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Randy Wittman to miss Wizards' next 2 games after brother's death

Wizards coach Randy Wittman will miss Washington's next two games because of the death of his brother.

The Wizards announced Sunday that assistant coach Don Newman will assume head-coaching responsibilities Monday against the Thunder and Wednesday against the Warriors.

Wittman's brother, Rick, died late Friday night in Indianapolis. Randy Wittman addressed his brother's death after Saturday's game against the Rockets, pausing to fight back tears.

"Tough day, but he was here," Wittman told reporters after Washington's 123-122 victory in Houston. "He watches every game in a La-Z-Boy, and he's up in heaven watching in a La-Z-Boy.

"Tough day, but I'm proud of our guys. They fought tooth and nail for 48 minutes. ... I can't be more proud of them and proud of my brother."

Wittman is expected to return to the Wizards for Friday's game against the 76ers. The Wizards are 21-24 this season, their fifth under Wittman.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.