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Wizards report: Getting inside

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While he was in the lineup Saturday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Wizards forward Rashard Lewis is contemplating having season-ending surgery on his ailing right knee.

"The knee's just stopped me from doing a lot of things I want to do on the court," Lewis said, "and I think it's just getting to a point where I'm going to have to get the scope done, start the rehab and hopefully just come back with a fresh start and healthy. Start all over."

Lewis said that the knee was bothering him before he was traded from Orlando to Washington back in December. He said that the knee probably worsened after the team moved him from power forward to small forward. At the small forward position, it has been Lewis' responsibility to chase down and guard smaller and quicker players. As a result, he has put more pressure on his knees specifically and his body in general.

"It's not something that happened when I got here. It's been all year long. It's just got worse as the year went on," Lewis said. "It's not getting better at all."

"I can't give them what I want. I can't defend on the court. My reaction is a step slow. My first step, my explosiveness, everything. Even with my jump shot, when I go to squat in my jump shot, I just have no lift in my legs. It's not only hurting me running up and down the court, but my jump shot, as well."

Lewis did not say when he will make his decision final.

WIZARDS 103, TIMBERWOLVES 96: Despite Kevin Love's 50th consecutive double-double, the Wizards got a team-high 20 points from Andray Blatche and 18 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists from John Wall to earn their first victory since the All-Star break and end their losing streak at seven games. Love led the Timberwolves with 20 points and 21 rebounds.

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