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Bertans likely done for rest of season with calf strain originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Fresh off their first win against the Sixers in their first-round playoff series, the Wizards were dealt a dose of bad news on Tuesday: An MRI revealed a significant strain of Davis Bertans' right calf. He will miss four to six weeks, which means his series is over and likely his season as well.
The diagnosis was first reported by ESPN and it puts the Wizards in a tough spot as they look ahead to Game 5 on Wednesday, down 3-1 to the Sixers. Bertans has had an up-and-down postseason but showed in Game 4 how he can make a major impact. He had 15 points in the first half and made three three-pointers.
Even when Bertans' shots aren't falling, he can help space the floor as a threat to fire from long range. Now the Wizards, who have struggled with outside shooting all season, will have to find a way to replace that element.
With Bertans out, the Wizards could put Raul Neto back in the starting lineup. Neto, however, was recently dropped to the second unit in part because the Sixers took advantage of the Wizards' lack of size with him on the floor.
If it isn't Neto, head coach Scott Brooks could turn to somebody like Anthony Gill, who has found some daylight in the rotation in recent games. Or, he could play Chandler Hutchison or Garrison Mathews. They would add quickness to the perimeter defense.
If this is the end for Bertans' 2020-21 season, he goes out following a seesaw year, the first of the five-year, $80 million contract he signed to stay with the Wizards last offseason. His regular-season numbers were down from the season before, but still fairly solid: 11.5 points per game on 39.5 percent shooting from three (7.5 3PA/g).
Bertans' season-ending due to injury follows what's been a tumultuous year for him. He's dealt with a variety of ailments including the coronavirus in January. This is the second time he's hurt the same calf muscle. It also made him miss two weeks in March.