Building on a Win, Ariza's Calf InjuryPosted on January 14, 2013 by FantasticWiz
Jeremy Hyman - WashingtonWizards.com
The Wizards were back at practice on Wednesday after they dethroned the reigning NBA champs on Tuesday night, 105-101. While it was just one win, it had the players feeling better about themselves and Head Coach Randy Wittman noticed the positive attitude while they were out on the practice court.
Wittman talked about some of the things they did well and how they watched it on tape to hammer home the way they need to play to win games. He also talked about Kevin Seraphin's progression and how they are trying to teach him a power move to go along with his jump-hook.
Kevin Seraphin also addressed the media to discuss Tuesday night's win and explained why the team was able to be so successful. He also talked about working on some new post moves and the relationship he has with Nene.
The unfortunate news from Tuesday night's game was that Trevor Ariza went down with a calf strain. He had an MRI on Wednesday and the team is still waiting on the results before making a diagnosis. However, he was walking with a limp and was in a walking boot during practice. Wittman said he did not want to speculate on the severity of the injury or the time Ariza would be out, but it is expected that he will miss some time.
Wittman spoke about how the team will adjust to having Ariza out of the lineup and mentioned that this probably means that Cartier Martin will step up and fill in that role.
Ariza spoke briefly with the media about how the injury happened and what he felt when it did occur. He could not provide any more details on the severity or length of recovery time as he waits for the MRI results.
The Wizards will return to practice on Thursday and then fly out to Atlanta to prepare for Friday night's #WizHawks game (7:30 pm).
For one night the Wizards were better than the Miami Heat. Now the Wizards are hoping that their offense, which against the Heat finally matched the team's improved defense, will be more consistent. It is understood that not every game is going to be like Tuesday when the Wizards had 31 assists on 38 made field goals. Still the win over the Heat provided the Wizards with an offensive blueprint going forward. The ball didn't stick and when there was dribbling it was with a purpose and often a drive to the basket.