Ariza sits while Porter, Booker miss 4th day

Ariza sits while Porter, Booker miss 4th day
October 1, 2013, 7:30 pm
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Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) puts a stop to the drive in the lane by Washington Wizards' power forward Trevor Booker.

(AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)

FAIRFAX, Va. -- Yes, it's beginning to feel like Groundhog day at Wizards training camp.

For the fourth day in a row, Otto Porter (right hip flexor) and Trevor Booker (sore right knee) didn't practice at George Mason University. But Trevor Ariza (left calf) joined them after he had a flare up.

"He was pretty good today. It was an encouraging sign coming out from last night. Not a whole lot of soreness," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. "We kept him out. With him having the problem that he had last year, the strain ... we erred on the side of caution with him today."

The Wizards, who already are without Chris Singleton (left foot/toe surgery) and Emeka Okafor (herniated disk), went through a three-hour session but haven't had two-a-days which originally was the schedule going into camp. 

Wittman, however, contends that he like what he sees from his squad and doesn't believe two sessions have been necessary. 

"These are more mental days than physical days," Wittman said. "You play hard when everything is comfortable. But are we going to be a team that plays hard when things become uncomfortable? Are we going to persevere through troubling times? That's what today is. 'My body is sore.' Are you going to fight through it? ... Days like this you got to pick each other up. Tomorrow will be another one of those, five straight days of going hard. They haven't done anything as strenuous as this in any kind of workout they've done all summer. You get back here and it's a whole other level."

Booker stayed after practice and worked out on his own. 

The Wizards will practice for the last time at the Patriot Center on Wednesday before returning to Verizon Center for the rest of the week. 

"Offenses are always behind defenses at this time. When we get back to D.C., probably turn our attention more to offense. Tomorrow we'll stick to our foundation (of) defense."

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