The Wizards could be without two starters as they take on the Miami Heat on Saturday night in their final home game of the regular season. Both Markieff Morris (right ankle) and Otto Porter (back) are considered questionable, CSN has learned.
Morris' ankle is sore ever since he rolled it while going for a rebound against the Utah Jazz on March 31. He missed the team's last game against the Knicks on Thursday night in New York.
Morris tested out his ankle during Saturday's morning shootaround. He did short sprints, then ran the length of the court all under the watchful eye of the Wizards' training staff.
Porter has back spasms and has dealt with them on and off at times this season. Both players will be re-evaluated during pregame warmups to determine their status against the Heat.
Morris, 27, is averaging 13.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game this season. Porter, 23, is putting up 13.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.
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Bradley Beal joined an exclusive group Sunday night.
His 34 points were enough to reach the 10,000-point milestone, climbing up to fifth in the all-time franchise scoring ladder in the process.
He scored his 19th point in the fourth quarter, scoring 15 points in that frame alone. He hit some smoothly-stroked 3-pointers in a comeback attempt that came short. After scoring 44 points in two straight contests, his 34 against Orlando came as no surprise. Now, only Elvin Hayes, Jeff Malone, Wes Unseld and John Wall have scored more points for Washington.
Beal's accomplishment comes one game after he passed Wall and Gilbert Arenas for the most 40-point and 10-assist outings in Wizards history with three. He fell two assists and six points shy of extending that record even further.
Beal joins Damian Lillard and Anthony Davis from the 2012 NBA Draft class as players to reach the historic feat. He's taken the scoring load on his shoulders this season, and it wouldn't be shocking if he continues to climb the scoring charts. Given his long-term commitment to the team following his two-year max contract extension in the offseason, Beal certainly has a chance at scoring more points than any Wizard when all is said and done.
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Markelle Fultz had a chance to take on his hometown Washington Wizards on Sunday night, and he sure took advantage of it.
The Orlando Magic point guard led the way in a 125-121 win for the Magic with 19 points on 8-10 shooting. He started the game off by hitting his first two three-pointers.
Fultz grew up as a Wizards fan in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C. He attended Dematha Catholic High School, where he played for the powerhouse basketball program.
Fultz is also very close to Isaiah Thomas, who has served as a mentor during Fultz's basketball career. Both of the point guards played their college careers at the University of Washington.
With a chance to play against his childhood team and basketball mentor, Fultz played a lot like the player who was drafted first overall in 2017. Various injuries stifled the first two years of his career, but did not seem to be an issue in Sunday's career performance.
There were no limits to Fultz's athleticism on Sunday night, with a powerful, game-clinching dunk proving his health. Shooting problems plagued Fultz early on in his career, but his smooth shooting against the Wizards helped him look like a complete player.
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