Trevor Ariza is ill, though the team hasn't called it the flu. He had a pronounced cough after Saturday's 18-point loss to the Chicago Bulls, and the only good thing is the team has a few days off before what will be their biggest game of the season later in the week against the Charlotte Bobcats at Verizon Center.
Ariza only made 1 of 9 shots playing the second game of a back-to-back. On Friday, he held Carmelo Anthony to 10 points on 5-for-14 shooting in a comeback victory at the New York Knicks.
He was in such bad shape he left the locker room immediately and didn't speak, and understandably so. The Wizards (40-37) can't afford other players to get sick, either.
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"A lot of people were tired. We have a few guys banged up. Trevor is still sick so he's not 100 percent ready yet," center Marcin Gortat said after Saturday's loss. "It's not an excuse. We got to play."
In the event Ariza's condition gets worse, Martell Webster and Otto Porter would be the next in line. Porter scored five points, making 2 of 4 shots, in seven minutes Saturday.
The Wizards are off Sunday and will practice Monday and Tuesday for Wednesday's game vs. the Bobcats, who trail them for the No. 6 seed by one game.