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Porter will play through tear; Gooden returns vs. Celtics

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Porter will play through tear; Gooden returns vs. Celtics

Otto Porter's return to the Wizards' lineup for tonight's game with the Boston Celtics isn't a surprise. Neither is it with Drew Gooden (CSN, CSNmidatlantic.com and NBC Sports Live Extra, 6:30 p.m. ET).

Both players practiced last week before Saturday's game with the Utah Jazz was postponed because of blizzard conditions in D.C.

Porter, however, is dealing with what he revealed to be previously torn connective tissue in his hip that flared up during a hard fall in a Jan. 13 game with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Porter didn't return and has been replaced in the starting lineup by Kelly Oubre in the last four games. Gooden, who has had a few starts and stops because of a left calf strain, had soreness after playing five games in a row. He has been out the last three games but didn't re-tear his calf. 

"It was just an aggravated hip. A little torn labrum that got aggravated," Porter said after participating in shootaround Monday morning at Verizon Center. "We definitely didn't want to try to come back too soon. Wanted to rest it and go from there."

Porter had his 2013-14 season interrupted by a right hip-flexor strain (technically, a strain is a tear but there are different grades). Given that he has a history with his right hip, Porter brushed off any connection to previous issues. The labrum is a ring of cartilage around the hip joint.

"Not too concerned because it wasn't a new injury," he said. "We knew exactly what it was. Just give it a couple days to cool out. It was already torn."

Kris Humphries (right knee) will miss his 10th game in a row. He didn't shoot around. 

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Wizards will face Lakers, Clippers in Orlando's NBA exhibition schedule

Wizards will face Lakers, Clippers in Orlando's NBA exhibition schedule

Before the Wizards begin their eight-game schedule to close out the regular season on July 31, they will have three exhibition games to get warmed up in Orlando.

They will start July 22 against the Denver Nuggets and also play the Lakers and Clippers. Those are the three top seeds in the Western Conference.

Here is a look at their three-game set:

7/22: Nuggets, 3:30 pm ET
7/25: Clippers, 8 pm ET
7/27: Lakers, 3 pm ET

The question here, of course, is whether the stars will play given these games won't count. In a usual preseason, the answer would probably be 'no.' But in this case, with each team only having three games to find their rhythm before games start, and after months off, it is anyone's guess.

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It wouldn't be surprising if the Wizards did see some combination of Nikola Jokic, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The biggest question mark would be that Lakers game since it is the last exhibition game for both teams. Maybe James and/or Davis sit with two games already under their belt and an opening night meeting with the Clippers awaiting.

Either way, the Wizards will get a look at some of the NBA's best teams before they kick things off for real. And this also means they will be playing games nine days ahead of their regular season. There are now just under three weeks to go until the Wizards return to the court.

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Report: Pacers' Victor Oladipo opts out of NBA restart in Orlando

Report: Pacers' Victor Oladipo opts out of NBA restart in Orlando

Victor Oladipo has opted out of playing in the NBA's restart in Orlando, marking the biggest star yet who was expected to play backing out.

The news, which was first reported by the Athletic, is a health precaution as he aims to get 100 percent healthy for next season. He had played only 13 games this season after missing a full year due to a torn quadriceps tendon.

Oladipo, 28, is a two-time All-Star. His absence leaves the Indiana Pacers, the fifth-seed in the Eastern Conference, without their best player.

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The Wizards happen to play the Pacers as part of their new eight-game schedule to close out the regular season. Now they won't see Oladipo, who they had yet to face this season. 

Given Oladipo's recent injury history, it is not all that surprising he would make this move. But it also could open the door for other players of his stature to decide similarly.

Oladipo is a star in the league, but not on a team expected to compete for the title. Will others in a similar boat decide not to go? Wizards guard Bradley Beal, for one, is still mulling his own decision on whether to play.

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