Coach Eddie Jordan made the announcement less than an hour
before tip-off of the game against the Philadelphia 76ers. The news
came as a surprise, given that Arenas had three days of rest since
his previous game.
"He's just not ready to play," Jordan said before the Wizards took out the Sixers 116-101. "He
doesn't feel that his knee is capable of being good tonight, so
we're going to give him another day."
Arenas missed his first game this season Saturday night after
playing in Friday's game against Minnesota. He continues to have
soreness and swelling in his surgically repaired left knee, which
has been drained twice in recent weeks.
"I don't know if it's a step backwards. I don't think so. It's
just the way you have to rehab," Jordan said. "Some days are
good; some days are not so good. When you're improving, maybe you
take a step back and that's just the normal way of rehabbing and
The Wizards began a stretch Tuesday of four games in five
nights, which means Arenas will likely miss more time.
"We'd like to get him some recovery time," Jordan said.
"We'll see how it goes."