Wizards pregame: Okafor, Booker out vs. Knicks

Wizards pregame: Okafor, Booker out vs. Knicks
October 11, 2012, 6:45 pm
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Emeka Okafor and Trevor Booker will miss their second straight preseason game, Wizards coach Randy Wittman said during his pregame media session before Washington hosts the New York Knicks.

After Wednesday's practice Okafor told reporters he was anxious to return to action after a lengthy absence dating back to his time in New Orleans. Blame a bout of food poisoning for this latest missed opportunity. Booker has been sidelined with a sore left hamstring.

As expected John Wall (stress injury left patella) and Nene (plantar fasciitis) also will be in street clothes.

Wittman is sending out the same starting lineup that struggled offensively Sunday in Charlotte: Trevor Ariza and Jan Vesely at forward, Jordan Crawford and A. J. Price at guard with Kevin Seraphin at center. Point guard Jannero Pargo is expected to make his preseason debut after missing the opener with an abdominal strain.

The Knicks, set for their first preseason game, also have a host of missing players including Amar'e Stoudemire (bruised left knee) and Marcus Camby (strained left calf).

Carmelo Anthony, who scored 37 points in his only game against the Wizards at Verizon Center last season, starts up front along with Kurt Thomas and Tyson Chandler with Raymond Felton and Mychel Thompson in the backcourt.