Gilbert Arenas Will Be A Game-Time Decision Against The Rockets

After making his season debut last week in a back-to-back, Gilbert Arenas' ankle injury appears to have flared up a little bit. Head Coach Flip Saunders now says that he will be a game-time decision tonight.

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Gilbert Arenas Is A Game-Time Decision Against The Rockets

Gilbert Arenas has already made his season debut and played for the Wizards, but his ankle seems not to have responded well to the back-to-back games he played in his first action. According to Craig Stouffer at the Washington Examiner, Arenas will be a game-time decision when the Wizards play the Rockets tonight.

"He really struggled yesterday," said Saunders prior to shootaround on Wednesday morning. "He just didn’t have as much movement as he had the day before so we’ll have to see how he his today, how he moves tonight. I say it kiddingly, but it’s always going to be a game-time decision because sometimes what happens to him, for no reason, you’re knee can swell up or your ankle, and you don’t even really know why, and all of a sudden, you have trouble moving, especially because of his history."

I have nor problem with the team taking Arenas' rehab a little bit slowly, and if he isn't responding well to the time they played him, then there is no reason for him to be out there. But maybe they shouldn't have played him in a back-to-back situation his first time out there. That probably wasn't the smartest thing.

We'll ave more updates on the injury and his availability as they happen.

Gilbert Arenas Will Make Season Debut Tonight Against Knicks

It's now official: Gilbert Arenas and John Wall will share the court for the first time in a regular-season game. The team has announced that Arenas will indeed play Friday night against the Knicks after missing the first three games of the season with an ankle injury.

A quick update from New York. Gilbert Arenas will play tonight!    

It does not appear that Arenas will start the game, as he practiced with the second unit at practice on Thursday. The Wizards will likely start John Wall, Kirk Hinrich, Al Thornton, Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee, with Arenas coming in to provide bench punch. This will be his first game action since last January 2, when he did his "Finga Gunz" dance before the game. 

One game will not answer all the questions about whether Arenas and John Wall can coexist, but it's important for the two of them to get on the court. Doing it against the Knicks, a tired team that played last night and isn't great defensively anyway, is a good way for Arenas to start.


Gilbert Arenas Practices With Second Unit, Could Return To Action Against Knicks

Gilbert Arenas returned to practice today, and he remains a game-time decision for tomorrow's game against the New York Knicks with an ankle injury. However, there's a bit of a catch: he practiced with the reserves.

Via Craig Stouffer of the Washington Examiner:

Arenas working w/ 2nd unit at end of #wizards practice. Flip: "Right now, we're probably going to go with the starting lineup that we have."    

This means the Wizards would stick with their starting lineup of John Wall, Kirk Hinrich, Al Thornton, Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee and bring Arenas off the bench. Saunders probably prefers the chemistry the starting unit has developed, and doesn't want to wreck it. However, this means Arenas could be coming off the bench firing -- jump shots, I mean. It also may in some ways delay Arenas' chemistry with Wall. 

Of course, Arenas has to actually play for this to be an issue, and that remains up in the air. Still, this is a bit of a surprise. 


John Wall Will Play For The Wizards Tonight, Gilbert Arenas Is Out

Heading into the Wizards home opener tonight the status of the team's biggest stars was in doubt. Both John Wall and Gilbert Arenas are nursing ankle injuries and both of them were questionable for tonight's game. Now we have clarification on both.

Flip Saunders says no Gilbert tonight. Wall is a go. #Wizardsless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

I'm sure the Wizards fans who have been waiting to see John Wall in person since the day the Wizards won the draft lottery are revealed to hear that he will in fact be in uniform and playing in the team's first game in Washington.

As for Gilbert, his absence certainly hurts the team in terms of their chances to win tonight, but it should put the ball back into Wall's hands even more, which is something I think that the fans will appreciate.

The Wizards will face Philadelphia and Evan Turner, in an early match up of the top two players selected in last June's NBA Draft. Without Gil in the lineup, it will be on Wall to propel the Wizards to a victory.


Gilbert Arenas 'Unlikely' To Play In Wizards' Home Opener Tuesday

When we first learned that Gilbert Arenas had a problem with his ankle, the prognosis was that he would miss the team's first two road games and maybe be ready in time for Tuesday's home opener against the Philadelphia 76ers. As of right now, it looks like even that was optimistic.

Arenas did not practice again today, and though he will officially be a game-time decision, coach Flip Saunders told reporters that Arenas is unlikely to play. Arenas will have a follow-up MRI this afternoon to determine the severity of the injury, but as of right now, I doubt we'll see him on the court.

Worse, John Wall apparently has an injury, missing practice today after suffering a sprained ankle in the Wizards' loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday, according to Michael Lee of the Washington Post. It looks like Wall will play, but that's definitely a concern that needs to be monitored going forward. The good news is that Wall was doing drills at the end of practice, according to Craig Stouffer of the Washington Examiner. 


Report: Gilbert Arenas Seeing Foot Doctor In Washington D.C.

In yet another sign that Gilbert Arenas' ankle injury may be more serious than anyone realized, the star guard is reportedly not even with the team on their road trip. According to CSN's Chris Miller, Arenas flew home today to see a foot doctor back in the D.C. area.

Gilbert Arenas already back in DC meeting with a foot specialist.    

Michael Lee of the Washington Post is reporting that Arenas is seeing Dr. Mary Myerson, a foot specialist based in Baltimore. Arenas also apparently was in a walking boot after practice yesterday, which probably indicates the injury is more serious than initially expected. I know I would be very surprised to see Arenas play in the home opener against the Philadelphia 76ers next Tuesday night. 

Al Thornton is expected to start in Arenas' place tonight against the Magic. The Wizards were planning on going with a three-guard lineup of John Wall, Arenas and Kirk Hinrich had Arenas been healthy.


Gilbert Arenas Will Miss The First Two Games Of The Season With Strained Ankle Tendon

The good news is that Gilbert Arenas' status for Thursday's season opener is now known after a few days of speculation. The bad news is that it is not the status we were hoping for.

Gilbert Arenas will miss at least the first two games of the season as he continues to nurse an injury that the team is calling a strained tendon in his ankle, according to Chris Miller of CSN Washington. Miller also points out that Gilbert has a walking boot on the injured ankle. 

Earlier this week we heard that if Gilbert was unable to go in the team's first game that Al Thornton would be his likely replacement in the starting lineup, so expect him to be on the floor when the Wizards open their season tomorrow against the Magic.

The third game of the year will be played next Tuesday. There is no word on if the organization anticipates Gilbert to be healthy in time to play in that game. However the fact that he is in a walking boot does not bode well for an early return. We'll have more reaction from the team and Gilbert as soon as it becomes available.


Gilbert Arenas Will Miss Wizards' Season Opener

Gilbert Arenas has been faking, then not faking injuries for quite some time. But for Thursday's sake, there's nothing fake about it.

Via CSN Washington's Chris Miller, Arenas will not play in Thursday's season opener against the Orlando Magic and Saturday's game against the Atlanta Hawks.

Gilbert Arenas will not play thurs. Or Saturday. Gil is in a walking boot Wizards are calling it a strain tendon in ankle.    


Gilbert Arenas Did Not Practice Tuesday, Status Unclear For Season Opener

With the season opener rapidly approaching, the status of Gilbert Arenas remains unknown. He hasn't practiced in a few days while he rests an injured ankle and there has been no official word on when the team expects him to return. According to Kyle Weidie, Arenas didn't practice on Tuesday either, and the state of his injury remains a mystery.

Gilbert Arenas sat out of practice today, status uncertain for Thurs... Although, seems like team is preparing 2 play w/o him.less than a minute ago via OpenBeak

From everything we have heard, it appears Gilbert ill not be ready to play in the opener and that Al Thornton will be starting in his place. But expect the Wizards to continue to play this one close to the vest to keep their opponent off balance. We won't know for sure about Gilbert's status until shortly before the game.


Gilbert Arenas May Miss Wizards' Season Opener With Ankle Injury

Gilbert Arenas' strange preseason is over, but the effects continue to linger. First, he faked an injury. Then, he suffered a groin injury. Now, he has an ankle injury which may be serious enough to cause him to miss some games.

Arenas missed his second straight practice today, and coach Flip Saunders said there's a chance he might miss the season opener against the Orlando Magic on Thursday. Via Samuel Chamberlain of TBD:

When asked if Arenas would be able to play Thursday night, Saunders replied, "I have no idea if he's going to be ready or not ready. If we don't have him, I still think we can go out there and be effective."    

Honestly, that sounds like a coach that is prepared to play without him. It's also a bit strange that Arenas now has an ankle injury instead of a groin injury, which is what knocked him out of the preseason. He had ankle soreness earlier in the preseason, but it seemed like he had gotten over that. Apparently, he hasn't.

What does Arenas himself have to say about his injury. Craig Stouffer of the Washington Examiner tried to get an answer out of him, but failed. Via Stouffer's Twitter.

Tried 2 ask Arenas after #wizards practice about his groin/ankle.He looked straight thru me, headed to lockr rm w/ a sing-songy "You'll see"    

In that sense, it looks like Arenas is back to his old self.


John Wall Meets Brandon Jennings As Wizards Take On Bucks

The Wizards fell to the Bucks 96-88 last night, struggling offensively in the second half. However, the bigger story was that Gilbert Arenas, fresh off faking a knee injury, suffered a real groin injury after three minutes of play. He was taken back to the locker room and did not return due to precautionary reasons. 

Arenas had one assist, one rebound and (somehow) three steals in his three minutes of play.

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