The injury-plagued Washington Wizards again will be without All-Star forward Antawn Jamison as they face the lowly Atlanta Hawks to begin a stretch in which they play seven of eight games on the road.
Jamison has a sore knee and back from a season of playing the more physical power forward position, and he recently had a streak of 386 consecutive games played come to an end.
He limped badly through the first quarter Monday night and sat down for good after playing just eight minutes of Washington’s 95-81 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Washington coach Eddie Jordan didn’t go into detail after the win, but made it sound as if Jamison could miss a few games and will be limited for the rest of the season.
“It’s going to be a couple more days of rest, and then a day-to-day evaluation from there,” Jordan said. “He’s trying to gut it out. When he feels that he can give it another go, we’ll let him go. It’s going to be a tough end-of-the-season from him.”
Larry Hughes had 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Wizards on Monday, and Gilbert Arenas also scored 21 despite playing with a sore knee. Anthony Peeler sat out his fourth straight game with a sore knee, and Juan Dixon missed his second contest in a row with a sprained ankle.
“When we talk about the proverbial step-up—everyone has to step up,” Jordan said.
Monday’s victory snapped a two-game losing streak for the Wizards, who had lost eight of 11 and were in need of some momentum heading into an eight-game stretch that includes seven road contests in two weeks. However, only two of their opponents in that span are above .500.
Atlanta snapped a 23-game road losing streak and a 13-game overall skid with a 116-112 overtime win over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night, but has since lost two straight.
Tom Gugliotta hit a 3-pointer for the Hawks with 6.4 seconds left to send the game to overtime, but Detroit controlled the extra session.
“It’s a fine line between winning and losing when you’re in close games,” Atlanta coach Mike Woodson said. “We just have to find ways to figure it out.”