Trevor Ariza got hurt on Tuesday night when the Wizards scored an upset win over the Miami Heat. He left early in the third quarter due to a calf strain.
Now Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington has the latest on the Wizards small forward.
Note that it’s “could” so he could be back a bit earlier or later than that. Nevertheless, three weeks from now would be the day after Christmas. It so happens that December 26th would be a home game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Bullets Forever had more on the injury.
Ariza suffered the injury while chasing down a loose ball after he stripped Rashard Lewis in the third quarter. The Wizards gained possession, but Ariza asked them to call timeout to get him out of the game. He stayed on the ground for a while before dragging his leg off the court and onto the bench. He also was noticeably limping in the Wizards’ locker room after the game last night, and trainer Eric Waters went to attend to him.
With Ariza out for the next few weeks, Cartier Martin is the designated back-up small forward on the Wizards depth chart. But we’ll see what Wizards coach Randy Wittman will concoct as he has used many different line-ups this season. Martell Webster, who is normally the back-up shooting guard, could start at the 3-spot. Chris Singleton can also be the starting small forward. And Jordan Crawford is tall enough to swing to that position.
Trevor Ariza is averaging 8.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.9 steals per contest. Ariza is known for his defensive prowess. On the offensive end, he is shooting the worst percentage of his career this season at .349. This is Ariza’s sixth team in nine seasons as he has played for New York, Orlando, the Lakers, Houston, and New Orleans.