Of the top 10 teams that have lost the most games because of injuries, the Wizards -- currently missing Otto Porter, Drew Gooden, Kris Humphries and Alan Anderson -- are not only No. 1 but the only East team in the top 10 with a legitimate shot at a high playoff seed.
According to Nathan Currier of ManGamesLost.com who has compiled and done all of the metrics, through Jan. 15 the Wizards have lost 165 games. The next highest East team in the playoff picture is the Charlotte Hornets (18-22) at 11th with 75 games lost followed by the No. 12 Chicago Bulls (23-16) with 72.
The two least-injured team are among the NBA's best teams, the San Antonio Spurs (12 games lost) -- despite having an average age of 30.8 years which is oldest in the league-- and Oklahoma City Thunder (eight).
Nos. 2-5 for total games lost because of injuries are among the youngest teams in the league entering the season: Brooklyn Nets (140 games lost, 26.3 years), Denver Nuggets (125 games lost, 26.4 years), Philadelphia 76ers (125 games lost, 24.6 years) and New Orleans Pelicans (117 games, 27.4 years).
The Wizards (19-20), who at an average age of 28.2 are younger than the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers, play the Portland Trail Blazers today and have a shot to get back to .500 (CSN, CSNmidatlantic.com and NBC Sports Live Extra, 2 p.m. ET).
Marcin Gortat returned from a three-game absence because of a fluke knee infection that came from a fall during a game. Bradley Beal is on a minutes restriction and sat out the second game of a back-to-back over the weekend as a precaution. Nene was limited to 12 minutes in the last game because he's being restricted, too, coming off a tear in his left calf and playing back-to-back games. Gooden had the same ailment as Nene and took the last game off.
Even with all of this confusion with shuffling lineups, the Wizards are three games in the loss column out of the No. 4 seed in the conference.