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Beard is gone, Gilbert Arenas likely done for the preseason

Gilbert Arenas arrived at Madison Square Garden with a different look. He shaved that scraggly beard and cut his hair, holding true to his pledge to "look pretty" in time for the regular season opener in Orlando. When asked about the new look before the game, Arenas said, "I don't know what you're talking about."

Arenas warmed up with his teammates before the game, taking jumpers at different spots in the floor, but he will not play against the New York Knicks because of his mild groin strain. Coach Flip Saunders said Arenas is likely out for the preseason finale against Detroit on Tuesday in Toledo, Ohio.

Saunders added that the Wizards had looked good through the first three games, with Arenas being part of a three-guard offense. "We just haven't been able to use that lineup as much as we probably would've liked to," Saunders said. Arenas "probably won't play these next two games, so we'll have to see where we're at with that, opening night."

JaVale McGee was back in the starting lineup after coming off the bench to spell Yi Jianlian the previous two games. Cartier Martin was also given his first start of the preseason, with Nick Young coming off the bench. Al Thornton returned to action after missing the past two games with a sprained left ankle.

By Michael Lee  | October 17, 2010; 6:17 PM ET
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Wiz/Knicks Game on Comcast channel 752

Posted by: zack5 | October 17, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Rhat 2 guard offense is stupid. McGhee is gonna be awesome if Saunders backs him.

Posted by: bobilly2 | October 17, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

It is on channel 751 if you have Direct TV.

Posted by: ivyleague | October 17, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

you know its bad when the best finisher on your team is your PG. I mean seriously, we suck at the rim besides Wall & McGee

Posted by: dlts2041 | October 17, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

I guess Gil got tired of looking like the black Let my people go!!

Posted by: madness01 | October 17, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Wall shouldve had about 20ast tonight. We missed alot of open shots. Still, it bodes well that he got them for us. We should make them most nights, espically when Gil & Josh get back

Posted by: dlts2041 | October 17, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

An observation that is a pure intangible based upon physical talent that isn't being realized by the coaching of Flip Saunders.

The speed of Javale McGee from one end of the court and back is immeasurable. That means, there are offensive baskets made easy and defensive stops made harder just because of his speed.

Too much emphasis on McGee's halfcourt play should not be his measurement, but open court play should be, especially with the speed of one John Wall and the extreme talents of Gilbert Arenas.

Some will understand the wisdom of the aforesaid but some will not. Pity on them.


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | October 17, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the heads up Zach!

Posted by: LaureninGlenBurnie | October 17, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

With all of the critisism I have been levying at Flip, I must say that the Wizards as a team, looked like a well coached team.

That doesn't speak to strategy and substitution patterns or whom starts and subs, but if you just look at the play of the team, there seems to be good evidence of good coaching.


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | October 17, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Wiz lost but there was some good play from some. Still a little concerned by Young. I like the guy and want him to do well but he is either HOT or COLD! He seems to get frustrated when his shot is not falling and will continue to hoist them up. His misses seen to give the other team easy baskets. I don't know. Anyway looking forward to the season opener. Like the new/old look of Gil minus the beard.

Posted by: ivyleague | October 17, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

A couple observations on tonight's game:

Yi is what we thought he was: a perimeter-oriented 7-footer who can shoot you into and out of games. Tonight he shot us of out of one (5-15). He has no taste for interior play.

Nick Young is nothing more than a situational player. When he doesn't hit his shots, he mopes; usually while his man is sprinting back up the court for an easy layup. Hopefully, this will silence the "start Nick Young" crowd.

Lester Hudson is AWFUL as a point guard. His handle is weak, he doesn't see the floor well and is really just looking to get his when he comes into the game. The offense screeches to a halt with this guy.

JaVale McGee will have a breakout year. He was altering shots left and right when he wasn't outright blocking them. Flip took it easy on the Knicks by only playing him 15 minutes.

Andray Blatche looks like his legs are dead. He has no elevation, got his shot blocked several times at the rim and the Knicks announcers were saying that he is noticeably bigger and needs to lose weight. Hope he gets it together soon.

Like the previous poster said, John Wall should have had twenty assists tonight, as he was hitting guys right on the money but they were simply missing wide-open shots.

Posted by: gimmedat | October 17, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

And gimmedat you are saying that because of what? It is the point guard job to set up his shooter Nick have never had that. All our point guard are shooter, and want to be a star. Great game Nick you shall be a starter in this league on some other NBA team mark my word hater, and your team suck any way.

Posted by: maejude | October 17, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

"Posted by: maejude | October 17, 2010 9:29 PM"

Nick (maejude), I completely understand you coming on here and defending yourself, but you stunk it up tonight (1-8 from the field). Wall and Hinrich set you up for several nice shots and you either dribbled yourself into trouble or missed WIDE OPEN shots. Now learn how to handle constructive criticism and you might carve a nice (albeit little) role for yourself in the NBA.

Posted by: gimmedat | October 17, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

"Andray Blatche looks like his legs are dead. He has no elevation,"

Ummmm.....he never has been able to jump or do more than 3 sprints up and down the court....and he NEVER WILL.

Posted by: nowhine | October 17, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Gil done for the preseason. Wow, that's shocking. Not. All part of the plan I'm sure.

Posted by: heresthescoop | October 17, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Done for the preseason? Talk about undeserved preferential treatment....

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 18, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

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