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Rashard Lewis done for the year?

Posted on: March 17, 2011 7:47 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

Rashard Lewis has missed Washington's last five games due to a sore right knee. Not that anyone has really noticed because the Wizards have been absolutely terrible, losing five straight and nine of their last 10.

Lewis though, is as important a piece to Washington's success as anyone though because it's a team devoid of depth and much talent so with him or Andray Blatche, the group has struggled.

But they may need to prepare to finish our their rough 2010-11 campaign without him. According to the Washington Post, Lewis will get another opinion on his right knee this week, but as the report says, it's unlikely Lewis will play again this year.

There's potential Lewis could need surgery and if that's the case, obviously he'd be out. But either way, there's no rush for him to come back. He's signed through 2012 (through 2013, but that's non-guaranteed) and is owed about $40 million for those two years. Lewis may not be part of the Wizards' long-term plan, but him being healthy next season is something they'd surely hope for.

He's been pretty good for the Wizards since his trade there from the Magic. Nothing fantastic, but definitely a contributor, putting in around 12-14 points a night.

With his knee situation, it is tanking time, so the Wizards might encourage him to just rest up anyway. They aren't playing for anything other than a few extra ping-pong balls.
Category: NBA
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Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: March 18, 2011 5:35 pm
 

Rashard Lewis done for the year?

I've seen the Wizard's live on a few occasions this year and they have a few issues- no offensive identity, soft big men and zero heart on the defensive end. I've heard the coach and some fans say their young talent is the issue but it's really not. 
In fact, some of the problem is coaching as well. Flip does a lot better when he his a dominant player(s) who are capable of taking over. I think this is a tough challenge for him because he does not have that dominant personality on the floor to keep the other players in check. His rookie point guard,  John W was a good college player but he has to learn the pro game.
When Rashard Lewis was healthy, he wasn't even a focal point of the Wizards offense & that's just crazy knowing how well of a shooter he is...



Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: March 18, 2011 1:14 pm
 

Rashard Lewis done for the year?

They are playing for pride and to finish on an upswing.  They are a young team (often playing five rookies at the same time) and they are playing for their future.  Unlike teams like the Celtics, Heat and other teams of the Eastern Conference with aging starts and/or bloated contracts, it will be young teams like the Wizards, Bulls, Hawks & Sixers that several years from now will be the future start teams of the East.  So indeed, they have very much to play for & finish up the season strong.


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