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Two big names still up in the air for Monday as Wizards weigh option of resting starters

Two big names still up in the air for Monday as Wizards weigh option of resting starters

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- With the chase for a 50-win season still alive for the Wizards, though their seeding is no longer up for grabs, coach Scott Brooks said Monday morning that John Wall and Otto Porter will be game-time decisions.

If Wall (left thigh) and Porter (back spasms) can go, the regular starting five will begin tonight's game vs. the Detroit Pistons, who are playing their final home game at the Palace of Auburn Hills before relocating to downtown next season.

"I'm going to do what's best for our team, not what's best for our record," Brooks said. "Right now we're locked in. If we had a chance to move up obviously things would be a little different. But we're not going into the game where we're just going to relax, let the game come. That's an ugly look. We'd love to get 50. If it doesn't happen, like I told the guys, if we end up with 48, 49 it's a great regular season. We won our division.."

Wall had treatment Sunday and Porter went through shootaround and stayed later to work on his shot.

"I want to get to 50 wins, for sure," said Wall, who took a knee from Willie Reed in Saturday's loss to the Miami Heat. "We know we have a position locked. If I'm healthy enough to play, I'm going to play. But if it's sore enough that I can't run I don't want to jeopardize injury."

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Brooks said he will keep down the minutes of his starters regardless of who plays, so having them play 30 minutes or more is unlikely.

"Whoever plays tonight you still want to play well," Brooks said. "Play our minutes hard. We do want to get a pretty good run. Take it serious because we have playoffs right around the corner."

Here is a closer look at each Wizards starter...

John Wall: Missed two games. Both were schedule rests on back-to-backs since he was coming off surgeries to both knees May 5. He also had been playing under minutes restrictions. He averages 36.4 minutes per game, seventh-most in the NBA, behind LeBron James, Kyle Lowry, Jimmy Butler and James Harden. 

Bradley Beal: Missed a career-low four games. Last sat out Dec. 30 in a game vs. the Brooklyn Nets because of a sore ankle. He missed three in a row early in because of a thigh strain. He averages 34.9 minutes per game, 17th-highest, behind Damian Lillard, Paul George, Giannis Antetokounmpo, DeMar DeRozan and C.J. McCollum. 

Otto Porter: Missed one game though that's a bit misleading. Porter played in games that he didn't return in because of ailments several times but didn't miss the next game as a result. He appeared to get hurt two games ago in a loss vs. the N.Y. Knicks and didn't return to action after 22 minutes. He sat out vs. the Heat with back spasms and has had soreness in his right hip on and off this season. Still, his 32.8 minutes are a career-high. 

Markieff Morris: Missed five games because of foot and ankle soreness (both) since he went down in a game Dec. 12. His 31.3 minutes per game are just shy of a career-high average. 

Marcin Gortat: Hasn't missed a game but has seen his minutes cut signficantly since the All-Star break. Averages 31.4 minutes after being on a career-high pace of 34-plus. In the last 15 games, playing just 23 minutes per game with the emergence of Ian Mahinmi behind him.

[RELATED: Should Wizards' starters play or rest before playoffs?]

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Mystics win fourth straight, beat Sky 81-74

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Mystics win fourth straight, beat Sky 81-74

 In their second victory against the Chicago Sky this season, Elena Delle Donne dominated once again.

In 33 minutes of play, the star forward racked up 22 points, seven rebounds and 9 of 15 field goals against her former team. She led the Mystics in points and rebounds. 

Tianna Hawkins brought a spark off the bench, tallying 15 points, four rebounds, six of ten field goals and a +11 differential in just 18 minutes of play. 

The Mystics won all four games on this road trip, tying their season-high win streak from earlier this season. Washington is now 8-3 as they head home to host the Connecticut Sun, who just snapped a seven-game win streak.


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Raptors GM Masai Ujiri on staying in Toronto: 'In my mind, I'm here'

Raptors GM Masai Ujiri on staying in Toronto: 'In my mind, I'm here'

Just a few weeks ago, the Masai Ujiri-to-D.C. movement was gaining steam quickly. Just moments after Ujiri and the Toronto Raptors began celebrating their NBA Championship, reports began to swirl that the Wizards were prepared to aggressively pursue the GM.

Sources told NBC Sports Washington that there could be the possibility of a sort of mega-deal that went beyond just giving him control of the Wizards. But Wizards owner Ted  Leonsis denied earlier this month that the team had reached out, saying that "we have never planned in any way to ask for permission to speak to him during our process."

And on Tuesday, Uriji seemed to make it official that he will stay in Toronto.

"I love it here, my family loves it here. My wife loves it here, which is very important. My kids are Canadians. You want to win more, for me," Ujiri said on Tuesday during his end-of-season press conference.

"Yeah, I can continue to address teams wanting me and all those things. That's a blessing in life," Ujiri said. "For me the blessing is being wanted here and finding a place that makes you happy, and finding challenges that really make you grow as a person. This place has made me grow as a person."

"I identify with this place and I love it. So in my mind, I'm here."

On paper, Ujiri and the Wizards looked to be a good match. Washington could offer him money and control, while also allowing him to work with his "Basketball without Borders" program in D.C.

As NBC Sports' Tom Haberstroh explained recently, the Raptors late-season championship run could have messed up the timing and situation that could have lured Ujiri to a new team.

The Wizards made it through the NBA Draft without a new GM, but as July and free agency approach, the search may continue to ramp up.

The answer is still out there, it just may not be Masai Ujiri anymore.