WASHINGTON Gilbert Arenas sat out practice Monday to rest his left knee, but the Washington Wizards expect him to play against the Philadelphia 76ers tonight.
Arenas missed a game for the first time this season Saturday because his surgically repaired knee was feeling sore. The Wizards beat the Portland Trail Blazers 109-90 that night for their fourth consecutive victory after opening the season 0-5.
Arenas has been getting some extra rest this season, missing practices to let his knee recover.
"It seems like he's going to play" against Philadelphia, Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said after practice. "Our policy is that whenever we can give him some time off, we will."
PAUL SITS OUT: Chris Paul missed his second straight game with a sprained right ankle when the New Orleans Hornets hosted the Orlando Magic on Monday night. Hornets coach Byron Scott said Paul was still sore and didn't put up much of a fight when told he was going to sit another game out. Scott started Jannero Pargo in Paul's place, and veteran Bobby Jackson remained in his role as the Hornets' first man off the bench.
CHANDLER HURTS KNEE: Hornets starting center Tyson Chandler hyperextended his right knee during the second quarter of New Orleans' 95-88 loss to the Orlando Magic on Monday night. Chandler was on crutches after the game, but smiled and said X-rays showed no ligament tears or broken bones. He added he may even return for the Hornets' next game on Wednesday night at home against Indiana. Hilton Armstrong came in to replace him.
LAKERS BROWN OUT: Los Angeles Lakers center Kwame Brown will be sidelined indefinitely with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. Lakers spokesman John Black said an MRI on Monday revealed the extent of the injury. Brown was hurt early in the Lakers' 106-78 victory over Chicago on Sunday. He will not make the team's upcoming three-game road trip, and is scheduled to be reevaluated in about a week.
BREZEC PLAYS : Charlotte center Primoz Brezec was in the starting lineup for Monday's game against Portland despite needing four stitches near his left eye after colliding with an assistant coach in practice.