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Marcin Gortat can't wait to put Shaqtin-A-Fool quality week behind him

Marcin Gortat can't wait to put Shaqtin-A-Fool quality week behind him

The work week was a tough one for Marcin Gortat. The Wizards' center deflected a pass that ended up in the basket for the opposition after taking a fastball to the face in consecutive games against the Toronto Raptors. 

John Wall tried to pass to a teammate on a broken play but found Gortat's face instead in a 105-96 win in Toronto and Gortat knocked in a pass for Cory Joseph in a 114-106 loss two days later.

"Jesus Christ, it was a bad week. It was a bad week, man. It was a bad week. Two Shaqtin-A-Fools," Gortat said after Saturday's practice at Verizon Center. "First with John's great pass. Two, with my defelction yesterday in the basket. My shots getting blocked left and right. Two games where I basically (got) in foul trouble, agaisnt Golden State and against Toronto in Toronto. Balls are going away from me on the rebounds. I can't get the rebounds. It was a bad week."

Gortat has a chance to end the week on a good note Sunday, when the Wizards (36-24) meet the Orlando Magic before starting a five-game road trip.

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Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura tops the list of jersey sales in Japan

Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura tops the list of jersey sales in Japan

Today the NBA announced that Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura has the most popular jersey in Japan.

Sales from NBAStore.jp, the official online NBA store in Japan, put Hachimura at the top of the list, followed by Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James and Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry. The rankings were based on online sales during the 2019-2020 NBA season through January.

Hachimura's ranking shouldn't come as a surprise, as the rookie became the first Japanese-born player selected in the first round of the NBA draft when the Wizards took him ninth overall last summer.

Not only was Hachimura the top-selling jersey, but he also accounted for 24% of all jersey sales. Additionally, the Wizards made up 13% of all team merchandise sales. 

The Lakers topped the list of most popular team merchandise, followed by the Wizards and the Warriors. The Brooklyn Nets and Dallas Mavericks rounded out the top five.

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Report: Steph Curry will return from hand surgery against Wizards

Report: Steph Curry will return from hand surgery against Wizards

Steph Curry will return to game action when the Golden State Warriors host the Wizards on Sunday night, The Athletic reported Tuesday. The game will come almost four months to the day after Curry broke his left hand during a collision with Phoenix Suns center Aron Baynes on Oct. 30.

The Warriors (12-14) enter play Tuesday with the worst record in the NBA having played most of the season without Curry or shooting guard Klay Thompson, who tore his ACL during the NBA Finals last summer.

Curry was cleared for contact Saturday and told reporters that March 1 had been his target date for a while.

"It's always been March 1," Curry said, per ESPN's Nick Friedell. "But that for me mostly is just to give you a target. You have to have something to work towards in the rehab process because that gives you a barometer for each week, what you're building towards."

The Wizards are hoping for the healthy returns of Davis Bertans (sore right knee) and Thomas Bryant (right foot) to the lineup against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday and will presumably go into Sunday’s contest with a clean injury report outside John Wall.

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