Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks confirmed on Tuesday that rookie forward Rui Hachimura will be sidelined for a "couple weeks" with a groin injury.
Rui Hachimura will be out a “couple weeks” with his groin injury, Scott Brooks just announced— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) December 31, 2019
Scott Brooks said Rui Hachimura (groin) could be out another few weeks and then be re-evaluated.— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) December 31, 2019
Hachimura has missed the Wizards' last seven games with the injury, which was suffered when he was accidentally kicked in the groin by teammate Isaac Bonga in a game against the Detroit Pistons.
Rui Hachimura is out for the game after getting kicked by Isaac Bonga in the groin. Yeesh. pic.twitter.com/cQYAXCLqrE— Chase Hughes (@ChaseHughesNBCS) December 17, 2019
Less than a week after the injury, the team announced that Hachimura required a procedure and he would miss at least five games.
Davis Bertans is starting in Rui Hachimura’s place. Rui is out after getting kicked in the groin, an injury that required a procedure and will keep him out at least five games.— Chase Hughes (@ChaseHughesNBCS) December 18, 2019
After shootaround Sunday, Brooks made it clear that the injury would not be a long-term issue for Hachimura. "He's sore," Brooks said on Sunday. "We all know what that means ... nothing long term."
Scott Brooks on if there’s concern that Rui Hachimura‘s groin injury is really long term: “No, no. It’s just, he’s sore. He’s sore. We all know what that means...Nothing long term.”— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) December 29, 2019
Rui will miss his 7th straight game tomorrow and hasn’t been with the team during this stretch.
Hachimura has been solid in his debut season after being selected with the No. 9 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. The 21-year-old rookie is averaging 13.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 25 starts for the Wizards.