WASHINGTON – Everybody's out for the season for the Washington Wizards. At least it seems like it.
Coach Flip Saunders said Tuesday that the six injured players on his roster will not return for the final half-dozen games.
Several of the six have been out for a while already. Nick Young has a bone bruise in his left knee. Josh Howard has nagging tendinitis in his left knee. Rashard Lewis has nagging soreness in his right knee. Trevor Booker has a broken bone in his right foot.
The newer additions include Hamady Ndiaye, who strained a tendon in his left knee during warmups on Sunday at Charlotte. Also, Cartier Martin has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his left foot and might require surgery.
The Wizards were left with nine healthy players for Tuesday night's game against Detroit. Saunders said the team might sign a player from the D-League to help finish out the season.
"I would like to get another guy," Saunders said, "because my concern is ... we go play four games in five days, so when you have to play extended minutes they're going to hit a wall at some point — or they're going to get hurt."