MRI reveals sprained knee for Wizards' Jamison
The Washington Wizards have the best record in the Eastern Conference, and their trio of Gilbert Arenas, Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler got them there, scoring the most points of any three teammates in the league.
Now, the Wizards will have to see if a pair can be as good as three of a kind, at least for a while. An MRI on Thursday revealed that Jamison has a sprained left knee and will miss three to six weeks, according to a statement by Wizards president of basketball operations Ernie Grunfeld.
Jamison banged knees with teammate DeShawn Stevenson in the first quarter of Washington's 104-99 win against East foe Detroit on Tuesday.
"I'm obviously disappointed that this happened," Jamison said in a statement. "We have been playing very good basketball as a team to put ourselves at the top of the Eastern Conference. I was really starting to get in a good groove, so it's frustrating that I'll have to miss some time, but injuries are a part of the game. It's difficult for me because of the timing. Although I can't be on the court for a few weeks, I have full confidence in my teammates to keep this going while I'm out. They played great against Detroit after I went out, and I know that we'll come together as team to keep moving forward. I'm going to work hard to get back to full strength, and I'm looking forward to rejoining my teammates."
Jamison is averaging 19.3 points and 7.9 rebounds per game for the Wizards and hadn't missed a game this season.
"Antawn is having another exceptional year," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said. "We certainly feel for Antawn, who has played a big part in our team's success, but we have confidence in our players and we'll look for others to step up when given the opportunity in Antawn's absence."
Jamison hyperextended the knee in the first quarter against Boston on Jan. 20. He returned to that game, but the knee remained sore and he was forced to miss several practices.
The Wizards lost 119-109 without Jamison on Wednesday night at Toronto. Washington went 0-5 the last time one of the Big Three was sidelined -- when Butler was out with a thumb injury near the end of last season.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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