Player News - Wizards

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Garrett Temple (hamstring) got a lot of shots up during the Wizards' practice on Sunday, and there's a chance he can return later in their first round series against the Raptors.

Temple isn't a major part of the Wizards' rotations, and considering he's been sidelined since March 9, he would likely return in a very limited role. Ramon Sessions will be Washington's primary backup point guard for as long as Temple is sidelined, but he's not going to get enough minutes to matter in almost any format.
Apr 19 - 2:25 PM

Paul Pierce was fantastic against the Raptors during a 93-86 overtime win on Saturday, scoring a game-high 20 points with four rebounds, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers on 7-of-10 from the field in 37 minutes.

After the game, Pierce said he felt good and that he needed the rest heading into the postseason. Pierce didn't play 37 minutes in any game during the 2015 part of the schedule, so clearly the Wizards had planned on increasing his minutes going into this postseason run. He also moved past James Worthy for 22nd on the all-time postseason scoring list.
Apr 18 - 4:33 PM

John Wall scored 10 points with six boards, eight assists, one block and one turnover against the Raptors on Saturday in his 44 minutes of action.

He missed a 19-foot contested jumper at the end of regulation and the Wall isolation plays were coming early and often. They didn't really work because he made just 5-of-18 from the field today. Wall hasn't been settling for jumpers nearly as much these days and the Wizards are at their best when he's breaking down defenses. Wall and Bradley Beal had bad games today and they were still able to win, so the Wizards have to be happy about that.
Apr 18 - 4:26 PM

Bradley Beal made 6-of-23 from the field for 16 points against the Raptors during an overtime 93-86 win on Saturday, adding nine rebounds, six assists, one steal, four turnovers and one 3-pointer in 48 minutes.

Coach Randy Wittman went to a Beal pick-and-roll quite a bit in this game, but it wasn't really a productive play for them. He really struggled down the stretch today and that's been a problem for him in his career. On the lighter side, Kyle Lowry fouled Beal for Lowry's sixth foul and Beal waved goodbye to Lowry. Beal might play off the ball a little more should he have another off game like this one.
Apr 18 - 4:22 PM

Nene scored 12 points with 13 boards, one assist and one steal in 21 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

He was on the injury report for foot, shoulder and ankle issues, but you wouldn't know it based on his seven offensive boards and effective rim protection. Nene didn't play in five of the final seven games in the regular season to help him get ready for the postseason. He did mention earlier this week that his plantar fascia isn't healthy, so he'll be an injury risk going forward.
Apr 18 - 4:16 PM

Marcin Gortat played just 26 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday with eight points, eight boards, one assist and two turnovers.

In the playoffs last year, Gortat running pick-and-rolls was a very popular play and he logged 35 minutes per night. Today, he didn't play down the stretch at times, was in a little foul trouble early and wasn't used nearly as much on offense. He'll likely play more on Tuesday.
Apr 18 - 4:10 PM

Otto Porter played a surprising 34 minutes off the bench against the Raptors on Saturday with five points, five boards, one assist and two steals.

It's taken two years for coach Randy Wittman to trust Porter with important minutes and he didn't disappoint with impressive defense on DeMar DeRozan. The Wizards went small for several parts of this game with a forward combo of Porter next to Paul Pierce. They hardly played well in this game, but Porter should see close to 30 minutes in Game 2 on Tuesday.
Apr 18 - 4:07 PM

Drew Gooden played 23 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday with six points, 10 boards, two assists and one block.

The Raptors actually made Gooden look good today and his line could have been a lot better than this. Gooden had four offensive rebounds and looked as spry as ever. He'll likely be looking at minutes around 20 on Tuesday.
Apr 18 - 4:03 PM

Kris Humphries was a DNP-CD on Saturday against the Raptors.

Coach Randy Wittman went with Kevin Seraphin and Drew Gooden today. Humphries looks like he'll just be Nene insurance for now because all three aforementioned players had decent games today.
Apr 18 - 3:59 PM

Nene (shoulder, ankle, foot) will start vs. the Raptors on Saturday.

Nene missed the last two games of the season, and he is still probably not 100 percent. Paul Pierce is expected to see some time as the stretch four, so Nene's minutes will likely be held in check for the time being. The good news is that Nene will be going up against Tyler Hansbrough to start the game.
Apr 18 - 12:18 PM

Otto Porter (ankle) was a full participant during Thursday's practice, and he will play on Saturday vs. the Raptors.

Randy Wittman said that Paul Pierce will play some power forward during their series against the Raptors, and that move should open up some more floor time for Otto Porter. Still, in a reserve role, Porter isn't likely to do much on the box score.
Apr 16 - 5:05 PM

Nene (shoulder, ankle, foot) practiced on Thursday, and head coach Randy Wittman said that he will play when the Wizards kick off their series against the Raptors on Saturday.

It is worth noting that Randy Wittman has told Paul Pierce to be prepared to play some power forward, so it sounds like Wittman may try and limit Nene's minutes if he's not as effective as he could be. Various injuries clearly hurt Nene's production this season, as he put in his worst averages in a Wizards' uniform with 11.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.0 steal per game.
Source: Ben Standig
Apr 16 - 5:03 PM

Paul Pierce said head coach Randy Wittman told him to prepare to play some power forward during their playoff series against the Raptors.

Pierce said that he played some power forward during the Wizards' practice on Thursday, and it sounds like Wittman wants Pierce to fill the role of a floor-spacer for Washington. Pierce sliding over to the four-spot will open up some more minutes for Otto Porter, and it will also give Wittman the option to limit the minutes of Nene (shoulder, ankle, foot).
Apr 16 - 4:43 PM

Garrett Temple (hamstring) did not practice on Thursday, and he will not play when the Wizards kick off their series against the Raptors on Saturday.

Temple said that he's hopeful to play at some point during the playoffs, but he's not a major piece to Washington's puzzle, and he'd be unlikely to earn many minutes even when he's eventually cleared to return. Ramon Sessions and Will Bynum will continue to get a bulk of the backup point guard minutes for the Wizards, but with John Wall healthy, they're going to be nearly invisible on the stat sheet.
Apr 16 - 4:18 PM

The left ankle injury suffered by Otto Porter in Wednesday's finale is not thought to be serious and he's expected to be ready for the playoffs, according to coach Randy Wittman.

"I don't think it's too bad," Wittman said after the game, and added he thought about putting him back in the game at one point. This is good news for the Wizards, who kick off the NBA Playoffs with the opening game at 12:30 this Saturday. If Porter's unable to go, Rasual Butler would likely eat up his minutes.
Apr 16 - 11:40 AM


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