Is Arenas approaching boiling point?

Gilbert Arenas is boosting his credentials as a player and solidifying his combustible reputation at the same time.

Updated: November 14, 2003, 11:03 AM ET
By By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
The question is not whether Gilbert Arenas can play point guard for the Washington Wizards. His 10 assists against the Mavericks in the third game of the season followed by another 10 assists against the Sixers less than a week later prove that he can.

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Nor should the question be whether Arenas can score in this league. His 20 point per game average on 46 percent shooting with 14 triples in seven games proves that he can.

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And the question is not whether Arenas has the ability and drive to turn his second-round draft status into all-star credentials in the future. His triple-double and the Wizards' improvement in the standings prove that.

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The question concerning Arenas is whether the 6-foot-3 player who just signed a six-year, $64 million contract can do all of these things without blowing himself up first.