Player News - Wizards

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John Wall was able to dunk on Saturday and said that his knee is good to go.

He was originally considered questionable to play in the All-Star game after bruising his knee on Thursday, but he confirmed to the media on Friday that he was going to play. It was always considered a minor injury for Wall, so there's no reason to be too concerned moving forward.
Feb 13 - 1:26 PM

John Wall (knee bruise) said that he will play in Sunday's All-Star game.

He bruised his knee during Thursday's game vs. the Bucks and was able to keep playing, so the injury sounds pretty minor even though he did have some swelling. Regardless, this report confirms that Wall will likely be fine moving forward, so his owners shouldn't be too concerned.
Feb 12 - 1:27 PM

Bradley Beal said that he expects to play around 32 minutes per game moving forward.

He isn't sure if his workload will have to be reduced on the second night of back-to-back sets, but it sounds like the Wizards are starting to get comfortable with the idea of playing him heavy minutes again. He played 37 minutes in the loss to the Bucks on Thursday, and he has also been a lot more aggressive over his last five outings with an average of 21.4 points per game. The injury risk is still there, but his fantasy value is trending up.
Feb 12 - 1:10 PM

John Wall said that he is dealing with a knee bruise.

"It’s a deep bruise," Wall said. "As you can see, it’s swollen. It hurts and I’ll do as much treatment as I can on it." He banged his knee during Thursday's loss to the Bucks but he was able to play through the issue. While he's questionable to play in the All-Star game, this shouldn't be an injury that lingers and he should be considered day-to-day.
Source: NBA.com
Feb 12 - 9:10 AM

John Wall (knee) isn't sure if he'll play in the All-Star Game on Sunday.

He was fouled as he went to the hoop and was grimacing for a few minutes. It looked to be a minor injury and he did play through it. It was only a fall after a foul and he didn't show signs of pain after a couple minutes. Wall is getting treatment and should continue to see the training staff this weekend if something is wrong. There should be an update on Friday.
Feb 12 - 1:16 AM

John Wall scored 15 points with four rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, two blocks, three 3-pointers and seven turnovers during a 99-92 loss to the Bucks on Thursday.

This was a bad loss for the Wizards. They are now 3.5 games behind the Hornets for the eighth spot in the East. As for Wall, he's looked great with Bradley Beal back and should be a top-20 player going forward.
Feb 11 - 10:54 PM

Marcin Gortat scored 14 points with 10 rebounds, one assist and one steal in 23 minutes on Thursday against the Bucks.

It wasn't the most visually pleasing game, but Gortat has been fine. Gortat's minutes should be fine and the Wizards going small actually helps him, so expect him to be a top-50 kind of player going forward.
Feb 11 - 10:50 PM

Otto Porter scored 14 points on Thursday against the Bucks with four rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.

He played 10.4 minutes at the four, which is really helping his fantasy value. Porter should be able to flirt with top-50 value this season with his defensive output. If he can stay healthy, Porter could be very valuable.
Feb 11 - 10:44 PM

Bradley Beal played 37 minutes in a loss to the Bucks on Thursday with 19 points, three rebounds, five assists, one block and two 3-pointers.

You wouldn't know his leg was fractured based on his play. Beal is attacking a ton these days and is driving the offense. The 37 minutes tonight shows he's ready to roll after the break, so expect him to get hot after the break.
Feb 11 - 10:38 PM

Gary Neal (right leg) has been ruled out for Thursday's game vs. the Bucks.

It'll be Neal's second straight game on the sidelines with a sore leg, but he's not a major part of the rotation anyway with Bradley Beal healthy. Ramon Sessions and Garrett Temple will pick up some extra minutes in Neal's absence, but that doesn't mean much at all in fantasy hoops. Neal should be good to go after the All-Star break.

Gary Neal (sore right leg) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Bucks.

Neal was unable to participate in shootaround and looks in danger of missing his second straight game. He's only averaging 15.8 minutes per game in his last 10 contests, so Neal should be left on waivers regardless of health.
Feb 11 - 1:57 PM

Drew Gooden (illness) is questionable for Thursday's game against the Bucks.

Gooden could be in line for some extra minutes if he's able to play as Kris Humphries (illness) is also questionable, but he's only averaging 2.0 points and 2.6 rebounds over his last five games so there isn't much fantasy value here. If both players sit, DeJuan Blair and Nene would see a small boost in playing time.

Kris Humphries (illness) is questionable for Thursday's game against the Bucks.

It's worth noting that Humphries is questionable due to illness rather than the knee injury that kept him out for 17 games, but it sounds like he may miss yet another game on Thursday. With Drew Gooden (illness) also questionable, DeJuan Blair and Nene could be in line for some extra minutes against Milwaukee.

Alan Anderson (ankle) is still not close to making a return to the court.

"He's getting closer. I can't give you a couple weeks [timetable]. He's not been on the floor in practice. He's doing a lot of individual stuff on the floor but hasn't reached that point," Wittman said. "He's got to get on the floor. He hasn't done a thing all year. We got to get him practice on the floor, up and down, bodies around him." Anderson will likely be brought along slowly in Washington, and he can safely remain on the waiver wire in all leagues.
Feb 10 - 10:37 AM

Garrett Temple played 32 minutes off the Wizards' bench on Tuesday, but didn't do much with them, finishing with five points, one rebound, one assist and a 3-pointer.

He's playing 31 minutes a game over his last five, but averaging just 6.4 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.6 3-pointers. The return of Bradley Beal to the starting lineup doesn't help him, as Temple is now going to come off the bench, while the absence of Gary Neal (leg injury) should give him a small boost. But as long as Temple's not starting, he loses what little appeal he had.
Feb 9 - 11:30 PM


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