Reeling from a shocking loss to the Los Angeles Lakers and as the injuries pile up on the Wizards' bigs, the team will not have starting center Marcin Gortat for at least two games and possibly more, starting with Friday's home date against the Phoenix Suns, persons with knowledge of the situation told CSNmidatlantic.com.
The Wizards (7-9) play the Dallas Mavericks at home Sunday and are at the Miami Heat on Monday.
Out of respect for Gortat's wishes so he could head back to Poland to visit with his ailing mother who is hospitalized, CSNmidatlantic.com held the details of this after Wednesday's 108-104 loss to the L.A. Lakers. He had 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Gortat knew she wasn't well going into Tuesday's game at the Cleveland Cavaliers. He had 15 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks.
This means Ryan Hollins, who was signed earlier this week as his backup, likely will get pushed into the starting lineup. In his first game, Hollins played 11 minutes but didn't score Wednesday.
The Wizards already have been without bigs Nene (left calf) and Drew Gooden (left calf). Still, DeJuan Blair hasn't been able to get off the bench.
It'll also lead to more time for Kris Humphries, although he's not a center. Humphries had nine points and four rebounds in 11 minutes against the Lakers.
CSNmidatlantic.com will respect the wishes of Gortat and the team and not address details of his mother's medical situation.