06/15/2021, 2:59 PM
Sheds walking boot
It's been nearly eight weeks since Avdija suffered a hairline fracture in his right ankle, and it was previously reported that he would make a full recovery in 12 weeks. It sounds like the 20-year-old is making good progress in his recovery, and he said in the podcast appearance that he plans to start running soon as he works to get back in shape. The rookie missed on the playoffs due to the injury after averaging 6.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in the regular season.
05/31/2021, 9:36 PM
Shifts to bench
The 27-year-old started the past 41 games for the Wizards, including the first three games of the series, but he'll move to the bench Monday after posting two points (1-3 FG), two rebounds and one assist over 11 minutes during Game 3. Daniel Gafford will start at center with Len and Robin Lopez set to work off the bench.
05/31/2021, 9:33 PM
Good to go for Game 4
The 32-year-old was considered questionable with a groin issue but is ready to play Monday with Washington facing elimination. Smith has averaged 7.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.3 steals in 22.0 minutes off the bench through the first three games of the series.