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Fri. Oct 31, 2014 | STATS
News: Wall enjoyed a big night in Thursday's win at Orlando, scoring 30 points with 12 assists.
Impact: Wall, who also had two steals, only committed two turnovers after having six in Wednesday's opening loss at Miami.
Fri. Oct 31, 2014 | STATS
News: Gortat had 20 points and 12 rebounds in Thursday's win at Orlando.
Impact: Gortat is off to a strong start with 38 points in two games on 17-of-27 shooting. He's also plus-18 for the Wizards.
Thu. Oct 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rice saw his first minutes of the season Thursday against the Magic after spraining his ankle in the preseason, scoring five points (1-2 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-3 FT).
Impact: Head coach Randy Wittman elected to not use Rice in the season opener Wednesday, but used him for 14 minutes against the Magic. It was a back-to-back for the Wizards this week, so it's no surprise that Rice was used to give Otto Porter, Garrett Temple and Paul Pierce a break. Temple seems to be the favorite to start at shooting guard with Bradley Beal out, though, playing over 30 minutes in each of the first two games for the Wizards.
Thu. Oct 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hilario returned from his one-game suspension Thursday against the Magic, scoring 12 points (5-10 FG, 2-4 FT) for the Wizards.
Impact: Nene played 34 minutes Thursday, which will likely be one of his busier games this season. Drew Gooden played 20 minutes off the bench, but Kris Humphries played just three and DeJuan Blair never got into the game. That won't be the case all season. In addition to his solid shooting performance, Nene had five assists, four rebounds and three steals in the win.
Thu. Oct 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Blair returned from suspension against the Magic on Thursday, but didn't get into the game for the Wizards.
Impact: Nene, who was also suspended for the first game of the season, started at power forward and Drew Gooden picked up most of the minutes at the position off the bench. Nene played 34 minutes in his debut, which likely won't be a consistent mark for him given his injury history. Still, owners will want to continue to monitor the minutes distribution at power forward for the Wizards.
Thu. Oct 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Humphries returned from a thumb injury on Wednesday, but played just three minutes in Thursday's game against the Magic.
Impact: With Nene back from suspension, he started for the Wizards, and Drew Gooden played 20 minutes off the bench. It's unclear at this time if Humphries' thumb was still bothering him, but he did play 13 minutes in the season opener against the Heat. Owners of all the Wizards power forwards will want to monitor the minutes distribution going forward.
Thu. Oct 30, 2014 | STATS
News: Rice had been dealing with a sore ankle and didn't play in Wednesday's opener.
Impact: It's unclear when Rice will start to see action.
Wed. Oct 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wall scored 16 points (6-13 FG, 0-2 3P, 4-4 FT) with 11 assists, three rebounds and two steals in 37 minutes during Wednesday's 107-95 loss to the Heat.
Impact: He also committed six turnovers, but Wall's fantasy owners should know to expect the occasional TO explosion from him and to take the good with the bad. The point guard should be a nightly double-double threat this season.
Wed. Oct 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rice (ankle) ended up getting a DNP on Wednesday.
Impact: Wizards coach Randy Wittman elected not to use Rice in the opener, but Garrett Temple failed to make a big impact as the starting shooting guard, so Rice could be in the lineup Thursday against the Magic.
Wed. Oct 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Temple will start at shooting guard Wednesday, Turner Sports' Ethan J. Skolnick reports.
Impact: With Bradley Beal (hand) out and Glen Rice banged up, Temple will get the start, but he's still a low-end fantasy option.
Wed. Oct 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Humphries (finger) will be available off the bench Wednesday, Turner Sports' Ethan J. Skolnick reports.
Impact: Drew Gooden, of all people, will get the start at power forward Wednesday, with Nene suspended.
Wed. Oct 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Blair will not play in Wednesday night's opener against the Heat due to a suspension that was handed down in the preseason.
Impact: This is old news, but is worth a reminder. Blair and Nene were both suspended for leaving the bench area in a game versus the Bulls this preseason. Drew Gooden and Kris Humphries will likely split time at power forward Wednesday with Nene and Blair out.
Wed. Oct 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nene will miss the season opener due to a suspension for leaving the bench area during an altercation in the preseason.
Impact: This is old news, but it's a good reminder for owners. Kris Humphries and Drew Gooden will likely split time at power forward for Wednesday's game against the Heat with Nene and DeJuan Blair suspended.
Tue. Oct 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rice (ankle) is expected to be ready for Wednesday's opener against Miami.
Impact: Coach Randy Wittman said Tuesday that, barring a setback, both Rice and Kris Humphries (finger) will be available Wednesday. Rice should carve out a significant role early in the season with Bradley Beal (wrist) expected to miss at least a few more weeks.
Tue. Oct 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Humphries (finger) is expected to be available for Wednesday's season opener against the Heat.
Impact: Humphries underwent surgery earlier in the month to correct a nerve issue in his right pinkie. He returned to practice Monday and, barring a setback, will be available off the bench Wednesday. Humphries will have a chance to be a regular contributor this season, and he'll compete with journeyman extraordinaire Drew Gooden for the backup power forward spot.
Mon. Oct 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rice (ankle) was a full participant in Monday's practice, and hopes to be ready for Wednesday's season opener.
Impact: Consider him questionable for Wednesday's game, although as soon as he is ready, he could see a solid role at shooting guard with Bradley Beal (wrist) out 3-5 weeks.
Mon. Oct 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Humphries returned to practice Monday for the first time since injuring his hand three weeks ago.
Impact: The original timetable was for Humphries to miss 3-to-4 weeks, so this is right in line with that original prognosis. Consider him questionable for the season opener, and we should see him back in game action in the very near future.
Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Miller averaged 4.6 points and 4.3 assists over 19 minutes in seven preseason appearances.
Impact: Miller's solid preseason probably won't impact his playing time, as he's still just the backup to John Wall, who averaged 36.3 minutes last season. Miller would likely see a huge leap in minutes if Wall were to suffer an injury, and the veteran might benefit from the occasional two-point guard lineup while the Wizards deal with a slew of injuries at shooting guard early in the season.
Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Seraphin outplayed DeJuan Blair during the preseason, according to CSN Washington.
Impact: It was assumed upon Blair's signing that he would serve as the backup center, but Seraphin made a push for the role by putting together an excellent preseason. Regardless of how they're listed on the depth chart, Seraphin and Blair will presumably open the season as the team's top two big men off the bench, as Kris Humphries (finger) is expected to miss at least the first few games. With Blair and Nene both suspended for Wednesday's regular-season opener in Miami, Serpahin may have a spot in the starting lineup for one game.
Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pierce (knee) should be fine for Wednesday's regular-season opener in Miami, according to CSN Washington.
Impact: Pierce, who missed the final two exhibition games, is merely dealing with a bruise. He didn't log many minutes in the preseason, which is to be expected at his age. He's locked in as the starter at small forward, and the Wizards may ask him to log a few more minutes than expected while Martell Webster (back) and Brad Beal (wrist) are sidelined for the beginning of the season. Potential owners should still tread carefully, as the Wizards may eventually have a playing time crunch on the wing, and will likely want to save Pierce's legs for a potential playoff run.
Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gooden did not play in Wednesday's preseason finale against the Knicks.
Impact: Gooden dealt with a hamstring injury earlier this preseason, but his absence from Wednesday's contest wasn't necessarily related. He didn't seen much of the court even when healthy this preseason, averaging just 11 minutes per game in four appearances. He's unlikely to have a significant role in the rotation, following the Wizards' offseason additions of DeJuan Blair and Kris Humphries (finger). However, Humphries is expected to miss the start of the season, while both Blair and Nene are suspended for the first game. Gooden may thus play a key role in Wednesday's opener in Miami.
Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rice (ankle) missed the Wizards' final three preseason games.
Impact: Rice seems to be in danger of missing Wednesday's regular-season opener against Miami, and the Wizards play again both Thursday and Saturday. Bradley Beal's broken wrist created an opportunity for Rice to earn a spot in the early-season starting lineup, which may now be filled by Garrett Temple. Otto Porter also figures to benefit from added playing time, though he will have a key role in the rotation even if Rice is healthy. Things could start to get rather crowded once Beal and Martell Webster (back) eventually return from injuries, which likely won't happen until December or January.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Porter scored 22 points (9-15 FG, 4-7 3P) with three steals and two rebounds in 31 minutes during Wednesday's preseason loss to the Knicks.
Impact: He started once again at small forward, and Porter thrived as the perimeter complement to John Wall. After barely playing last season as a rookie, Porter seems poised to have a big start to his sophomore campaign, at least until Bradley Beal returns from his wrist injury.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wall (knee) scored 29 points (10-16 FG, 2-4 3P, 7-8 FT) with seven assists and four steals in 33 minutes during Wednesday's preseason loss to the Knicks.
Impact: It seems safe to say that the knee tendinitis that kept him out of action on Monday won't be an issue when the regular season tips off. Even without Bradley Beal riding shotgun for him to kick off the campaign, Wall remains one of the best fantasy point guards on the board.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pierce (knee) will not play in Wednesday's preseason game.
Impact: He continues to deal with an undisclosed knee injury, and with Wednesday being the Wizards' last preseason game, we won't see Pierce again until perhaps the season opener. Continue to monitor his status prior to the Oct. 29 tilt against the Heat.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wall (knee) said he will play in Wednesday's preseason game against the Knicks, Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports.
Impact: Tendinitis in his knee kept Wall out of action Monday, but he said he would have played through it had it been a regular season game. Expect to see him back in action Wednesday for the Wizards' preseason finale.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | STATS
News: The Washington Wizards have signed Lucas. The Wizards made the move Tuesday.
Impact: Lucas has played in six NBA seasons with Houston, Chicago, Toronto and Utah, appearing in 216 regular-season games with eight starts. Last season, Lucas played in 42 games with Utah, averaging 3.8 points.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Temple played 42 minutes on Monday, scoring 13 points (4-9 FG, 0-3 3P, 5-6 FT) with five assists and three rebounds.
Impact: With Bradley Beal (wrist) out to begin the season and Paul Pierce (knee) and Glen Rice (ankle) currently hobbled as well, Wizards coach Randy Wittman had little choice but to give Temple all the work he could handle. Both Pierce and Rice should be in the lineup when the regular season starts though, so don't rush out to grab Temple.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rice (ankle) will not play Monday against the Pelicans.
Impact: Rice sprained his ankle last week and is still hampered by the injury. He's likely being held out as a precaution, and whether or not he plays Wednesday against New York will be a better indication of how healthy he is with the regular season set to begin next week.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pierce (knee) will not play Monday against the Pelicans.
Impact: Pierce is dealing with an undisclosed knee injury and will take the night off Monday. He played 23 minutes in Friday's loss to the Hornets, scoring 11 points (4-7 FG) to go with five rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wall (knee) will not play in Monday's preseason game against the Pelicans.
Impact: Wall is battling knee tendinitis and will take the night off in hopes of avoiding a flare-up. He's dealt with knee troubles in the past, though this does not seem to be anything considered serious. He could take a few more days off with the regular season still more than a week away.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Porter said he has gotten a little bit more work at shooting guard in practice since teammate Glen Rice sprained his ankle Wednesday, CSN Washington reports.
Impact: While the extent of Rice's injury is still murky, the Wizards will undoubtedly be without Bradley Beal (wrist) and Martell Webster (back) for at least the first few weeks of the season. Rice, Porter and Garrett Temple are the leading candidates to take on Beal's minutes, with Rice probably the most natural fit at off-guard. Whether or not he ends up starting, Porter seems to be assured of a key role in the rotation to start the season.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Butler will get extra playing time during the preseason after Brad Beal (fractured wrist) and Glen Rice (sprained ankle) suffered injuries, CSN Washington's J. Michael reports.
Impact: Butler entered camp on a non-guaranteed deal, merely hoping for a shot at one of the final spots on the roster. With the Wizards now lacking a healthy true shooting guard, the likes of Butler, Xavier Silas and Damion James may be competing for a role in the team's early-season rotation. Beal's spot in the starting lineup will likely be filled by Rice or Otto Porter.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Porter could see more playing time because of injuries to teammates Brad Beal (fractured wrist) and Glen Rice (sprained ankle), CSN Washington's J. Michael reports.
Impact: With Martell Webster (back) already expected to miss at least the first few weeks of the season, Porter and Rice were in line to compete for bench minutes on the wing. Then, Beal suffered a fracture that's expected to keep him out for 6-to-8 weeks, freeing up a spot in the Wizards' starting lineup. The most likely replacements for Beal are Rice and Porter, though the latter would presumably work as a small forward, pushing Paul Pierce to the shooting guard spot. With Rice now bothered by what appears to be a fairly serious ankle sprain, Porter seems even more important to Washington's plans than before. It doesn't hurt that he's having a solid preseason, following a strong showing at the Las Vegas Summer League. Last year's No. 3 overall pick should enter the season with a crucial role, though Rice is probably still the favorite to replace Beal in the starting lineup for the opener.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rice, who sprained his ankle during Wednesday's preseason game against Maccabi Haifa, arrived at Thursday's practice without a walking boot, CSN Washington's J. Michael reports.
Impact: According to CSN Washington's J. Michael, Rice used crutches in the locker room after Wednesday's game, then left the Verizon Center in a walking boot. The second-year wing still hasn't undergone an MRI, but he is apparently bothered by significant swelling. With Brad Beal (fractured wrist) already out for at least the first 3-4 weeks of the regular season, Rice is likely headed for a key role in the Washington rotation, and may even challenge for a starting spot. The other leading candidates for added playing time in Beal's absence are Garrett Temple and Otto Porter, as Martell Webster (back) is also expected to miss at least the first few weeks of the season.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | STATS
News: The Washington Wizards have exercised their fourth-year contract option on guard Bradley Beal and their third-year option on Porter.
Impact: Porter joined the Wizards in 2013 and averaged only 2.1 points and 1.5 rebounds in 37 games last season.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | STATS
News: The Wizards have exercised their fourth-year contract option on Beal and their third-year option on forward Otto Porter.
Impact: Beal was selected with the No. 3 pick in 2012 and averaged 17.5 points last season. He broke a bone in his left wrist in a preseason game last week and is expected to miss about six weeks.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | STATS
News: Beal will need surgery on his left wrist and it's not clear yet how long he'll be sidelined. Beal had an MRI exam Saturday that showed he has a non-displaced fracture of a bone in his non-shooting wrist. He was hurt in the first quarter of a preseason game against Charlotte on Friday night.
Impact: The Wizards said Saturday that they will announce a timeline for Beal's recovery after the operation. Beal averaged 17.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists last season, pairing with John Wall to give the Wizards one of the NBA's most dynamic young backcourt pairs and help the team reach the second round of the playoffs.