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Antonio Daniels

\ Daniels first sprained the wrist when he got his thumb caught in the jersey of a Milwaukee Bucks opponent on March 11. He had an MRI and X-ray done on the wrist back then, but didn’t miss any time. He played with it heavily taped and winced every time he touched the ball.\

\ Last night he got the thumb caught in the jersey of the Lakers’ Vladimir Radmanovic, left the game in the first quarter and didn’t return. Daniels said his hand hurt so bad he came close to throwing up. He said his wrist isn’t broken, but he can’t further injure it by playing. He hopes to play Wednesday night in the Wizards’ return to Verizon Center against the Bucks.\

\ Andray Blatche will start in place of Butler and Roger Mason Jr. will start in place of Daniels. Blatche averages 11.8 points and 7.7 rebounds when he starts at forward. For the season he is averaging 7.1 points and 5.0 rebounds.\

\ Mason is averaging 8.7 points and 1.6 assists this season. He has started eight games in place of Daniels this season when the veteran missed time with knee and ankle injuries. As a starter Mason averages 17.6 points and 3.1 assists.\

\ — Mike Jones

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