- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 27, 2008

Gilbert Arenas and Wizards coach Eddie Jordan both said yesterday they expect the guard to play today — three days after a bone bruise and pinched nerve in Arenas’ surgically repaired knee limited him to two points in 10 minutes of play.

Arenas went through a full practice yesterday, and Jordan said the three-time All-Star will make his second straight start if all goes according to plan.

“He looked pretty good out there today,” Jordan said. “I was even trying to slow him down so he could save his legs for tomorrow, but he looked good. … It looks like he’s ready for tomorrow, and he’ll start if he is.”

Arenas said his knee feels fine when he’s walking, but that the nerve gets pinched when he’s running, and he experiences a discomfort in his knee that he likened to the feeling after someone bumps his elbow.

“I just have to get warmed up really well, then the question is how I feel after it gets cold [from resting on the bench],” Arenas said.

The guard said he might use either a heated sleeve or stimulating machine while sitting on the bench in an attempt to keep his knee joint loose and warm so he can return to the game with little trouble.

Arenas made his first start since Nov. 16 on Thursday and played the first half of the first quarter.

He got on an exercise bike at the start of the second quarter, trying to warm his knee up, and entered the game with just more than seven minutes left in the half. But he lasted only four minutes before his knee started aching too badly for him to continue playing.

Daniels gets service gift

After practice yesterday, Wizards management presented point guard Antonio Daniels with a 10-year service watch, a gift from commissioner David Stern.

“It’s a real nice watch. I’m going to take it home and give it to my mama,” Daniels said. “It is special because when I came in, the life expectancy was three years and I just finished 11, so I’m a very blessed young man. …

“A lot has happened in 11 years, but it’s gone by very fast. You go from a rookie, to a young guy to a veteran quickly. A lot has happened, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Daniels was drafted fourth overall by Vancouver in 1997 and spent a year with the Grizzlies before playing four seasons — and winning a championship — with the San Antonio Spurs. After stops in Portland and Seattle, Daniels joined the Wizards three seasons ago.

This season he started a career-high 63 games and averaged a career-high 4.8 assists to go with 8.4 points.

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