Rui Hachimura (groin) cleared for ‘all activities’
Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura has been cleared for all basketball activities, according to a report from Fred Katz of The Athletic.
Hachimura has been sidelined since December 16, when he injured his groin. He underwent a minor procedure to address the injury and has been in recovery since. Now, however, it sounds like the rookie is nearly ready for action.
Katz reports that Rui went through all of Wednesday morning’s shootaround, but he still needs a bit of time to get into game shape. As a result, he is still listed as “out” for Wednesday’s matchup against the Miami Heat.
Rui Hachimura (groin) has been cleared for “all activities,” Scott Brooks says. He went through all of shootaround today. Still out tonight. Has to get back into game shape. Team will build back up his conditioning. But a major step for Rui’s return.
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) January 22, 2020
Wizards head coach Scott Brooks said it would be nice to have Hachimura back before the All-Star break, but the team will take a cautious approach to his return.
“It’ll be great to have him back before the All-Star break, but you never know,” Brooks told Candace Buckner of the Washington Post when providing an update on Hachimura’s status.
In his 25 appearances with the Wizards this season (all starts), Hachimura has racked up averages of 13.9 points on 48.2 percent shooting from the field (20.8 percent from beyond the arc), 5.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 29.2 minutes per outing.
Wednesday night’s matchup between the Wizards and Heat is set to tip inside AmericanAirlines Arena at 7:30 p.m. ET. Washington snapped a three-game losing streak with Monday’s 106-100 win over the Pistons. Miami, on the other hand, has won three of its last four.