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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