Wizards’ Rui Hachimura given vague injury update from Scott Brooks
Rui Hachimura recently suffered a shoulder injury and it is uncertain when he will be able to return to the lineup for the Washington Wizards. After missing Saturday’s game versus the Dallas Mavericks, Scott Brooks gave a concerning injury update for Hachimura, via The Athletic’s Fred Katz.
Scott Brooks says he has “no idea” how long Rui Hachimura is going to be out with his shoulder injury. “I don’t know if it’s a game,” he says. “I don’t know if it’s five games."
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) April 4, 2021
The shoulder injury that Hachimura is dealing with was sustained during Washington’s blowout loss to the Detroit Pistons on Thursday. Injuries are beginning to become an issue for the Wizards as Bradley Beal has been in and out of the lineup recently with a hip ailment.
Hachimura has now missed one game due to his shoulder injury and Brooks doesn’t know how many games he is going to miss. That isn’t what Washington fans want to hear as they’ve now fallen to the 12th seed in the Eastern Conference with a dismal 17-31 record.
The crazy thing is, the Wizards aren’t out of the race in the Eastern Conference since they are only 6.5 games back from the eighth-seed Boston Celtics right now. But for Washington to get back on track, they are going to need to get healthier sooner rather than later.
During the course of the season, Hachimura has shown drastic improvements in his game while he’s compiling 14.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game for the Wizards. The improvements in his shooting have been noticeable as he’s making 47.9 percent of his shot attempts, to go along with a 33.7 percent conversion rate on shots beyond the arc.
Unfortunately, Brooks doesn’t know how many games Hachimura is going to be sidelined moving forward.