Hanrahan: No Faking, Ankle Issue for Arenas

Hanrahan: No Faking, Ankle Issue for Arenas
October 25, 2010, 5:19 pm
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Monday October 25, 2010 2:30 p.m.
By Frank Hanrahan

Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas missed practice for the second straight day with a sore right ankle and his availability for the Orlando game Thursday night in the season opener is in doubt. "He didn't do anything today. He has soreness in his ankle a little bit of fluid. It's kind of day to day so we will wait and see how it is," coach Flip Saunders said after practice. When asked what his gut told him about Arenas playing or not, Saunders responded,"I have no idea if he will be ready or not ready."

Arenas missed the last two pre-season games with a bad groin and now he has sat out the last two practices with the ankle issue. Arenas also made national headlines by faking a knee injury so teammate Nick Young could play in his place in the pre-season, but this ailment is apparently legitimate.

If Arenas can't go, Al Thornton would slide in and start at small forward. "Al's back, he's healthy. He played extremely well the last week and he has his legs under him from when he was hurt." Saunders said. "Kirk's (Hinrich) back, John's (Wall) back, we'd love to have Arenas but if we don't have him I still think like we can go down there and be effective."

If Arenas can play, Saunders would start three guards with Wall and Hinrich and Andray Blatche starting at power forward and JaVale McGee at center.

Notes: Saunders said the team will leave tomorrow for the game in Orlando Thursday night. The Wizards usually travel the day before a game but Saunders changed it up because of all things, a horse show that's going on this week at Verizon Center. "With the horse show here its always kind of a pain in the butt just to be around here not only from the standpoint of how it smells but the traffic and everything else."