TORONTO – Trevor Ariza (right hamstring) and Al Harrington (right knee) are both out against the Atlantic Division-leading Toronto Raptors (5-7) and the New York Knicks, but Coach Randy Wittman is optimistic that Ariza will soon be back in the fold, with Harrington not far behind.
“Trevor’s getting better, feeling better,” Wittman said. “Hopefully, when we get back, practice on Monday, he’ll be able to maybe do something on the floor. Al is still day-to-day, hopefully maybe with him, too, maybe we’ll be able to get him out there.”
Chris Singleton has been out with late September with a broken left foot but Wittman said he could also be back practicing soon. Otto Porter Jr., who has also been out for nearly two months, is still slowly recovering from a strained right hip flexor. “Chris is probably a lot closer than Otto is,” Wittman said, when asked for a timetable. But he couldn’t get specific with Porter. “Again, it’s still don’t know much on that. It’s just a matter of doctors giving him the clearance.”
The Wizards (4-7) will try to continue their stellar ball movement as they attempt to win three games in a row for the first time this season in Toronto. They have had 31 assists in each of their past two games – wins over Cleveland and Minnesota – and are averaging 30.5 assists in their four wins. In their seven losses, the Wizards are averaging just 21.7 assists.
“That’s making shots and moving the ball,” Wittman said. “I think a lot of teams are like that. You’re not scoring enough points to win, you’re not making shots. It’s more, for us, the movement that we have, leading to the shots. You’re going to have nights you don’t make shots, but you’ve got to stay on an even keel, how we’re getting shots and doing it the way we’re capable of doing.”
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