Without Wall, Wizards top Raptors
With a small and quiet crowd of 11,513 looking on, Arenas scored 10 points in the third quarter, when Washington outscored Toronto 36-21 to take a 90-68 lead.
After the game, he played the humble Gil, happy to be here, eager to help out the No. 1 draft choice.
“It’s been almost four years since I’ve really played the game. Just going out there playing means a lot to me — whether it’s starting or coming off the bench,” Arenas said.
Since March 2007, there have been a host of injuries, real and imagined, knee surgeries and the infamous gun incident, which resulted in a season-ending suspension.
Starting for the first time at home since Jan. 2, the fans applauded warmly when he was introduced and no boos were heard. He thought he’d get the same sort of reception that a one-time top Wizards draft pick turned bust regularly received.
“I was expecting the same thing. They tricked me a little bit.”
“He’s starting to get his legs under him,” Saunders said. “He puts so much pressure on the other team knowing that they have to guard him.”
Toronto, which lost for the ninth time in 11 games, was led by Sonny Weems’ 16 points.