|Arenas returns to starting lineup for Wizards|
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|Thursday, 24 April 2008 14:06|
The three-time All-Star started for the first time since Nov. 16, his last game before having a second surgery on his left knee. He missed 66 straight games and had been used as a reserve since returning late in the regular season.
Arenas was on the starting lineup sheet made available about 30 minutes before tip-off. A few minutes earlier, coach Eddie Jordan said Antonio Daniels would be starting at point guard but left open the possibility of a last-minute switch.
``It has to be the right time and at the right place, so is this the right time and right place?'' Jordan said. ``It still could be an 11th hour adjustment, but right now Antonio's starting.''
Arenas scored 24 points on 8-for-16 shooting in Game 1, but he labored in Game 2, scoring 7 points on 2-for-10 shooting in the Wizards' 30-point loss.
Arenas wasn't the only change for Game 3. Several Wizards had spent some time with the barber.
Caron Butler had his nickname - ``Tough Juice'' - etched into the back of his hair. DeShawn Stevenson and Andray Blatche sported mohawks, and Nick Young showed off a modified high-top fade.
``It's a little something I pulled out of the archives right there,'' said Butler, who, like most of his teammates, has been struggling with his shot. ``I want to go with the '80s theme, so I put 'Tough Juice' on the back. It'll help my rhythm out. It ain't been there, so I'm trying to get it lined back up.''
Even Jordan had a colorful comment when asked about his message over the last couple of days. He said the theme was ``trust and discipline'' and called himself the ``enforcer'' of the discipline.
The mild-mannered Jordan? An enforcer?
``In a general, passive sense, yes,'' said.
But ``passive'' and ``enforcer'' don't seem to go together.
``Well, it can. It's sort of a Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King sort of thing,'' Jordan said with a chuckle. ``Nonviolent protest.''