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Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura out 'couple weeks' with groin injury

Forward has already missed 7 straight games due to the injury

Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks confirmed on Tuesday that rookie forward Rui Hachimura will be sidelined for a “couple weeks” with a groin injury.

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.

Less than a week after the injury, the team announced that Hachimura required a procedure and he would miss at least five games.

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.”

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.