Lakers (33-11) at Wizards (14-29)
Wizards starters: Randy Foye, Mike Miller, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Brendan Haywood
Lakers: Derek Fisher, Kobe Bryant, Ron Artest, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum
Line: Lakers by 9
Flip Saunders gave his players the morning off, believing that they need some rest after a schedule that has seen them play every other day for five consecutive games. "I think we needed the rest," Saunders said, adding that several of his players are hurting, including Antawn Jamison (foot sprain) and Earl Boykins (left heel). "We had a lot of guys that were banged up. we haven't had a day off where guys could sleep in."
Jamison gave a thumbs up signal that he would be good to go on Tuesday.
Saunders commented for the first time since Javaris Crittenton was sentenced to a year of unsupervised probation on Monday. Crittenton, along with his attorney, Peter White, and union executive director Billy Hunter, met with Commissioner David Stern at the league office on Tuesday.
"It's closed. The sooner we can get that behind us. And now, the next thing is we need to see the next thing that happens with the league situation," Saunders said. "I know both of those guys will be up there this week. I think right now, the whole situation, we're all pretty much numb to the whole thing right now. I think we understand it is what it is. We knew when it got to the point that it got to, nothing good was going to come out of it."
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