Washington Wizards leading scorer Gilbert Arenas underwent surgical procedures on his left knee and will be out of action for three months. He apparently re-injured himself after MRI results revealed cartilage damage.
Arenas was put out of action after his season-ending knee injury back in April. His knee was surgically repaired and he underwent rehabilitation the whole summer. He was back in the Wizards line up this season but struggled to find his offensive rhythm. He complained of stiffness on his left knee after their third game of the season. Then he was sidelined the past two games (against Blazers and Sixers) because of soreness and swelling in the knee. He underwent an MRI and the tests showed that he had cartilage tear and immediately went to surgery. He begins rehabilitation some time next week.
This is a tough situation for the Wizards. Losing their leading scorer for three months is a huge blow to the offensive department of the team. Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison are playing really well now but the two of them cannot carry the offensive burden of the Wizards. The team needs to fill up the offensive void Arenas left and they must do it quickly. Arenas was averaging 22.4 points per contest and that’s a huge loss in their offense. Without Arenas, the Wizards will have a hard time competing for a spot in the playoffs. And without him, the Wizards will probably get crushed by the powerhouse Western teams.