Tuesday April 5, 2011 10:46 a.m.
By Frank Hanrahan
Wizards coach Flip Saunders has just announced that leading scorer Nick Young, forward Josh Howard, forward Rashard Lewis, guard Cartier Martin and center Hamidy N'Diaye are all done for the season, with each of them nursing knee injuries. Forward Trevor Booker was ruled out last week with a broken right foot.
Young was averaging a team high 17 points, but he has missed the past four games with a bruised knee. It's a disappointing end for Josh Howard, who tried to return from arthroscopic knee surgery this season, but was hobbled by soreness and played in just 18 games, averaging 8.4 points. Lewis had all but ruled himself out, as he missed the last month of action with a sore knee as well.
The Wizards (20-56), looking for three straight wins for the first time since April 2008, host Detroit (26-50) tonight.
"We got six guys that are done, and we are playing with nine," Saunders said before Tuesday morning's shoot-around. "Our bench is two guys we called up from the NBDL, a rookie and Yi Jianlian, so we are undermanned, but our guys have been competing. That's one of the reasons we have been able to win a few in a row."