- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 14, 2009

SEEN AND HEARD AT VERIZON CENTER

For the final time, the Washington Wizards wore their alternate black and gold uniforms during Monday's game against the Raptors. Afterward, the uniforms — gold jerseys and black shorts with white and gold trim — were retired.

The uniforms made their debut Nov. 18, 2006, against Cleveland, and since then the Wizards have worn them 38 times. Wearing the uniforms, Washington finished with a 21-18 record during the regular season and an 0-2 mark in the playoffs.

INJURY UPDATE

As is the theme of the season, the Wizards again were short-handed Monday night, dressing only 10 players. Guard Gilbert Arenas didn't dress for the fifth straight game, resting with general soreness, according to interim coach Ed Tapscott. Andray Blatche sat with soreness in his left knee.

Tapscott said Arenas hadn't experienced a setback after playing two games following a 73-game injury-induced absence, but the guard and team just wanted to handle him and his surgically repaired knee with caution. In the week leading up to his March 28 debut, Arenas said he planned on playing the final four home games and two road games — Cleveland and Boston. But Arenas, after playing March 28 and again April 2, decided to sit out the April 4 home game against Miami and hasn't played since.

Tapscott said Arenas' knee is fine, but his other limbs are hampered by soreness, which the coach said is to be expected. Tapscott said Arenas' status for Wednesday's finale in Boston is uncertain.

Mike James (broken finger), Etan Thomas (torn MCL) and DeShawn Stevenson (back surgery) all watched Monday night's game from the bench, as did Blatche. Arenas was nowhere to be seen.

Mike Jones

BY THE NUMBERS

13-28 Final home record for the Wizards after Monday night's loss to the Raptors.

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