Click here to Skip to main content

Blatche to start after being benched during last game

Posted Mar 24 2010 7:06PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Washington Wizards coach Flip Saunders says Andray Blatche will start against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night after opting not to re-enter Tuesday's game against Charlotte.

Blatche did not return after the first 7 1/2 minutes of the 95-86 overtime loss to the Charlotte Bobcats. Saunders said Blatche didn't want to listen when he tried to talk to the forward about playing better defense. Saunders said Blatche could have played if he had come to speak with him during the game, but he waited until after the game.

Saunders had said he doubted Blatche would play Wednesday, but since has said he's ready to move forward.

Blatche had averaged 23.2 points and 9.4 rebounds since the All-Star break. The Wizards have lost 12 straight games.

photo'Being With My Brothers'
Kyrie Irving gives his reason for wanting to play tonight in Game 4.
photoCavaliers React to Winning the ECF Title
Coach David Blatt, LeBron James, J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson talk about their crazy season and heading the the NBA Finals.
photoIrving Discusses His Knee And Celebrating
Kyrie Irving talks about his knee and celebrating the victory.
photoNightly Notable - LeBron James
LeBron James scored 23 points, grabbed nine rebounds and handed out seven assists to lead the Cavaliers past the Hawks and into the NBA Finals.
photoMay 26: Top 5
Check out the Top 5 plays from Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Copyright © NBA Media Ventures, LLC. All rights reserved. No portion of may be duplicated, redistributed or manipulated in any form. By accessing any information beyond this page, you agree to abide by the Privacy Policy / Your California Privacy Rights and Terms of Use. | Ad Choices Ad Choices is part of Turner Sports Digital, part of the Turner Sports & Entertainment Digital Network.