had 27 assists in each of the two games Arenas has played this season. They had a total of 26 assists against Indiana and Memphis without Arenas. "We have a 20-assist threshold. To have any success, we need 20 assists," Tapscott said. "Gil contributes mightily that by himself. Moving the ball is critical for us."

... Before the game, Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra said that he was going to start Michael Beasley, but had a change of heart when he submitted his lineup. Yakhouba Diawara will start tonight in place of Udonis Haslem, who suffered a lacerated right thumb in Charlotte on Friday. Miami has lost 12 of its past 16 road games. It's last road win was March 22 in Detroit.

... Beasley, a D.C. native, spoke before the game about playing at home. "It's always good," said Beasley, who scored just six points with two turnovers in his first game against Washington on Nov. 18. "Last game was my first time in the NBA, first time coming home so I was a little hyped but after the first time it's normal. You've got to have a mature sense about it. You can't really play like that every time you come home because I'm going to be coming home a lot."

Beasley has a tattoo of the Washington Nationals' curly W tattooed on his arm. He was asked if he got a chance to get out to the Cherry Blossom Festival. "Man, I hadn't ever heard of that."

... Mike James had successful surgery on his right pinkie Thursday at Sibley Memorial. James had two pins inserted in his hand. The procedure was performed by Dr. Richard Barth and Dr. David Moss.

By Michael Lee  |  April 4, 2009; 6:19 PM ET
 | Tags: Arenas, Crittenton, Michael Beasley, Mike James, Tapscott  
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Comments

BOOOOO, I want GIL!

Posted by: rachel216 | April 4, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

If the knee is fine, then why are they not playing him?

Les BouleS are a F'n joke.

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I read this today and couldn't understand. Why the heck is BTH not in condition? He hurt his wrist, not his wheels.

"Haywood, who had a double-double against Cleveland with 12 points and 10 rebounds, has provided some defensive backbone for the Wizards upon his return. In his first two games, the Wizards are outscoring opponents by 26 points when he is on floor. Haywood is still trying to regain his timing and stamina. "My weight is fine, but other than my weight I am supremely out of shape," Haywood said. "I don't think I've been this out of shape since high school." "

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/03/AR2009040302954.html

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | April 4, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Les BouleS probably are holding Gilby out tonight because for sure, he won't be able to handle DWade or Chalmers defensively, and might tear or break something else.

Les BouleS should at least let Gilby play against Calderon in the Toronto game.

It's time to stop coddling this diva.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | April 4, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

I read this today and couldn't understand. Why the heck is BTH not in condition? He hurt his wrist, not his wheels...

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | April 4, 2009 6:58 PM

Because there is a difference between being in "basketball shape" and being in shape from running on a treadmill. While his wrist was healing he couldn't play ball and he was also likely limited in the kinds of physical activities he could do for a while too.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | April 4, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Minutes for McGee. Can Tapps figure it out? Doesn't matter, this season is done. The new coach will.

Mark Jackson.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 4, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

My Carolina Blue is tipping off.

LarryInClintonMD. Go Heels!!!

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 4, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

"Because there is a difference between being in "basketball shape" and being in shape from running on a treadmill. While his wrist was healing he couldn't play ball and he was also likely limited in the kinds of physical activities he could do for a while too.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | April 4, 2009 9:07 PM "

He said he was "supremely out of shape."

He didn't say basketball shape.

Nevertheless, his injury didn't preclude him from doing more than just running on a treadmill.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | April 4, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

I get the feeling that DC Man never actually played any ball. You can run 5 miles a day on a treadmill and do line drills till you puke, but it's just not the same as the full-body exertion of playing actual defense and pushing and shoving under the boards for a quarter. And despite Haywood's complaint, he actually looks to be in pretty good shape after the long layoff. He had 18 and 11 against the Heat, and totally outplayed J. O'Neal, who's still a pretty good center. His free-throw shooting seems to be the only area where he's really below par.

Posted by: pjkiger1 | April 4, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

"I get the feeling that DC Man never actually played any ball. You can run 5 miles a day on a treadmill and do line drills till you puke, but it's just not the same as the full-body exertion of playing actual defense and pushing and shoving under the boards for a quarter. And despite Haywood's complaint, he actually looks to be in pretty good shape after the long layoff. He had 18 and 11 against the Heat, and totally outplayed J. O'Neal, who's still a pretty good center. His free-throw shooting seems to be the only area where he's really below par.

Posted by: pjkiger1 | April 4, 2009 10:00 PM "

I take it you've never played ball in your life.

Anybody who's done any sort of working out would be in shape, but not necessarily basketball shape. Then, he wouldn't call himself "supremely out of shape."

As Ivan has noted here, BTH did not work out until his cast was removed. even though BTH had a hand injury, not a leg injury.

Why don't you try running some suicides, if you know what they are, and see if that will keep you from calling yourself supremely out of shape.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | April 4, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

"I take it you've never played ball in your life.

Anybody who's done any sort of working out would be in shape, but not necessarily basketball shape. Then, he wouldn't call himself "supremely out of shape."

As Ivan has noted here, BTH did not work out until his cast was removed. even though BTH had a hand injury, not a leg injury.

Why don't you try running some suicides, if you know what they are, and see if that will keep you from calling yourself supremely out of shape.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | April 4, 2009 10:19 PM "

No, it's obvious you've never played basketball. Haywood isn't "supremely out of shape" no matter what he says, if he's able to log 34 minutes in an NBA game. Running suicides is fine and dandy, but it's not the same as pushing against another 250+ lb man or jumping up in the air repeatedly against other players trying to grab a rebound. When does Ivan say BTH never worked out before getting the cast off? It's been reported that BTH DID work on his conditioning by running...that that was pretty much all he did while injured.

Haywood is just exaggerating with his "supremely out of shape" line.

Posted by: babbtong | April 4, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

did something happen to nick young? read on BF that he got injured...

Posted by: babbtong | April 4, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

@Babbtong,
Young got hurt fighting for a loose ball. He was rolled up on and grimaced as he hit the floor. They called it a knee sprain, but we shall see. Just this team's luck...

Posted by: -CN- | April 4, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

"No, it's obvious you've never played basketball. Haywood isn't "supremely out of shape" no matter what he says, if he's able to log 34 minutes in an NBA game. Running suicides is fine and dandy, but it's not the same as pushing against another 250+ lb man or jumping up in the air repeatedly against other players trying to grab a rebound. When does Ivan say BTH never worked out before getting the cast off? It's been reported that BTH DID work on his conditioning by running...that that was pretty much all he did while injured.

Haywood is just exaggerating with his "supremely out of shape" line.

Posted by: babbtong | April 4, 2009 10:29 PM "

Oh, when did you become BTH or his mommas such that you can speak for him?

BTW, aren't you the one who doesn't even watch the games?

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | April 4, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Haywood looked to be in great shape after 3 games, playing 34 mins and getting a solid double-double. Might be wise to hold off on the 20 & 20 until he gets his feet wet a bit more though...

Posted by: -CN- | April 4, 2009 11:20 PM | Report abuse

"Haywood looked to be in great shape after 3 games, playing 34 mins and getting a solid double-double. Might be wise to hold off on the 20 & 20 until he gets his feet wet a bit more though...

Posted by: -CN- | April 4, 2009 11:20 PM "

Yeah, it goes to show that some run can get you back in shape.

Sitting out and getting supremely out of shape even though your wheels are good didn't make sense at all.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | April 4, 2009 11:43 PM | Report abuse

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