Player News - Wizards

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Bradley Beal hit 10-of-14 shots and three 3-pointers for 27 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals in Wednesday's easy win over the Celtics.

The Nets appeared to tank in order to ensure a matchup with the Raptors instead of the Bulls, leaving the Wizards to play Chicago in Round 1 of the playoffs. Beal is certainly in good form right now, and the Wiz will need everything he has against the Bulls. Trevor Booker, Trevor Ariza, Marcin Gortat (double-double), John Wall and Nene were all in double figures tonight, and the Wizards are pretty healthy heading into the postseason.
Apr 16 - 11:31 PM

Nene will play on Wednesday but he has "insisted" that the Wizards keep him under 20 minutes.

He recently returned from a sprained MCL which he tweaked in his first game back, and Washington will proceed with due caution. He would sit out entirely if there were nothing at stake, but a win combined with a Nets loss would shift Washington up a seed in the playoff standings.
Apr 16 - 2:10 PM

Bradley Beal (illness) played 26 minutes against the Heat during an easy 114-93 win on Sunday, scoring 15 points with three boards, five assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers.

He started hot and scored all 15 points before halftime. Beal had been feeling ill today, but he was still able to go through shootaround and said he was going to play all day. He should be in the lineup on Wednesday with the Wizards needing that game for seeding purposes.
Apr 14 - 10:09 PM

Al Harrington scored a season-high 16 points vs. the Heat on Monday with four boards, one assist, one steal and four 3-pointers in 18 minutes.

He scored 12 points on Saturday and has played at least 17 minutes in three consecutive games. Harrington looks healthy for the first time since November, but the team still is likely smart enough to keep his minutes down considering how frequently his knees haven't held up.
Apr 14 - 9:53 PM

Nene returned from a one-game absence on Monday vs. the Heat with 18 points, four boards, two assists, one steal and one block in 24 minutes.

He made 8-of-12 from the field and looked healthy in the win. Nene rested the second half of a back-to-back set on Saturday and should be considered questionable for Wednesday. The team will probably want to win that game to avoid becoming the seventh seed and face the Heat.
Apr 14 - 9:50 PM

John Wall was quiet against the Heat on Monday with four points, two boards, 13 assists, one steal and two turnovers.

He did not score in the first half and it didn't really matter as his teammate lit it up from beyond the arc. Wall has been driving and kicking all season long and not many players can come close to staying in front of him on the perimeter. His team will look to make some noise in the postseason.
Apr 14 - 9:42 PM

Bradley Beal participated in Monday's shootaround despite feeling ill, and he said he'll be ready to go vs. the visiting Heat.

"I'll be fine. I'm good," Beal said. "Whenever you play the Heat, I always play like it's a championship game." A flu has been making the rounds in D.C., affecting Trevor Ariza last week as well as some assistant coaches, but it doesn't sound like it will cost Beal any games.
Apr 14 - 1:19 PM

Bradley Beal hit 12-of-22 shots and two 3-pointers for 26 points, three rebounds and five assists in Saturday's easy win over the Bucks.

That's a great line and nice shooting night for Beal, who has overcome early injury concerns to have a nice season.
Apr 12 - 9:47 PM

Nene will sit out Saturday's game to get some rest, and his absence isn't directly related to the sprained MCL from which he returned on Friday.

Nene tweaked his knee on Friday and the Wizards may simply be playing it safe, but it's being billed as a "rest" day for the veteran big man. Marcin Gortat and Trevor Booker will retain their usual roles in the starting lineup vs. the hapless Bucks.
Apr 12 - 6:28 PM

Otto Porter stepped up for the Wizards on Friday, scoring nine points with nine rebounds in 26 minutes off the bench.

Porter made 4-of-10 shots which was a season-high in attempts, and he got more minutes because coach Randy Wittman was eager to give some rest to Trevor Ariza and Martell Webster. As nice a sign as this is for Porter's development, he's unlikely to have a big role once the playoffs begin.
Apr 12 - 11:58 AM

Bradley Beal scored 16 points during Friday's 96-86 win over the Magic to go with four boards, one assist, three steals and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

He took a very ugly fall after Kyle O'Quinn fouled him on a dunk attempt and the training staff looked at him for a brief moment. Beal was fine and was able to play his normal amount of playing time. The Wizards are only two games behind the Nets for the fifth seed and hold the sixth seed with a one-game lead over the Bobcats.
Apr 11 - 10:29 PM

Nene suffered a very minor knee injury on Friday and it didn't cost him playing time, finishing with 17 points, three boards, two assists, one steal and one block in 20 minute.

This was a big improvement from Wednesday and he put forth quite an effort on most of his field goals. Chances are tonight's game will be enough to move him back into the starting lineup for the next game, but the back-to-back factor and playing the Bucks could actually find him in street clothes. If we knew for sure he was playing on Saturday, he'd be a decent pickup.
Apr 11 - 10:23 PM

Nene returned from an extended absence with a knee injury and had 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting in 17 minutes of action.

Nene is back, but it's probably too little, too late for him to help fantasy owners. And given that Trevor Booker had 16 points and five blocks, and Marcin Gortat had a monster line, Nene is probably just going to focus on getting his 20 minutes a night and getting ready for the playoffs.
Apr 9 - 10:04 PM

John Wall hit just 6-of-18 shots, didn't hit a 3-pointer and committed five turnovers, but his owners probably don't care since he also had a triple-double with 14 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in Wednesday's OT loss to the Bobcats.

Wall isn't likely to win the league's most improved award, but he's had a great season and taken a big step forward. He was able to stay healthy this season and will be one of the better point guard options in all of fantasy hoops next year. And he's been instrumental in leading the Wizards to a playoff berth, as they currently sit as the No. 7 seed, getting passed by the Bobcats with tonight's loss. The appear to be poised for a first-round date with either the Pacers or Heat, and we're guessing they want Indy.
Apr 9 - 10:00 PM

Marcin Gortat had 27 points, 14 rebounds, a steal and two blocks in Wednesday's OT loss to the Bobcats.

While the 27 points weren't a season high, it was his second-highest total and the most he's scored since going for 31 points on Feb. 27. Gortat obviously wasn't bothered by the return of Nene and is on fire right now, averaging 20.25 points, 10.0 rebounds and .75 blocks over his last four games.
Apr 9 - 9:56 PM


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