The Washington Wizards took down the Orlando Magic on Saturday night, definitively beating that team 138-118.
However, in the midst of victory, they might have lost one of their best players for the foreseeable future.
With five minutes remaining in the third quarter, Kristaps Porzingis limped to the locked room with a sprained ankle.
Injury update: Kristaps Porzingis will be listed as week-to-week with a sprained left ankle.
The injury originally occurred in the third quarter of the team’s win over Orlando on January 21. pic.twitter.com/xlobFnBwzl
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) January 23, 2023
Now the team has an update on their Latvian star.
Porzingis will be listed as week-to-week because of his ankle injury, meaning that he could be out for quite some time but the team will consistently check in on and him see about his progress.
When rewatching the play that caused the injury, you can clearly see Porzingis rolling his ankle when he comes down from a jump.
It looks like a pretty nasty mishap, especially when you consider that Porzginis is 7-foot-3 and 240 pounds.
That is a lot of weight to put on one ankle.
The man they once called The Unicorn is having a strong season with his Wizards, averaging 22.1 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 2.4 assists on 46.8% from the field.
Washington is still not a playoff contender, at least not now, but they were hoping that the return of Bradley Beal alongside other players like Porzingis and Kyle Kuzma could give them a shot at returning to the playoffs.
At 20-26, the Wizards are currently 12th in the East which means they wouldn’t qualify for the play-in tournament if it were to start today.
The team is consistently struggling to break through in the East, leading many to wonder if several stars – including Porzingis – could be on the trading block within the next few weeks.
With this injury, any plans to trade Porzingis might be put on ice for the time being.