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Wizards will retire Bullets legend Phil Chenier's No. 45 jersey

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Wizards will retire Bullets legend Phil Chenier's No. 45 jersey

The Wizards will add a fifth jersey to the rafters at Capital One Arena this season, as on Thursday the team announced Phil Chenier's No. 45 uniform will be retired this season.

The ceremony will take place on March 23 when the Wizards host the Denver Nuggets. Chenier, 66, played nine years for the team and then spent 30 years as a broadcaster for Home Team Sports and CSN.

The Wizards had cameras rolling when Chenier heard the news. Bradley Beal was the first to tell him and things got emotional:

That's great stuff.

Chenier's jersey will join the likes of Wes Unseld (No. 41), Elvin Hayes (No. 11), Gus Johnson (No. 25) and Earl Monroe (No. 10). 

"I am so proud to have the honor and blessing of my No. 45 hanging with the greats of this franchise," Chenier said in a press release. 

"It's a statement to my teammates, coaches and all those who have sacrificed, supported and guided me over the many years that says 'job well done.' I also share it with the fans who have approached me with kind words and fond memories from both my playing days and my broadcasting career. My whole family is so grateful to Ted Leonsis, the MSE ownership group and the entire organization (from staff to players) who have been so kind, thoughtful and reverent towards me."

Leonsis, the Wizards' owner, also included a statement.

"As both a player and a broadcaster, Phil has been a pillar of our Bullets and Wizards family. If you're a fan, Phil has played a role in your connection to this team and this organization. We are thrilled to retire his jersey this season and to express our gratitude for his irreplaceable contributions to our D.C. family."

Chenier made three All-Star teams and was named All-NBA in 1975-75. He was part of the organization's lone championship team in 1978.

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Otto Porter could miss Wizards' game vs. Cavs due to hip injury

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Otto Porter could miss Wizards' game vs. Cavs due to hip injury

The Wizards could be without one of their best players when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, as small forward Otto Porter continues to receive treatment for a right hip contusion.

Porter played just three minutes in the Wizards' win over the Clippers on Friday night before exiting with the injury. Head coach Scott Brooks said it happened when Porter took an elbow to his side.

Porter has dealt with right hip issues dating back to his rookie season, including a hip flexor and a torn labrum.

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The Wizards consider Porter doubtful for the Cavs game, but do not believe his injury to be serious and haven't ruled him out yet.

"Otto, he recovers," Brooks said. "When he gets hit, he's a tough guy and he recovers, so we'll see how he feels."

Losing Porter, 24, would be tough for a game against Cleveland. Porter could be used to help slow LeBron James, who had 57 points against the Wizards in their first meeting this season.

The Wizards know they are unlikely to stop LeBron, but Porter could help limit him. Without Porter, more responsibility will be on Kelly Oubre, Jr., Markieff Morris and others.

"Hopefully he can play because we're going to need him," Brooks said. "We're going to need bodies around him and being down one body isn't going to help. But it's no excuses."

Porter is averaging 14.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals this season. If he can't go, Oubre will likely start in his place at small forward.

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Best moments from the Wizards' win over the Clippers, including some big dunks

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Best moments from the Wizards' win over the Clippers, including some big dunks

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Wizards' 100-91 win over the Clippers on Friday night...

1. This game got started much like the previous one did, on Wednesday when the Wizards and Grizzlies couldn't buy a bucket. But the offense got going sooner than later and for the Wizards that breakout came with back-to-back threes.

Mike Scott hit the first one and Bradley Beal quickly followed up with the second one:

2. Beal ended up with 20 points and 11 rebounds. His best play of the night was this stepback jumper over Sam Dekker that had the Wizards' bench going nuts. Keep an eye on John Wall's hopping celebration:

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3. Scott kept it going and finished with a team-high 22 points. Scott has had an impressive season and this may have been his best play so far.

Scott got open on fastbreak and threw down his best dunk of the year:

4. Wall had a modest night of 15 points and five assists as he continues to work within a minutes restriction. But he did get in some nice highlights including this block:

5. The Clippers made it interesting by tying it up several times in the fourth quarter, but the Wizards pulled away in the final five minutes, including this four-point play by Kelly Oubre, Jr., who ended up with eight points and seven rebounds:

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