Songaila yesterday said he could have played had the team needed him, and that he didn’t want to make too much over the injury.
“It’s not that bad,” Songaila said. “If coach needed me I would have been able to go.”
When he came back from back surgery after missing half the season to average almost 11 points a game in the playoffs, the Wizards believed they had found another strong bench component.
But Songaila is mustering just 5.5 points and 3.3 rebounds a game, his worst totals since his rookie season with Sacramento in 2003-04.
“It’s a little bit frustrating but you have to do what you can do when you are called on,” Songaila said. “There is a correlation between the minutes you get and the productivity. I’m not going to complain, I just try to do my role. Some nights you might get 35 minutes, other nights you might just get 14. You just have to be ready to go.”
Pecherov getting closer
While the Wizards have said for the last three weeks that Pecherov — out with a hairline fracture in his right ankle — is about 10 days away, the feeling now is that he could make his debut with the team even sooner.
But how close is he really?
Every time Pecherov works out he experiences swelling in the foot, which is not a good sign but is also not considered to be a major concern.