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.