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That, too, is an open question.

Not that Flip Saunders thought it was a concern before accepting the coaching job.

He has insisted all along that Arenas will get all the way back.

That is a reassuring dynamic, for Saunders has staked his future on Arenas.

The Wizards have, too.

This is not to count out Arenas; it is just a recognition of the challenge before him, which is draining the team.

As long as Arenas is out of sorts, stuck on uncertain, the Wizards are conditioned to follow his lead.

It would be no different with any other NBA team featuring a scaled-down version of a franchise player.

It is on Arenas to make plays in the closing minutes of games, to hit big shots and to cripple the opposition’s defense. He is not doing those things these days.

That is why no one can be too critical of Earl Boykins and the turnover he committed in the final seconds against the Clippers on Monday.

Boykins was not on anyone’s radar in the upbeat days of training camp. That he has been entrusted with finishing games is a response to the shortcomings that afflict the point-guard position.

Boykins has handled the assignment with a certain efficiency but hardly in the manner of the old Arenas.

That guy is not with the Wizards at the moment.

The person who is passing himself off as Arenas is missing his shooting legs, his lift at the basket, his timing, his feel for the game.

That is his two-year debt to an unfeeling game.