The Washington Wizards have been playing very good basketball as of late, but the Eastern Conference playoff hopefuls were just dealt a tough injury blow.
Wizards rookie forward Deni Avdija, the No. 9 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, suffered a gruesome lower-leg injury on Wednesday night.
Avdija landed awkwardly on a play in the first half and was down on the floor in serious pain. A teammate rushed over to cover his leg with a towel. Avdija was eventually taken off of the court in a wheelchair.
Wizards rookie Deni Avdija suffers a lower leg injury coming down from a rebound
Prayers up 🙏 pic.twitter.com/Vwo82znEuM
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 22, 2021
Avdija, 20, had shown flashes of real promise during his rookie season. The young forward is averaging 6.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game this season. The Wizards have won seven of eight games, putting themselves right in the thick of the play-in game hunt.
The NBA world is crushed by the injury to Avdija, which could be a major blow to the Wizards’ roster.
Wizards rookie Deni Avdija was wheelchaired off the court after an apparent right ankle injury. pic.twitter.com/aFnjvfLiMb
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) April 22, 2021
Developing: Deni Avdija landed awkwardly on a rebound, and is headed to the locker room in a wheelchair with a knee injury.
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) April 22, 2021
Get well soon Deni 🙏🇮🇱 pic.twitter.com/0VG4yj7quk
— Sports Rabbi (@thesportsrabbi) April 22, 2021
Tonight was Deni Avdija’s first ever game in front of the home crowd at Capital One Arena, and this happens.
The NBA injury gods are cruel.
— Wizards Lead (@WizardsLead) April 22, 2021
Jordan Bell immediately recognized the severity of the injury, took off his warmup shirt to cover the injury, and tried to ease Deni Avdija during a frightening time. https://t.co/vX3pVW25eW
— Neil Dalal (@NeilDalal96) April 22, 2021
Hopefully the injury is not as serious as it looked.
The Wizards, meanwhile, are currently leading the Warriors, 67-61, early in the third quarter on Wednesday evening.