As standard for the Wizards this season, when they get one player back from injury another is a surprise scratch and that likely will be the case Monday in their first meeting with the Chicago Bulls (CSN, CSNmidatlantic.com and NBC Sports Live Extra, 7:30 p.m. ET).
Marcin Gortat, who has missed only one game because of injury since joining the Wizards in 2013, didn't shoot around with the team this morning at United Center because of a badly swollen left knee. While the 6-11 center left open the possibility that he could play, he has trouble bending it and probably has to get it drained.
After coming back from almost two months out because of a left calf strain, Nene missed Saturday's game at the Orlando Magic because of a right triceps strain. He went though practice and looks able to play, though his minutes have been capped at 12-15 per game.
Kris Humphries (right knee) did not practice and is expected to miss his fourth game in a row.
The three games Gortat missed earlier this season were for personal leave to visit his ill mother in Poland. He missed one game in 2013-14 because of back tightness and played all 82 last season.
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Kevin Durant continues to give back to the community that raised him.
Durant, who calls Prince George's County, MD., home, recently announced a partnership with Prince George's County public schools.
The partnership, which comes with a $10 million dollar commitment from Durant, will help fund a program called College Track. Essentially, it's a 10-year program that provides basic infrastructure — test prep, tutoring, college selection and how to get financial aid — that kids from less-advantaged families often times don’t have.
Durant's money will go towards building College Track's Maryland center. There are nine other College Tracks across California, Colorado, and Louisiana, and the program has helped over 3,000 students get to college and beyond. This Maryland center will be the first of three that are planned to go up in the DC area.
You can read the entire article about Durant and College Track right here.
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On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller offered their reaction to the Ramon Sessions signing and how it could affect Tomas Satoransky. Plus, how the Wizards match up with the new-look Cavs and how Kelly Oubre, Jr. broke out of his slump.
Chase also explained his epic fail with an Oubre interview and they revisited an Instagram post from months ago that foreshadowed much that has gone down this season.
You can listen to the episode right here:
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