Player News - Wizards

Date: Team: Pos:

Otto Porter (neck) practiced on Sunday and he's being listed as probable for Monday's Game 4 in Atlanta.

Porter played through the neck strain on Saturday, and it looks like that trend will continue on Monday night, although he could be limited. We should have official confirmation on his status following Monday morning's shootaround.
Apr 23 - 2:24 PM

John Wall made 10-of-12 from the field for 29 points in a 116-98 loss to the Hawks on Saturday, adding four rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

He didn't get much help with Bradley Bealy only scoring 12 points on 6-of-20 from the field. The other four starters only combined for 30 in this game, as well. The Wizards starters were absolutely smashing in this series for the first two games, but the slow start led to their undoing. Wall's usage rate should be higher in Game 4 and he may try to put the team on his back even more than usual.
Apr 22 - 8:59 PM

Kelly Oubre scored nine points with five rebounds, one assist, two steals and three 3-pointers in 24 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday.

The Wizards may have to call on him more with Otto Porter (neck) getting hurt today. Oubre has shown he can have success as either a small-ball four or a small forward, so he should have no problem picking up the minutes -- he has played some SG in his career, too. If Porter is out, Oubre could be a viable DFS play.
Apr 22 - 8:36 PM

Otto Porter was dealing with a strained neck on Saturday, finishing with seven points, two rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes.

He was grimacing in the first half and the Wizards opted to hold him out for the final 18 minutes of this loss. Porter had a back problem earlier this month and it cost him two games, so perhaps this is related. If Porter can't go on Monday, Kelly Oubre and Bojan Bogdanovic will benefit the most.
Apr 22 - 8:32 PM

Coach Scott Brooks said that Ian Mahinmi (calf) has been re-evaluated and will miss at least two more games.

Mahinmi initially injured his calf back on April 10th and has not been able to suit up since. Mahinmi will travel with the team to Atlanta, but will not have a chance to play until Game 5 back in D.C. on April 26. Starter Marcin Gortat will continue to log heavy minutes, and Jason Smith will see additional minutes off the bench as well.
Apr 21 - 12:23 PM

Bradley Beal said to keep his confidence high, he has removed the word "miss" from his vocabulary.

"Something I always tell myself, I don’t know what a miss is. Like, it’s over. A miss is a lady. You just forget about it and you just move on to the next shot," Beal said. "That’s my way of helping me forget about my last shot, so I just stick with that and just keep it moving." Beal started cold in both Games 1 and 2, but he's consistently finished strong and has put in averages of 26.5 points, 3.0 triples, 3.0 dimes and 3.0 steals on 43.8 percent shooting through Washington's first-round series.
Apr 20 - 12:07 PM

Jason Smith (knee) looked good in 28 minutes during Game 2, posting eight points, eight boards, two blocks, one assist and one steal.

Ian Mahinmi (calf) is out at least one more game, which leaves Smith with an expanded role as the Wizards' primary backup big man. He failed to score in 13 minutes during Game 1, however, and there should be more reliable DFS options available on Saturday.
Apr 19 - 10:16 PM

Kelly Oubre (knee) came off Washington's bench on Wednesday to score one point with one steal and one block in 13 minutes.

Oubre sat out Monday's practice with a sore knee but that appears to have been a precaution -- he practiced on Tuesday and was never truly in doubt tonight. As long as Bradley Beal and Otto Porter are healthy, however, there's no reason to trust Oubre for DFS value.
Apr 19 - 10:15 PM

Markieff Morris picked up two quick fouls on Wednesday, finishing a 109-101 win vs. the Hawks with three points, three rebounds, two assists and two blocks in just 20 minutes.

Morris had a minor issue with his shoes early, but the fouls were his real undoing tonight. He has a brewing feud with Paul Millsap, who said the Wizards were "playing MMA" during Game 1, and the refs were definitely quicker to call fouls tonight. Morris gave no indication that he'll temper his physical style, saying, "I’m just going headfirst every play ... if we’re gonna jostle the whole series then that’s what it’s going to be." Game on.
Apr 19 - 10:15 PM

Bradley Beal dropped 31 points on 12-of-27 shooting during Wednesday's Game 2 win in D.C., adding four 3-pointers, three assists, three steals and two rebounds in 42 minutes.

The Wizards went on a 14-0 run in the first quarter to take control early, and they pulled away late thanks largely to the efforts of Beal and John Wall (32 points, nine assists, five rebounds). Injury concerns were the big knock against Beal coming into the season, but he wound up missing just five games while averaging career-highs in almost every category, including points (23.1), FG percentage (48.2), FT percentage (82.5), 3-pointers (2.9) and assists (3.5). He'll be a popular pick after the early rounds on draft day next year.
Apr 19 - 10:14 PM

Otto Porter finished Wednesday's home victory with four points on 2-of-7 shooting, four rebounds, three steals and two assists in 23 minutes.

Porter was coming off a relatively quiet Game 1 and he rode a stationary bike while off the court tonight, suggesting that his recent back injury isn't completely behind him. Don't let the low scoring fool you, though. Porter's fingerprints were all over the Wizards' impressive win, and his low playing time was simply the result of early foul trouble.
Apr 19 - 10:13 PM

Marcin Gortat had a big night on Wednesday, posting 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting with 10 rebounds, five blocks, three assists, one steal and just one turnover in 35 minutes.

Gortat struggled down the stretch this season, as fantasy owners can attest, but he's been more active at both ends in the playoffs. He's now averaging 14.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and 1.5 assists through two games, and his minutes are up to a healthy 33.0 per game. Give him a look if you need an affordable DFS center on Saturday.
Apr 19 - 10:12 PM

Brandon Jennings gave the Wizards a lift on Wednesday with 10 points, four rebounds and two assists in 17 minutes off the bench.

Jennings got hot at a perfect time in the fourth quarter, with a string of huge offensive plays, helping to erase the Hawks' late lead. It should be mentioned that he was being defended by Jose Calderon during his spurt, and his defense tonight was questionable at best, so skepticism is warranted.
Apr 19 - 10:11 PM

John Wall stated during a recent interview that Scott Brooks brought a lot of confidence to the team during his first year as head coach of the Wizards.

"He’s brought a lot of confidence," said Wall of Brooks. "He makes sure that everyone is confident and believes that we can compete against anybody. We all work really hard to improve and he has helped us with that too." Wall posted career-highs in points (23.1), assists (10.7), steals (2.0) and field goal percentage (45.1) this season, and it sounds like he's attributing a lot of that success to Brooks and the new system he's installed in Washington.
Source: Hoops Hype
Apr 19 - 11:59 AM

Ian Mahinmi (calf) will miss at least another two games for the Wizards.

"He said he was feeling better," said Scott Brooks. "He was shooting some free throws. I don't anticipate him anytime within the next game or so. Definitely not [for Game 2] and most likely not [for Game 3]." With Mahinmi on the sidelines, Jason Smith will continue to act as Marcin Gortat's primary backup. Maybe Mahinmi can get back on the court for Game 4 on Monday, April 24, but it's unlikely he'll earn enough minutes to matter in any fantasy format.
Apr 18 - 5:14 PM


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