WASHINGTON (AP) -Washington Wizards point guard Gilbert Arenas missed his second consecutive game Tuesday night, the latest setback in his recovery from a knee injury.
Coach Eddie Jordan made the announcement less than an hour before tip-off of the game against the Philadelphia 76ers. The news came as a surprise, given that Arenas had three days of rest since his previous game.
``He's just not ready to play,'' coach Eddie Jordan said. ``He doesn't feel that his knee is capable of being good tonight, so we're going to give him another day.''
Arenas missed his first game this season Saturday night after playing in Friday's game against Minnesota. He continues to have soreness and swelling in his surgically repaired left knee, which has been drained twice in recent weeks.
``I don't know if it's a step backwards. I don't think so. It's just the way you have to rehab,'' Jordan said. ``Some days are good; some days are not so good. When you're improving, maybe you take a step back and that's just the normal way of rehabbing and recovering.''
The Wizards began a stretch Tuesday of four games in five nights, which means Arenas will likely miss more time.
``We'd like to get him some recovery time,'' Jordan said. ``We'll see how it goes.''

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