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.”
Rui will miss his 7th straight game tomorrow and hasn’t been with the team during this stretch.
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) December 29, 2019
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.