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Porter will play through tear; Gooden returns vs. Celtics


Porter will play through tear; Gooden returns vs. Celtics

Otto Porter's return to the Wizards' lineup for tonight's game with the Boston Celtics isn't a surprise. Neither is it with Drew Gooden (CSN, CSNmidatlantic.com and NBC Sports Live Extra, 6:30 p.m. ET).

Both players practiced last week before Saturday's game with the Utah Jazz was postponed because of blizzard conditions in D.C.

Porter, however, is dealing with what he revealed to be previously torn connective tissue in his hip that flared up during a hard fall in a Jan. 13 game with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Porter didn't return and has been replaced in the starting lineup by Kelly Oubre in the last four games. Gooden, who has had a few starts and stops because of a left calf strain, had soreness after playing five games in a row. He has been out the last three games but didn't re-tear his calf. 

"It was just an aggravated hip. A little torn labrum that got aggravated," Porter said after participating in shootaround Monday morning at Verizon Center. "We definitely didn't want to try to come back too soon. Wanted to rest it and go from there."

Porter had his 2013-14 season interrupted by a right hip-flexor strain (technically, a strain is a tear but there are different grades). Given that he has a history with his right hip, Porter brushed off any connection to previous issues. The labrum is a ring of cartilage around the hip joint.

"Not too concerned because it wasn't a new injury," he said. "We knew exactly what it was. Just give it a couple days to cool out. It was already torn."

Kris Humphries (right knee) will miss his 10th game in a row. He didn't shoot around. 

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Wizards set to have Tim Frazier back against Cavs after nasal fracture surgery

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Wizards set to have Tim Frazier back against Cavs after nasal fracture surgery

The All-Star break came at a good time for Wizards point guard Tim Frazier, who missed their last game before the week off due to nasal fracture surgery.

Frazier was back at the Wizards' practice on Tuesday night at Capital One Arena and expects to play on Thursday when the team returns to action on the road at the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"I feel good. I feel like I can go out there and help them compete," he said.


Frazier, 27, had surgery to repair his broken nose on Feb. 11 after he was knocked out of the previous night's game between the Wizards and Bulls. Frazier collided face-first with the knee of Bobby Portis and was immediately ushered to the locker room with blood streaming from his nose.

Following the procedure, Frazier had to battle through pain and breathing issues. He feels much better now and had no complications after participating in a full practice.

The challenge now is adjusting to a fitted mask he will have to wear to return to the court. Frazier has never had to wear a mask before in his basketball career.

"[Sweat] was one of the issues today, trying to keep it dry when I'm sweating underneath," he said.

"He looked good," head coach Scott Brooks said. "I thought he would be a little uncomfortable with it, but he seemed fine."


Frazier has been given advice from the Wizards' training staff, as well as teammate Bradley Beal who has had to wear a mask twice before in his career.

"Brad said that after a while you get used to it. Nobody wants to wear it for the rest of their careers besides Rip Hamilton," Frazier said.

Getting Frazier back is significant for the Wizards, who are already down a point guard with John Wall rehabbing from left knee surgery. Without Frazier against the Knicks on Wednesday, the Wizards had to use Beal and Otto Porter to bring the ball up at times. Now, with Tomas Satoransky and Frazier, they have a starting point guard and a backup who is used to playing the position.

They could have three point guards, as the Wizards continue to weigh their options in free agency. They have to add a player within the next two days to meet the league's minimum roster requirement. Most of the free agents they have evaluated have been point guards as they aim to compensate for Wall's absence, which could last well into the month of March.


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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller look ahead to the biggest questions the Wizards need to answer after the All-Star break. They also explain why Bradley Beal proved a lot in his first All-Star Game appearance.

They also unveiled a new segment involving guessing Wizards players based on their social media captions.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!