Arenas spreads word: He'll join Wizards against Pistons Saturday

Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas signaled through various sources Monday that a return to the court is possible this weekend against the Detroit Pistons.

The three-time All-Star, who hasn't played all season as he recovers from knee surgery, first sent a text message to Comcast SportsNet saying: "I'm playing Saturday against Detroit" and that he would subsequently play only in home games except for an April 8 trip to Cleveland.


After the team's morning shoot-around, Arenas was asked by a Washington Post reporter whether the news were true.

"It's only true if I play on Saturday," he said.


Arenas then told The Washington Times by phone that playing Saturday is "the plan" - but isn't set in stone.

Somewhere in the middle was interim coach Ed Tapscott, who could only confirm that Arenas would not play Monday night against the Detroit Pistons.

Bulls 101, Wizards 99:: Ben Gordon scored seven of his 21 points in the final 3 1/2 minutes, and Chicago (33-38) nearly stumbled again in its mediocre march toward the playoffs Monday night before hanging on for a victory over Washington (16-56). The Wizards' Nick Young made the score 100-99 with a three-pointer with 3.6 seconds play. After Gordon missed his second free throw with 2.6 seconds remaining, Antawn Jamison missed a desperation 40-foot shot at the buzzer.

Hawks 109, Timberwolves 97:: Flip Murray scored a season-best 30 points, and Mike Bibby and Joe Johnson each added 20 as Atlanta (42-29) won its season-high eighth straight home game. It was the fifth straight loss for Minnesota. Randy Foye led Minnesota (20-51) with 19 points, while Kevin Love added 17.

Heat 94, Grizzlies 82:: Dwyane Wade scored 27 points to top his Miami single-season record, plus added eight assists as host Miami (38-32) easily beat Memphis (17-53). Wade has 2,064 points this season, 24 more than his previous best, set in the 2005-06 championship season. O.J. Mayo scored 21 for the Grizzlies.

Celtics 90, L.A. Clippers 77:: Ray Allen scored 20 points and Boston, sparked by an alley-oop dunk from Kevin Garnett, pulled away for a win over visiting Los Angeles (17-54). Rajon Rondo added 14 points and seven assists for the Celtics (54-18). Zach Randolph led the Clippers with 17 points and 14 rebounds.

Magic 106, Knicks 102:: Dwight Howard had 29 points and 14 rebounds, Hedo Turkoglu led a big fourth-quarter rally and Orlando (52-18) beat host New York (28-42). Orlando is a game behind Boston for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.