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Gilbert Arenas suffers groin strain, plays just three minutes

October 14, 2010 - 10:30 PM
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Update: 10:30 p.m. There was little information forthcoming from the Wizards after the game. Wizards head coach Flip Saunders said that he had now new information on the injury. Arenas had dressed and left the locker room by the time reporters were allowed in.

"Gilbert was good while he was in there," Saunders said. Arenas recorded three steals, an assist, a rebound, a blocked shot, a turnover and one personal foul.

"It's tough [to see him come out]," said rookie point guard John Wall. "He's a talented player and so creative. The best thing for him is to take his time and we hope he's back as soon as possible."

"We hope it's nothing serious," added center JaVale McGee.

The Wizards have a scheduled 3:30 p.m. practice tomorrow afternoon at the Verizon Center.

Original Story: Gilbert Arenas's return to the Verizon Center lasted just 3:01 before he departed the floor with 4:04 to go in the first quarter and headed down the tunnel to the Wizards locker room. Comcast SportsNet reported that Arenas had suffered a mild groin strain during that three minutes of action and would not return to the game.

Arenas started the game on the bench as Nick Young took Arenas's normal place in the starting lineup alongside Yi Jianlian, John Wall, Andray Blatche and Kirk Hinrich. Tonight's game was the first time Arenas had played an NBA-sanctioned game at the Verizon Center since he finished serving a 50-game suspension from the NBA last season after an incident involving his then-teammate Jarvis Crittendon and loaded firearms came to light.

It was also the first game for Arenas after it came to light that he had faked a knee injury so that Young could receive more playing time in Tuesday night's 107-92 preseason win over Atlanta. Arenas was fined an undisclosed amount by Wizards head coach Flip Saunders for the shenanigans.

Arenas received a large round of applause when he checked into the game with 7:05 remaining in the first quarter, and he acknowledged the ovation with a wave to all sides of the Verizon Center. There was also, however, a smattering of boos from some in the arena who noticed Arenas leaving the floor.

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