Gilbert Arenas, the hot-shooting Washington guard sportswriters are now legally required to describe as "quirky," is out for 2 to 3 months with a knee injury. Unless he recovers and the Wizards reach the NBA Finals minus both him (their leading scorer) and fellow All-Star Caron Butler (out six weeks with a broken hand), he will not play again this season.
Washington has the 6th seed in the near-historically inept Eastern Conference and is unlikely to miss the playoffs altogether, even missing its two best players. However, a once-promising season now looks destined to succumb in the first round. There is always next year, young Gilbert. There is always next year.