Wizards won't have Ariza, Nene or Webster

Wizards won't have Ariza, Nene or Webster
March 25, 2013, 1:30 pm
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Coach Randy Wittman told forward Trevor Ariza to take Monday morning off as the Wizards had a light practice before playing the Memphis Grizzlies, but it didn't help.

The Wizards' sixth man will miss his second game in a row because of the flu. He last played vs. the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday when he made a career-high seven three-pointers in a 103-100 victory.

Center Emeka Okafor had missed action because of the flu on the four-game road trip, too.

“It’s been going around. There’s been some teams that’s been short-handed with that,” Wittman said before practice as snow and ice fell outside Verizon Center. “It’s kind of like the weather. It usually doesn't snow in March but here we are.”

Starting power forward Nene, who has admitted struggles with various ailments to his shoulder and legs, and small forward Martell Webster (abdomen) are not playing, either. Nene has a sore right knee.

The Wizards' starting lineup for Memphis was John Wall, Garrett Temple, Okafor, Chris Singleton and Trevor Booker. 

Bradley Beal still is trying to work his way back after re-injuring his left ankle. He rolled it Wednesday in an 88-79 win at the Phoenix Suns. 

"He’s coming along, doing more and more each day," Wittman said. "It’s a day-to-day situation. I can't tell you which day. He’s out there again today trying to do a little bit more and more."

A.J. Price (groin), the backup point guard, still couldn't walk comfortably as he sat and watched practice.