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Wittman: Gortat doesn't have staph infection

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Wittman: Gortat doesn't have staph infection

The exact details of what's wrong with Marcin Gortat's left knee aren't clear, but perhaps the most crucial question has been answered: It's not a staph infection.

"I don't know what kind of infection," coach Randy Wittman said before Wednesday night's game with the Milwaukee Bucks.

When asked specifically if it was a staph infection, which can require surgical procedures to remove and be fatal if they get deeper into the tissue and joints, Wittman said it was not.

Gortat missed his second game in a row after scuffing his knee in a game over the weekend at the Orlando Magic. It swelled and kept him out of Monday's game at the Chicago Bulls.

Gortat was admitted to the hospital immediately upon returning to D.C. and spent the entire day there. According to Wittman, that stay extended.

"This afternoon, they were giving him intravenous antibiotics to get it quicker into his system," he said.

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Kelly Oubre turns into 'Spooky Papi' ahead of home-opener vs. Heat

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Kelly Oubre turns into 'Spooky Papi' ahead of home-opener vs. Heat

As the weather in Washington, D.C. drops below 60 degrees, most athletes typically arrive at their games in sweatsuits for comfort or suits for luxury. 

Kelly Oubre, on the other hand, is going full gothic for the Washington Wizards' home-opener against the Miami Heat. Oubre is the self-proclaimed "Wave Papi," but tonight he is giving off a vampire-slayer vibe.

Maybe he didn't get the memo that Halloween is roughly two weeks from now.

For the sake of it still being October, let's call him "Spooky Papi."

His black belts and buckles match his rockstar lifestyle, but the bloody, disfigured skull accessory is one of the most ridiculous things we've seen at Capital One Arena. Ever. 

Maybe there's a hidden meaning to it all, or maybe it's just yet another in a long line of Kelly Oubre fashion statements. 

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Dwight Howard ruled out for Wizards' season opener vs. Miami

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Dwight Howard ruled out for Wizards' season opener vs. Miami

Dwight Howard will not play in the Washington Wizards' season opener against the Miami Heat, NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller has confirmed. The news was first reported by Chris Haynes.

Ian Mahinmi will start in his place as he did for a majority of the preseason. 

Howard, an eight-time All-Star, has been dealing with a butt-injury ever since joining Washington this summer. This resulted in him missing all of the team's preseason matchups. He only has practiced with the team for a couple of days this week

Earlier on Thursday morning, Howard was listed as questionable for this matchup.

Based on his absence during the preseason and limited work with the Wizards, Howard being out is not too surprising. If he would have played it likely would have been for limited minutes off of the bench. 

Best-case for the Wizards is to rest Howard who has only missed 20 regular season games in the previous three seasons. 

Howard is not that far off from starting his 15th season in the NBA. On Wednesday Scott Brooks said that Howard will travel on the first road trip with the team to the West Coast starting on Monday. 

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