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Wizards worry Marcin Gortat could have staph infection

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Wizards worry Marcin Gortat could have staph infection

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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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Tim Frazier

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Tim Frazier

To wrap up the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we evaluate Tim Frazier's season...

Player: Tim Frazier

Position: Point guard

Age: 27

2017-18 salary: $2 million

2017-18 stats: 59 G, 14.2 mpg, 3.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 3.3 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.1 bpg, 39.5 FG%, 30.4 3P%, 76.7 FT%, 44.5 eFG%, 105 ORtg, 107 DRtg

Best game: 1/27 at Hawks - 4 points, 14 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 2-for-5 FG

Season review: The Wizards tabbed Tim Frazier to be their backup point guard nearly a year ago when they sent a second round pick to the New Orleans Pelicans on the eve of draft night. They viewed Frazier as the solution to their years-long search for a capable backup behind John Wall. Frazier had thrived as a replacement starter in New Orleans and the Wizards saw him as worth a draft pick, even though he had just one year left on his contract.

Frazier began the season as the primary backup point guard, but ultimately lost the job to Tomas Satoransky once Wall went out with a left knee injury. Frazier became the starter and Satoransky the backup, but through two weeks Satoransky outplayed him and became No. 2 on the depth chart once Wall returned. Then, when Wall went down for months late in the season, Satoransky started and Frazier backed him up.

Frazier never found consistency as he moved back and forth between roles. His minutes, points and assists averages were all career-lows.

The Wizards added competition to their roster for Frazier and Satoransky midseason, first by signing Ramon Sessions in March and then adding Ty Lawson just before the playoffs began. That led to Frazier being inactive for four of the Wizards' six postseason games.

All in all, it was a frustrating year for Frazier. He even had to deal with a broken nose and surgery to repair it after getting inadvertently kneed in the face by Bobby Portis in a game against the Bulls in February.

Frazier has been part of small group of Wizards players continuing to work out at the team facility this summer. He has been there along with Wall, Ian Mahinmi and Jason Smith. That said, it does seem likely Frazier returns given how the Wizards used him this season. He was completely out of the rotation for extended periods of time.

Helping his cause in that regard is that the Wizards have his Bird rights, meaning they can re-sign him while going above the salary cap. They currently have five open roster spots and not much money to spend. Frazier could represent a cheap option and help them fill out their roster.

Potential to improve: Shooting, on-ball defense, consistency

More player season reviews:

John Wall, PG

Bradley Beal, SG

Otto Porter, SF

Markieff Morris, PF

Marcin Gortat, C

Kelly Oubre, Jr., SF

Tomas Satoransky, PG

Ian Mahinmi, C

Ty Lawson, PG

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Markieff Morris goes 1-on-1; no All-NBA votes for Beal?

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Markieff Morris goes 1-on-1; no All-NBA votes for Beal?

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chris Miller caught up with Wizards power forward Markieff Morris. Morris looked back on the 2017-18 season and gave his side on what needs to be fixed.

Chris and Chase Hughes also had a heated debate about Bradley Beal not receiving any All-NBA votes. Chase is an awards voter and defended his ballot. Chris wasn't having any of it.

They also went into the conference finals and what it would mean if the Rockets beat the Warriors.

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