Pregame warmup: Ariza looks able to play with sore groin

Pregame warmup: Ariza looks able to play with sore groin
March 31, 2014, 4:00 pm
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A full participant in shootaround on Monday morning despite a sore left groin, Trevor Ariza appears to be a lock to play and start vs. the Charlotte Bobcats (CSN, 7 p.m. ET). 

Ariza was injured late in the Wizards' 101-97 win vs. the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday, slipping on a floor with recurring condensation at Verizon Center because of an NHL game played earlier in the day. 

He was able to return to action but admitted he was tentative and afraid to cut sharply. Ariza, the Wizards' best one-on-one defender, already has missed time earlier in the season because of a right hamstring strain. 

If Ariza has any trouble playing through the groin injury, particularly moving laterally on defense, Martell Webster will likely take over those minutes. On the bench, that would push up Chris Singleton and Otto Porter in the rotation as well if coach Randy Wittman opts to stick with more small lineups.

Given that neither of those two have played much recently, Wittman would appear more likely to rely on the more experienced Singleton who has shown he can be a good rebounder and offensive spark if he plays more like a power forward than a small forward.