Washington Wizards forward, Martell Webster, has missed the past two games with a sore back, but it looks like he’ll return to the lineup on Saturday night against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Martell Webster (back) practiced & is expected to be available vs MIL. Kevin Seraphin (knee) remains out #wizards
— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) March 7, 2014
Webster had issues with his back earlier in his career, but that hasn’t been a problem since he signed with the Wizards a few seasons ago. Washington likely kept him out of a few games due to precautionary reasons, but he was able to practice without suffering any setbacks.
With Martell Webster out, the Wizards have opted to play rookie Otto Porter in his place, and he’s shown flashes of becoming a solid rotation player. Even though Porter has been ‘OK’ in Webster’s place, I’d expect Webster to return to his regular role now that he’s healthy and ready to go.
Michael Lee of the Washington Post also added that Kevin Seraphin will miss his sixth consecutive game on Saturday night with a knee injury. The Wizards haven’t set a timetable on Seraphin yet, so he’ll remain day-to-day unless something changes. Drew Gooden has stepped up in Seraphin’s place, and he’ll probably be sticking around in the nation’s capital for a while.
The Wizards will need Webster back in the lineup to add another scoring option off the bench. Although Trevor Ariza has been outstanding this season, Webster is still capable of putting up some big numbers once he gets it going. He scored 17 points against the Philadelphia 76ers this past Saturday.