Wittman says Webster, Ariza unlikely to play

Wittman says Webster, Ariza unlikely to play
April 11, 2013, 6:00 pm
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After being reluctant to discuss his injury status for weeks, Martell Webster has no choice but to talk about his abdominal strain.

It kept the Wizards' starting small forward out for two games in late March. It might keep him out for the last three games of the season. The last home game is Friday vs. the Philadelphia 76ers (CSN, 7 p.m. ET).

Webster took himself out in the third quarter of Wednesday’s 103-98 loss vs. the Miami Heat. The Wizards (29-50) have lost three games in a row. 

“It’s super-sore. It’s one of those times where I got to kind of shut it down,” he said after playing 26 minutes and making only 2 of 7 shots. “My arms were moving faster than my legs. That was a sign I didn't want to make it any worse so I decided to come out.”

Webster had been among the top five three-point shooters in the NBA, shooting around 45%, before he hurt himself March 1.

Since the onset of the injury, including shooting 2-for-4 from long range vs. the Heat, Webster is 44-for-117, or 37.6%.

His overall accuracy has dipped to 42.2%, placing him outside the top 10 in the NBA.

“I’m going to exhaust every avenue before I make a decision like that,” Webster, a free agent-to-be, said of ending his season now. “It’s more of a mental game for me because I fight through everything. …if I get my mind into it I can get my body to respond.”

The Wizards already have lost rookie shooting guard Bradley Beal (right fibula) because of a stress injury to his lower leg. Small forward Trevor Ariza (sore left knee), who replaces Webster off the bench, has missed the Wizards' last two games.

Coach Randy Wittman said after a light walkthrough Thursday morning that Webster or Ariza aren't likely to play.

"I would say probably not," Wittman said. "I'm kind of in my own mind anticipating no."

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