Report: Marcin Gortat out at least two games due to mother’s illness


The Wizards have lost five of six.

Nene and Drew Gooden are injured.

Now, Washington will lose one of its few recent bright spots – Marcin Gortat, who has averaged 16 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in his last three games.

J. Michael of CSN Washington:

Reeling from a shocking loss to the Los Angeles Lakers and as the injuries pile up on the Wizards’ bigs, the team will not have starting center Marcin Gortat for at least two games and possibly more, starting with Friday’s home date the the Phoenix Suns, persons with knowledge of the situation told

Out of respect for Gortat’s wishes so he could head back to Poland to visit with his ailing mother who is hospitalized, held the details of this after Wednesday’s 108-104 loss to the L.A. Lakers.

Gortat knew she wasn’t well going into Tuesday’s game at the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Wizards (7-9) must turn around their season if they’re going to make it a satisfactory one. Facing the Suns tomorrow and the Mavericks on Sunday without Gortat won’t make that challenge any easier.

Kris Humphries could see more minutes, and DeJuan Blair and/or the recently signed Ryan Hollins could move into the rotation. Washington could also play even smaller.

The Wizards’ best hope, though, is Nene and Gooden returning from injury.