With Martell Webster and Nene both out with injuries, Coach Randy Wittman decided to get creative with his lineup and gave rookie Glen Rice Jr. the first start of his NBA career. Rice has scored a total of 11 points in eight games this season, but the Wizards have few perimeter options remaining with Bradley Beal and Al Harrington still sidelined and rookie Otto Porter Jr. active for just the season time this season.
The Wizards lost both Webster (sprained left ankle) and Nene (sore right heel) in a painful, 109-105 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. Nene complained afterward that he had been playing in pain and needed to step away. Webster felt better the morning after aggravating an ankle that his bothering him since a preseason game in Lexington, Ky., on Oct. 18, but the Wizards held him out of the past two practices.
“He still has some soreness,” Wittman said of Webster. “And you have to be comfortable playing and if you’re not, a lot of good things are not going to happen. With three days, we’ll see where we are on Friday.”
The Wizards will have their seventh different starting lineup in 20 games. “You got to deal with it,” Wittman said of the injuries. “That’s our business. You don’t like and you hope you don’t have to, but that’s why you have 15 man rosters. It’s going to be a situation that I think can be good for us. guys that can get out there, they are going to be on the floor and show us what they can do. from Day One, I tell the guys, you’re not in the rotation, you’re a turned ankle from being in the rotation. It’s not predictable and that’s the thing about this. Hopefully our guys are ready to accept that challenge that’s ahead of them.”
Denver will be without Clinton native Ty Lawson (left hamstring) for the second straight game.
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