Player News - Wizards

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Marcin Gortat again expressed his frustration following the Wizards 99-91 loss to the Rockets on Sunday.

Gortat had six points, 10 rebounds, a steal and two blocks in just 29 minutes of action. The big man has not exceeded 30 minutes in any of the team's recent five losses, but he's played at least 31.5 minutes in each of the club's last five victories. Gortat offered a "no comment" relentlessly, before finishing with a Marshawn Lynch impersonation, "I just don't want to get fined." The Wizards are 10-22 against teams with winning records, 3-10 against teams ahead of them in the Eastern Conference standings and 0-3 against projected first-round opponent Toronto.
Mar 30 - 9:27 AM

John Wall confirmed that his Wizards teammates were forgetting plays called out of timeouts in Sunday's loss to Houston.

That's an interesting look for a team that has played 74 games this season. Washington has now lost five of its last six games, and Randy Wittman's message doesn't appear to be getting through in the locker room. Exposed as pretenders, Washington has eight games to figure it out before the playoffs begin.
Mar 30 - 9:22 AM

Otto Porter scored in double-figures for the first time since March 3 on Sunday, putting up 15 points on 4-of-7 shooting (5-of-7 from the line), with two 3-pointers, six rebounds, one steal and one turnover over 18 minutes of action.

This line has fluke written all over it, as Porter had posted doughnuts in the scoring column in four of his five past outings. The minutes did jump dramatically tonight, but 18 minutes isn't enough time for him to repeat these results on a consistent basis. Needless to say, we need to see Porter with a few more games like this before recommending him as an add in any league.
Mar 29 - 5:35 PM

Paul Pierce had an awful game during Sunday's loss to the Rockets, scoring just two points on 1-of-6 shooting, to go with one rebound, one assist, one steal and two turnovers through 22 minutes of action.

Simply put, Pierce has been awful over the past six games, being held to single-digit scoring while shooting a putrid 25.6 percent from the field. His other numbers have been equally unimpressive with just 2.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 0.5 three-pointers during that span. At this juncture in the fantasy season, Pierce qualifies as a drop-candidate in standard leagues.
Mar 29 - 5:28 PM

Nene scored 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting (2-of-5 from the line), adding seven rebounds, three steals, one assist and two turnovers through 34 minutes of action on Sunday.

Nene isn't a very exciting guy to own, posting averages of just 10.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.6 steals and 2.5 turnovers per game on 42.7 percent shooting from the field through the month of March. If you're in an extremely deep league and desperate for a big, you can justify having Nene on your roster, but he's not a great guy to own in standard leagues.
Mar 29 - 5:17 PM

Marcin Gortat shot just 3-of-10 from the field during Sunday's loss to the Rockets, putting up six points, one steal and two blocks through 29 minutes of action.

The defensive stats and rebounding are what owners are looking for from Gortat, so he was effective with regards to that. He struggled with his shot tonight, but as a guy that's shooting 56.0 percent from the field on the season, this game can be viewed as an exception and not the rule. He'll have the opportunity to redeem himself with a very favorable matchup against the 76ers on Wednesday.
Mar 29 - 5:11 PM

Bradley Beal scored 15 points on 4-of-11 shooting during Sunday's loss to the Rockets, adding one 3-pointer, one steal, one block and three turnovers through 38 minutes of action.

Beal also shot 6-of-7 from the charity stripe in this one, and although the stat line isn't that impressive, the high minute total would suggest that his ankle is doing just fine. The Wizards have a three-game week next week, with two favorable matchups against the Knicks and 76ers, so hopefully he can get things back on track.
Mar 29 - 5:06 PM

John Wall scored 25 points on Sunday, adding 12 assists, eight rebounds, four steals, one block and an unfortunate seven turnovers through 43 minutes of action.

He shot 7-of-17 from the field and 11-of-12 from the charity stripe, and while he went on a major scoring run during the third quarter (14 points), he was held to just two points through the entire fourth quarter of action. While the Wizards have been struggling lately, it's hard to point the finger at Wall, who has posted averages of 19.6 points, 8.3 assists, 6.2 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and 1.2 three-pointers per game through the month of March. With the Wizards fighting for a higher seed in the East, Wall will continue to log major minutes as they close out their regular-season.
Mar 29 - 4:56 PM

DeJuan Blair (personal) will not be available for Sunday's game vs. the Rockets.

This will be his third straight game away from the team and it's still unclear when he will return. Blair wasn't in the rotation anyways, so his absence won't make an impact in fantasy leagues. Leave Blair on the wire.
Mar 29 - 12:15 PM

Garrett Temple (hamstring) will not play vs. the Rockets on Sunday.

Temple still isn't practicing and he is probably looking at some additional time on the sidelines. He wasn't a fantasy asset even when he was healthy, so he belongs on the waiver wire in just about all leagues.
Mar 29 - 11:06 AM

Kris Humphries (groin) will not play vs. the Rockets on Sunday.

He hasn't played since Feb. 26 and he remains without a timetable to return. Kevin Seraphin and Drew Gooden will continue to see a few extra minutes off the bench, but both players are not options in standard leagues. Humphries can be dropped everywhere until he is cleared to play.
Mar 29 - 11:06 AM

Drew Gooden surprised with 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting, three treys, 17 rebounds, four assists and one steal in 39 minutes off the bench on Friday.

These are what's known as 'Drew Gooden games.' Coming out of nowhere for near triple-double like numbers at a moment's notice, the problem for Gooden is actually keeping it up. Kris Humphries continues to miss time with a groin injury so give Gooden a look, but he comes with no guarantees that he'll be productive the next time out.
Mar 28 - 6:24 AM

John Wall scored 32 points on 12-of-30 shooting (2-of-4 3PTs, 6-of-8 FTs) with nine rebounds, six assists, two steals and six turnovers in the Wizards' 110-107 double-overtime win over the Hornets.

It's a nice win for the Wizards to take some of the heat off of them and though Wall's efficiency slipped he's still doing big things for owners. The fact that they're struggling mightily should keep them hungry for at least the next week or so.
Mar 27 - 11:48 PM

Marcin Gortat scored eight points on 4-of-9 shooting with 16 rebounds, three assists, three steals and four blocks in Friday's double-overtime win over the Hornets.

Gortat is having quite a month with top 15-30 value (9/8 cat) over his last 15 games, averaging 12.3 points with 10.0 boards, 1.2 steals, 1.3 blocks and 62.3 percent shooting from the field. He's hitting just 57.1 percent of his free throws during that span, but since he has only taken 1.4 attempts per game it hasn't hurt him much.
Mar 27 - 11:41 PM

Bradley Beal played in Friday's double-overtime win despite hurting his ankle in Wednesday's game, scoring 16 points on 7-of-18 shooting (including two threes) with six rebounds, six assists and three steals in 43 minutes.

The Wizards are playing for their identity right now but it's still unclear whether gassing Beal this much makes sense. He has struggled with injuries for a while and specifically with playing through injuries to a fault. Still, he said after the game that he felt no pain and just fatigue, and by any measure tonight was a success for frustrated owners.
Mar 27 - 11:38 PM


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