WIz finish frustrating road trip on low note
Luckily for the Wizards, they have depth at forward. They knew they'd be without Otto Porter and Chris Singleton who have yet to play this season, and Trevor Ariza who injured his hamstring in their third consecutive loss at the San Antonio Spurs.
On Friday, Al Harrington suggested he likely wouldn't play against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Verizon Center on Saturday (CSN, 7 p.m. ET). He sat out in San Antonio because of a sore right knee. Harrington only played 10 games last season with the Orlando Magic because of a staph infection in his right knee.
"I'm feeling all right," Harrington said after he got magnetic resonance imaging done Thursday. "Got some inflammation where I got to sit down and talk with a doctor Monday, figure out what I should be doing going forward."
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When asked specifically about playing Saturday, Harrington responded: "Probably not. I was thinking about trying to get in there with some therapy to see if I can go. Not sure yet."
The Wizards will have John Wall, who didn't play in the fourth quarter against the Spurs after getting poked in the right eye. There was some swelling underneath but the point guard said there were no lingering effects.
"It's cool. It's still a little sore. I just couldn't go in the other night because everything was still blurry," he said. "It's just black right now. Feels like somebody beat me up in the neighborhood."
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Martell Webster will start in place of Ariza. He kept the starting job last season after Ariza went down with a calf injury and averaged a career-high 11.4 points.
"He had a little bit of swelling. That's the main thing you want to get out first," coach Randy Wittman said about Ariza's right hamstring strain. "Then you get a better gauge of day-to-day where he's at from how he's feeling. It was a strain that he had. He's probably going to miss a couple games here. That's what I'm anticipating. Is it a week? I don't know."
Webster's promotion will open up more playing time for Garrett Temple and rookie Glen Rice. Jan Vesely, who received his first significant action as he moved ahead of Kevin Seraphin in the rotation, should get as much, if not more, time, too.
"From a bench standpoint, we got to get better there," Wittman said. "(I was) trying to do things a little bit differently then Al went down put a crimp in that. I'm still looking to change things, trying to get a veteran guy back with that second unit quicker."
The loss of Harrington will impact a second unit that is in desperate need of scoring.
"It's just a little bit of the wear and tear, stuff that I know I have to deal with anyway," Harrington said. "For the most part, I just don't feel great. I just want to feel great when I'm out there. That's the best way I can help the team."