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- The battle of the shorthanded rosters takes place in Washington as the Wizards host the Denver Nuggets. Wizards coach Randy Wittman announced starting forwards Martell Webster (sprained left ankle) and Nene (right foot tendinitis) would sit on Monday’s matchup. Webster injured his ankle at the end of the first quarter in Friday’s loss to Milwaukee. Following the Nuggets matchup, Washington is off until Friday. “He still has some soreness,” Wittman said of Webster. “You got to be comfortable playing, that’s the main thing. A lot of good things aren’t probably going to happen if you go out there. …We’ll see where he is on Friday.”
- The Nuggets, already without JaVale McGee and Danilo Gallinari, will play a second straight game without point guard and D.C. area native Ty Lawson (hamstring). Andre Miller replaces Lawson, who leads the Nuggets in scoring and assists, in the starting lineup.
- Even without a full roster, the Nuggets can wrap up their six-game road swing with a winning record should they knock off the Wizards. ”
Well, a win tonight would make it a pretty successful road trip,” Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said. “I’d be disappointed, be honest with you, going back 3-3. …It’s not the end of the world, but I have high expectations for this team and I expected to come back no worse than 4-2.
- Without Webster and Bradley Beal (leg), the Wizards lack perimeter shooters outside of Trevor Ariza. One available but inexperienced option, rookie Glen Rice Jr., who will make his first start. The 2013 second-round pick has scored 11 points and played 43 minutes in eight games.
- Washington swept last season’s two-game series.
– Benjamin Standig