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News » As Arenas prepares return, Wizards' James is done

As Arenas prepares return, Wizards' James is done

As Arenas prepares return, Wizards' James is done
WASHINGTON (AP) - Washington Wizards guard Mike James is out for the season after breaking his right pinkie, another blow for the injury-riddled, last-place team just as it welcomed back three-time All-Star Gilbert Arenas.

James fractured his pinkie in three places while reaching for the ball during Friday's practice and will have a pin inserted in the hand when he has surgery on Tuesday. In a sign of these technological times, James pulled out his PDA in the locker room and showed reporters the X-ray of the finger before Saturday night's game against the Detroit Pistons.

"I've never had a broken bone before," James said. "When the doctor showed it to me, I'm like, 'That's me?"'

James was acquired Dec. 10 from the New Orleans Hornets in a three-team trade. He averaged 9.6 points and 3.6 assists in 53 games, including 50 starts, since joining the Wizards.

James joins Arenas, Brendan Haywood, DeShawn Stevenson, Etan Thomas and Caron Butler as Wizards who have missed substantial time this season. Butler also returned Saturday after missing seven straight games with a sore left hamstring.

Interim coach Ed Tapscott confirmed before the game that Arenas would start in his season debut, ending a long rehabilitation that involved three knee surgeries in an 18-month span. It was to be Arenas' first game since April 27, 2008, and his first game since signing a $111-million, six-year contract last summer.

"In our discussions, I said, 'Let the game come to you, play the game the way you've always played it,"' Tapscott said. "'Distribute the ball when it's appropriate, take your offensive opportunities."'

Tapscott said having Arenas on the floor should allow the Wizards to play at a faster pace.

"I think I have a little more talent on the floor than I have had the last couple of weeks," the coach added. "So I'm going to let them go up and down a little bit more."

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