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Mike James to miss next five weeks with broken finger

Wizards assistant coach Sam Cassell emerged from the locker room last Saturday, covering in a full lather of sweat. He shouted, "I got him! I got him!"

Cassell had just beaten Paul Davis in a game of one-on-one, 12-11, after coming back from a 7-1 deficit. Cassell shouted, "These guys don't understand. I retired by choice! Not by force!"

The Wizards don't have a roster spot available to move Cassell over a few spots over on the bench. But yet another injury forced Cassell into point guard duty in practice on Monday, when the Wizards realized that they would be without Mike James for the next four to five weeks with a fractured left ring finger.

With his left hand covered in a black cast, James expressed his frustration to reporters with one loud curse word upon hearing the news. James said he injured himself last Saturday in practice and didn't think it was anything serious.

He mentioned it to the training staff and taped up his hand yesterday, but still got his sixth DNP-Coach's Decision of the season against Phoenix. After visiting with a doctor on Monday, he got some truly disheartening news, for an already difficult season.

The injury came one day after James got his first action of the season, scoring six points with three assists in 22 minutes against Indiana.

"It's just something freaking random, and I felt it pop, but I didn't think it was nothing severe," James said. "It felt more like a jam, and it winds up being - when I went to the doctor today, I just knew the news wasn't going to be bad, and he was just going to tell me it was more like a sprain. I looked at the X-ray, and I had a nice few words for him."

"It's just the tale of the season I've been having so far," James said.

James is the third guard to go down already this season, with Javaris Crittenton out since last month with a left foot injury and Mike Miller sprained his left shoulder last week in a loss against Miami. Crittenton is still wearing a walking boot, although he was recently spotted wearing a sneaker on his left foot. Miller was shooting one-handed free throws after practice this afternoon.

The Wizards are left with Gilbert Arenas and Randy Foye as the only point guards remaining on the roster. And, with Arenas sitting out with a sore calf injury, Coach Flip Saunders was forced to have Cassell work out with the team.

"We just found out. So he wasn't there, that's why we had Sam practice," Saunders said of James. "And Gil had some soreness in his calf, so we kept him out as well."

This is the second year in a row that James has broken his hand. He broke his right pinky finger near the end of last season. "Now I got my pinky and my ring finger, cute little twins. They'd make a nice couple right now," James said. "What do you do? You continue to keep grinding. You continue to keep working and go from there."

As Cassell walked by reporters after practice, a few joked that he might get a call for a 10-day. Cassell laughed, then he flexed and said, "I look good for 39!"

"Good enough to guard D-Wade tomorrow," one reporter asked.

"No sir," Cassell said.

By Michael Lee  |  November 9, 2009; 2:49 PM ET
 
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The physical therapist the Zards use for hand/wrist injuries is gorgeous, I think Mike broke another finger on purpose.

Posted by: divi3 | November 9, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

No wonder Gilberts game has been so off, Shaq has been nailing his fiance:

http://theybf.com/index.php/2009/11/05/exclusive-is-shaq-cheating-on-shaunieagain/

Posted by: awb9h | November 9, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

I give up.

Posted by: TheFunBunch | November 9, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

No wonder Gilberts game has been so off, Shaq has been nailing his fiance:

http://theybf.com/index.php/2009/11/05/exclusive-is-shaq-cheating-on-shaunieagain/

Posted by: awb9h | November 9, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

i read this story last week on bossip.com. i was hoping there's no truth to it but Gil gave the impression a few years back in an interview that his Bmomma was kinda loose. I'd hate to think how "loose" now that Shaq's goin there with her. i hope this isn't true b/c i think that type of issue has the potential to really effect a guy like Gil. He's had women issues in his past, (moms, and Bmomma) for something like this to be on his mind during one of his most important seasons could be troublesome for the Wiz. Gil has always kept his personal issues to himself, but he can't avoid this story if it's true.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | November 9, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

But yet another injury forced Cassell into point guard duty in practice on Monday?

Ernie, another year where assistant coaches are used in practice?

The Wizards don't have a roster spot available to move Cassell over a few spots over on the bench, because they signed this guy (Paul Davis) who Cassell just beat 12-11, after coming back from a 7-1 deficit.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | November 9, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

not 39 year old cassell???????????i don't know if Sam I Am woulda did the same with my man "Heavy D"Blair

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | November 9, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

No great loss. I'd prefer Mike James stops whining and feeling so sorry for himself. $7M for 5 minutes of court time a week? That's Andy Rooney type minutes-for-cash.

Count your blessings while you're counting your cash, MJ. You'll be riding pine with the Wiz again soon enough....

Posted by: ArchieTambo | November 9, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

i like it Archie.....I like it a lot

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | November 9, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Yep - DeJuan Blair...the same "Heavy D" that went 0-2 in 10 minutes Friday night, is gonna make this team a winner.

Posted by: Blurred | November 9, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Yep - DeJuan Blair...the same "Heavy D" that went 0-2 in 10 minutes Friday night, is gonna make this team a winner.

Posted by: Blurred | November 9, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

The spurs have only played 1 game this year or is that the only one that quasi supports ur point.....which is???????? If Blair's good enough for Popovich then he's good enough for us PERIOD. Name the guys Pop's been wrong about. Blair is avg 7.8pts and 7.6 rebs in just over 18 mpg. he is +13, but i guess u like what we are getting from the CASH we drafted with our 2nd rounder. BTW we're doing a lot of winning without him.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | November 9, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

"BTW we're doing a lot of winning without him."

Which, of course, automatically means that we'd be doing a lot of winning with him. That's just how logic works, right?

Oh, wait a minute . . .

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 9, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

"Name the guys Pop's been wrong about."

Drew Gooden, Tiago splitter, and hopefully Fabricio Hairberto

Posted by: divi3 | November 9, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

goodlord the hits just keep on coming. let's just hope Gil's "sore calf" doesn't turn into something major.

p.s. is it too late to fire our entire medical staff? has their initial diagnosis been right on any injury in the last 3 years?

Posted by: PVGtownAz | November 9, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

I give up.

Posted by: TheFunBunch

Had enough of this buzzard's luck, have you? LOL.

Posted by: ArmChairQB | November 9, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

"I truly beg to differ...for if he does this Team will not prosper.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | November 8, 2009 11:54 PM | Report abuse "

What's new?

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 9, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Good gosh...has it come to this?

Who cares if Sam Cassell can beat Paul Davis in a one on one game by 1 pt?

Who the F is Paul Davis and why should we give a sh!t?

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 9, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

I hope Nick Young and Dom gets a chance to play DWade. Their length can bother DWade.
Wiz will win tomorrow and Saturday. Jamison back Saturday and Miller the following game. Wiz about to go 7-3 the next 10. Orlando still has no Vince and Lewis and they got massacared by an inferior Thunder team. Go Wiz!

Posted by: ptp23 | November 9, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

I hope Nick Young and Dom gets a chance to play DWade

Me too.
That would be fun to watch.
For about 3 minutes.

Posted by: VBFan | November 9, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Wiz about to go 7-3 the next 10.

I want to see this too.

Posted by: VBFan | November 9, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Whatever happened to Steve Francis?

Posted by: ptp23 | November 9, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Nick Young gets his chance. Maybe.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | November 9, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

hope Nick Young and Dom gets a chance to play DWade. Their length can bother DWade.
Wiz will win tomorrow and Saturday. Jamison back Saturday and Miller the following game. Wiz about to go 7-3 the next 10. Orlando still has no Vince and Lewis and they got massacared by an inferior Thunder team. Go Wiz!

Posted by: ptp23 | November 9, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Um, Sorry to 'burst you bubble' Fella, but I don't thing Nick Youg could keep up with D-Wade or stay in front of him enough to bother him... I'll believe it when I see it and will have no problem saying you were right if it happens!

To all the 'Nick Young Lovers'
-Peace!

Posted by: bazteal | November 10, 2009 12:02 AM | Report abuse

have the wizards given thought to a change with there medical/training staff? sheez!! this team cannot stay healthy...are these guys out of shape or are they not being cared/trained properly...how do million dollar world class athletes in washington keep coming up lame...on and off the field/court?

Posted by: ronniecope106 | November 10, 2009 1:09 AM | Report abuse

Even if i do not believe NY will stop DW there is noting DS did on DW, if DS made one of his point attempt and his last 2 shot from charity lane the game would have been ours. DM he will affect DW for sure, atleast he will give us some offensive bords and few additinal assists.

Posted by: gtefferra | November 10, 2009 6:33 AM | Report abuse

"Blair's good enough for Popovich then he's good enough for us PERIOD.posted by lilhollywood"

Once again, the problem with Blair isn't what happens when he's on the court. It's that something will happen to prevent him from getting on the court in the first place.

The Spurs were willing to assume that risk. 30 other teams weren't. The Wiz were one.

Posted by: Samson151 | November 10, 2009 7:46 AM | Report abuse

"I say it's when we have shots open, we're not taking them," said Arenas, who is averaging 24.4 points, 5.6 assists and 3.7 turnovers this season. "We're trying to do the extra dribble, or get closer to the rim, or pass the ball an extra time when we could just take the first shot."

UGH

why even have a coach Gil? Just shoot as soon as you can.

Posted by: divi3 | November 10, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

I think signing Sam as the 3rd string pg is actually a good idea. He should be able to play 10-15 mpg and could actually show the guys exactly how this offense should work. As far as him stopping Dwayne Wade goes, who stops Dwayne Wade?
We need a refresher or crash course in pg play for our guys. Maybe Sam on the court is a good idea....for a little while until MM is back.
Personally, I think MM is the key and we're ok with him in the starting lineup but til then, Sam I Am couldn't hurt. We've lost 4 in a row. What harm would it do?

Posted by: original_mark | November 10, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Mike James, is hurt??? the season is dooomed!!!

Posted by: mrhney03 | November 10, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

"have the wizards given thought to a change with there medical/training staff? sheez!! this team cannot stay healthy...are these guys out of shape or are they not being cared/trained properly...how do million dollar world class athletes in washington keep coming up lame...on and off the field/court?"

You're kidding right? What kind of "training" or "conditioning" would prevent a guy from breaking a finger when it gets bent back the wrong way or bangs against something? It happens. Deal with it. And really, it's Mike James. Who cares?

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 10, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

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