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Casey Holdahl, digital reporter of the Portland Trail Blazers, confirmed Gortat's status prior to the game.
Hearing that Marcin Gortat (back) will not play tonightIt appeared the Gortat may have injured himself in pre-game warmups as he was walking back to the locker room in pain. The injury came as somewhat of a surprise, since Gortat had played in every game this season up until that point.
— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) March 21, 2014
Seraphin played 19 minutes starting at center and had just four points and two rebounds, to go along with four personal fouls. Drew Gooden picked up the slack in Gortat's absence and score 18 of the Wizards' 32 bench points on 6-of-13 shooting from the floor and 6-of-6 from the free throw line.
There is no word whether or not Gortat will be ready for tonight's game against the Los Angeles Lakers. If he cannot go, expect Seraphin to once again start and for Gooden, Trevor Booker and Al Harrington to pick up the slack.
Gortat, the 30-year old from Poland, is in his seventh NBA season. The veteran center has played for the Magic, Suns and Wizards. In his first season with the Wizards, Gortat is averaging 12.8 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. In 424 career games, Gortat is averaging 9.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.