Washington Wizards Player News: All Positions

News: Prior to the suspension of the season, Wall (Achilles) had been practicing with the Wizards' G League affiliate, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The plan all along was for Wall to sit out the entirety of the 2019-20 season, but, according to Katz, the multi-time All-Star was quietly cleared for contact behind the scenes. Wall had been scrimmaging with the Capital City Go-Go roughly every three days prior to the shutdown, playing for 20-to-25 minutes per scrimmage. "You want a highly competitive deal, so we sort of decided with John, it was time to play with the Go-Go (and) practice," Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard said. "And when we can, we'd have a scrimmage for him. It's just been wonderful. It validates our process we have in place, to be able to utilize the Go-Go for so many functions to help the Wizards. And for them, I think those kids were freakin' thrilled to play with John." By all accounts, Wall was beginning to look like his old self in practices, with G League teammates praising his athleticism and competitiveness. "You always wonder (when) someone comes off an injury like that, how they (are going to) come back," Go-Go point guard Jerian Grant said. "He's been scrimmaging with us, and he's coast to coast in two seconds. So, he looks really good. ... Still playing the way he was playing before the injuries." According to Go-Go coach Ryan Richman, Wall appeared to be in good physical shape. "He looks slim. He looks really good," Richman said. "If we didn't take him out, he'd just go the whole time."
News: Wall (Achilles) isn't expected to take the court for the Wizards if the NBA resumes this season, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports.
Impact: Multiple members of the organization had already implied that Wall won't play in 2019-20, and the NBA's ongoing suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic apparently hasn't changed that line of thinking. Buckner notes that Wall has looked good in controlled environments during his recovery, but the league's suspension has left the point guard unable to simulate the intensity of his usual rehab workouts due to social distancing requirements. Team doctors would advise against quickly throwing him into games if the season resumed.
News: Payton was recalled from the G League on Wednesday.
Impact: Payton's playing time has been inconsistent as of late at the NBA level. Over the Wizards' past 13 games, he's played in just eight, averaging 1.5 points in 3.5 minutes.
News: Pasecniks saw three minutes during Tuesday's 122-115 win over the Knicks.
Impact: Pasecniks made his 24th appearance but didn't see much time nor attempt a single shot attempt. He can be avoided in most formats.
News: Robinson had zero points (0-2 FG, 0-2 3Pt), one rebound, one assist and one block in 14 minutes during Tuesday's 122-115 win over the Knicks.
Impact: Robinson (Achilles) returned to the lineup following a one-game absence, but he failed to make an impact. In fact, despite receiving the nod as a starter, Robinson saw just the eighth-most minutes on the team and remains a dart throw in daily leagues.
News: Bryant contributed 14 points (5-9 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 10 rebounds, two assists and one steal in 24 minutes during Tuesday's 122-115 win over the Knicks.
Impact: Bryant delivered his eighth double-double through 38 appearances this season. He managed 14 across 72 games in 2018-19, and there's still a chance he equals or surpasses that total before 2019-20 comes to a close. Nevertheless, he has been on a minutes limit of late, so until that's lifted fantasy owners likely can't expect fantasy-friendly numbers on a nightly basis.
News: Beal produced 40 points (11-25 FG, 4-10 3Pt, 14-16 FT), seven assists, three rebounds, three steals and one block in 39 minutes during Tuesday's 122-115 win over the Knicks.
Impact: Beal scored 40-plus for the 11th time this season, this after scoring 40 or more 12 times across the last three seasons combined. The 26-year-old guard is averaging career highs in points, assists and threes while maintaining a career-high free throw percentage.
News: Napier amassed 21 points (6-12 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 6-6 FT), six assists, three steals and two rebounds in 38 minutes during Tuesday's 122-115 win over the Knicks.
Impact: Napier drew another start and saw more minutes than every Wizard expect Bradley Beal. Ish Smith (hamstring) has missed four straight games, and Napier has been superb in the last two, combining for 48 points (on 26 field-goal attempts), 13 dimes, seven steals, seven threes and six boards across 78 minutes.
News: Robinson (Achilles) will play and start Tuesday against the Knicks, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports.
Impact: Achilles soreness originally made Robinson questionable, but he's feeling healthy enough to play. Across his past three appearances, he's averaging 9.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.7 steals in 30.7 minutes.
News: Schofield was recalled from the G League on Tuesday.
Impact: Schofield will be available for Tuesday's game against the Knicks after his recent stretch with the Capital City Go-Go. The rookie second-round pick is averaging 3.2 points and 1.3 rebounds in 11.2 minutes in 26 NBA appearances this year.
News: Pasecniks will be available for Tuesday's game against the Knicks, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Impact: Pasecniks has only appeared in three games since the start of February, but he'll be an option off the bench should coach Scott Brooks decide to use him.
News: Bonga was ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Knicks with a groin contusion.
Impact: Bonga started Sunday's loss to the Heat and presumably sustained the injury while putting up three points and one steal in 15 minutes. Garrison Matthews may see increased run in his absence Tuesday.
News: Robinson (Achilles) is considered questionable for Tuesday's game against the Knicks.
Impact: Robinson was held out of Sunday's loss to Miami, but the hope is that he'll be able to return Tuesday night. With Ish Smith (hamstring) already ruled out, Robinson could be set for increased minutes if he gets the green light from the Wizards' medical staff.
News: Smith (hamstring) will remain out Tuesday against the Knicks.
Impact: Smith's sore left hamstring will cost him a fourth consecutive game, meaning Shabazz Napier should retain his hold on the lion's share of point guard minutes. If Jerome Robinson (Achilles) is cleared to play, he could also see a boost in playing time.
News: Bertans put up 25 points (8-15 FG, 8-15 3Pt, 1-1 FT) to go with two rebounds over 27 minutes Sunday in the Wizards' 100-89 loss to the Heat.
Impact: Bertans essentially camped out beyond the arc throughout the game and excelled while doing so, with the eight treys matching his season high. The reserve forward typically offers little outside scoring and 3-pointers, but because he's an efficient shooter who provides triples at a rate matched by few, he's more than just a streaming option in 12-team leagues.
News: Hachimura scored zero points (0-8 FG, 0-2 3Pt), six rebounds, three assists and one steal in 40 minutes during Sunday's 100-89 loss to Miami.
Impact: Hachimura laid a big old goose egg in the loss, highlighting his inconsistencies from both a real-life and fantasy perspective. The rookie is outside the top-150 over the course of the season with his only positive categories being the percentages. He is fine to stream in as a cheap source of points and if you are holding him, his position would be better suited for streaming purposes.
News: Bryant had two points (1-2 FG) and three rebounds in 16 minutes during Sunday's 100-89 loss to the Heat.
Impact: Bryant was in the starting lineup Sunday but you could be forgiven for not even realizing he was active at all. Since returning from a long-term foot injury, Bryant has been a non-factor across most fantasy formats. The Wizards have no incentive to push him and they are currently getting excellent production out of Davis Bertans. At this point, Bryant can be dropped in all competitive leagues.
News: Napier had 27 points (6-14 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 11-14 FT), seven assists, four rebounds and four steals in 40 minutes during Sunday's 100-89 loss to the Heat.
Impact: Napier was tremendous for the Wizards, matching his career high in scoring. Ish Smith (groin) and Jerome Robinson (Achilles) were both out and could miss at least another couple of games. As long as that's the case, Napier might be worth a look in 12-team leagues.
News: Bonga will start Sunday's game against Miami.
Impact: With Jerome Robinson (Achilles) out, Bonga will move into the starting lineup at the nominal small forward spot. Bonga came off the bench in each of the last two games after starting the previous 11 contests.
News: Robinson (Achilles) will not play Sunday against the Heat.
Impact: Robinson was a game-time call, but he'll ultimately be held out as he battles a sore Achilles. Isaac Bonga will get the start in place of Robinson.
News: Robinson (Achilles) will be a game-time call Sunday against the Heat, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Impact: Robinson is battling a sore Achilles, and the Wizards will give him a chance to warm up before making a call on his status. The second-year guard has started each of the last two games, and he played 36 minutes in Friday's win over Atlanta.
News: Bryant will remain on a minutes limit Sunday against Miami, Fred Katz of The Athletic report.s
Impact: The Wizards haven't specified how many minutes Bryant is actually cleared to play, but he's been limited to under 20 minutes in six of seven games since returning from his latest injury. He did, however, see 24 minutes in Friday's win over Atlanta, so it's possible his restriction has been extended a bit.
News: Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard acknowledged Sunday in a Reddit "AMA" session that Wall (Achilles) has been scrimmaging with the G League's Capital City Go-Go of late, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports. "We see John scrimmage with the Go-Go, we see him at practice with the Wizards. And while the rust is still there, there's plenty of signs that point to a full recovery," Sheppard posted.
Impact: The Wizards have yet to officially rule Wall out for the season, but the point guard's own comments on the matter and nearly everything team officials have said about the situation to date suggest he won't be back before Washington wraps up its 2019-20 slate in mid-April. The fact that Wall is taking part in on-court work just over a year after requiring surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles' tendon bodes well for his chances of being free of restrictions once training camp arrives next fall, but Washington will presumably wait and see how he progresses over the summer before commenting on his outlook heading into 2020-21. Wall, who will turn 30 in September, is owed north of $40 million over the next two seasons, and his long-term extension also includes a $47.37 million player option for the 2022-23 campaign.
News: Smith (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Heat.
Impact: Smith will miss his third straight contest Sunday due to left hamstring soreness after playing in the first 60 games of the season. Shabazz Napier will continue working as Washington's primary point guard in his absence.
News: Robinson is questionable for Sunday's game against the Heat due to left Achilles soreness.
Impact: Robinson had an excellent outing against the Hawks on Friday, posting 14 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals in 36 minutes. However, he suffered an Achilles injury in the process. If he ends up sitting out Sunday's action, Isaac Bonga, Gary Payton and Troy Brown are candidates to see expanded roles.
News: Bryant had 10 points (2-5 FG, 1-2 3PT, 5-6) and seven rebounds in Friday's win over the Hawks.
Impact: Bryant made his return after sitting out the previous game to rest, and he played 24 minutes -- his most since Feb. 3. The Wizards have been hesitant to play the big man for extended minutes since the All-Star break. In that span (seven games), Bryant is averaging just 17.3 minutes per contest.
News: Beal had 35 points (13-21 FG, 7-10 3PT, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, four assists and two steals in Friday's win over Atlanta.
Impact: Beal continued his torrid scoring spree, scoring at least 26 points for the 21st consecutive game. In that span, Beal is averaging 36.0 points per game on 48.6 percent shooting.
News: Updating a previous report, Bonga will remain in a reserve role Friday against the Hawks.
Impact: There seemed to be some confusion regarding the starting five during a pregame interview with coach Scott Brooks. Ultimately, Bonga will remain in a reserve role while Jerome Robinson gets the nod at small forward.
News: Updating a previous report, Robinson will remain in the starting five Friday against the Hawks.
Impact: There seemed to be some confusion during a pre-game interview with coach Scott Brooks about the starting five. Ultimately, Robinson will remain a starter for a second straight game.
News: Robinson will come off the bench Friday against the Hawks, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: After a one-game stint in the starting five, Robinson will head back to the bench. Across his past four appearances off the bench, he's averaged 7.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steal in 23.5 minutes.
News: Bonga will start Friday's game against the Hawks, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: After a one-game stint off the bench, Bonga is back in the starting five. Across his past 11 starts, he's averaging 4.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 17.7 minutes.
News: Wagner will come off the bench Friday against the Hawks, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: With Thomas Bryant (foot) back, Wagner will transition back into his usual reserve role. Across his past 12 games coming off the bench, Wagner is averaging 6.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 16.8 minutes.
News: Bryant (foot) is starting Friday's game against the Hawks, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: After a one-game absence due to foot soreness, Bryant will be back in the starting five. Across his past seven starts, he's averaging 10.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 18.4 minutes.
News: Smith (hamstring) will not play Friday against the Hawks.
Impact: After playing in the first 60 games of the season, Smith will sit for a second straight contest as he nurses a left hamstring issue. His next chance to take the court will come Sunday against Miami. In the meantime, Shabazz Napier should continue to handle primary point guard duties for Washington.
News: Bertans had 21 points (8-16 FG, 4-12 3PT, 1-2 FT), four rebounds and three assists in Wednesday's loss to Portland.
Impact: Bertans joined Bradley Beal and Rui Hachimura as the only Wizards in double figures Wednesday on a night when Washington shot just 38.8 percent from the floor as a team. Bertans' four three-pointers run his total up to 18 makes (on 34 attempts) over his last three contests.
News: Beal had 29 points (10-29 FG, 4-9 3PT, 5-6 FT), six rebounds and six assists in Wednesday's loss to Portland.
Impact: It was another futile effort for Beal, who led the Wizards in scoring and was one of only three players in double figures. Over his last 20 games -- dating back to Jan. 20 -- Beal is averaging 36.6 points per game on 48.0 percent shooting.
News: Smith (hamstring) will not play Wednesday against Portland.
Impact: As expected, a tight left hamstring will keep Smith from taking the court Wednesday. In his absence, Shabazz Napier should handle the majority of point guard duties, while Gary Payton could see an uptick in minutes.
News: Bonga will come off the bench Wednesday against the Blazers, Zach Rosen of the Wizards' official site reports.
Impact: Bonga has started the past 11 games but will give way to Jerome Robinson on Wednesday. He's averaging 4.4 points and 2.1 rebounds in 12.3 minutes when coming off the bench this season.
News: Robinson is starting Wednesday against the Trail Blazers, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports.
Impact: Robinson will replace Isaac Bonga in the starting lineup Wednesday. When playing at least 20 minutes this season (four games), Robinson is averaging 7.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and a combined 2.0 blocks and steals in 23.5 minutes.
News: Wagner will start Wednesday's tilt with Portland, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Wagner will get the start in place of Thomas Bryant, who's out for rest purposes. Wagner's impressed in his second professional season and has amassed averages of 9.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 19.1 minutes per game while shooting 56.7 percent from the field, 34.3 percent from three and 80.6 percent from the line.
News: Smith is doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Blazers due to left hamstring tightness, Jamie Goldberg of The Oregonian reports.
Impact: Smith apparently picked up the hamstring issue during Tuesday's loss to the Kings, during which he finished with 13 points, three rebounds and five assists in 20 minutes. In his presumed absence, Shabazz Napier should handle the majority of ball handling duties, while Gary Payton could see an uptick in playing time.
News: Bryant will be held out of Wednesday's game against Portland, Jamie Goldberg of The Oregonian reports.
Impact: Bryant is listed on the Wizards' injury report with an "injury management" designation, so it appears the team will give him the night off on the second half of a back-to-back set. Bryant had started the previous two games, so Mo Wagner or Ian Mahinmi will likely fill in at center Wednesday.
News: Robinson posted 10 points (4-8 FG, 2-4 3Pt), two rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block across 30 minutes during Tuesday's 133-126 loss to the Kings.
Impact: Robinson had one of his better efforts of the season Tuesday, filling out the stat sheet. He's carved out a regular rotational role since joining Washington, averaging 6.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 19.6 minutes. However, Robinson still needs to improve his shooting, as he's hitting just 38.3 percent of his looks in 10 games with the Wizards.
News: Hachimura recorded 20 points (6-9 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 7-8 FT), six rebounds, three assists and two steals in 30 minutes during Tuesday's 133-126 loss to Sacramento.
Impact: Hachimura cracked the 20-point mark for only the second time since early December. He did have an injury during that period which cost him a lengthy amount of time. However, since returning, he has added an element of consistency to his game. He has scored in double digits in seven straight games, adding nine combined steals. Despite a couple of flaws in his overall production, Hachimura is worth considering in most formats given his assured role moving forward.
News: Bertans had 18 points (6-13 FG, 6-12 3Pt), seven rebounds, one assist and one steal in 29 minutes during Tuesday's 133-126 loss to the Kings.
Impact: Bertans, who now has 14 triples across his last two games, continues his run as arguably the best perimeter scorer in the league. After a fast start to the season, Bertans suffered an injury setback which cost him multiple games. His production since returning has been somewhat inconsistent, although he does look to be getting things together of late. As long as he can remain healthy, Bertans should be a solid mid-round player the rest of the way.
News: Beal finished with 35 points (11-24 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 11-15 FT), eight assists, two rebounds and two steals in 39 minutes during Tuesday's 133-126 loss to the Kings.
Impact: Beal extended his run of 30-point games to six, dropping a game-high 35 points. He has been on an unbelievable run of late, shouldering the bulk of the load on the offensive end for the Wizards. As with many of the superstars on struggling teams, there is an element of risk when analyzing what may lie ahead. Beal is typically not a player who likes to miss games at the best of times and those with shares in him simply need to hope he remains active moving forward.
News: Napier posted nine points (3-5 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five assists, three rebounds and three steals in 25 minutes during Sunday's 124-110 win at Golden State.
Impact: Napier has started three consecutive games, averaging 9.3 points with 3.3 assists over that span. He's hit just 32.1 percent of his field-goal attempts during that stretch, and even though he's likely to remain as a starter moving forward, his production has not been high enough to make him a reliable fantasy asset outside of the deepest formats.
News: Bryant posted 12 points (5-6 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT), two rebounds, two blocks and a steal in 15 minutes during Sunday's 124-110 win at Golden State.
Impact: Bryant started for the first time since Jan. 28, but that move didn't translate into an uptick in his playing time since he failed to top the 20-minute mark for the fifth straight game. He won't experience a considerable statistical uptick unless he can start seeing more minutes on a nightly basis.
News: Hachimura notched 15 points (4-8 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 6-7 FT), eight rebounds and an assist in 30 minutes during Sunday's 124-110 win at Golden State.
Impact: The rookie out of Gonzaga extended his streak of scoring in double digits to six games, and he's notched at least 15 points in five of those contests. Hachimura has been very efficient as well, hitting 50.8 percent of his shots and 50.0 percent of his 3-point attempts during that stretch.
News: Bertans posted 29 points (9-14 FG, 8-10 3Pt, 3-3 FT), four rebounds and one block across 30 minutes during Sunday's 124-110 victory over the Warriors.
Impact: Bertans tied a season-high eight made threes Sunday, which followed an uncharacteristic 1-for-8 effort from distance two days prior. He's one of just nine players this season to have multiple performances with eight made triples. Since Feb. 1, he's averaging 15.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.6 threes and 1.8 assists in 30.0 minutes.
News: Beal posted 34 points (10-24 FG, 7-9 3Pt, 7-8 FT), eight assists, five steals and two rebounds across 35 minutes during Sunday's 124-110 victory over the Warriors.
Impact: Beal's dominant stretch continues. Over the past five games, he's averaged 42.8 points, 6.0 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 steals. With this effort, Beal became only the 10th player in NBA history to notch at least 34 points, eight assists and five steals with no more than one turnover. The last player to achieve the feat was Chris Paul in 2014.
News: Bryant will start Sunday's game against Golden State, Candace Buckner of the Washington Post reports.
Impact: The Wizards have mostly used Bryant off the bench since he returned from a lengthy injury absence in mid-January, but he'll finally move back into the lineup in place of Ian Mahinmi at center. For fantasy owners still rostering Bryant, the hope is that the move will be permanent, but at this point it's unclear if that'll be the case. Bryant has averaged just 15.8 minutes per game off the bench over his last four contests.
News: Hachimura scored 15 points (6-10 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT) while adding seven rebounds and three steals in 32 minutes during Friday's 129-119 loss at Utah.
Impact: The rookie out of Gonzaga has established himself as Washington's second-best scoring option for the Wizards and extended his run of double-digit scoring performances to five games. Hachimura has scored 10 or more points in nine of his 10 outings since returning from injury and is averaging 13.9 points -- while shooting 51.4 percent from the field -- during that stretch.
News: Beal registered 42 points (17-33 FG, 6-15 3Pt, 2-4 FT), 10 assists, five rebounds and two steals in 40 minutes during Friday's 129-119 loss at Utah.
Impact: Beal extended his torrid run this month, and the star shooting guard has topped the 40-point plateau in three of his last four contests, while scoring 30 or more points in six of his last seven outings. Beal has been one of the league's premier scoring threats during the current month, and he is averaging 36.2 points per game -- while shooting 47.5 percent from the field -- in 11 games.
News: Bryant notched 16 points (7-10 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 0-2 FT), three assists and two rebounds in 18 minutes off the bench during Friday's 129-119 loss at Utah.
Impact: Bryant hasn't started a game since Jan. 28 but that didn't stop him to produce his second-best scoring output of this month. Bryant has struggled to stay healthy during February, however, and he has already missed five of the Wizards' 11 games this month. He is averaging 10.7 points while shooting 68.4 percent from the field in only 19.5 minutes per game in six February contests, and all signs suggest these numbers could improve if he receives a boost in his playing time moving forward.
News: Beal posted 30 points (11-24 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five rebounds, five assists and three steals across 39 minutes during Wednesday's 110-106 victory over the Nets.
Impact: Beal has been one of the most potent offensive players in the league lately. Over the past 15 games, he's averaging 36.7 points on 25.3 shots, plus 5.1 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals. The Wizards (21-36) have gone 7-8 over this stretch and are running out of chances to sneak into the playoffs over the Magic, who are sitting in the eighth seed at 26-32.
News: Hachimura had 17 points (6-10 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 3-5 FT) and four rebounds in 27 minutes during Wednesday's 110-106 win over the Nets.
Impact: Hachimura has reached double figures in scoring in four straight games following the All-Star break. Moreover, the rookie has scored in double digits 16 times through 18 appearances in January and February. He'll look to keep it rolling during Friday's matchup versus a Jazz team that's struggling of late but is still known for defending at a high level far more often than not.
News: Bryant (foot) totaled eight points (3-5 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and seven rebounds in 15 minutes during Wednesday's 110-106 win over the Nets.
Impact: Bryant returned to the rotation following a one-game absence to rest his nagging foot, which cost him months earlier in the season and continues to plague him of late. At this point it's tough to trust Bryant in most formats, though he may be worth holding onto in case his condition improves heading into the final stretch.
News: Bertans (knee) offered 14 points (5-13 FG, 4-11 3Pt), three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 30 minutes during Wednesday's 110-106 win over the Nets.
Impact: Bertans returned to the rotation following a one-game absence with a sore right knee. He didn't provide much beyond three-point shooting, but he was the only Wizard besides Bradley Beal to earn at least 30 minutes. Bertans will look to provide a little bit more of a well-rounded stat line in Friday's matchup versus the Jazz.
News: Robinson recorded nine points (3-8 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 20 minutes during Wednesday's 110-106 win over the Nets.
Impact: Robinson splashed the go-ahead trey inside the final 10 seconds, stepping up in the clutch in an important game that helps keep Washington's playoff hopes alive. Robinson is capable of occupying either guard spot, and the Wizards play plenty of smaller lineups, so the sophomore may keep earning decent minutes.
News: Napier will start Wednesday against the Nets, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Napier, who is coming off his best game since joining the Wizards, will replace Ish Smith in the starting five. The guard has started 22 games this season, all with the Timberwolves, averaging 11.4 points, 6.4 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals across 27.7 minutes in those contests.
News: Bertans (knee) will play Wednesday against the Nets, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Bertans has been cleared to play after missing Monday's loss to the Bucks with a sore right knee. While the sharpshooter will be available, coach Scott Brooks said he may play "a little less" than usual as the Wizards look to ease him back. Bertans is averaging 15.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 29.4 minutes per game this season.
News: Smith will move to the bench for Wednesday's game against the Nets, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Smith has been the starter since the trade deadline, but he'll move to the bench as the Wizards insert Shabazz Napier at point guard. Smith is coming off of a decent showing Monday against Milwaukee, when he finished with 13 points, seven assists, two rebounds and two steals.
News: Bryant (foot) will be available to play in Wednesday's contest against the Nets, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Bryant has missed five of the past seven games while dealing with a lingering foot injury, but the center will be active for the first time since Sunday's loss to Chicago. The former Indiana standout is currently averaging 12.4 points and 7.3 rebounds in 31 appearances for the Wizards this season.
News: Bertans (knee) is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Nets, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Bertans was kept sidelined during Monday's loss against Milwaukee after experiencing soreness in his right knee following Sunday's loss to Chicago. Bertans is currently averaging 14.5 points and 4.3 rebounds over his last 18 outings since returning from a quadriceps injury Jan. 8.
News: At a recent team event, Wall (Achilles) implied that he never anticipated returning during the 2019-20 season, Candace Buckner of the Washington Post reports.
Impact: While all indications are that Wall continues to make progress in his return from a torn left Achilles, the expectation remains that he will not be back on the floor at any point this season. When asked about that possibility, Wall told reporters: "[sitting out the season] was my plan from the start." Wall went on to note that he talked to close friend DeMarcus Cousins, who also suffered a torn Achilles, and Cousins told him that one year of rehab was not sufficient. Wall has not played since Dec. 26, 2018 but is expected to be ready for the start of the 2020-21 season.
News: Beal registered a career-high 55 points (19-33 FG, 8-13 3Pt, 9-10 FT) to go with three assists and two rebounds across 41 minutes Monday in the Wizards' 137-134 overtime loss to the Bucks.
Impact: Though the 20-36 Wizards' upset bid ultimately fell short, they were able to stay competitive with the NBA's best team thanks largely to the efforts of Beal, who established a new career high in scoring for the second straight game. In so doing, Beal became the first NBA player since Kobe Bryant in 2007 to record 50 or more points on back-to-back days. Beal turned the ball over 16 times between the two games and offered little production in the peripheral categories in both outings, but fantasy managers won't complain about that when the shooting guard is providing them with 108 points and 13 three-pointers in a two-day span.
News: Napier had 27 points (10-17 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 4-5 FT), seven assists, four rebounds and two steals in 36 minutes off the bench during Monday's 137-134 overtime loss against the Bucks.
Impact: Napier is yet to start a single game since being traded to Washington, but this performance off the bench could result in more meaningful minutes moving forward. He is averaging 11.0 points, 4.3 assists and 41.4 percent from three-point range since joining the Wizards earlier this month.
News: Smith posted 13 points (5-11 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), seven assists, two rebounds and two steals in 26 minutes during Monday's 137-134 overtime loss against the Bucks.
Impact: Smith returned to the starting lineup seven games ago, and he is now on a run of two straight double-digit scoring appearances. He is never going to be a guy who stands out in one particular area, but he has proven to be productive when he gets enough minutes and such has been the case of late. Smith is averaging 9.1 points, 5.9 assists and 4.1 rebounds in 28.4 minutes per game since returning to a starter role.
News: Bertans (knee) will not play Monday against the Bucks.
Impact: Bertans is nursing some right knee soreness and will miss at least one game as a result. Fortunately, the issue appears to be a minor one, as coach Scott Brooks said the team is simply playing it safe with Bertans, per Fred Katz of The Athletic. His next chance to take the court will come Wednesday against Brooklyn.
News: Brown contributed seven points (3-4 FG, 1-2 FT), three assists, two steals and one rebound across 21 minutes Sunday in the Wizards' 126-117 loss to the Bulls.
Impact: Brown has excelled at gathering up steals of late -- he's averaging 2.1 per game over his last seven appearances -- but when the Wizards are relatively close to full strength, the forward doesn't consistently do enough in other areas to represent much more than a one-category streamer in most leagues. Over that same seven-game stretch, he's only chipped in 7.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 21.7 minutes.
News: Smith finished with 10 points (3-5 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-3 FT), five assists, three rebounds, two steals and one block across 27 minutes Sunday in the Wizards' 126-117 loss to the Bulls.
Impact: Following the Feb. 6 trade that sent Isaiah Thomas to the Clippers, Smith has stepped in as the Wizards' starting point guard. Though Washington got another point guard back in Shabazz Napier prior to the deadline, he's been a clear No. 2 option behind Smith, who has seen the heavier minutes share in each game the two have played. During his six-game run as the starter, Smith is averaging 8.5 points, 5.7 assists, 4.5 rebounds, 1.3 steals, 1.2 three-pointers and 0.8 blocks per game while converting at a 39.6 percent rate from the field.
News: Bertans is considered questionable for Monday's game against Milwaukee.
Impact: Bertans popped up on the injury report Monday morning with what appears to be a minor issue, but it's something to monitor as the Wizards enter the second half of a back-to-back. Bertans had 22 points, including five three-pointers, in Sunday's loss to Chicago.
News: Bryant will be held out of Monday's game against Milwaukee in order to rest his right foot.
Impact: Bryant will get the night off in order to rest the foot that's bothered him throughout the year. Since returning from his most recent four-game absence, Bryant's seen just 15 minutes per game in support of Ian Mahinmi. Moritz Wagner should get the bulk of those minutes against the Bucks.
News: Hachimura registered 10 points (4-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds, four assists and a steal in 28 minutes during Sunday's 126-117 loss against the Bulls.
Impact: Hachimura has scored in double figures in six of the seven games he's played following a lengthy absence, and the rookie out of Gonzaga has been doing so with efficiency. During that seven-game stretch, Hachimura has averaged 13.6 points while shooting 52.1 percent from the field.
News: Bertans posted 22 points (7-15 FG, 5-11 3Pt, 3-3 FT), four rebounds, an assist and a steal in 37 minutes during Sunday's 126-117 loss against the Bulls.
Impact: Bertans has made at least two threes in each of the eight games; he's scored double-digit points in each of those, averaging 15.4 points while making 42.2 percent of his long-range shots during that stretch. The Latvian forward remains one of Washington's main scoring threats even while mostly coming off the bench.
News: Beal poured in 53 points (15-27 FG, 5-11 3Pt, 18-20 FT) along with five rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block across 39 minutes during Sunday's 126-117 loss to the Bulls.
Impact: Beal reached a career high in scoring with historic efficiency, becoming only the fifth player in the last 20 years to rack up at least 53 points on 27 or fewer shots -- the others being James Harden, Steph Curry, Tony Delk and Kyrie Irving. This is only the greatest moment in a great season for Beal, who's averaging career highs in points (29.6) and assists (6.0). Since the new year, he's averaging 32.4 points on 47.9 percent shooting, adding 5.0 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.1 steals.
News: Pasecniks (hip) isn't listed on the injury report ahead of Sunday's game against the Bulls.
Impact: Pasecniks appeared on the Wizards' injury report prior to the All-Star break with a sore left hip, but he was available for the team's first game of the second half Friday versus Cleveland. The rookie center ultimately went unused off the bench in the Wizards' five-point loss, and that's likely to be a common occurrence in competitive games moving forward. Pasecniks -- whose last appearance with the Wizards came back on Jan. 28 -- is buried behind Ian Mahinmi, Thomas Bryant and Moritz Wagner on the depth chart at center.
News: Bryant (foot) came off the bench and contributed eight points (4-7 FG, 0-2 FT), five rebounds and two blocks across 16 minutes Friday in the Wizards' 113-108 loss to the Cavaliers.
Impact: The Wizards unsurprisingly chose to ease Bryant back in following a four-game absence due to a sore right foot, the same one in which he battled a stress reaction earlier this season. Given Washington's status as a non-contender along with the recurring problems that foot injuries can provide for big men, Bryant could be a candidate to have his playing time managed carefully the rest of the way. If he can gradually reclaim a regular 25-minute role, however, Bryant should be able to produce well enough across the board to provide value in 10- or 12-team leagues. For now, Bryant is probably worth holding in most leagues in order to see what his minutes look like over the next few games, but he's not an automatic activation.
News: Bryant (foot) will play Friday against Boston.
Impact: Bryant missed the last four games due to a sore foot and had been listed as questionable for Friday's contest. He averaged 16.8 points and 8.8 rebounds in 27.3 minutes in his last four games prior to suffering the injury.
News: Per head coach Scott Brooks, Mahinmi (foot) will play on Friday against the Cavaliers.
Impact: After initially being deemed questionable on Thursday for Friday's game against the Cavaliers, Mahinmi will suit up. Following the all-star break, the big man will look to continue a relatively impressive year in which he has averaged a career high in blocks per game.
News: Bryant (foot) is questionable for Friday's game against the Cavaliers, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Impact: Bryant missed the final four games leading into the All-Star break due to a sore right foot, but it sounds like he could take the court Friday after returning to practice at the beginning of the week. Look for his status to clear up closer to tip-off.
News: Mahinmi is questionable for Friday's contest against Cleveland due to a right foot injury, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Impact: It's unclear exactly how Mahinmi suffered the foot injury, as the center nearly tallied a double-double over 30 minutes of action in the Wizards' final contest before the All-Star break. Nevertheless, Mahinmi is officially deemed questionable Friday.
News: Bryant was able to participate in parts of Monday's practice, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports.
Impact: While Bryant appears to be making progress in his recovery from a sore right foot, coach Scott Brooks stated that the team will hold off on a final decision on his availability for Friday's tilt with Cleveland until later in the week. The 22-year-old center's addition to the lineup would be significant for the Wizards, as Byrant's averaging 12.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 25.5 minutes per game on the season.
News: Bryant's (foot) re-evaluation Monday went "great," and coach Scott Brooks is hopeful that Bryant can return to the court during the first game after the All-Star break, which is Friday against the Cavaliers, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Right foot soreness sidelined Bryant for the four games leading up to the break. His return would be a welcome one, as the Wizards are four wins out of the eighth seed and could make a late run for the postseason if the Magic begin to slip. In 29 appearances this season, Bryant has averaged 12.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 25.5 minutes.
News: Bertans supplied 16 points (4-9 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 6-7 FT), two rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block across 30 minutes Wednesday in the Wizards' 114-96 win over the Knicks.
Impact: The Wizards are back to full strength at power forward now that Rui Hachimura has returned from injury, but the rookie's presence hasn't seemed to hinder Bertans' effectiveness. Bertans has reached double figures in scoring in six straight games while knocking down 3.3 three-pointers per game over that span.
News: Robinson had five points (2-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt), two rebounds, two assists and one steal in 21 minutes during Wednesday's 114-96 win over the Knicks.
Impact: Robinson has seen his minutes rise from 16 to 18 to 21 through his first three games with the Wizards. Still, the team has no shortage of young guards fighting for playing time, and Robinson will have to earn his opportunities on a team that's somehow still in the race for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
News: Bonga produced 13 points (5-7 FG, 3-3 3Pt), five rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in 14 minutes during Wednesday's 114-96 win over the Knicks.
Impact: Bonga turned in an incredible stat line considering his limited minutes. In fact, he contributed across every category while finishing with a career high in threes and matching his career highs in steals and blocks. Bonga likely will need to earn more minutes than this if he's going to be relevant for fantasy purposes but he certainly flashed his impressive skillset in this one.
News: Mahinmi had nine points (3-7 FG, 3-4 FT), 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 30 minutes during Wednesday's 114-96 win over the Knicks.
Impact: Mahinmi continues to hold down the fort as the starting center with Thomas Bryant (foot) still sidelined. It's unclear if Bryant will be ready to return after the All-Star break and, as long as he's not available, Mahinmi makes for a decent dart throw in daily leagues on nights when the matchup is on the friendly side.
News: Wagner was ejected from Wednesday's game against the Knicks, Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reports.
Impact: Wagner was ejected during the middle of the fourth quarter after receiving back-to-back technical fouls for an altercation with the referees. He finished with six points (2-5 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-4 FT), four rebounds, one steal and one assist in 16 minutes on the night and should be allowed to return in full for Friday's tilt with the Cavaliers.
News: Pasecniks (hip) is listed questionable for Wednesday's game against the Knicks.
Impact: Pasecniks popped up on the injury report ahead of Tuesday night's game and ended up sitting out. There's a good chance that's the case again Wednesday, though either way, Pasecniks has fallen out of the regular rotation.
News: Hachimura scored 20 points (7-12 FG, 6-6 FT) while adding four rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in 32 minutes during Tuesday's 126-114 win over the Bulls.
Impact: The rookie put together one of his best performances of the season, setting a new career high for combined steals and blocks in a game while scoring 20 or more for the first time since Dec. 5, although he missed most of the time in between with a groin injury. Hachimura is averaging 15.0 points, 7.3 boards, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steals in four games since returning to the lineup, and he'll likely need a big second half if the Wizards are going to continue their improbable push into playoff contention. Washington will wrap up its pre-All-Star break schedule Wednesday against the Knicks, and coach Scott Brooks noted that Hachimura could have his minutes managed for the second game of the back-to-back set, per Fred Katz of The Athletic.
News: Beal scored a team-high 30 points (12-23 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 3-4 FT) while adding seven assists, four rebounds and a steal in 34 minutes during Tuesday's 126-114 win over the Bulls.
Impact: The 26-year-old continues to shine. Beal has scored at least 25 points in 11 straight games, averaging 35.1 points, 6.0 assists, 4.1 boards, 2.8 threes and 1.1 steals, and he's gotten enough support that the Wizards are 6-5 over that stretch -- putting them just three games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
News: Brown posted six points (3-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt), five rebounds, three assists and two steals in 24 minutes during Sunday's 106-99 loss to the Grizzlies.
Impact: With the Wizards getting healthier, Brown's role has started to decrease. He saw 29.8 minutes per game in January, but he's garnering only 25.5 minutes in four February games. It seems likely he'll continue to see sixth-man minutes in the Wizards' rotation, but his days of consistent fantasy relevance could be coming to a close assuming the team stays healthy.
News: Pasecniks is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Bulls due to tightness in his left hip.
Impact: Pasecniks is a new addition to the injury report as the Wizards head into the first night of a back-to-back, but he's not on the fantasy radar right now, having racked up five straight DNP-CDs.
News: Wagner put up 19 points (7-11 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-6 FT), nine rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes during Sunday's loss to the Grizzlies.
Impact: Wagner recently returned from an ankle injury that forced him to miss 25 games, but looked no worse for wear in this one. Thomas Bryant is out indefinitely because of a stress reaction in his right foot. The Wizards will likely take it easy with Bryant, so Bertans could see a solid uptick in his workload. The 22-year old is a standard league asset in only 20.2 minutes per game, so he's worth a look for teams in search of a big man.
News: Hachimura contributed 12 points (5-13 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 11 rebounds and one assist in 25 minutes during Sunday's loss to the Grizzlies.
Impact: As one of only two Wizards to have scored in double figures by half-time (the other being Bradley Beal), Hachimura had 10 points, four boards and a triple through his first 11 minutes of play in this one, while also shooting 66.7 percent from the field in that span. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to find the net nearly as much in the second half. The 22-year old is producing a fringe standard-league level of fantasy value in 28.9 minutes per game, averaging 13.9 points and 6.1 boards on 48.5 percent shooting from the field, and 81.7 percent from the line, but the rookie doesn't offer much more outside of that.
News: Bertans accrued 15 points (6-13 FG, 3-8 3Pt), six rebounds, one assist and one steal in 32 minutes during Sunday's loss to the Grizzlies.
Impact: Through his previous two outings, Bertans has put up per-game numbers of 19.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.0 threes and 4.0 assists, while shooting 57.1 percent from the field. He couldn't keep that level of momentum going in this one, but still produced a usable stat line. Posting career-highs virtually across the board, Bertans is contributing top 50 value in nine-category leagues.
News: Napier had six points (0-7 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 6-6 FT), six assists and two rebounds in 21 minutes during Sunday's loss to the Grizzlies.
Impact: After dropping 14 points, three assists, two steals and even a block in his 18-minute Wizards debut, Napier couldn't find the net in this one, missing every single on of his shots from the field. In his first game with the team, Ish Smith saw 12 more minutes than him. However, this contest closed the gap a little more, as he received 21 minutes to Smith's 28. There's a real chance the playing time begins to be dispersed a little more evenly as Napier finds his rhythm with his new team, so he's worth consideration for fantasy teams in need of a point guard.
News: Beal put up 26 points (10-25 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 5-7 FT), four rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 34 minutes during Sunday's loss to the Grizzlies.
Impact: Unsurprisingly, Beal has been posting career highs in points, assists and free-throw percentage, with a career-high 34.7 usage rate to match. Unfortunately for the Wizards, it hasn't translated to many wins. After signing a contract extension early in the season, the fear that Beal would be traded mid-season subsided. However, the fear that he'll be forced to sit out down the stretch of the season still lingers. After playing all 82 games last year, it's difficult to predict if the team will go that same route, or attempt to preserve Beal for the future. Fantasy owners can only cross their fingers and wait for the verdict. For now, the 26-year old is still a fantastic option playing at a second-round level.