Crittenton Out At Least Two Weeks
RICHMOND -- Javaris Crittenton didn't know that the results of the MRI he had on Friday would be "worse than before," but he knew that the pain in his left foot had become so unbearable that he couldn't push through any longer. After arguably his best practice this week, Crittenton was shut down for the final minutes of practice. And, after the MRI revealed what he already knew -- that he had a double bone bruise and a strained tendon -- Crittenton had to accept that he would be out of action for at least two weeks.
"It's frustrating," said Crittenton, who originally hurt himself playing in the Atlanta Pro Am league in late July. "I wanted to come out because it's training camp and we got a lot of guards. We got to compete. But it's one of those injuries, you've got to give it time and let it heal, because if you keep playing on it, it could be a potential surgery or it keeps nagging you throughout the season, then I can't play. I decided to sit it out and let it heal."
Crittenton, wearing a protective boot, is still smarting over how the injury occurred. He said that his team was nursing a 12-point in the final minute and he was milking the shot clock when his defender came charging at him to pressure the ball. Crittenton said he dribbled around him, but the defender stepped on his heal, pushed down then fell on top of him.
"I should've gotten out the game," Crittenton said, shaking his head. "I thought it was a tweak at first. I tried to get up and walk and I fell back down. I had to be carried off the court. I knew it was serious. But I didn't know it was going to keep me out this long."
Crittenton said he wore a protective boot while in Atlanta and upon his return to Washington but his foot never healed properly. He hadn't done any conditioning until the day before training camp. The grueling schedule, with two-a-day practices, eventually took its toll. "I felt a little bit of soreness in pain over the days, but I've been able to make it through every practice," Crittenton said. On Friday, "I had to sit down, I couldn't really do it anymore."
Crittenton said he was pleased when Coach Flip Saunders came to visit him in Atlanta this summer. "He told me what he's looking for in his point guards. He told me it was going to be tough, don't get down on myself and never have a pity party for myself."
He didn't know that he'd have to take those lessons to heart so soon.
In other injury news, Fabricio Oberto was held out for the second day in a row with a hamstring injury.
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