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Gilbert Arenas returns to practice; Wizards uncertain about location of Knicks game

Gilbert Arenas returned to practice on Wednesday, participating in some light, non-contact drills and "some full-court action," Wizards Coach Flip Saunders said, adding that the team would have to wait and see how his right ankle responds tomorrow before deciding when he would return.

Arenas appears to be coming along fine. After practice, he stuck around to play with John Wall, Cartier Martin, Lester Hudson and Nick Young. He is still listed as day-to-day with the strained tendon in his right ankle that has kept him out of the first three games.

The Wizards have other concerns as it relates to Friday's game against the New York Knicks. The Knicks game against the Orlando Magic was postponed on Tuesday because of asbestos concerns over fallen debris at Madison Square Garden. The Garden's availability for Friday remains in doubt, despite the fact that Mayor Bloomberg indicated on Wednesday that the Garden will be able to reopen its doors for Friday's game, according to the New York Daily News

The Wizards are expected to play either way, even if it means playing at Newark's Prudential Center, the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J., or the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island.

"If it's healthy to play, we'll play," Saunders said. "If not, we'll find another facility. I'm hopeful they'll get it done. Players, coaches -- no matter who it is -- everybody always loves to play at Madison Square Garden. So from a selfish standpoint, you hope they'll clean it up and we can play there. If not, I'm sure we'll play somewhere in the New York area."

Cartier Martin was stopped before heading to the locker room and informed that there was a group of reporters waiting for him. Martin looked down the hall, saw all of the cameras and people with recorders and asked, "That's for me?"

Martin flashed a smile, then spoke about the shot that helped lift the Wizards' spirits on Tuesday night. His game-tying three-pointer with 0.3 seconds remaining put them in position to beat the Philadelphia 76ers, 116-115, in overtime and record their first win of the season. He admitted that he had a hard time sleeping, as he replayed the shot over and over in his head and then watched the highlights on Sports Center.


Can I get an and-one? (Photo by Toni Sandys/The Washington Post)

"That was probably one of the biggest shots I made in my career in the big leagues," Martin said (a slight understatement).

Martin may not have been the first option for the last shot of regulation, but he certainly didn't hesitate to lean into 76ers guard Andre Iguodala and knock down what Andray Blatche called "the shot that won the game for us. With all the things that John [Wall] did, that I did, if it wasn't for Cartier, we wouldn't have never got that win."

Martin didn't play the rest of the game, but said he never asked Saunders to keep the hot man in the game.

"Nah. I know my responsibilities," Martin said. "The main thing is being a role player, coming in, you have to be ready at all times, no matter if it's three seconds, four seconds, whatever, you have to be ready when you're called on. I was ready, confident that I could make the shot and it went down for me."

He also credited Wall for looking for him on the play. "He's got confidence in me. Last-second situations, he's going to find the open guy."

Wall said he was thrilled for Martin. "It was a tough shot under pressure, not really playing that many minutes, coming and making a big shot from sitting on the bench. That tells you that's a guy that's always ready to play."

By Michael Lee  | November 3, 2010; 4:29 PM ET
Categories:  Gilbert Arenas  
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Comments

Methinks Irene needs to donate that bright yellow jacket to Teddy so that he can use it to rid the curse of Les BouleS. It worked wonders at the draft lottery, and last night.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 3, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Methinks Irene needs to donate that bright yellow jacket to help Teddy rid the curse of Les BouleS. It worked wonders on draft lottery night, and came in handy last night also.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 3, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

One thing is for sure, this team is a lot more fun to watch than the AJ,CB,BH past era. They play better defense which is a true joy. Me hopes that Arenas comes in with the right attitude. Wall is going to set him up to get some easy looks. Josh Howard, a rejunvenated Josh Howeard, would make this a competitive starting 5. Now how much depth do we really have??? That is the secret to making the 7th or eigth playoff spot. But again, at least this team will be fun to watch.

Posted by: eddie5 | November 3, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Agree with Eddie5. This team is fun to watch unlike GA walking down the court, leaving 12 seconds on the shot clock and then someone heaving a 3 pointer.

Why isn't McGee getting 6-8 rebounds per game? Isn't anyone coaching him on "how to get rebounds and get position"? C'mon.

Posted by: fearturtle44 | November 3, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

"Why isn't McGee getting 6-8 rebounds per game? Isn't anyone coaching him on "how to get rebounds and get position"? C'mon.

Posted by: fearturtle44 | November 3, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse "

He's too busy saluting the fans. Also, when you try to block every shot that's taken, you're more likely to be out of position for the rebound.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 3, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

It may not show up in the stat sheet, but Hinrich is the real glue guy that a young team needs. He's willing and able to make the extra pass to set up NY for the open 3 rather than to take the shot himself. His intensity and intelligence on defense covers up for some of the gambles that Wall takes to get steals. He was a nice pickup and is a good role model to play with Wall.

I will say that the Wiz are much more entertaining to watch this year with youth, speed, and hustle. Thorton looks to be in much better shape and plays with a little of intensity on both ends, something that was lacking towards the end with CB3. The young guys may not produce a better record but they sure are easier to watch.

Posted by: wizfan89 | November 3, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

"Why isn't McGee getting 6-8 rebounds per game? Isn't anyone coaching him on "how to get rebounds and get position"? C'mon.

Posted by: fearturtle44 | November 3, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse "

He's too busy saluting the fans. Also, when you try to block every shot that's taken, you're more likely to be out of position for the rebound.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 3, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

He got 6 rebounds in 20 minutes game time. The question that shoulkd be asked is why doesnt he play more

Posted by: bobilly2 | November 3, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

When Arenas returns with about 5 games under his belt the only backcourt tandem that will be able to match the Wizards' will be Monta Ellis and Sephan Curry. Based on skill-sets Ellis is almost a blue-print of Arenas. Curry is just like his dad. Back to my team- Arenas takes the pressure off everybody because he can get off a "good shot" against any defense anytime. Again when Arenas gets 3-5 games under his belt, he and Wall will be nightmares for opposing guards and coaches. Lastly, it might not be a bad idea to have Flip glue the words "rebound, rebound, rebound" anywhere in McGee's line of vision, starting with his locker. McGee should get at least 5 rebounds by accident. I know that rebounding is position more than anything else, but given his athleticism, size and leaping ability there is no way he should ever grab less than 13 rebounds in any game. If he would dedicate himself to rebounding, and shot-blocking the Wizards are at minimum a 40-44 win team. JeVale- I know you can do it... Go Wizards, make Ted proud of you.

Posted by: esmith4 | November 3, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

He got 6 rebounds in 20 minutes game time. The question that shoulkd be asked is why doesnt he play more

Posted by: bobilly2 | November 3, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

He doesn't defend well. Off his feet swatting at shots too much, out of position, doesn't pass the ball, but he'll learn, just from the bench as HILTON ARMSTRONG passes him by for the starters job.

Posted by: glawrence007 | November 3, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

the last time i checked when arenas was the point they were called the suns of the east..that mean he wasnt walking the ball done the court..but i cant wait to see wall and arenas on the court together..

Posted by: MrNoOne | November 3, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Good to hear that Agent Zero is returning. Do you think that Flip will be smart enough to limit Gilbert to no more than 20 minutes until his ankle fully heals? The three-guard offense of Wall/Hinrich/Arenas can be very effective if managed properly.

Posted by: musicmanjr | November 3, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

So, let me get this straight. Gilbert will be ready for, wait for it...a ROAD GAME! don't be surprised when he "tweaks" the ankle and can't play Saturday night at home. He's a bad guy that has told his posse that he does not want to play home games. Mark it down.

Posted by: heresthescoop | November 3, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

So what's up with Gilby's MRI results?

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 3, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

That was an amazing shot by Cart-Mart. When he made it I said to my dog, "how did he do that?" The dog just shrugged.

Great game by Wall. With a better cast around him the guy could average 25-12. Will definitely be fun to watch him play together with GA. When Wall was being interviewed after the game, I noticed that he sounds a bit like Muhammed Ali in his prime.

As for McGee, the only thing he seems able to do is jump out of the building. In fact, sometimes I wish he would.

Posted by: shovetheplanet | November 3, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Wake up dude you are dreaming, the cast is better then Wall. And Wall will never average 25 pt and 12 a. A game You can have your confusing run around John. Give me Nick Young, on the right team and with the right coach. A star is here. I m happy for Young because he will de leaving this weak team soon. And people please stop your boy Wall from doing that awful girly dance, that is not cute. Your boy look little soft.

Posted by: maejude | November 4, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

The Wizards NEED Gilbert Arenas. John Wall gives it all out on the floor. He takes a pounding every time he gets to the basket. Eventually there will be injuries, he plays so hard. When there is no movement or opportunities to get the ball inside he has to take jump shots. Arenas can get his own shot. Blatche is a black hole at times. The defense collapses the Wizards offense in the paint. Fast break, no problem. Half court it starts to get crowded with all the opponent team in the post.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | November 4, 2010 1:21 AM | Report abuse

"When Arenas returns with about 5 games under his belt the only backcourt tandem that will be able to match the Wizards' will be Monta Ellis and Sephan Curry. Based on skill-sets Ellis is almost a blue-print of Arenas. posted by esmith"

You're right about Ellis, he's a formidable talent, but having two offensive-minded guards in the game at the same time creates problems for your team as well as the opponent. Such as who's going to prevent the other SG from lighting up your defense? That's why I expect the Warriors to play Curry and Ellis with Rodney Carney a good percentage of the time. Otherwise they're constantly in the position of having to put up big numbers against the opponent, and any Wiz fan from the early part of the decade has seen the limitations of that strategy.

Posted by: Samson151 | November 4, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Such as who's going to prevent the other SG from lighting up your defense? That's why I expect the Warriors to play Curry and Ellis with Rodney Carney a good percentage of the time. Otherwise they're constantly in the position of having to put up big numbers against the opponent, and any Wiz fan from the early part of the decade has seen the limitations of that strategy.

Posted by: Samson151 | November 4, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

One thing for sure Hinrich is nort going to prevent the other teams SG from lightng up our defense. Lou Williams had 30 points in 30 minutes and Hinrich answered with 8 points in 42 minutes. All of your post have the same theme with respect to the SG position that is basically an argument to defend Hinrich as the starter. And like the good old boy system that got Flip his job, he will find a way to play Hinrich significant minutes. It will all be under the guise of BBall IQ.

This is a franchise that will celebrate moral victories like a lucky home win over a poor 76er team as progress. BTW Golden State is 4-1.

Posted by: NewManagement | November 4, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Let me clarify. Return Uncertain means he's not playing.

Posted by: randysbailin | November 4, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

I had the pleasure of going to a Wizards practice last month and noticed Cartier Martin's work ethic. Specifically after practice, he shot at least 40-50 three point jumpshots from all areas of the court. My guess is that he missed probably about 6 or 7 total.

That's the kind of work it takes to become a champion. So, it doesn't surprise me one bit that he nailed that 3 pointer at the end of the game.

Good job Cartier! Stay humble and keep up the good work.

Posted by: carterm1 | November 4, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

This is a franchise that will celebrate moral victories like a lucky home win over a poor 76er team as progress. BTW Golden State is 4-1.
Posted by: NewManagement

Um, that wasn't a 'moral victory', that was an actual victory. Call it lucky, call it over a crappy team, call it what you like, it's still a W. There's no BCS in the NBA, they don't take points away for strength of competition.

Haterade is inevitable, but at least try to make sense.

Posted by: ts35 | November 4, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Um, that wasn't a 'moral victory', that was an actual victory. Call it lucky, call it over a crappy team, call it what you like, it's still a W. There's no BCS in the NBA, they don't take points away for strength of competition.

Haterade is inevitable, but at least try to make sense.

Posted by: ts35 | November 4, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

aside from the moral victory part what was wrong with that comment?I know you left out the entire first paragraph,which gives a lil more perspective as to the poster's tone and thought process. I don't think that's an unfair or haterish comment about Hinrich's game so far this year. Kirk played longer than he should have IMHO.........if we're evaluating players equally. And that's all i think NewManagement was saying. Flip puts his personal feelings for certain players above winning or winning principles. i saw Kirk take a few shots the other night that other players would get yanked for. NY helped strap Lou Williams into an 0-fer in the first half. Too bad he played so sparingly in the second half as Lou Williams was en route to barbequeing Kirk's @$$. BTW NY pumped in 20 pts in almost half the mins.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | November 4, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Aargh, please don't mention Curry in a post about the Wizards. Every time I see his name I groan and think about what might've been on Draft Night 2009. Thanks again, Ern! :eyeroll:

Posted by: BMoreChil | November 4, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: BMoreChil | November 4, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

You've got it all wrong,Ernie has made it clear that no one was available after Tyreke Evans was drafted. I don't even think the draft went on after his pick. Oh my bad Rubio was the only player left in the entire draft and he explicitly said he wasn't coming to Washington.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | November 4, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

aside from the moral victory part what was wrong with that comment?I know you left out the entire first paragraph,which gives a lil more perspective as to the poster's tone and thought process. I don't think that's an unfair or haterish comment about Hinrich's game so far this year. Kirk played longer than he should have IMHO....(clipping the rest for space, please scroll up to read all of lil's posting in context).
Posted by: lilhollywood10

Well a) I left out the first paragraph because I wasn't responding to the first paragraph. I re-posted just the part I was addressing to try to limit confusion. Guess that didn't work.

b) The 'haterish' part of the comment is trying to diminish a win for no good reason. Just like I would call out someone saying Tuesday's win was a sign that the Wizards are going to the playoffs or something else equally out of perspective. And the not-making-sense part is calling it a 'moral victory' when it was an actual victory.

c) I know it's fashionable on some parts to bash KH, just as it is a knee-jerk reflex for others to defend him. I tried to make a point a few Insiders ago that Lou Williams torched everyone. No one played good D on him in the 4th. On the play where Lou blew by his defender to the hoop, and Yi tried to sneak in to draw the charge, but got called for blocking....the defender wasn't KH, it was NY. Someone was coming up to set a a screen on his left and when he looked that way, Lou was gone. Everyone who tried to guard Lou in the 4th got beat, KH, NY, Wall, Martin.

I also tried to make the point that to be fair to all of those guys, part of it was because our bigs were doing a poor job of showing and recovering on the pick-and-roll. McGee did an ok job, but he tends to turn his back when he recovers, meaning the guard has a better chance for a pass or shot. Yi kind of does some weird jazz hands thing when he 'shows' and doesn't redirect the guard enough. And AB in the 4th had a tendency to show....and stop. He never recovered. Which is probably part of what threw the Sixers off on that last play, because AB never came out to show. He did a good job of protecting the lane and making himself big. I don't think they were expecting him to do that.

People aren't giving KH enough credit for his 9 assists (some of which set up NY nicely en route to his 20 pts). Also interesting that NY gets the credit for Lou's first half o-fer, but KH, who was also guarding him in the first gets none. I said before, though, that if NY is having that kind of night, you have to ride his hot hand more than Flip did and live with whatever mistakes he might make. But now we're back to everyone being high on NY again (probably including Nick), which is great until he goes 4-16 next game.

Posted by: ts35 | November 4, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Also to be fair to all of the guys defending Lou Williams....how many points did he get off of the quick fouls to stop the clock at the end of the game, 6, I think?

Though I also made note after the game that in the Sixers last possession before Cartier hit his trey, Lou pushed off of NY big time in order to get open to get the inbounds pass.

Posted by: ts35 | November 4, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

KH assisted Nick on 4 of his 7 FGs. 4 in a row in fact, in that stretch of the second where Nick was on fire. So instead of saying NY is awesome and KH sucks, maybe the answer is that they need to play together more.

Posted by: ts35 | November 4, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

KH assisted Nick on 4 of his 7 FGs. 4 in a row in fact, in that stretch of the second where Nick was on fire. So instead of saying NY is awesome and KH sucks, maybe the answer is that they need to play together more.

Posted by: ts35 | November 4, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Hard to believe anyone's still drinking the Nick Young kool-aid. He's a first round pick who still can't crack the starting line up, four years later, on a lousy team. He'll get hot roughly once every five or six games, and put up some numbers, but he won't give you anything else. The other night, he scored well in the first half, not so much after that. And he provided exactly zero assists to go along with two rebounds and no defense. For his career, he's averaging a grand total of 8.3 points, 1.3 rebounds, and .3 assists per game. That .3 assists is like an assist every third game. Young didn't come straight to the NBA out of high school. If so, we might have expected him to take a few years to develop. No, Young played three years in college and came out after his junior year. He should be much better than what he is. And what he is is ust another in a series of failed Grunfeld draft picks, nothing more.

Posted by: sonny2 | November 4, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

You guy's and gal's are on point today.

I am smiling!

Great job Post Blogger's!

Posted by: upscalechef | November 4, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

re Ellis/Curry compared to Wall/Gil

isn't Ellis quite a bit smaller than Gil or Wall? Both backcourts could be potential matchup nightmares, but neither is likely to be that grreat defensively either.
NBA.com lists Ellis at 6-3 but that must be with lifts. Curry's not big for a SG either.

Posted by: dobrojim | November 4, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

ps - If McGee avg'd 13 eb/gm, that'd lead the league or close to it. Not bloody likely. As others have noted, he's too occupied with trying to prove what a great shotblocker he is. As for the salutes, any time he dunks, I really don't mind much. Let the kid have some fun.

Posted by: dobrojim | November 4, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

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