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The Wizards’ five-game West coast trip ended on a high note, with the team defeating the Utah Jazz, but when it was welcomed with some possibly disconcerting news upon arrival back in Washington. Coach Flip Saunders said rookie Trevor Booker “might be done for the year” after an MRI on Tuesday may have revealed a crack on the bottom of his foot. Saunders said Booker will seek another opinion on the foot that he injured in the fourth quarter of the Wizards’ 114-94 loss on Friday in Denver. Booker averaged 11.4 points and 7.6 rebounds in eight starts in March, getting the opportunity after Andray Blatche and later Josh Howard went down with injuries. An initial X-ray in Denver didn’t show any fractures, but Booker missed the past two games and complained of continued soreness in his foot. The Wizards (18-55) have nine games remaining. “He might have a little crack on the bottom of his foot,” Saunders said. “He might have a CAT scan today, so we’ll know more probably tonight. But it looks like he might be done for the year.” Washington Post

March 11, 2011 Updates

Coach Flip Saunders revealed on Thursday that he considered sending Booker to the team's Development-League affiliate, the Dakota Wizards, before Booker gave him reason to think otherwise. "We had a sit-down, about two months ago and I said, 'Your greatest strength is that you play hard. If you're not going to play hard, we're going to send you up to North Dakota, so you can get some time up there. I said, because I know what you do, if you play hard, you can be a very effective player in this league. From that time forward, he's played hard every time." Washington Post

Booker said he didn't really know how to take the threat of a D-League demotion. "I still did my same routine. I still got extra shots up. Nothing changed really. I just wanted an opportunity to get on the court." Booker has had some flashes in recent weeks, scoring a career-high 21 points twice and grabbing a career-high 12 rebounds as well. He only had seven points and seven rebounds in a win over Minnesota on Saturday, but he completely turned around the game with his high-energy dunks. Washington Post

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Possibly down one first-round pick, the Wizards will have to rely on the unheralded other two on Thursday as they prepare to face the New Jersey Nets. With John Wall expected to miss his ninth game of the season with right knee tendinitis, rookie big men Trevor Booker and Kevin Seraphin will have to change roles from being wide-eyed observers to wide-eyed contributors with the Wizards' depleted in the front court. Andray Blatche is still limping with a sore left knee and Yi Jianlian will miss the next two to four weeks after suffering a sprained right medial collateral ligament in the Wizards' 103-89 loss to Los Angeles Lakers. "It's a good bit of pressure with our main guy going down and his backup going down. At the same time, other bigs got to step up," said Booker, who will likely get his second start of his season at power forward. "That's what we're here for, because if anybody goes down, we've got to be ready." Washington Post

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