Marcin Gortat remains hospitalized with possible staph infection

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Wizards center Marcin Gortat cut his knee against the Magic on Saturday and then banged it multiple times

J. Michael of CSN Washington:

They’re seriously concerned about Marcin Gortat, who could have a staph infection in his left knee, according to coach Randy Wittman.

“A little bit,” Wittman said when asked if he was worried about his starting center after a 114-110 win at United Center on Monday. “We got to get him to the hospital when we land and get him some IVs and try to get the fluids running through him. I don’t know if it’s a staph infection. He just has a small cut on his knee from diving on the floor. Something got in there and it swelled up and he had a temperature last night so now it’s an infection of some type. We just got to get it treated.”

Staph infections can come out of nowhere and sideline players for weeks. Bummer for Gortat, but at least Washington has a quality backup center.

The Wizards can comfortably slide Nene into Gortat’s starting center spot, as they did in their win over the Bulls on Monday. But that weakens their bench – especially with Kris Humphries banged up. Bradley Beal being sidelined gives Washington even less margin for error.