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Wizards' Thomas Bryant: Grabs career-high 11 boards in win
Bryant contributed eight points (4-8 FG), 11 rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and one steal in 28 minutes during Sunday's 128-110 win over the Lakers.
Bryant finished with career highs in rebounding and minutes while matching career highs in blocks and steals. With Dwight Howard (lower body) out through at least the end of January, Bryant has logged 14 starts, and seems likely to hold onto that spot for the foreseeable future. Moreover, with Markieff Morris (neck) listed as day-to-day after leaving Sunday's matchup, the club could be especially thin in the frontcourt in the short-term. Ian Mahinmi has also been a healthy scratch in each of the last three games, so Bryant is the team's best candidate to bang with the bigger bodies the Wizards will face this upcoming week (Dewayne Dedmon of Atlanta, Clint Capela of Houston, Deandre Ayton of Phoenix, and Myles Turner of Indiana).... See More ... See Less
Wizards' Tomas Satoransky: Logs 46 minutes in Sunday's win
Satoransky supplied 11 points (4-7 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five assists, four rebounds, and three steals in 46 minutes during Sunday's 128-110 win over the Lakers.
Satoransky saw a career high minute total while matching his career high in steals. Otto Porter (knee) missed his third straight game while Trevor Ariza (not injury related) wasn't available yet following the trade and Markieff Morris (neck) left the tilt and is considered day-to-day. Ariza and Porter will likely gobble up a great deal of the playing time Satoransky saw in this one while pushing him back into a reserve role. However, for now the injuries in the frontcourt, including to Dwight Howard (lower left body), could result in coach Scott Brooks rolling with more small-ball lineups, which would bode well for Satoransky, who is perhaps the team's only reliable backup ball-handler in the aftermath of Austin Rivers being dealt to the Suns.... See More ... See Less
Wizards' Jeff Green: Scores 20 points in Sunday's win
Green collected 20 points (8-15 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 0-1 FT), seven rebounds, one assist, and one block in 33 minutes during Sunday's 128-110 win over the Lakers.
Green stepped up and played well with the injuries piling up. Otto Porter (knee) was sidelined for a third straight game, Trevor Ariza (not injury related) wasn't available yet following the trade, Markieff Morris (neck) left the matchup, and Dwight Howard (lower body) remains out through at least the end of January. Green has reached double figures in scoring in three straight games while surpassing his minutes average in each tilt, a trend that could continue depending on the health of Morris and Porter.... See More ... See Less
Wizards' Bradley Beal: Records 25 points, 12 boards in win
Beal accumulated 25 points (10-24 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 1-1 FT), 12 rebounds, and three assists in 39 minutes during Sunday's 128-110 win over the Lakers.
Beal matched his career high in rebounding while recording his second double-double of the season. He has also scored at least 22 points in all eight December showdowns. Beal and John Wall have raised their respective levels of late, at least in terms of filling up the box score, and with an uphill fight for a playoff spot ahead, both should be expected to continue seeing lots of minutes.... See More ... See Less
Wizards' John Wall: Dominant in Sunday's win
Wall went off for 40 points (16-27 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 4-6 FT), 14 assists, six rebounds, three steals, and two blocks in 42 minutes during Sunday's 128-110 win over the Lakers.
Wall finished with a season high in scoring while recording his third straight double-double. He's hauling in a career low rebounding average, but otherwise Wall's fall from grace has mostly been exaggerated, at least when it comes to statistical production. He remains an elite option at the guard position and unless he's dealt before the trade deadline he'll likely be forced to shoulder a heavy burden along with backcourt mate Bradley Beal. The next three games versus the Hawks, Rockets, and Suns represent excellent opportunities for Wall to contribute more fantasy-friendly counting stats against weak defensive units.... See More ... See Less
Wizards' Sam Dekker: Scores 20 points in Sunday's win
Dekker dialed up 20 points (10-15 FG, 0-2 3Pt), five rebounds, four assists, and three steals in 22 minutes during Sunday's 128-110 win over the Lakers.
Dekker matched career highs in assists and steals while amassing a season high scoring total, this after receiving just 32 minutes across his first three appearances with the Wizards. Trevor Ariza wasn't available yet following the trade, Markieff Morris left the matchup due to a neck injury, and Otto Porter's knee kept him out of action as well. With Dwight Howard (lower body) out through the end of January, Dekker could be a regular part of the rotation for the foreseeable future, though it's a little early to assume he'll hold value outside of deeper leagues.... See More ... See Less
Wizards' Markieff Morris: Questionable to return
Morris exited Sunday's game against the Lakers with a neck strain, and his return is questionable, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Morris went to the locker room earlier in the contest, and he's since been diagnosed with a neck strain. He logged 11 minutes and scored four points while snagging four rebounds prior to departing. Sam Dekker could see more run if Morris is unable to come back.... See More ... See Less
Wizards' Otto Porter: Ruled out Sunday
Porter (knee) has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Lakers, Ben Standig of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Porter will miss his third consecutive game with a right knee bruise, and Jeff Green will continue to start in his place. Porter came into this game a game-time call, so he seems to be trending in the right direction. It's also worth noting that Porter will undergo an MRI on Monday, so Washington is evidently concerned about a more significant injury, per Candace Buckner of The Washington Post. His next opportunity to play will be Tuesday against Atlanta, although his status will likely be determined by the results of the MRI.... See More ... See Less
Wizards' Okaro White: Recalled from Capital City
White was recalled from the G League on Sunday.
White, along with Troy Brown, will join the Wizards for Sunday's contest while the Trevor Ariza trade is still being finalized, as it has left Washington light on wing depth. White has only appeared in one game this season, but given the current status of Washington's roster, he could have a chance at seeing the floor Sunday.... See More ... See Less
Wizards' Troy Brown: Recalled from G League
Brown was recalled from the Capital City Go Go of the G League on Sunday.
With the trade that is sending Kelly Oubre to Phoenix and bringing Trevor Ariza to Washington not yet finalized, the Wizards are fairly light on wing depth. Brown should have an opportunity to see some quality minutes Sunday night against the Lakers.... See More ... See Less
Wizards' Devin Robinson: Assigned to G League
Robinson was assigned to the G League on Saturday.
Robinson hasn't played for the Wizards since Nov. 30, and will probably continue bouncing back and forth between the NBA and the G League. He will likely only see minutes if the Wizards deal with significant injuries.... See More ... See Less
Wizards' Otto Porter: Will be game-time call
Porter (knee) will be a game-time decision for Sunday's matchup against the Lakers, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports.
A right knee bruise has forced Porter to miss the past two games, and is putting his status for Sunday in jeopardy. If he ends up missing the contest, Jeff Green is a strong candidate to draw another start.... See More ... See Less
Wizards' Trevor Ariza: Officially dealt to Washington
Ariza has officially been traded to the Wizards in exchange for Kelly Oubre and Austin Rivers, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
The two teams -- plus the Grizzlies -- had reportedly reached a deal centered around Ariza late Friday night, but it ultimately fell through due to some confusion as to which player(s) Memphis would be including. Washington and Phoenix decided to move on without the Grizzlies and execute a two-team deal that will still send Ariza to the Wizards, while the Suns bring back a pair of younger players. Ariza has struggled through the first two months of the season in Phoenix, averaging 9.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game while sooting just 37.9 percent from three. The Wizards, for whom Ariza played from 2012-14, hope a change of scenery will be all the 33-year-old needs, but it's somewhat of a risky deal for Washington, which relinquished one of its better young assets in Oubre, who is set to hit restricted free agency this summer.... See More ... See Less
Wizards' Jeff Green: Scores 12 points in 25 minutes
Green supplied 12 points (4-5 FG, 3-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), two rebounds, and one steal in 25 minutes during Friday's 125-118 loss to the Nets.
Green drew another start with Otto Porter (knee) missing his second straight contest. While Green was efficient offensively once again, he didn't provide much besides scoring and three-point shooting. Fantasy owners hoping for a repeat performance following Wednesday's excellent effort against the Celtics (22 points on 11 field-goal attempts, 10 rebounds, two assists, two threes, one steal, and one block across 45 minutes) were reminded that Green is rather inconsistent regardless of role.... See More ... See Less
Wizards' Bradley Beal: Posts 31 points, nine dimes in loss
Beal contributed 31 points (13-22 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), nine assists, and one rebound in 39 minutes during Friday's 125-118 loss to the Nets.
Beal continued his recent stretch of sterling playmaking, dishing at least nine assists for the third time in the last nine games. He has also scored 30-plus points in four of the last 10 contests, and remains a superb option across all formats.... See More ... See Less