The Washington Wizards had a major COVID-19 outbreak within their camp back in January which forced several of their players to undergo self-quarantine. Davis Bertans is one of the players who were affected and he bared that he had to isolate himself in a hotel where he was only limited to play video games for most of the days at the time.
“Bertans, who is married and has a young daughter, checked into a Residence Inn hotel to quarantine because he didn’t want to infect his family. He spent his time playing video games up to “10 to 12 hours” per day.”
After missing almost two weeks of action due to the league protocols, Bertans had to ramp up his preparations in order to get back to game shape as soon as possible. He previously cited that he was only around 60 to 70 percent in his conditioning level upon heading to the season. It was partly due to his long layoff which became a major factor for his struggles as of late.
The COVID-19 debacle further hurdled Bertans in his progression to find his playing form in the 2020-21 season. The Latvian forward has been pretty underwhelming for the Wizards, considering that he signed a lucrative five-year, $80 million contract extension during the offseason.
After a stellar campaign in 2019-20, Bertans was expected to make a jump in his second season with the team but he took a step back in terms of production instead. He is currently averaging 10.2 points on 33.1% from beyond the arc along with 2.9 rebounds and 1.0 assists. He is also playing off the bench and seeing over 25.4 minutes of action for the Wizards this season.
His dismal production certainly hurt the Wizards' chances to compete as they currently own a mere 6-17 record, which is good for just the 15th spot in the Eastern Conference. Amid the setbacks, Davis Bertans will have to get back on track in order to help his team salvage their season in the months to come.