After observing the on-court struggles of power forward Andray Blatche through nine games since his return from injury, the Washington Wizards have decided to sit Blatche until he gets into better shape, according to the Washington Post.
“We thought we could maybe try to play him into shape once he got back,” coach Randy Wittman said to the Post. “After looking at it, it’s unfair for me to put him in that position and I think what we’re going to do, we’re going to probably not play him for a while, get him on a program here, where he can really go after it from a conditioning standpoint to get himself back into shape. It’s not fair for me to do that to the kid.”
Blatche missed more than a month due to a strained left calf. In the past nine games since his return, the Wizards are 3-6 with the 6-foot-11 forward shooting just 37.7 percent and averaging 5.1 points and 3.3 rebounds.
This season, Blatche is averaging 8.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, which marks the only time in his career when his statistics have not improved upon the previous season.