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Wizards really hurting at this point

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Cheers and Jeers,Sports,NBA,Wizards,Craig Stouffer

The Wizards now have lost every point guard who was on the roster before the start of the season. That they're looking for another one doesn't bode well for the guy they lost first.

A.J. Price said he's expected to miss four to six weeks after breaking his right hand early in Washington's 101-97 loss to Golden State, a departure that further complicates a situation that has deteriorated steadily since John Wall was shelved three days before training camp.

On Sunday the Wizards worked out Ben Uzoh and Blake Ahearn, according to reports.

Wall's timetable for a return from a stress injury to his left patella remains unknown. As soon as he went down, the Wizards brought in Jannero Pargo, only to let him go two weeks into the regular season. Shelvin Mack didn't even make it that long, cut at the end of preseason.

Washington (2-15) still has two players who can play the point but appears reluctant to commit to either one. Shaun Livingston (4.2 points per game, 1.9 assists per game) replaced Pargo but has been effective only in a second-unit role.

Jordan Crawford remains a scorer by trade, and he has averaged 18.8 points in his last six games, defiantly carrying one of the worst offenses in the NBA. But he also has 23 assists in the last four contests, including eight against the Warriors; he played the point for most of the game after Price left in the first quarter.

If the Wizards aren't willing to hand the reins to Crawford in the short term, it may speak volumes about how long they really think they will be without Wall.

- Craig Stouffer

cstouffer@washingtonexaminer.com

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