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Marcin Gortat returned to action on Friday March 21.

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Marcin Gortat (back) will start against the Lakers on Friday.

After it looked like he suffered a bad injury on Thursday, Gortat needed just one day to recover. He has been outstanding for the Wizards in his first year with them and we'll get a look to see how he fares tonight. Kevin Seraphin will move back to the bench and doesn't project to get much playing time.

Marcin Gortat C WAS 29 Days

Marcin Gortat (back) is warming up and is expected to play against Lakers.

After missing some shootaround and Thursday's game for a back problem, Gortat looks like he's feeling a lot better. If he's able to go Kevin Seraphin will move back to the bench. Drew Gooden has been solid even while Gortat has been active, so he's still a viable option.

Marcin Gortat C WAS 29 Days

Marcin Gortat (back) is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Lakers.

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Marcin Gortat (back) will not play against the Blazers on Thursday.

He may have injured himself in pre-game warmups as he was walking back to the locker room in some pain. Gortat has been very durable for the Wizards in his first year and this will be his first game out of the lineup all season. Drew Gooden has exceeded all expectations and should get the call tonight while a committee approach of Trevor Booker, Al Harrington and Kevin Seraphin should also chip in.

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Marcin Gortat scored 14 points on 7-of-15 shooting with a career-high tying 18 rebounds, four assists and no steals or blocks in Monday's loss to the Heat.

True to form the Heat gave up big numbers inside and clamped down on guys like John Wall (seven points, 2-of-8 FGs, two threes, six rebounds, eight assists, one steal, seven turnovers) and Trevor Ariza (six points, 2-of-11 FGs, one three, five boards, two steals, five turnovers). Gortat has been a top 60-70 play over the last month.

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Marcin Gortat plans to rest during Friday's practice.

Gortat certainly earned it after going for 31 points, 12 boards and four blocks in a whopping 51 minutes during Thursday's triple-overtime win at Toronto. "I'm going to pull my veteran wild card [Friday], I want a day off," he said afterward. "I just can't go. I played 51 minutes and I'm barely standing right now." With Nene and Kevin Seraphin both sidelined, the Wiz are leaning heavily on Gortat right now. He's tired now, but we'd expect another big game in a dream matchup at Philly Saturday.

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Marcin Gortat scored a career-high 31 points against the Raptors during a triple-overtime victory on Thursday with 12 boards, one assist and four blocks.

The Raptors went small and it allowed Gortat to dominate inside. He shot the ball a stunningly-high 23 times tonight, making 12 of them in his 51 minutes of action. The Wizards are going to have to count on Gortat more often with Nene (knee) possibly out for the regular season, so there should be plenty of big lines on the way for the Polish Hammer.

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Marcin Gortat had 21 points and 10 rebounds on 9-of-13 shooting, while opponent Nikola Vucevic hit 9-of-14 shots for 19 points, 14 rebounds, a steal and a block.

The two big men put up great numbers against each other, although both of them usually do good things on a nightly basis. After seeing tonight's battle, it's too bad they can't play against each other every night.

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Marcin Gortat scored 13 points with 13 boards and three assists on 5-of-14 from the field in 34 minutes against the Cavs on Sunday.

There's a good chance Gortat will have bigger numbers while Nene (knee) is out. He only has a 13.9 usage rate while on the court with Nene, which is well below his 19.0 without him. His field goal percentage might take a small dip, but his fantasy owners should expect better overall production with his backups likely needing to help out in the power-forward department.