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Posted at 6:00 PM ET, 12/10/2010

John Wall, Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee will start vs. Knicks

By Alan Goldenbach

UPDATED AT 6:17 p.m.:

Rookie guard John Wall will be a game-time decision for will start tonight's home matchup with the New York Knicks, according to Wizards Coach Flip Saunders.

Wall injured his left foot and was a late scratch from the last game of the Wizards' road trip, which they lost, 116-91, at Sacramento. It was the seventh game Wall missed this season either due to a sprained left foot or a bruised right knee.

Meantime, Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee will return to the Wizards' starting front court. Blatche had missed the past two games with a brusied left hip, while McGee returns after ceding his starting spot for one game to rooke Kevin Seraphin after some ineffective play.

Saunders said he did not talk with McGee specifically about the play that seemed to epitomize the Wizards' dreadful performance in the Sacramento loss. In the closing seconds, McGee stole an inbounds pass and leaped from just inside the free-throw line for a dunk. He lost control of the ball and missed badly.

"That [play] signified that game, that whole game," Saunders said.

Saunders also added that Josh Howard is about a week away from making his season debut after recovering from a knee injury. Saunders said that the Wizards playing five of their next six games at home will make it easier to bring Howard back during this span.

By Alan Goldenbach  | December 10, 2010; 6:00 PM ET
Categories:  Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee, John Wall, Josh Howard  
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John Wall, Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee will start vs. Knicks

So there can't be an injury or playing on the road excuse...

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 10, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

well to be fair it is the 1st time all year we will have these guys together and they still are banged up and or rusty but I agree in that now is the time to fully judge us

Posted by: dlts2041 | December 10, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

No, when Josh Howard returns...that is "the time to fully judge us." Until then, we are missing one of our key pieces.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 10, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

No, when Josh Howard returns...that is "the time to fully judge us." Until then, we are missing one of our key pieces.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 10, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

So...once Howard is back lets say the Wizards will have about 50 games left. Over that 50 games they should be what .500?

They have Howard and Gil both vets McGee and AB who have been in the league for a while Kirk a proven vet, booker and Seraphin 2 steals of the draft Nick young another great draft pick and Wall the #1 pick plus Flip a great coach so the wizard should be able to go 40-10 and make the playoffs with a push for the championship.

Lets go Wizards I am on the band wagon.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 10, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

There was one night when the point guard (the ball handler) Hinrich made many turnovers, another night when Wall had many turnovers, and another when Arenas had many turnovers, I do not remember these ball handlers getting benched over a turnover. This is exactly the type of negative stuff Saunders brings to this team. McGee plays hard and will make a mistake, but it is an effort mistake. Not a lazy mistake. Fire Saunders, the more he explains the more I find him stupid.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | December 10, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

You can't count on Howard...it's a big question mark that may not turn out.

Posted by: bobilly1 | December 10, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

This teams lack of talent can be laid at the feet of Grunfeld! He has to be the worst GM in the NBA. What GM passes up the 5th pick in the draft for two old bums (mike miller and randy foye)?

He fired the best coach the team ever had and brought in his boy Flip. nuff said...

Posted by: squidward1 | December 10, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

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