Washington Wizards Injuries: Trevor Booker, Nick Young, Rashard Lewis, Josh Howard Out For Year

The Wizards are limping to the finish line, with Josh Howard, Rashard Lewis, Nick Young, Trevor Booker, Cartier Martin and Hamady Ndiaye all out for the final six games due to injury.

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Nick Young, Josh Howard, Rashard Lewis Among Wizards Injured For Rest Of Season

The Washington Wizards will end the season with a depleted roster, as several key players will end the season injured. Flip Saunders said at shootaround Tuesday that Nick Young, Rashard Lewis, Josh Howard, Hamady Ndiaye, Cartier Martin and Trevor Booker will all sit for the final six games of the season due to various injuries.

Booker and Lewis are not big surprises. The Wizards announced last week that Booker suffered a broken foot and would be out for six weeks. Lewis, meanwhile, has been out for a while with right knee tendonitis, and had an injection on March 17

The bigger surprise is Young, who was playing so well before hurting his left knee a couple weeks ago. He reaggravated the injury in a loss to Golden State on March 28, and that was evidently enough to keep him out for the season. 

Howard, meanwhile, never recovered from offseason knee surgery, playing in just 13 games this season.

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Trevor Booker Injury To Sideline Him For Rest Of Season

Trevor Booker has been a nice surprise to the Wizards as a rookie during a very bad year, but it looks like his season is over. Booker suffered a foot injury in Friday's loss to the Denver Nuggets, and coach Flip Saunders said he will not return to the court this season.

Via Michael Lee of the Washington Post:

Flip Saunders said Trevor Booker is likely done for the season after MRI revealed a crack below his right foot    

The Wizards have nine games left in the season, so there isn't much time for Booker to recover. Booker averaged 5.3 points and 3.9 rebounds in 16.4 minutes per game this season, but his per-minute numbers are very strong and he was starting to get more regular playing time as injuries to other players started piling up. 

The Wizards will get Andray Blatche back for Wednesday's game against Miami, so it looks like he will be the one to fill the minutes Booker vacated.

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Washington Wizards Injuries: Nick Young Re-Aggravates Knee Injury In Loss To Warriors

Nick Young just returned to the Wizards' lineup on Friday after missing five games with a bruised knee, and now, it appears that he is already heading back to the sideline. According to Dave Johnson at CSN Washington, Nick Young re-aggravated his knee injury early in the second quarter of the Wizards' loss to the Warriors last night.

Already dealing with injuries to three key players, the Wizards were dealt another setback when Trevor Booker was unable to start because of a sore right foot. Nick Young, who had just returned to lineup Friday after a five game absence, started in place of Booker.

Young had scored 31 points in a previous meeting against the Warriors and with 7 points helped the Wizards to a 36-35 lead at the end of the first quarter. Just a little over a minute into the second quarter Young was headed to the locker room after reinjuring his bruised left knee.

With nothing of substance to play for, the Wizards shouldn't be in any hurry to rush Nick Young back into the lineup and risk further injury.

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Washington Wizards Injuries: Rashard Lewis' Knee Not Improving, May Have Season-Ending Surgery

Three weeks ago, Rashard Lewis hinted that he might need season-ending surgery on his right knee to fix nagging tendonitis. He put it off then, but now, after playing a combined 14 minutes in total in the team's last two games, Lewis said surgery is very much an option.

After practice Thursday, Lewis told reporters that he can't give the Wizards what they need and is discussing with his agent about whether he will end up having the surgery. Via Craig Stouffer of the Washington Examiner:

"I can't give them what I want," said Lewis. "I can't defend on the court. My reaction is a step slow. My first step, my explosiveness, everything. Even with my jump shot, when I go to squat in my jump shot, I just have no lift in my legs. It's not only hurting me running up and down the court but my jump shot as well."

A decision is expected later Thursday, Lewis said. He has averaged 11.4 points and just under six rebounds a game since being acquired from the Orlando Magic on December 18 in exchange for Gilbert Arenas. He started off as a stabilizing veteran presence in a mostly young locker room, but his play has suffered as his knees have worsened. 

Lewis is the team's highest-paid player, with two years left on a six-year, $113 million contract initially signed with the Magic in the summer of 2007. The final year is only guaranteed for $10 million.

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Washington Wizards Injuries: Rashard Lewis Limited By Knee Pain, May Need Surgery After Season

The Washington Wizards' highest-paid players has knee pain. No, I'm not talking about Gilbert Arenas again. Instead, I'm talking about Rashard Lewis, the man acquired for Arenas in December. Lewis has been playing through tendonitis in his right knee, and while he has no plans to sit out yet, he did admit that surgery may have to be an option.

Via Craig Stouffer of the Washington Examiner:

"Surgery is an option, just to clean it out, a scope, but it's not something that I want to do right now," said Lewis. "I think it'd be an option after the season, but we're going to see how it feels over these next couple of games leading up to the break, just to decide what we're going to do."

Lewis had been averaging 13.2 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in 25 games since the December trade, all while playing over 35 minutes a contest. He said the problem began early in the year, when he was with the Magic, and has not improved much since then. 

Coach Flip Saunders said Lewis will take a couple days off, but the plan is for him to play against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday.

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Kirk Hinrich Elbow Injury Forces Wizards To Call Up Mustafa Shakur

Kirk Hinrich will miss tonight's game for the Washington Wizards as the Boston Celtics come to Verizon Center. Hinrich will be sitting out due to the elbow injury that he suffered last night in the fourth quarter of the Wizards' game against the Phoenix Suns.

According to the Associated Press, the team is calling the injury a right elbow sprain. Coach Flip Saunders doesn't appear to be concerned about the elbow being broken, but told the AP that the team will wait for the swelling to go down before ordering an MRI.

"We're more concerned about ligaments in the elbow," Saunders said, "because of how it was hyperextended."

To fill in for the injured veteran, the Wizards have added Mustafa Shakur to the active roster, signing the D-League point guard to a 10-day contract. According to Craig Stouffer of the Washington Examiner, Shakur has been a member of four different NBA teams before, but has yet to see a single minute of action on the floor in an NBA game. That is very likely to change tonight as the Wizards will need some help with Hinrich out of the lineup.

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Washington Wizards Injuries: Josh Howard To Miss At Least Two More Weeks

Josh Howard spent all summer battling back from a torn ACL he suffered last February. Sadly, for his sake, it looks like that rehab may have been for naught. Howard was sent back to the injury shelf a couple weeks ago when that same knee swelled up, and is now going to miss even more time. 

Wizards coach Flip Saunders said Howard will miss another two weeks with soreness in his left knee, the same knee that was operated on last winter. Via Samuel Chamberlain of TBD:

Flip Saunders says Josh Howard (knee) is still "at least 2 weeks away" from a return to the court.#Wizards

Howard played in just eight games this season, after playing in just four games for the Wizards last season. He, of course, came over in the Caron Butler/Brendan Haywood/DeShawn Stevenson trade last February.

Rashard Lewis has been starting at small forward in Howard's place, but he's also nursing some knee pain and may only play in one of the Wizards' next two home games this weekend, according to Craig Stouffer of the Washington Examiner.

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Washington Wizards Injuries: Andray Blatche Suffers Sprained Shoulder, Is Day-To-Day

Just as the Washington Wizards finally get healthy, they are shorthanded again. Power forward Andray Blatche is listed as day-to-day after suffering a sprained shoulder in the Wizards' win over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night. He will likely miss the team's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday, according to Michael Lee of the Washington Post.

Blatche hoped the shoulder injury would get better with a night's sleep, but it didn't. He did not participate in the team's short practice Wednesday.

After the game, Blatche said he was hoping that he would wake up and feel better. But as he headed out of the arena, Blatche said, "It was worse. I couldn't sleep at night. I couldn't lay comfortably. A lot of pain."  

Blatche suffered the injury when he collided into Kings guard Jermaine Taylor chasing for a loose ball in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter. He did not play in the overtime. 

The team is prepared to slide Rashard Lewis over to power forward and move Al Thornton to the starting lineup for the time being.  

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Washington Wizards Injuries: Josh Howard Will Miss 7-10 Days With Knee Injury

Josh Howard worked extremely hard to recover from a torn ACL last February. It took him nine months, but he was back on the court in early December. Now, it's taken him just eight games to reaggravate the injury.

Wizards coach Flip Saunders said that Howard would miss at least a week as he recovered from soreness in his left knee, according to Craig Stouffer of the Washington Examiner. Howard initially suffered the injury last Wednesday in a game against the Philadelphia 76ers, and he was held out of the team's last two games for precautionary reasons. 

The left knee is the same knee that Howard suffered the torn ACL on last February. He missed the last 28 games of last season and the first 24 games of this season with the injury. In eight games, Howard averaged just 7.9 points and 3.3 rebounds in a career-low 20.6 minutes per game. His injury will open up more time for Al Thornton to shine.

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Washington Wizards Injuries: Yi Jianlian Has Sprained Right MCl, Could Miss A Few Weeks

Knee injuries are always scary. Without an MRI, there is really no way to know just what is wrong with a guy, and if his recovery will be just a few days or almost a year. When Yi Jianlian went down with a knee injury last night, it didn't look good.

Today, we have clarification about the severity of the injury that Jianlian suffered straight from the organization.

Yi has a sprained right mcl and will likely be out for the next several games.less than a minute ago via txt

According to Craig Stouffer, Yi himself said that the injury will keep him out 2-4 weeks. But these things always depend on the speed at which the person who suffered them can recover. We'll know a lot more about how long it will take Yi to get back on the court with how he handles the next few days of treatment. More on the injury and recovery as it becomes available.

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Yi Jianlian Leaves Game Against Lakers Early In First Quarter With Sprained Right Knee

The Washington Wizards are already suffering from a litany of injuries. Josh Howard has yet to play this season, while John Wall and Andray Blatche have missed significant time with several ailments.  But the line in the infirmary just got longer.

Via CSN's Chris Miller, Yi Jianlian sprained his already-injured right knee in the first quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers and will not return. Yi, who has already missed nine games of his own this season, had to be helped off of the court by his teammates after colliding with Lakers forward Ron Artest during a play in the paint. Artest would score despite being fouled, but Yi clutched his knee and seemed to not put any weight on it.

Yi suffered a knee injury against the Chicago Bulls earlier this season and upon his return has been inserted into the Wizards' starting lineup because of Blatche's injury problems. The Wizards' bench continues to get thinner.

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Washington Wizards Injuries: Andray Blatche To Miss Game Against Los Angeles Lakers With Left Knee Injury

The Washington Wizards keep getting hit with minor nicks and bruises that keep their players out for a couple games at a time. Most notably, John Wall has missed seven of the team's first 22 games with various aches and pains, and even when he has played, he hasn't looked like himself.

Now, it looks like the injury bug has bitten Andray Blatche. The Wizards' forward missed two games last week with a hip injury, and now, he is nursing an injury elsewhere. He didn't practice today, and coach Flip Saunders said he will not play on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Lakers with a left knee injury. This is via Craig Stouffer of the Washington Examiner:

Blatche has struggled this season. His per-game averages of 17.1 points and 7.7 rebounds don't look too shabby, but is shooting just 44 percent from the field and isn't getting to the line very much. He's still compensating a bit after undergoing offseason foot surgery. Perhaps his latest issues are a sign that his foot has not completely healed. 

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