Thursday , Mar , 26 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Gilbert Arenas Plans to Play on Saturday

Gilbert Arenas practiced Tuesday and remains on course to make his Washington Wizards season debut against the Detroit Pistons on Saturday.

"The plan was Saturday, and we’re still working towards that end," interim coach Ed Tapscott said. "As we’ve got it planned out right now, he’s going to play in selective games and no back-to-backs. As we work through the process of making sure that, as he comes back, we do it in a way that is beneficial to his health and our team development."

The three-time All-Star offered various comeback scenarios in several different interviews Monday, including the possibility that he will play in only five of the Wizards’ final nine games — the four home games plus the April 8 game at Cleveland. Arenas did not speak to reporters Tuesday.