Yi Jianlian Out 2-4 Weeks with a Sprained MCL

The injury woes for the Wizards continue to pile up. From the WaPo: “Yi Jianlian may have to wait until March 20 to get his first shot against his former team, the New Jersey Nets. Yi will stay behind as the team hopes to end a 12-game road losing streak against the Nets on Thursday after an MRI revealed that he has a sprained right medial collateral ligament. Yi said he would likely miss the next two to four weeks, which puts his availability for the Wizards’ next game against New Jersey on Jan. 7 in doubt. Yi was injured in the first quarter of the Wizards’ 103-89 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers when Ron Artest fell on the same knee that he hyperextended on Nov. 13. Yi was forced to miss the next nine games, but he had come back to average 7.8 points and 5 rebounds in his next four games. When asked if he was disappointed about missing out on the Nets, Yi replied, ‘Things happen.’ Yi, who was acquired from New Jersey last summer, added that he didn’t exactly have the Nets marked down on his calendar. ‘For me, right now, I’m looking forward to every game. I’m trying to get healthy, get back soon on the court,’ Yi said. Coach Flip Saunders said the Wizards will also likely be without John Wall and Andray Blatche against the Nets.”