The Wizards will be down to eight players tomorrow night when they take on the New Jersey Nets at Verizon Center. Backup guard Juan Dixon will be out with an arm injury, which he suffered early in the fourth quarter of last night’s loss to Memphis.
Dixon collided with a defender and banged the nerve near his right elbow, and headed to the locker room with the arm wrapped in ice. He didn’t practice today, but instead was watching while wearing a protective sleeve. He said he basically can’t use the arm right now.
DeShawn Stevenson didn’t practice today, either, and after watching his teammates run through practice left Verizon Center and was going to be having a tooth pulled.
Andray Blatche is coming along, but still hasn’t resumed practicing with the team. So the Wizards are now down three centers, and three guards.
And speaking of injured gaurds, Gilbert Arenas had said that he would start practicing with his teammates in Februray, but he has yet to do that. Ed Tapscott was asked where Arenas has been lately, as he hasn’t been on the bench to watch his teammates play since before they went on their west coast trip two weeks ago. Tapscott said that Arenas is around, but that he has just been asked to do his rehab work during the games rather than in the training room before games — as he had been doing — while his teammates were trying to get ready to play. Tap said there still is no timetable for even a return to practice for the player formerly known as Agent Zero.