Gooden (calf) was limited at Monday's practice, J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports. Gooden has already missed the past five games with a calf injury and will have a tough time making a comeback Tuesday against the Cavaliers. When healthy, however, the veteran stretches the court as a power forward who's comfortable taking a plethora of shots from beyond the arc.
Gooden is dealing with a calf injury and back spasms and will not play Saturday against the Raptors, CSN Washington's J. Michael reports. In theory Gooden could have been an interesting stealth play in daily leagues Saturday, as Nene Hilario has been ruled out, but the frontline will be extra thin against Toronto. Look for Kris Humphries to get the bulk of the leftover minutes at forward/center. Gooden's next chance to play will be Tuesday in Cleveland.
Gooden (coach's decision) went unused off the Wizards' bench in Tuesday's 123-106 loss to the Pacers. Gooden was active for the contest but saw 12 other players used ahead of him in coach Randy Wittman's rotation, illustrating where he stands on the Wizards. The recent struggles of starting power forward Kris Humphries could create an opportunity for Gooden to see the court as a stretch-four option, but until that comes to fruition, it's easy enough to ignore Gooden in most any format.
Gooden (back) played 12 minutes in Tuesday's loss to the Thunder, scoring no points (0-5 FG, 0-1 3Pt) while grabbing five rebounds and blocking a shot. Gooden was left on the bench for the Wizards' previous two games while recovering from back spasms, but reentered the rotation Tuesday while Nene Hilario (back) sat out. If Hilario is able to return in time for Saturday's tilt with the Magic, Gooden could be see his playing time dry up completely, as he was outpaced in minutes by Marcin Gortat (27), Kris Humphries (18), and DeJuan Blair (17) on Tuesday.
Gooden (back) is listed as questionable Saturday due to back spasms, Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports. Gooden missed Friday's contest with the same issue, and he'll likely end up as a game-time decision. If he's ultimately held out, DeJuan Blair could pick up a few extra minutes off the bench.
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