Wizards at Jazz: Game 43 Open Thread

Washington Wizards' Otto Porter Jr. dribbles the ball against the Phoenix Suns during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, in Phoenix. The Wizards defeated the Suns 101-95. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) It was good to get some playing time. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

SALT LAKE CITY – Martell Webster is back and available after sitting out the Wizards’ 101-95 win on Friday in Phoenix. Webster missed his second game of the season with the flu, which opened a rare opportunity for rookie Otto Porter Jr. to get some playing time.

Porter hadn’t play in two of the past four games and had a sloppy outing in his last appearance, drawing a quick hook after the Wizards reserves blew a big lead against Philadelphia. After appearing tentative in his first few minutes on the floor, Porter eventually settled as he continued to play and provided solid defense and rebounding.

Porter made a long baseline jumper during a 10-1 run that allowed the Wizards to go ahead 48-47. The 6-foot-9 rookie from Georgetown finished with two points but grabbed six rebounds, including four on the offensive end, and a blocked shot in 19 minutes.

Though he shot just 1 of 6 and has yet to make a three-pointer in nine attempts this season, Coach Randy Wittman was satisfied with his effort.

“He came in and made great hustle plays,” Wittman said of Porter. “He had a couple of offensive rebounds where he came out of nowhere to give us extra possessions. He was aggressive. He didn’t make some shots, but I always tell our players, if they’re the right shots, I’m not concerned about makes and misses. Just doing the right thing. I thought he came out there and gave us a good 18 minutes.”

The Wizards are 11-10 on the road this season but lost their last two games at EnergySolutions Arena, including a 92-88 on Jan. 23, 2013.

(TV: Comcast SportsNet Plus. Radio: WFED-1500).

Here’s some reading to help you get ready for the game:

Bradley Beal slams door on Suns

Wizards help Marcin Gortat win in Phoenix

Wizards shut down Suns in second half

 

Michael Lee is the national basketball writer for The Washington Post.

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