Brandon Ingram will remain on a minutes restriction for Saturday’s matchup against the Washington Wizards, but “he will have a bit of a minute increase tonight,” per Willie Green in pregame. In Wednesday’s 111-102 loss to the Timberwolves, Ingram put up a line of 13/5/5 in just under 26 minutes, struggling immensely with his rhythm with just four makes in 18 shot attempts.
Unfortunately, Porzingis has missed the last two games, so this will be his third straight out of the starting lineup. The Wizards enter the matchup tied with the Chicago Bulls for the tenth seed in the Eastern Conference. They are 22-26 in 48 games but also in the middle of a four-game winning streak.
It wasn’t very long ago when the Washington Wizards were 12th place in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. I wrote that the team needed to blow it up and rebuild. And I also said that January’s performance would likely play a major part as to whether they do the right thing (in my opinion) or not.