According to Michael Lee of The Washington Post, Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas will miss at least the first two games of the new NBA season due to a strained right ankle tendon. The injury has forced Arenas to miss practice for four straight days, and Lee reports that Arenas was in a walking boot during today's practice at the RDV Sportsplex in Orlando, Florida.
The Wizards will open the new season against the Magic at 8:00 Thursday night, and the game will be nationally broadcast on TNT. The team's home opener is against the Philadelphia 76ers on November 2, with a Saturday night game against the Atlanta Hawks sandwiched in between.
Arenas had sprained the ankle during Wizards training camp earlier this month, which forced him to sit out the final two days of the Wizards week-long camp.
In total, Arenas played in four games this preseason and started three of them, shooting 50 percent from the field (16-32, including 7-15 from beyond the arc), and pulling down a total of 12 rebounds, dishing nine assists, and turning the ball over four times. Arenas has not played a game since the October 14 preseason matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks, which he left with a right groin strain after playing just three minutes.
Wizards head coach Flip Saunders had admitted on Monday that he didn't know if Arenas would play in Thursday's game, saying "If we don’t have him, I still think we can go out there and be effective."