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Morning tip: Porter's injury opens door for Oubre


Morning tip: Porter's injury opens door for Oubre

While it's too early to know the status of Otto Porter for Saturday's home game vs. the Charlotte Hornets, it's safe to assume that rookie Kelly Oubre likely will play a significant role in the result.

Oubre, who had a career-high 18 points in 25 minutes of a 114-95 loss at the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday, is in line behind Jared Dudley in the rotation.

Porter has started every game this season but he left the last game with a left thigh bruise as he struggled to get up the court and move laterally in the second half. He was held to two points for the second game in a row. 

Oubre's production didn't come in garbage time. He had eight points in six minutes of the first half to help the Wizards (10-14) stay close at halftime 55-52.

His defense and 7-2 wingspan forced the Spurs into several errors, including two turnovers, and he shot 6-for-15 overall, including 2 of 7 on threes. 

The athleticism that Oubre is known for was on display throughout as he typically is the most athletic wing player on the floor with his 6-7 frame. 

Regardless if Porter is able to go or not, the Wizards are wearing thin with healthy bodies. He showed well against an elite team like the Spurs which means he'll get the chance to earn as many minutes against Charlotte.

Coach Randy Wittman has been careful with Dudley's minutes, trying to keep the nine-year veteran from playing too many minutes coming off lower back surgery.

He's also cautious about rolling out rookies too soon. Oubre, who was acquired in a draft-night trade with the Atlanta Hawks, was drafted 15th overall. Several teams, including Charlotte, were trying to move up to get him because of his upside that's expected to take about two years to realize.

Oubre, 19, played just one year at Kansas. 

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Wizards vs. Trail Blazers: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Wizards vs. Trail Blazers: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

The Wizards head to the West Coast to open a road swing against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.

Wizards (0-2) are looking for their first win when the head into Portland to face Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers (2-0).

After this game, the Wizards have a tough stretch ahead of them before playing in D.C. again, playing at: Golden State, Sacramento, LA (Lakers) and Memphis.


What: Washington Wizards vs. Miami Heat, 2018 NBA regular season Game 3
Where: Moda Center, Portland, Ore.
When: 10:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: The Wizards vs. Trail Blazers will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)
Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Trail Blazers on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the new MyTeams App.
Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM


8:30 PM: D.C. Sports Live (LIVE)

9:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders (LIVE)

9:30 PM: Wizards Pregame Live (LIVE)

10:00 PM: Wizards @ Portland Trail Blazers (LIVE)


Wizards: Dwight Howard remains day-to-day with a back injury.
Trail Blazers: None


Bradley Beal, Wizards: After becoming the Wizards franchise leader in 3 points on Saturday, it is likely Beal will have a lot to prove to help the team get its first win.

Otto Porter, Jr., Wizards: Porter has had a slow start, so will he take more shots in Portland?

Damian Lillard, Portland: The Blazers' star is leading the way this season averaging 28.5 ppg and 6.5 assists per game. 


Number of all-time Meetings: 111 games
Regular Season Record: Blazers lead 57-54
Last Meeting: Wizards won 106-92 in December 2017

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Dwight Howard 'out' for game vs. Trail Blazers, does not travel with team

Dwight Howard 'out' for game vs. Trail Blazers, does not travel with team

Due to an ongoing buttocks injury, Dwight Howard is listed as "out" for the Wizards' Monday night game in Portland against the Trail Blazers. Howard did not travel out west with the team for the five-game trip, according to NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller.

The news comes just four days after Wizards head coach Scott Brooks told the media that Howard would "definitely" make the trip. 

The veteran power forward was signed to the Wizards on a two-year free-agent deal in July worth $11 million, but has missed the Wizards' first two games of the regular season and all five of the team's preseason games. 

In Howard's absence, Brooks has turned to Ian Mahinmi, but his foul trouble has proved worrisome for the Wizards' lineup so far.