Bertans is unavailable for Friday's game against Milwaukee.
The 28-year-old is currently in with the NBA's health and safety protocols due to COVID-19. As a result of Bertans' absence, Isaac Bonga will presumably earn the start Friday with Rui Hachimura (COVID-19) out as well. According to Fred Katz of The Athletic, coach Scott Brooks doesn't expect any of the players in the protocol to play in the team's upcoming four-game road trip, so Bertans may be unavailable until at least Jan. 29 against the Hawks. It's worth keeping a close eye on the Wizards' extensive injury reports for the near future.
Bertans and the Wizards will not play Wednesday against the Hornets after the game was postponed, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
The Wizards are still dealing with COVID-19 issues, and Wednesday's game will mark the team's fifth straight postponement.
Bertans scored 18 points (6-10 FG, 6-9 3Pt) while adding two rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes off the bench during Monday's 128-107 win over the Suns.
After scoring a disappointing five points and going 0-for-4 from three-point range Saturday against the Heat, Bertans erupted from long range and sunk a season high in made three-pointers. The 28-year-old has drained at least three threes in five of the last six games, shooting 41.2 percent (21-for-51) from beyond the arc during that stretch.
Bertans scored 13 (4-10 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 1-1 FT) to go with four rebounds, one assist and one steal across 27 minutes in a 116-107 loss to Boston on Friday.
Bertans has recorded double-digit scoring efforts in his last four appearances, averaging 14.0 points in those outings. The forward didn't record a field goal attempt in either the first or third quarters, but found a rhythm in the fourth on 3-for-6 shooting, with each make coming from behind the arc. Despite finding form in the fourth quarter, Bertans hasn't found the same success from deep this season, shooting just 32.8 perfect compared to his 42.4 percent last year.
Bertans posted 17 points (6-15 FG, 4-12 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds, an assist and a steal across 33 minutes off the bench in Wednesday's 141-136 loss against the 76ers.
Bertans might have come off the bench, but he logged the fourth-most minutes for the Wizards while ending as the team's third-highest scorer only behind Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal. The big Latvian has been a bit inconsistent this season, however, and his long-range shot hasn't been as accurate as it's been in the past -- he's hitting threes at a 32.8 percent clip, well below his career norms. However, he does seem to be over the conditioning issues that affected him early on, so Bertans should continue trending in the right direction.
Bertans scored three points (0-8 FG, 0-6 3PT, 3-3 FT) to go along with three rebounds, two assists and one steal across 21 minutes in Thursday's win over the Bulls.
One game after scoring a season-best 20 points, Bertans couldn't find his stroke from the field. He was particularly poor from deep, missing all six of his threes that came from straight away and the wings. Bertans has gotten off to an inconsistent start to the campaign, failing to reach double-digit points in three of five games. Rui Hachimura's return may only further dent Bertans' role.
Bertans tallied 20 points (4-10 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 9-9 FT), four rebounds, two assists and one steal in 26 minutes during Tuesday's 115-107 loss to Chicago.
Bertan's playing time increased in the loss, affording him more opportunities on the offensive end. He rewarded patient managers by eclipsing the 20-point mark for the first time this season. Bertans is going to get plenty of looks from beyond the arc, and while he is a must-roster player in standard formats, his contributions in the peripheral stats are far from exemplary.
Bertans is having his minutes limit increased to the mid-20s ahead of Tuesday's game against the Bulls, Zach Rosen of the Wizards' official site reports.
This news makes Bertans more viable in fantasy, as it's tough to make an impact in just 20 minutes per game. Through three games, he's averaging 9.3 points, 2.3 threes, 2.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 19.7 minutes. Once his minutes limit is let go entirely, he'll likely bounce back to being a quality fantasy option in standard leagues.
Bertans (rest) will play and come off the bench Saturday against the Magic and is expected to play 18-20 minutes, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Bertans' cardio isn't great after he missed a significant portion of training camp due to a visa issue, so his minutes are being limited. There's also a chance he'll be rested Sunday on the second game of the back-to-back set.
The Wizards have back-to-back games Saturday and Sunday against the Magic, and Bertans could be rested for one of them, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Bertans was a late arrival to training camp due to visa issues, and as a result, his conditioning isn't what it should be. He played just 20 minutes in the opener and could be rested this weekend.
Bertans recorded 14 points (4-7 FG, 4-6 3PT, 2-2 FT), three rebounds and one assists in 20 minutes in the 107-113 loss to Philadelphia on Wednesday.
Bertans was excellent off the bench in the loss Wednesday. The forward was the best shooter for the Wizards, perfect from the line and very effective from behind the arc.. Bertans also helped out in the paint during his limited minutes. The Latvian Laser only started a handful of games last season and it is unknown exactly where he resides in this year's rotation. But with Rui Hachimura (eye) out for roughly three weeks, Bertans has the opportunity for extended run.
Bertans will come off the bench for Wednesday's season opener against the 76ers, Ava Wallace of the Washington Post reports. He will likely have his workload capped at 18 to 20 minutes, per Fred Katz of The Athletic.
The Wizards will go with Isaac Bonga and rookie Deni Avdija at the forward spots, leaving Bertans as the odd man out. The sharpshooter should be comfortable in a bench role, however, as he started just four of his 54 appearances for the Wizards last season. Bertans is still working his way back up to speed after missing the start of the preseason, so coach Scott Brooks will ease him back into action over the first few meaningful games.
Bertans (rest) was removed from the injury report ahead of Saturday's game against the Pistons, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Bertans missed Thursday's game in order to rest, but he was expected to play in Saturday's preseason finale. He could have a limited role against Detroit ahead of the team's regular-season opener Dec. 23.
Bertans (rest) has a good chance to play Saturday against the Pistons, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Bertans was rested on Thursday, but it looks like he'll likely suit up for the team's final preseason game. Washington is set to kick off the 2020-21 regular season on Wednesday against the 76ers.
Bertans won't play in Thursday's preseason game against the Pistons for rest purposes.
Point guard Russell Westbrook will also sit out the contest for maintenance purposes, but both he and Bertans should return to the lineup Saturday against the Pistons in the Wizards' preseason finale. After re-signing with Washington on a five-year deal this offseason, Bertans should be locked into a key role as the Wizards' top perimeter threat, though it's unclear if he'll start or work with the second unit.
Bertans (undisclosed) will likely not play during Thursday's preseason game against the Pistons, Ava Wallace of The Washington Post reports.
Coach Scott Brooks said Bertans will "more than likely" not play as the team continues to hold him out for undisclosed reasons to start the preseason. After Thursday, the team has one more preseason contest left on Saturday against Detroit.
Bertans (undisclosed) will not play in Sunday's preseason opener against the Nets, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
The team has not officially said if Bertans is dealing with anything specific, but he was a late addition to training camp due to visa issues. The latter is likely the reason he is being held out, as the Wizards are presumably exercising caution with their newly signed stretch-four ahead of the regular season. His absence could create more minutes for the likes of Deni Avdija, Troy Brown, Isaac Bonga and Moritz Wagner.
Bertans might not play in Sunday's preseason opener against the Nets, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Bertans was a late addition to training camp while dealing with visa issues, so it seems like coach Scott Brooks may want him to get his wind up more before playing in games. If he sits out, more minutes will be available to Deni Avdija, Troy Brown, Isaac Bonga, Mo Wagner and other forwards.
Bertans will be a late arrival to the Wizards' training camp as he deals with visa issues, NBC Sports Washington reports.
The Latvia native returned home during the offseason and is apparently working through issues re-entering the country. While he may miss a early sessions, the expectation is that Bertans -- who signed a five-year, $80 million deal last month to return to the Wizards -- will join the team in the coming days.
Bertans is planning to re-sign with the Wizards on a five-year, $80 million deal, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Bertans was one of the more intriguing free agents on the market. He excelled as a stretch-four for the Wizards last season and will look to carry that momentum going forward. He averaged 15.4 points and 4.5 rebounds across 29.3 minutes per game. However, it was his ability to stretch the floor by shooting 42.4 percent from beyond the arc to the tune of 3.7 triples per game that really made him valuable. He is now locked into the Wizards' future plans and should see a similar role in the upcoming season.
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