Sunday, March 29, 2009

Agent Zero Almost Returns a Hero but Wizards Lose Yet Again.

With the Washington Wizards trailing by two and 4.5 seconds remaining, Gilbert Arenas missed a free throw but chased down the rebound. He whirled in the corner and put up a 3-pointer that could have won the game against the Detroit Pistons.

Alas, the ball barely made it out of his hands. Former Wizards flop Kwame Brown, of all people, blocked the shot. Agent Zero threw up his hands asking for a foul as he landed on his rump, but he knew that the official had made the correct no-call. The comeback game would end without his perfect ending.

I’m going to think about that the whole way to Indiana,” Arenas said as the team prepared to catch a postgame plane to play the Pacers on Sunday. “I should’ve called a timeout, or I should’ve just drove the lane off the rebound, but that’s what happened. We’ve got to live with it. … Just had a mental block.”

That’s easy to forgive, considering the rust Arenas had to feel in his first game since April 27, 2008. The three-time All-Star had missed 156 of his Wizards’ previous 173 games, including playoffs, thanks to a knee injury that spawned two overeager comeback attempts and three surgeries over an 18-month span.

Arenas finished with 15 points on 3-for-12 shooting and 10 assists in 30 minutes as the Wizards lost to the Pistons 98-96.

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