- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 3, 2012

It hasn’t been an easy couple of days for Nick Young. The Wizards’ starting shooting guard was benched when the Orlando Magic came to town on Wednesday and adding injury to insult, bruised his right knee in the fourth quarter.

Young missed Thursday’s practice to have an MRI, which revealed no structural damage, but still will sit out Saturday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Young is the Wizards’ second leading scorer, averaging 16.5 points per game. He’s listed as day-to-day, but even when he returns, it may not be to the starting lineup.

In his place steps Jordan Crawford, who started the first two games of the season while Young worked himself into game shape after missing all of training camp before signing a one-year, $3.7 million qualifying offer.

Crawford, who famously said during the summer that he believed he could be as great as Michael Jordan someday, doesn’t lack confidence in his ability.

“It’s part of the business,” Crawford said of the Wizards’ lineup changes. “I think you take it how any team would take it. We just ran with it. You’ve got to accept it sometimes.”

Regardless of his role, Crawford says he’s the same player.

“Just be aggressive, that’s my approach the whole game,” he said. “You’re going to be put in different situations, you’ve just got to deal with it.”

Crawford had been in a bit of a shooting slump, but has broken out of it the past two weeks. In his last seven games, the guard has averaged 20.4 points and scored his season-high 32 points in a loss to the Sacramento Kings on Feb. 22.

But Crawford bristled at the notion that he is more comfortable at the two-guard spot than playing back-up point guard.

“I’m more comfortable being on the court,” Crawford said. “The difference is that they [his shots] going in now. When they go in, [they’re] good shots. When you miss them, [they’re] bad shots.

“I’m just trying to get better. We’ve been in a lot of games this year, we’ve just got to start winning. All the comebacks and the [comments that] ‘the Wizards’ hung in there, they’re a young team’, that’s old. You can only use that for so long. We’ve got to start putting wins on the board.”

Andray Blatche will also return to the lineup Saturday after missing a month with a strained calf.

But Rashard Lewis remains day-to-day with a sore left knee, and Ronny Turiaf is away from the team for a few days to settle a problem with his U.S. work visa. Turiaf has been out of the lineup with a broken left hand since Jan. 1.



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