Pregame warmup: Rice starts; Beal evaluated

Pregame warmup: Rice starts; Beal evaluated
December 9, 2013, 6:00 pm
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Despite Martell Webster's optimism that he could return quickly from a left ankle sprain, he's out of Monday's game vs. the Denver Nuggets at Verizon Center and so is Nene (right foot).

Both players were injured in Friday's 109-105 overtime loss vs. the Milwaukee Bucks. 

In a mildly surprising lineup adjustment, coach Randy Wittman is starting rookie Glen Rice at shooting guard in Webster's place instead of Garrett Temple, who got the call last season. Rice has appeared in just eight games and only has accrued 13 mostly mop-up minutes since Nov. 19.

Kevin Seraphin (right knee) is active but whether he'll play, or how much, is unpredictable. Jan Vesely and Trevor Booker likely will earn most of the minutes in the low post and center Marcin Gortat will have to log heavy minutes.

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Webster has done therapy and has gotten up shots at practice even the morning after he went down at the end of the first quarter vs. the Bucks. But he still couldn't jump.  

Bradley Beal, who has been out since Nov. 23 with a stress reaction in his lower right leg, was evaluated for the first time Monday. It was the first in a series of tests before he can be cleared to return. That likely means seeing Beal later this week at the Atlanta Hawks or vs. the Los Angeles Clippers isn't likely.

Otto Porter will play vs. the Nuggets, but his minutes will not increase because of Webster's absence. He played 14 minutes and failed to score in his NBA debut.