Wizards’ Rashard Lewis refuses to play?

Mark J. Miller
January 9, 2012

The Washington Wizards lost their eighth straight game Sunday to the Minnesota Timberwolves, 92-73. The team suffered the loss without the help of 32-year-old forward Rashard Lewis, a two-time All-Star.

CSN Washington reports that Lewis "got into an argument with Wizards' assistant coach Sam Cassell" before the game and "decided he didn't want to play."

The team has it that Lewis, who is averaging nine points and four rebounds per game, was out with a sore right knee.

Meanwhile, Andray Blatche raised some eyebrows Sunday when he told reporters that players aren't really listening to head coach Flip Saunders: "Guys want to do it their way, and it's not working," he said, according to USA Today. "Guys need to go home and really focus and think and take into consideration what Flip is saying." That's not a good sign for Saunders.

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