An MRI done today on the right shoulder of Wizards forward Antawn Jamison revealed that the 12th-year veteran suffered a a subluxation, which basically means the shoulder popped out and popped back in during a first-quarter collision with Cleveland center Zydrunas Ilgauskas.
There still is a good deal of swelling in the shoulder, so once that subsides, Jamison will be re-evaluated. One thing’s for sure, however, that the forward, who last season led the Wizards in both scoring and rebounding and was doing so again this preseason, will miss the remainder of the preseason (games at Atlanta, Philadelphia and Chicago). His status for the team’s Oct. 27 regular season opener is in doubt.
With Jamison out, Andray Blatche will step in as starter. The Wizards already are thin up front with Brendan Haywood sidelined until early next week with a sprained right ankle. Fabricio Oberto can play some power forward, but has started at center the last three games.
Third-year man Dominic McGuire is kind of a jack-of-all trades player and could help spell Blatche, but isn’t much of an offensive threat.
It’s the second straight preseason in which Jamison has had a scare. Last year he sprained his knee in the team’s first preseason game against Dallas. He returned before the preseason ended, however, and played 81 straight games in the regular season before missing the last game with bone spurs.