Player News - Wizards

Date: Team: Pos:

Kris Humprhies (groin) is still unable to move laterally.

Humphries missed Saturday's game against the Pistons, his second consecutive on the sidelines. It doesn't sound like he's all that close to a return, meaning Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin will earn extra minutes behind Marcin Gortat and Nene.

The Wizards are not considering firing Randy Wittman, sources told CSN Washington.

The Wizards had lost six straight prior to their most recent win against the Raptors, but it doesn't sound like Wittman is in immediate danger. Wittman isn't the world's greatest head coach by any stretch, and while it's fair to question his strategy at times, he's not the sole reason this team isn't living up to its potential.
Mar 2 - 10:53 AM

Bradley Beal (leg) reported no pain following his first game back in Saturday's win over the Pistons.

"I felt good, no pain" he said. "Just a little winded at the beginning." Beal shot just 2-of-10 from the field, but the fact the he had no issues after jumping right back in with 32 minutes of action is a great sign going forward. Get him back in your lineup if he's not already.
Mar 2 - 9:11 AM

Marcin Gortat grabbed a season-high 17 boards against the Pistons during a 99-95 win on Saturday, adding 16 points, one block and three steals.

Time after time big men have been torching the Pistons frontcourt. Gortat has finally seen his his numbers come up with double-digit boards and at least one block in each of his last five games. If you were able to buy low over the break, you're probably seeing some nice dividends.
Feb 28 - 9:39 PM

Nene scored 21 points against the Pistons on Saturday with seven rebounds, one assist and two steals in 30 minutes.

It's his first 20-point game since Jan. 24 and Nene hasn't been very productive since. In his previous February games, he averaged just 11.2 points, 4.6 boards and 2.0 assists on 55.0 percent from the field and 52.0 percent from the line. He's not worth owning in standard leagues.
Feb 28 - 9:38 PM

Paul Pierce scored 14 points with five rebounds, five assists, one steal and two turnovers against the Pistons on Saturday.

He had some sort of back issue in the second half, but he was able to return in the fourth quarter. Pierce has been dealing with a handful of minor injuries and the team will likely rest him at least a couple more times this season.
Feb 28 - 9:37 PM

Bradley Beal played a surprisingly high 32 minutes against the Pistons on Saturday with eight points on 2-of-10 from the field with six rebounds, five assists, three steals and one 3-pointer.

He might have played a little more, but his shot was just off tonight and he wasn't helping his team much. Beal was doing most of his work on the perimeter, but there was no indication that he's still dealing with his leg issue and he was diving for loose balls in the fourth. He was only doing 3-on-3 before tonight and he should get a full practice in soon. Beal is a must-own player.
Feb 28 - 9:35 PM

Kris Humphries (groin) will miss Saturday's game against the Pistons.

This will be his second consecutive game out of the lineup. With Humphries out, the Wizards will look to Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin to step up behind Nene and Marcin Gortat. Most owners in fantasy leagues can monitor this situation from the sidelines.
Feb 28 - 5:22 PM

Paul Pierce (knee) will play against the Pistons on Saturday.

He missed Wednesday and Friday due to knee soreness which occurred before the game on Wednesday. Pierce will likely only play minutes in the 20s and he's not a must-own player in standard leagues. Otto Porter, Rasual Butler and Garrett Temple lose what little value they already had.
Feb 28 - 5:21 PM

Bradley Beal (leg) and Paul Pierce (knee) will play against the Pistons on Saturday.

The Wizards really need to win this game coming off a six-game losing streak. They said they wanted to have Beal practice more, but this might be a "desperate times call for desperate measures" case. Beal should be owned in all leagues, but he's not a complete must-start player because he is on a minutes restriction.
Feb 28 - 5:18 PM

Head coach Randy Wittman left open the possibility of Bradley Beal (leg) playing on Saturday against the Pistons.

Normally Beal would be required to make it through a full practice before returning, but coach Wittman said that it was not mandatory in order for Beal to play. "We’ll see in these next couple days," Wittman said before Friday's game against the 76ers. "He’s been going through simulations with all our players. All the hard running and stuff that needs to be done and then you check to make sure there’s no lingering effect the next day." We should know more on Beal's status closer to tip-off, so owners will want to check back for an update. Garrett Temple, Rasual Butler and Otto Porter will continue to see increased roles if Beal remains sidelined.
Feb 28 - 9:16 AM

John Wall made 7-of-26 from the field for 21 points with five rebounds, 11 assists, two steals and four turnovers in 38 minutes during an 89-81 loss to the 76ers.

Holy cow the Wizards are bad right now. They're 2-11 in their last 13 games and have lost their last six. Wall's numbers are not great in his last 13, averaging 16.2 points, 4.6 boards, 9.9 assists, 4.0 turnovers, 0.8 steals and 0.9 treys on 39.6 percent from the field. The Wizards basically have a must-win game at home vs. Detroit on Saturday.
Feb 27 - 10:46 PM

Otto Porter started again on Friday with 19 points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers against the 76ers.

Paul Pierce (knee) did not play and is only day-to-day while Bradley Beal (leg) is also getting close to a return. Porter is not worth owning in most leagues and is a risky start on Saturday against the Pistons.
Feb 27 - 10:31 PM

Otto Porter will replace Paul Pierce (knee) in the starting lineup for Friday's game vs. the 76ers.

Porter owns averages of 10.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.0 three-pointer as the starter small forward, and he will have some increased opportunity with a favorable matchup against the Tankers. He doesn't offer a lot of upside, but he could be worth a punt play in daily leagues.
Feb 27 - 6:32 PM

Kris Humphries (groin) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the 76ers.

With Humphries unavailable there will be more minutes for Kevin Seraphin and Drew Gooden, although that doesn't mean much in most leagues.
Feb 27 - 5:38 PM

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