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News » Washington Wizards Getting Inside 2009-01-15

Washington Wizards Getting Inside 2009-01-15

Washington Wizards Getting Inside 2009-01-15
So now that Etan Thomas (torn medial collateral ligament, left knee) has joined veterans Gilbert Arenas, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson as the latest veteran player on the sidelines, what's next for the Wizards?

Some might say that this is a blessing in disguise in that it will force the Wizards to go back to playing rookie big man JaVale McGee more. It also should lead to the continued development of Andre Blatche, who has had some very good moments this season. Both McGee and Blatche could benefit immensely from the opportunity in front of them if they take advantage of it.

On the other hand, this could very well be the beginning of the end of Thomas' playing career in Washington. Thomas has never lived up to his lottery selection in 2000, and he has basically had an injury-plagued career from the start.

He missed his entire rookie season in 2000-01 with a toe injury, missed the final 28 games of 2002-03 with a fractured orbital bone, and an abdominal strain sidelined him for 32 games in the 2004-05 season.

Thomas, who missed all of last season following heart surgery, has looked rusty and has fallen in and out of the rotation of former coach Eddie Jordan and interim boss Eddie Tapscott. Owed more than $7.3 million next season in the final year of his contract, Thomas was averaging 3.1 points and 2.5 rebounds in just under 12 minutes a game.

KNICKS 128, WIZARDS 122: The Wizards dropped their sixth game in a row despite a career-high 33 points from reserve guard Nick Young.

In a game between two woefully inept defensive teams, the Wizards made better than 59 percent of their field goals while allowing the Knicks to make almost 54 percent of their attempts in the game.

"Our problem (Wednesday night) was not scoring. Our problem (Wednesday night) was rebounding and playing defense," Wizards interim coach Ed Tapscott said.

Caron Butler added 25 points and Mike James finished with 20 for the Wizards.

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