Coach Randy Wittman has dealt with his share of injuries to the roster, going back to three years ago when John Wall wasn't ready to start because of a knee injury and Bradley Beal was so banged up that he had to be shut down at the end of his rookie season.
Friday, the Wizards (10-14) didn't even have enough live bodies to run 5-on-5 as John Wall (rest) was given off and Otto Porter (left thigh) tries to heal from a bruise that compounded a 1-3 road trip.
"Just precautionary, he and Otto both," Wittman said. "Otto is still pretty sore from the thigh bruise."
Nene (left calf) didn't practice and Alan Anderson (left ankle) still isn't ready to play. Drew Gooden (right calf) appeared to do some activity to break a sweat but he hasn't gone through a full practice. Beal (right leg) is out at least another week.
The Wizards play the Charlotte Hornets at Verizon Center on Saturday (CSN, CSNmidatlantic.com and NBC Sports Live Extra, 6:30 p.m. ET). They lost 101-87 on Nov. 25 in a game the Wizards led going into the fourth when they scored just six points, including only one field goal.
"We still got work done that we need to get done. A little different capacity. The defensive things that we need to cover we can get that done three-on-three, four-on-four," Wittman said.
In Wednesday's 114-95 loss at the San Antonio Spurs, Kris Humphries and Gary Neal started over Jared Dudley and Garrett Temple. Expect a lot of switching lineups and rotations, including rookie Kelly Oubre getting more time, until they regain some health.
"We're going to have to do that here right now. It's going to probably change some depending on who we're playing," Wittman said. "It's like any team, Charlotte played without (Nic) Batum (Thursday) night and they started two point guards. I think that was more because of the matchup of what Toronto does."
Three years ago, Temple was starting for Wall and then filled Beal's role when he went down. Nene was shut down late that season, too. That produced a 29-win season.
"It's the worst this quickly together," Wittman said of the current injury rash in comparison. "The number of guys that have strung together, there's not too many practices I've been as head coach where we had eight or nine guys and I've had to use a stand-in."
Wall has played through a right ankle sprain and a badly bruised right knee. He hasn't missed a game this season.