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Morning tip: Porter's injury opens door for Oubre

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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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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Tim Frazier

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Tim Frazier

To wrap up the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we evaluate Tim Frazier's season...

Player: Tim Frazier

Position: Point guard

Age: 27

2017-18 salary: $2 million

2017-18 stats: 59 G, 14.2 mpg, 3.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 3.3 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.1 bpg, 39.5 FG%, 30.4 3P%, 76.7 FT%, 44.5 eFG%, 105 ORtg, 107 DRtg

Best game: 1/27 at Hawks - 4 points, 14 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 2-for-5 FG

Season review: The Wizards tabbed Tim Frazier to be their backup point guard nearly a year ago when they sent a second round pick to the New Orleans Pelicans on the eve of draft night. They viewed Frazier as the solution to their years-long search for a capable backup behind John Wall. Frazier had thrived as a replacement starter in New Orleans and the Wizards saw him as worth a draft pick, even though he had just one year left on his contract.

Frazier began the season as the primary backup point guard, but ultimately lost the job to Tomas Satoransky once Wall went out with a left knee injury. Frazier became the starter and Satoransky the backup, but through two weeks Satoransky outplayed him and became No. 2 on the depth chart once Wall returned. Then, when Wall went down for months late in the season, Satoransky started and Frazier backed him up.

Frazier never found consistency as he moved back and forth between roles. His minutes, points and assists averages were all career-lows.

The Wizards added competition to their roster for Frazier and Satoransky midseason, first by signing Ramon Sessions in March and then adding Ty Lawson just before the playoffs began. That led to Frazier being inactive for four of the Wizards' six postseason games.

All in all, it was a frustrating year for Frazier. He even had to deal with a broken nose and surgery to repair it after getting inadvertently kneed in the face by Bobby Portis in a game against the Bulls in February.

Frazier has been part of small group of Wizards players continuing to work out at the team facility this summer. He has been there along with Wall, Ian Mahinmi and Jason Smith. That said, it does seem likely Frazier returns given how the Wizards used him this season. He was completely out of the rotation for extended periods of time.

Helping his cause in that regard is that the Wizards have his Bird rights, meaning they can re-sign him while going above the salary cap. They currently have five open roster spots and not much money to spend. Frazier could represent a cheap option and help them fill out their roster.

Potential to improve: Shooting, on-ball defense, consistency

More player season reviews:

John Wall, PG

Bradley Beal, SG

Otto Porter, SF

Markieff Morris, PF

Marcin Gortat, C

Kelly Oubre, Jr., SF

Tomas Satoransky, PG

Ian Mahinmi, C

Ty Lawson, PG

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Markieff Morris goes 1-on-1; no All-NBA votes for Beal?

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Markieff Morris goes 1-on-1; no All-NBA votes for Beal?

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chris Miller caught up with Wizards power forward Markieff Morris. Morris looked back on the 2017-18 season and gave his side on what needs to be fixed.

Chris and Chase Hughes also had a heated debate about Bradley Beal not receiving any All-NBA votes. Chase is an awards voter and defended his ballot. Chris wasn't having any of it.

They also went into the conference finals and what it would mean if the Rockets beat the Warriors.

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