The Washington Wizards were recently dealt a huge hit on their front line rotation, as big man Thomas Bryant suffered a season-ending torn ACL in his left knee, per ESPN‘s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Washington Wizards C Thomas Bryant has suffered a torn ACL to his left knee, source tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 10, 2021
Bryant appeared in the Wizards’ most recent tilt against the Miami Heat where he only logged a minute into the game before heading to the locker rooms. Robin Lopez slotted in for Bryant and finished with 13 points and a rebound while Moritz Wagner added 13 points and seven rebounds for Washington.
Russell Westbrook was ruled out of the contest due to a quad injury while Bradley Beal was a late scratch due to the league’s health and safety protocols. The Wizards would go on to narrowly lose against the Miami Heat on a 128-124 defeat.
Bryant has been averaging 14.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 0.8 blocks per game through 27.1 minutes played in 10 appearances this season for the Wizards. His absence will allow the team’s other front liners in Lopez and Wagner to step up and see more action on the floor in their coming games.
The struggling Wizards have been mainly relying on Bradley Beal’s scoring outbursts after he exploded for 60 points against the Philadelphia 76ers followed by 41 points against the Boston Celtics. However, both performances went down the drain as the Wizards succumbed to losses en route to a 2-8 record in the season.
Even after losing Thomas Bryant, the Wizards will still aim to carry on and look to finally end their three-game losing skid as they host the Phoenix Suns on Jan. 11.