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Moe Wagner out for Wizards vs. Clippers with sprained ankle suffered in loss to Lakers

Moritz Wagner, Moe Wagner, Wizards

Washington Wizards big man Moe Wagner has been ruled out for Sunday night’s contest against the Los Angeles Clippers, according to Fred Katz of The Athletic.

Wagner suffered a sprained ankle during Friday night’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. It appears as though the Wizards will consider Wagner’s availability on a “day-to-day” basis.

The former Michigan star has been a major plus for the Wizards this season. Washington acquired Wagner from the Lakers this summer, and he has been one of the most efficient scorers in basketball.

Wagner is averaging 12.0 points in under 20 minutes per game. He leads the NBA with a .681 Effective Field Goal percentage while also shooting over 43 percent from deep on 2.6 attempts per game — not bad considering he was acquired for virtually nothing.

The Wizards have gotten pretty good value out of Laker leftovers. Current starting center Thomas Bryant was also a former Laker, and he has continued to make big strides in his third season.

Washington fell to 6-11 after losing to the Lakers, but they are just a half-game out of a playoff spot despite playing without John Wall.

Bench players like Moe Wagner, Ish Smith and Davis Bertans have been critical to this Wizards team, helping Washington rank fourth in offensive rating, according to Basketball-Reference.

But as good as they have been offensively, the Wizards have been even worse on the other end. They rank dead-last in defensive rating and opponents scoring.

The Wizards will hope that Wagner can recover in short order because they lack frontcourt depth with Ian Mahinmi still out as well.