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Topic - Randy Wittman
The Milwaukee Bucks only have three wins, but they're the kind of team the Wizards had trouble beating last season.
With a limited roster, starting lineup and end of game decisions are rather apparent for the Wizards. When all return, not so much.
The recent success of the Wizards has to do with a lot of different improvements -- from defense to Nene to Marcin Gortat to three-point shooting -- but the max player, John Wall, gets credited.
Otto Porter was a game-time decision, but an update from coach Randy Wittman indicates that he should be available when Washington takes on Milwaukee on Friday. (7 p.m., CSN)
Coach Randy Wittman wants Eric Maynor to be more attacked-minded on both ends of the floor, like John Wall, and he's struggling to adapt.
Coach Randy Wittman has to see what Otto Porter looks like in back-to-back practices before declaring his status for Friday's game vs. Milwaukee.
Otto Porter has yet to play for the Wizards, but coach Randy Wittman hinted he might play as early as this week vs. the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Wizards had their most dominant performance of the season, led by Trevor Ariza's 24 points and John Wall's 13 assists, and now have a 9-9 record to mark the first time since 2009 they've been at least .500.
Nene has been far from his best because of a sore right Achilles but the Wizards are a significantly better team with him even at less than 100 percent.
Coach Randy Wittman is unapologetic about his starting lineup playing extended minutes because he can't trust his bench to perform consistently.
The 26 points scored by the Wizards' reserves look good on paper, but 13 of them came with the game out of reach in the fourth quarter.
The Wizards lost their first three games and seven of their first nine, but have now won six of their last eight. They won eight games in November for the first time since 1984.
With Washington teammate Nene drawing double-teams coming off his big game against the Lakers, Marcin Gortat scored 25 points on 11-of-12 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Wizards to a 100-92 win in overtime over Milwaukee on Wednesday night.
The Wizards are shooting 58% in the first quarters of their last six games -- 14% better accuracy -- and that has a lot to do with how they've won five of them.
After John Wall led the Wizards to victory with his third consecutive game with 30 points or more, he admitted that he has been motivated by those who say he isn't worth the $80 million extension.
Coach Randy Wittman said before tip-off that he was getting pregame treatment and that he expected Porter in uniform.
"You get more and more guys that have been through these type of seasons where you have spells like that, adding March, being a veteran guy helps," Wittman said. "Our guys remember last year, how those things happened, how small it is getting into he playoffs and not getting into the playoffs."