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Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 12/14/2010

John Wall, Andray Blatche out against Los Angeles Lakers

By Michael Lee

At full strength, the Wizards were already facing a severe talent disparity against the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers. But they will now host the Lakers at Verizon Center without two of their three top scorers in John Wall and Andray Blatche, who will sit because of respective knee ailments.

Wall will his eighth game of the season because of tendinitis in his right knee, while Blatche will miss his third after developing some swelling in his left knee. Blatche missed the final two games of the Wizards' west coast trip against the Lakers and Sacramento with a left hip contusion. He returned to score 14 points in 40 minutes on Friday against the New York Knicks, but suffered discomfort the next day. Blatche had his knee drained on Monday night but was held out of the morning shootaround.

"Feels a lot better. I'd still say, I don't think he'll go tonight," said Saunders.

Saunders was more definitive about ruling out Wall, who has been kept out of practice and held back from running since finishing with just eight points, six assists and five rebounds against the Knicks. The Wizards decided that it was necessary to shut down Wall rather than limit him to being a game-time decision, as he has been on many occasions this season.

"We're going to try to stay away from these situations, because I think it's been unfair for the preparation of our other players, staff and everybody, where we go into a game not knowing if he's going to play, not going to play, so we're gong to try to make those decisions as early in the day as much as we can," Saunders said.

Wall missed four games with a sprained left foot, then two more with a bruised left knee, and sat out against Sacramento with more problems in his left foot. Saunders said Wall is "frustrated" but attempted to help Wall with humor. "I was kind of kidding him. I told him, in the first 20 games, you missed more games than John Stockton missed in 20 years," said Saunders.

Stockton actually played in 82 games in all but two of his 19 seasons, missing a total of 20 games. Wall has been dealing with tendinitis since summer league, and Saunders added that the problem might not go away. "If every guy in our league sat out a week because of tendinitis, we might have to forfeit some games, because everybody has some kind of tendinitis, just the way they are," he said. "I don't think, with his situation, that he's ever going to be painfree from that, so what we're going to do is monitor him.

"Some situations, we have to make sure we get it right," Saunders said. "We get him healthy, get him where it's manageable where he can play and play at the high level he needs to play at. No question, when he's not physically right, he can't play at the same level. If can't play at the same intensity, same enthusiasm and aggressiveness, then he's not the player that John Wall is. "

After Wall scored 22 points with 14 assists and three blocks last week against the Lakers, Saunders knows that the situation for his team doesn't look promising. "When you play at home and you're undermanned, we have to play harder than them, we've got to play with more passion, we've got to play unselfish and we have to play smarter," he said. "Those are the things that we have to do in order to compete and to try to get our fans into the game, even though it might be split tonight from a fan standpoint."

By Michael Lee  | December 14, 2010; 11:43 AM ET
Categories:  Andray Blatche, John Wall  
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Comments

Looks like this game is in the bag. Lakers have no chance! but really it should be stressed that this is a rebuilding team and we should be patient.

Posted by: jefferu | December 14, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Certain L w/ or w/o them.

Posted by: bernard_thompson | December 14, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Coach Flip Saunders said Kirk Hinrich... will start...

Flip's singing "Happy Days Are Here Again"

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 14, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

The most brittle team in the NBA, i swear everytime you turnaround it's something. Ted Leonsis should fire the whole medical and training staff they are all a joke.

Posted by: dargregmag | December 14, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

"Ted Leonsis should fire the whole medical and training staff they are all a joke."

Doesn't the fact that Ted, who probably knows a bit more about them than you and I do, hasn't fired them suggest that maybe they aren't "all a joke"?

I understand denigrating the skills of the medical and training staffs is viewed as true wisdom on this board, but at some point we should accept that posting the same baseless assertion over and over isn't going to make it true.

Posted by: Miks | December 14, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

"Ted Leonsis should fire the whole medical and training staff they are all a joke."

Doesn't the fact that Ted, who probably knows a bit more about them than you and I do, hasn't fired them suggest that maybe they aren't "all a joke"?

I understand denigrating the skills of the medical and training staffs is viewed as true wisdom on this board, but at some point we should accept that posting the same baseless assertion over and over isn't going to make it true.
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Let's see...The Wizards are 1 or 2 every year in games lost to injury. They couldn't figure out that Arenas was still hurt when they gave him that big contract extension. They failed to diagnose Blatche this summer when he hurt his foot so he kept on playing instead of resting it and ended up having to have surgery. I could go on, but it's clear that what's baseless is trying to claim the Wizards medical staff is doing a good job just because Leonsis hasn't fired them yet. He hasn't fired Flipper yet. That doesn't mean it won't happen and it doesn't make Flip a good coach.

Posted by: sonny2 | December 14, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

If Gil isnt lagging then maybe he can go off tonight because with Wall out maybe LA puts Fisher on Gil instead of having Artest on him like last time. Atest is a little too big to stay with Gil but he can crowd him with his height & lead him right into those 7footers.

Gil also cant attack the rim off the pick & roll as much at the 2. Maybe at the 1 he gets guarded by Fish more and can also get some of there bigs in foul trouble if he's right. Problem for us though is that even if we got one of there bigs in foul trouble, Bynum will most likely play tonight so they have enough

Posted by: dlts2041 | December 14, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I agree we need a new training staff. This team is ALWAYS hurt. I know in pro sports, injuries are part of the game, but this team seems to have 4-5 guys out at a time. No ability to get continuity with the first and second teams on the court, because there is so much shuffling in the lineup. If the team can't stay healthy, it can't win.

Hell, the team isn't even intact coming out of training camp!! You have all summer to get healthy, and that doesn't even seem to work. What is the deal?

Posted by: bentdog | December 14, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

and Andrew Bynum returns tonight

Posted by: bernard_thompson | December 14, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

"Gilbert Arenas (left knee soreness)"

Isn't that his surgically repaired knee? And how many minutes is he going to play tonight? Since both he and Hinrich are starting, and there is really no backup PG. I hope Sunaders will insert Young in early.

After Howard's back, maybe we need to cut someone to sign another PG, because Wall will be in and out of lineup, and Gil's knee is having problem.

Posted by: sagaliba | December 14, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

"I agree we need a new training staff."

Just don't get from Portland's.

Posted by: sagaliba | December 14, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

When the Wizards won the lottery, I figured that John Wall would do for them what Stephen Strasburg did for the Nationals. I was more right than I could have known. Both of them are prodigiously talented, and neither of them can stay healthy. Wall's tendinitis sounds chronic to me meaning that it won't go away.

Posted by: jack_mo_99 | December 14, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

.......Wall's tendinitis sounds chronic to me meaning that it won't go away.

Posted by: jack_mo_99 | December 14, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

as opposed to "chronic" meaning the stickiest of the best from the west???????I'd have to agree with you there bruva.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 14, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

It's back! Curse O' Les Boulez. Same story every year... injury!

Posted by: Nioki | December 14, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Let's see...The Wizards are 1 or 2 every year in games lost to injury.
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interesting statistic. where can I find the listing of games lost to injury?

Posted by: MinuMang | December 14, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

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