Rice says pain in wrist became unbearable

Rice says pain in wrist became unbearable
December 19, 2013, 9:00 am
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Wittman pleased with effort in win

NEW YORK -- Glen Rice stood in the Wizards' locker room with a smile. They'd just won their second game in a row, but Rice could only watch with his right arm in a sling. He had outpatient surgery on his right shooting wrist to repair a fracture earlier in the day.

"Right now, I feel nothing. I'm still getting a little feeling back. Other than that, I feel good. Just sit and wait for the proper recovery," Rice said after a 113-107 victory at the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.

He went into Monday's game at the New York Knicks with soreness in the wrist and he didn't play. After Bradley Beal's game-winning shot with 6.9 seconds left, Rice tweaked it again during the postgame celebration. Because of the surgery, he's out 3-6 weeks.

"I don't know exactly what happened. It just got to the point that I couldn't take the pain anymore. Might have bumped it or something after the game," he said. " It had been hurting before the game. It just got to the point afterward where I said, 'This is all I can take.' It got tender right after the game. Walking back to the locker room I realized its a little bit more pain than usual."

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Rice needed help putting on his pants and his coat before leaving the locker room. He expects to stay with the team for recovery and rehabilitation. 

Fortunately for the Wizards, they're starting to get points from the bench to help mitigate Rice's loss. He'd been averaging 2.9 points and 1.8 rebounds in 11 games, including one start in which he scored seven points. 

His absence could clear space for Otto Porter to get more minutes, if he's ready. Porter played just three minutes against Brooklyn, failing to score as he didn't attempt a shot. 

"He was getting an opportunity to get some minutes," coach Randy Wittman said of Rice. "I think he was getting comfortable. Always tough to lose somebody. Everything seemed to go good. (The doctor) just had to get in and take a little piece off."

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