After the Wizards had their game over the weekend with the Utah Jazz called off, there's a benefit to getting the extra day to themselves. Otto Porter and Drew Gooden, both of whom could've been active, should be ready for Monday's game vs. the Boston Celtics.
"Actually it probably helps us in terms of getting guys healthy," coach Randy Wittman said after Friday's practice as the NBA postponed the meeting with Utah until a yet-to-be determined date. "It probably helps guys that are nicked up. John's nicked up a little bit. Brad coming back from his thing... That's how I look at it."
John Wall has been given rest days and has focused on treatment rather than practicing as the Wizards (20-21) have to do all they can to keep their best player fresh. Bradley Beal still is on a minutes restriction with his right leg and is having his off time managed, too.
Porter, Wittman said, would've been a "game-time decision" had the game with the Jazz been played Saturday. Porter was a partial participant in practice for the first time since injuring his right hip in an awkward fall in a Jan. 13 game with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Gooden, who had soreness in his left calf that has kept him out 26 games since Nov. 17, said he'd have been active Saturday. Gooden has missed the last three games after playing five in a row but didn't re-tear the muscle.
Kris Humphries (right knee) still hasn't practiced and last played Jan. 3.
"If we can stay around .500, get above .500 before the All-Star break that's a plus for us," Wall said. "They way we dealt with a lot of injuries and we're only two or three games away from being a top 5 seed, it's good for us. Hopefully we can get on the right track and start rolling."