Pregame warmup: Gortat will start vs. Lakers (UPDATED)

Pregame warmup: Gortat will start vs. Lakers (UPDATED)
March 21, 2014, 3:45 pm
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The Wizards confirmed shortly before tip-off that Marcin Gortat will start tonight against the Lakers after missing Thursday's game with a lower back injury.

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Marcin Gortat could miss his second game in a row Friday, opening the door for more minutes for Kevin Seraphin and Drew Gooden when the Wizards try to end their two-game losing streak at the Los Angeles Lakers. But a team official told CSN Washington that he'll be a game-time decision. 

Gortat had lower back soreness that kept him out of Thursday's 116-103 loss at the Portland Trail Blazers. It was the first missed game of the season for the 6-11 center. He warmed up before that game and decided he couldn't play. He'll likely go through warmups again Friday before a decision is made. 

Seraphin started in Gortat's place but only scored four points on 2-for-7 shooting in 19 minutes. Gooden came off the bench to contribute 18 points on 6-for-13 shooting and a team-high nine rebounds. 

The Lakers have been using 7-footer Pau Gasol as their starting center, though he's more natural as a power forward.  

They play a fast-paced, open-court game which could work strongly in their favor if Seraphin and Gooden don't make them pay for their lack of depth in the middle. Of course, if Gortat can play, the Wizards (35-33) should have an even greater edge in the paint.