Wizards news: Rui Hachimura will be re-evaluated in two weeks
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Rui Hachimura will be re-evaluated by Wizards in two weeks

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Washington Wizards rookie forward Rui Hachimura will be re-evaluated in two weeks as he recovers from a minor surgery to repair a groin injury, according to the team.

Hachimura, who initially sustained the injury during a win over the Detroit Pistons back on Dec. 16, re-joined the Wizards on the sideline for their Friday night game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

He has started all 25 games he has played this season for Washington, averaging 13.9 points and 5.8 rebounds over 29.2 minutes per game while shooting 48.2 percent from the floor, 20.8 percent from three-point range and 85.2 percent from the free-throw line.

The 21-year-old, who played his collegiate basketball at Gonzaga, was selected by Washington with the ninth overall pick of the NBA Draft back in June after a highly successful college career in which he was named WCC Player of the Year in 2019.

Hachimura had been coming on very strong in December, registering 17.3 points and 6.6 boards across 34.4 minutes a night while making 49.1 percent of his field-goal attempts, 22.2 percent of his long-distance tries and 85.7 percent of his foul shots. Prior to his injury, he has logged double-digit efforts in eight straight games dating back to the end of November, including a 30-point outburst and a 27-point effort.

A native of Japan, Hachimura has been one of the lone bright spots on a Wizards team that is just 10-24 on the season and sitting in 12th place in the Eastern Conference.

Washington is on track to miss the playoffs for the second straight year, which would mark the first time the Wizards have done that since 2013. They won just 32 games last season and have not made it past the second round of the playoffs since 1979, when they last made it to the finals.