The Wizards' starting five is gonna look a little different Saturday night.
Bobby Portis will replace Thomas Bryant as Washington's starting center against the Pacers, head coach Scott Brooks told reporters before the game.
Brooks: "We have to see what we have" with Portis.— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) February 23, 2019
Unlikely Jabari Parker enters the starting lineup for now, Brooks said
Per Brooks, the Wizards want to "see what we have" in Portis, who will be a restriced free agent this summer.
With his team having lost eight of their last 11, this tweak signals Brooks will be looking to switch it up as the Wizards' playoff hopes begin to dim. Washington sits four games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Portis, who came over from the Bulls in the Otto Porter trade, has averaged 17.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per game in five contests since joining the Wizards. He's been particularly lethal from beyond the arc, knocking down 50 percent of his three-point attempts.
Bryant has filled in admirably as the starting center this season with Dwight Howard dealing with a back injury. In 49 games (43 starts), he's averaged 9.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.
For the Pacers, center Myles Turner has been officially ruled out of Saturday's game with a hip injury.
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