WASHINGTON (AP) -Caron Butler and Antonio Daniels took part in the Washington Wizards' morning shootaround and were expected to start Wednesday night's game against the Milwaukee Bucks, while Gilbert Arenas sat out despite being cleared to play.
Butler (strained left hamstring) and Daniels (sprained left wrist) missed Monday's 129-87 loss at Utah. Both were hurt the previous night in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, although Daniels' wrist has been bothering him for weeks.
Coach Eddie Jordan said Daniels would play against the Bucks and that Butler would be a game-time decision. Butler, though, said he was definitely playing.
``I ran pretty hard for the course of the shootaround and I felt pretty good,'' he said.
Arenas hasn't played since November because of a knee injury, and his status remains unpredictable. He wanted to play against Detroit on March 23 and stormed out of the locker room when the doctor wouldn't give the go-ahead. Now, the doctor says yes - having cleared Arenas during the West Coast road trip - but the three-time All-Star guard didn't take part in the shootaround.
Asked when he expects to have Arenas back, Jordan said: ``When he's ready to play.''
The Wizards entered Wednesday's game tied for fifth in the Eastern Conference. They would clinch their fourth straight playoff berth Wednesday with a win over the Bucks and an Indiana loss to Boston.
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