Gilbert Arenas is already thinking about the possibility of a last-place finish for his Washington Wizards — and finding the silver lining.
With Arenas still working his way back from a third knee operation in 1½ years, the Wizards are off to a 1-8 start heading into their game tonight against the Houston Rockets.
“I don’t want to see them struggle,” Arenas said Thursday at Madame Tussauds in Washington, where his wax figure was unveiled, “but if this is one of those years where we don’t make the playoffs or we finish in last place ... that’s what happened to San Antonio and that’s how they got Tim Duncan and look at them now ... and that’s for the better.”
CELTICS 98, PISTONS 80: Rajon Rondo had 18 points and eight assists, outplaying new Pistons acquisition Allen Iverson and leading Boston over Detroit in a rematch of last season’s Eastern Conference finals.
Iverson had 16 points and four assists for Detroit, which fell to 4-3 since he was acquired from Denver for Chauncey Billups and Antonio McDyess. Iverson helped the Pistons beat the previously undefeated Lakers and snap Cleveland’s eight-game win streak, but he hasn’t changed their lot when it comes to the Celtics.