The Washington Times - April 4, 2009, 10:53PM

The Wizards said Gilbert Arenas didn’t play tonight to rest his knee, but according to Nick Young, Agent Zero sat out tonight’s game out of a precautionary/superstitious move. April 4, 2007 was the date that Gilbert Arenas originally blew out his left knee against Charlotte, and Young said that Arenas told him he didn’t want to play on this date, which in his mind is now cursed.



It all came from a locker room conversation with Young, just checking on the status of his knee. Young left the game in the first quarter after a tussle for the ball with Jamaal Magloire ended with his left knee getting pinned under him and bent awkwardly. It looked pretty scary, but after examining Young, the team doctors said it was just a sprain.


“It was more worry more than any thing, more shock. I didn’t know how to take it, really. I was just real scared. Once the doctor looked at it, he said it was all right, just hyper extended it a little bit.”


Ed Tapscott said that Nick likely will have an MRI either tomorrow or Monday, but Nick said he would see how he felt tomorrow to determine if he needed one or not.


Then came the Gil info.


“I think Gil put a jinx on me,” Nick added.


A jinx? Say, what?


“He said this is the day he got hurt, so that’s why he didn’t play. I think he put a jinx on me. He was talking about it all day. So, I was a little worried after I had seen myself on the floor, and feeling the pain right there.”


So today was a mental thing …


Otherwise, not much to say about this game. Flat performance, no perimeter defense. Positives to take from it are a career-high eight assists from Javaris Crittenton and Brendan Haywood’s double-double. Negatives are Crittenton’s back flaired back up on him again late in the game and he said it was pretty painful post-game. Other negative, Ed said Juan Dixon re-strained his already fragile Achilles tendon and that he doubts Dixon will be able to play the rest of the season.


The Wizards have tomorrow off and then practice on Monday.