- Associated Press - Friday, November 5, 2010

NEW YORK (AP) - Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas will make his season debut Friday night against the New York Knicks, according to the team’s Twitter page.

Coach Flip Saunders said before Washington’s morning shootaround that he planned to decide before the game, but the Wizards’ Twitter page had a post Friday afternoon reading: “A quick update from New York. Gilbert Arenas will play tonight!”

Saunders said earlier he wanted to see how Arenas looked in the morning workout, then how he felt later.

Arenas returned to practice Wednesday after missing the first three games with a strained tendon in his right ankle. He hasn’t appeared in a regular-season game since Jan. 5, before he was suspended the rest of the season for bringing guns into the Verizon Center locker room.

With only one full practice in 2 1/2 weeks, Saunders said he wanted to see if Arenas “has soreness, if he has explosiveness, just how he feels.”

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