Even after the Wizards pull off another upset of another elite opponent on the road -- Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat and now the Chicago Bulls -- they can't fully enjoy it. They're seriously concerned about Marcin Gortat, who could have a staph infection in his left knee, according to coach Randy Wittman.
"A little bit," Wittman said when asked if he was worried about his starting center after a 114-110 win at United Center on Monday. "We got to get him to the hospital when we land and get him some IVs and try to get the fluids running through him. I don't know if it's a staph infection. He just has a small cut on his knee from diving on the floor. Something got in there and it swelled up and he had a temperature last night so now it's an infection of some type. We just got to get it treated."
Gortat cut his knee in Saturday's game at the Orlando Magic, a 105-99 win, and then he had several collisions with the knee that aggravated it. He also had to leave the game late in the fourth quarter and didn't return because of an elbow to the head from Nic Vucevic that caused a bad cut on his ear that wouldn't stop bleeding.
Before Monday's game, Gortat had missed only one game with the Wizards because of injury after being traded here before the start of the 2013-14 season.
"I woke up after the game with Orlando with a swollen knee," Gortat said. "After 24 hours of different treatments and pills and different stuff they decided I can't go. From a physical standpoint, I wasn't ready to go."
The Wizards headed back to D.C. after late Monday night. He had trouble bending the knee Monday morning during shootaround before the game in Chicago but in that regard the knee is better. He can walk more comfortably.
"The next 24 hours we should know what's going on," said Gortat, who insisted his problem isn't structural. "Hopefully I'll feel better tomorrow. I'm going to do whatever it takes to get myself ready for the next game."
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