Wizards too care-free in OT loss
The Wizards face a mixed bag of injuries Saturday, after blowing what should've been a win vs. the Milwaukee Bucks in overtime the night before:
- Nene (right foot soreness) didn't practice and it'll be a small miracle if he plays Monday vs. the Denver Nuggets (CSN, 7 p.m. ET)
- Martell Webster (left ankle sprain) is walking, was able to get up shots at practice and will try to play
- Kevin Seraphin (sore right knee) has swelling and doesn't seem certain of his availability
- Al Harrington (sore right knee) is headed back to the doctor after discomfort returned and can be ruled out
"It's sore. Sprained ankles are never pretty. We're pushing trying to get back soon as possible," said Webster, who landed on the foot of John Henson as he took a running shot to beat the clock before it expired to end the first quarter. It was the same ankle that Webster rolled in a preseason game in Lexington, Ky. "Just been kind of lingering. Was just starting to get better. Then it happened again last night."
Seraphin helped Webster walk off the court, though he insists he could've done so under his own power.
"We took some steps last night, making sure we dealt with the swelling and trying to prevent that as much as possible. Came in today, there wasn't any bruising. That's a good sign," said Webster, who wasn't wearing tape or a brace because he didn't like how it limited his mobility but will do so now to prevent re-injury. "Icing it all night last night. Last night was probably the hardest because I keep it elevated, my foot would fall asleep and when I took my foot down, all the blood would rush back down. It was throbbing. It was a little hard for me to sleep last night. ... Today we just did more resistance, some mobility in the ankle. It felt great. I was able to walk afterward. I went downstairs and got some shots up. Wasn't really able to jump but I could lift off on my tippy toes. A little uncomfortable but it's all a step in the right direction."
Harrington's situation is more dire.
"We ramped him up here the last couple of days individually. He wanted to really push it again," Wittman said. "Today, had some soreness. I think tomorrow he's going to see the doctor again. Irritation came back real fast. That's a little bit of a setback there."
"Nene, I don't know. You hope these next few days the irritation subsides. That's all it is, whether its there or not."
Nene emerged from therapy late afternoon.
"Everybody saw me limping. I try to do my best but I can't be crazy," said Nene, who left the Milwaukee game in the third quarter. "I was scared to have something worse (happen) to my Achilles. I needed to step back. I needed to walk away. What I can do I've been doing, physical therapy, lifting, everything in my control I've been doing."
Playing against the Nuggets, who traded him to Washington, isn't a priority. "I've been suffering with this thing in the last two weeks. I don't know. I want to treat this thing here and be able to play and enjoy the game again. Playing in pain, that's not fun. ... I don't care about Denver. I care about myself. I care about my team."