Charlotte Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson says he's ready to go

rbonnell@charlotteobserver.comMarch 11, 2014 

Charlotte Bobcats shooting guard Gerald Henderson practiced Tuesday after missing the past five games with a strained right calf. He believes he’ll be fine to play Wednesday against the Washington Wizards.

“I feel good,” Henderson said after a post-practice game of one-on-one against Jannero Pargo. “It’s tough having to be out in that stretch. But I wanted to get myself back to 100 percent and not have that calf bother me the rest of the season.

“I feel good and I’m ready to go.”

Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said if Henderson is well enough to play, he’ll return to the starting lineup. Henderson indicated the length of his time out was somewhat precautionary.

“I probably could have come back two games ago. But with the pain that was still in there, the calf can get worse,” Henderson said. “You can re-irritate it. I wanted to get all the pain out.”

Henderson said he injured himself going after an offensive rebound against the Oklahoma City Thunder. He felt something pull as soon as he hit the floor.

“One of my goals is to play all 82 games” in a season, Henderson said. “That’s a tough thing to do. Maybe next year.”

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