Wednesday November 3, 2010 6:50 p.m.
By Frank Hanrahan
"Players, coaches no matter who it is love to play at Madison Square Garden," Wizards coach Flip Saunders said today after practice not knowing if his team would face the Knicks in New York City on Friday night. "From a selfish standpoint you want to play there." Well now, we know that Saunders and his team will get their wish. A Wizards spokesman confirmed to CSNwashington.com that Washington's game is on as scheduled at the Garden after an asbestos scare postponed the Knicks-Magic game there on Tuesday.
Debris was found after a routine check after a Rangers hockey game on Monday night causing the concern. "It turns out that our Department of Environmental Protection is very satisfied that there was no asbestos there, there were no risks, and if we had more time before they had to make a decision on the game, perhaps they wouldn't have even canceled the game," New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.
If the arena had not been cleared, the Wizards likely would have faced the Knicks at the Prudential Center in Newark, the home of the Nets.
Notes: Gilbert Arenas was back participating in most of today's practice and is still day to day with that bad right ankle.