Wake-up call: Caution with Webster's back injury

Wake-up call: Caution with Webster's back injury
March 4, 2014, 6:00 am
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Martell Webster couldn't play Monday because of a back injury, so that led to rookie Otto Porter playing his most minutes since Jan. 24 when Webster was out with the flu in a game at the Phoenix Suns.

Webster, according to coach Randy Wittman, was injured in a scramble for the ball in Saturday's win at the Philadelphia 76ers.

"I remember the play but don't remember who it was," Wittman said. "He got knocked down and somebody fell on him towards the end. His back was a little sore (Sunday) and (Monday) he came in and it was knocked up a little bit. We decided not to play him to see if we could get him a couple extra days here and see how he is."

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Before coming to the Wizards last season, Webster has had two back surgeries and had surgery to repair an abdominal tear last summer. 

The Wizards (31-29) will practice Tuesday before playing the Utah Jazz on Wednesday at Verizon Center, but it is doubtful that Webster will participate.

Porter filled in and scored six points in a 110-104 loss vs. the Memphis Grizzlies, one shy of his season-high, but it was when he made those two three-pointers that mattered most Monday. 

On a busted play with the shot clock winding down, the Wizards' first possession of the fourth quarter, Porter collected the loose ball and jacked up a 27-foot turnaround shot to cut the deficit to 81-67.

After John Wall hit consecutive three-pointers, Porter made his second one with 1:17 remaining to trim Memphis' lead to 102-98. 

Back injury or not to Webster, the little-used rookie -- he averages less than two points and two rebounds in 26 appearances -- might've earned himself more playing time.