Wizards could be without Ariza because of sore knee

Wizards could be without Ariza because of sore knee
March 12, 2013, 10:30 pm
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Missing in action, Trevor Ariza only played 12 minutes for the Wizards in Tuesday’s 95-90 loss at the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Wizards said after the game that he has a sore left knee which is why he did not make an appearance in the second half.

They have relied heavily on Ariza, the team's best one-on-one defender, for scoring with shooting guard Bradley Beal missing his fourth consecutive game because of a sprained left ankle.

Ariza was just 1-for-2 and had two rebounds. He had 26 points and 10 rebounds in a 104-87 blowout of the Charlotte Bobcats over the weekend.

The status of Ariza for the Wizards’ game vs. the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday isn't known, but if he isn't able to play and Beal remains out it will demand more scoring from point guard John Wall and the reserves.

Wall had his best game of the season in Cleveland, scoring 27 points on 7-for-15 shooting, but the bench only contributed 11 points.  A.J. Price, Wall's backup, was 1-for-7 shooting, his only field goal coming on a three-pointer. That led all bench scorers for the Wizards.