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Fantasy Update

Mar 21, 2017
numberFire
Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat saw only 12 minutes of action on Monday, posting 4 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists as the Wizards lost to the Boston Celtics 110-102. What It Means: Gortat got into foul trouble early in this game, and while there are no reports of any injury, he did head to the locker room briefly after picking up his third foul. We can expect his minutes to pick back up a bit moving forward -- though he has only averaged 25.0 minutes per game since the All-Star break compared to 34.5 per game before the break. Gortat is averaging a double-double for...
Mar 17, 2017
numberFire
Washington Wizards forward/center Markieff Morris (illness) will not play against the Chicago Bulls on Friday and Jason Smith will start in his place. What It Means: He has a sinus issue and this news came out of nowhere just a few minutes ago. With Morris out, Smith should see minutes close to 20, but you can bet the Wizards will use a lot of lineups with Otto Porter and Bojan Bogdanovic at the forward spots. Plus, Marcin Gortat's minutes are also safer because Morris has played a lot of five recently. Our models project Smith for 8.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 0.6 assists in...
numberFire Mar 21, 2017

Marcin Gortat barely sees the court as Washington falls to Boston

Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat saw only 12 minutes of action on Monday, posting 4 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists as the Wizards lost to the Boston Celtics 110-102. What It Means: Gortat got into foul trouble early in this game, and while there are no reports of any injury, he did head to the locker room briefly after picking up his third foul. We can expect his minutes to pick back up a bit moving forward -- though he has only averaged 25.0 minutes per game since the All-Star break compared to 34.5 per game before the break. Gortat is averaging a double-double for...
At The Hive Mar 18, 2017
Charlotte Hornets hold on late, defeat Washington Wizards 98-93

Charlotte Hornets hold on late, defeat Washington Wizards 98-93

The Hornets crept closer to the playoffs with a huge win against the Wizards Saturday night. Wow. The Charlotte Hornets held the Washington Wizards to 36.7 percent shooting Saturday night and pulled out a victory late, winning 98-93. The win bumps the Hornets up to just four games back of the eighth seed. With 13 games left in the regular season, the playoffs are still the goal. Cody Zeller led the Hornets with 19 points, five rebounds, four steals, and two blocks and gave Marcin Gortat fits all night. Cody’s hustle and athleticism paid off huge in this game. If it weren’t for he and...
numberFire Mar 17, 2017

Wizards sit Markieff Morris (illness) Friday, Jason Smith to start

Washington Wizards forward/center Markieff Morris (illness) will not play against the Chicago Bulls on Friday and Jason Smith will start in his place. What It Means: He has a sinus issue and this news came out of nowhere just a few minutes ago. With Morris out, Smith should see minutes close to 20, but you can bet the Wizards will use a lot of lineups with Otto Porter and Bojan Bogdanovic at the forward spots. Plus, Marcin Gortat's minutes are also safer because Morris has played a lot of five recently. Our models project Smith for 8.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 0.6 assists in...
CSN Washington Mar 16, 2017

Morning tip: Brooks forces Wizards to face individual defensive problems head-on

The core players, John Wall, Bradley Beal and Marcin Gortat, remain. The problems with communications on defense have returned and stay the same.Coach Scott Brooks
Bullets Forever Mar 10, 2017
Now healthy, Ian Mahinmi is proving his value to the Wizards

Now healthy, Ian Mahinmi is proving his value to the Wizards

Signing Ian Mahinmi was a gamble in large part because the big man was coming off a career-best year at 29 years old. Players typically get worse in their thirties, and with just one great year out of the eight he played in the league, Mahinmi seemed like a good candidate for regression with the Wizards. Still, it was a contract you could talk yourself into. Mahinmi was a good pick and roll player in his later years with the Pacers, and he was the kind of player who could anchor a defense. Plus, having a backup who could play heavy minutes would let Marcin Gortat stay fresh for the playoffs...
Bullets Forever Mar 9, 2017
Wizards vs. Nuggets final score: Washington sweeps back-to-back with 123-113 win in Denver

Wizards vs. Nuggets final score: Washington sweeps back-to-back with 123-113 win in Denver

All five Wizards starters scored in double figures led by John Wall with 26 and Bradley Beal with 23 as the Wizards beat a short-handed Nuggets squad, 123-113 on Wednesday night. Otto Porter was able to knock off the rust, scoring 22 points and Marcin Gortat returned to his old ways, notching a double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds to help the Wizards improve to 2-0 on their road trip. The Wizards sure didn’t look like a team on the second half of a back-to-back from the start of this one. Washington started the game 6-10 from the field as Wall and Beal combined for 18 points in...
Bullets Forever Mar 6, 2017
Marcin Gortat is the master of separation

Marcin Gortat is the master of separation

The John Wall - Marcin Gortat pick-and-roll has been a staple of the Wizards’ offense since the team acquired Gortat before the start of the 2013-14 season. We all know how Wall uses his quickness and passing vision to set up Gortat for easy shots at the rim, or create three-point opportunities for others if teams overcommit to stopping the pick-and-roll. However, we don’t talk enough about Gortat’s role in making the play so effective. Wall understands the value of Gortat’s screening ability better than anyone. After a win over the Timberwolves in January, he told The Washington...
CSN Washington Mar 4, 2017

Marcin Gortat can't wait to put Shaqtin-A-Fool quality week behind him

Seemingly everything that can go wrong for Marcin Gortat has, and that includes a pass slammig off his face and having his shot swatted repeatedly.
Peachtree Hoops Mar 3, 2017
Ten Things About the NBA: Dwight Howard wins Award, Rookie of the Year and more

Ten Things About the NBA: Dwight Howard wins Award, Rookie of the Year and more

Phil has ten things from this week in the NBA that will amuse and confuse you Another week in the NBA is in the books. The Hawks are playing better too! Here are ten things from this week that might give us something to talk about! The Polish Hammer I’m a big fan of Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat; he plays physical and to me is highly under-rated; watch him toss Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia like a rag doll and send Kevin Durant packing for at least the next four weeks. It’s a pity that a guy averaging a double double and shooting nearly 60 percent from the...
Bullets Forever Mar 2, 2017
Why the Wizards’ decisions to trade first round picks hurt long-term opportunities

Why the Wizards’ decisions to trade first round picks hurt long-term opportunities

The trade for Bojan Bogdanovic marks the third time in the past four seasons the Wizards have used their first round pick in a trade to acquire a rotational player. Most would agree the deals to acquire Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat paid dividends for the Wizards, even though it cost high draft picks. The early returns on the Bogdanovic trade have been good as well. When you look at these moves individually, you can find many positives. All three trades have helped the Wizards fill major holes and improve the team. Still, we also must consider the long term negative effects of this...
Raptors HQ Mar 2, 2017
Raptors Have No Answers, Lose to Wizards 105-96

Raptors Have No Answers, Lose to Wizards 105-96

This was not a particularly enjoyable basketball game. The final box score says 105-96 for the Wizards, but make no mistake: the Raptors lost tonight. Italics wholly necessary. If asked why it happened, we could point to the absence of Kyle Lowry. Toronto needs him to give shape, form and reason to this team. Without him, we are left with this outcome, and more questions. So what happened? John Wall mostly did what he wanted for a casual 12 points and 13 assists; Marcin Gortat stunted on Jonas Valanciunas for a laughing 12 points and 8 rebounds; Bradley Beal hit shots for 23 points; even...
CSN Washington Mar 1, 2017

VIDEO: John Wall blasts Marcin Gortat in face with hard pass

John Wall can fire passes with power and precision, and on Wednesday night he got Marcin Gortat directly in the face with one.This had to
Rotoworld Mar 1, 2017

Marcin Gortat plays just 18 minutes Wednesday - Marcin Gortat (C) Washington Wizards

Marcin Gortat picked up 12 points, eight rebounds and one assist on Wednesday, making 6-of-8 field goals in just 18 minutes of action.
Golden State Of Mind Mar 1, 2017
Kevin Durant hyperextends knee, walks off court and does not return

Kevin Durant hyperextends knee, walks off court and does not return

MRI scheduled for the morning Just about one minute into the game against the Wizards, a fairly innocuous crash between Marcin Gortat and Zaza Pachulia sent Pachulia rolling into the lower leg of Kevin Durant. The impact bent Kevin Durant’s knee backwards and Durant came away limping. Here’s the play: In those drastic moments when fate comes out of nowhere and slaps you in the face, there’s a sort of gut wrenching numbness that hits. You feel helpless. So much has changed in a split second. Numbness. His foot was planted, but he walked off the court. So hopefully no big deal. Right?...
Golden State Of Mind Mar 1, 2017
Quick Recap: Washington defeat Golden State 112-108 as Kevin Durant injures knee.

Quick Recap: Washington defeat Golden State 112-108 as Kevin Durant injures knee.

The Washington Wizards thwart Warriors comeback efforts to win the game. After a troubling loss to Philadelphia the Washington Wizards bounced back in a big way grabbing their first win against Golden State in 1,127 days with the game finishing 112-108. The loss may have been disappointing for Golden State but the real concern lies with Kevin Durant; the all-star forward limped off the court after two minutes of play and never returned. The incident occurred when Marcin Gortat and Zaza Pachulia were battling for position underneath the basket. Gortat tossed Pachulia to the ground and he...

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