WIZ, THROWING IN THE TOWEL ON 2019, MAY START BRYANT WITH PORTIS

By Sandra Berman

The Wizards lost to the Denver Nuggets last night, dropping them to 30-43 on the season.

Thomas Bryant and Bobby Portis almost led Washington to an upset win.

Despite Bradley Beal putting up gaudy, All-Star-caliber numbers on a nightly basis, the Wizards are on the outside of the playoff chase largely because John Wall has been out since the end of 2018 and will miss nearly an entire calendar year.

The Wizards are at a crossroads. They shed some salary before this year’s trade deadline by jettisoning Otto Porter to the Bulls for Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker, but it seems likely that the Wizards will be selecting in the late lottery once again – unless they luck out and win the lottery thanks to flattened odds.

According to Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington, Wizards head coach Scott Brooks is thinking about experimenting with a starting frontcourt of bouncy and energetic center Thomas Bryant alongside the fiery stretch four in Portis:

So it seems the Wizards are seemingly throwing in the towel, though the team has perhaps been doing that since Wall went down with an injury..

The Wizards should take heart. Bobby Portis scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds versus the Nuggets. Bryant posted 18 points and eight boards. That’s a combined 40 points and 16 rebounds against an opponent whose five-point victory earned a temporary tie at the top of the Western Conference standings with the defending champion Golden State Warriors.

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