Wizards’ Deni Avdija leaves in wheelchair after suffering ankle injury

Deni Avdija on Wednesday was forced to leave the Washington Wizards’ 118-114 win over the Golden State Warriors early after suffering a right ankle injury.

Avdija went up for a layup attempt late in the second quarter and appeared to have his leg caught up under his body. He came down and landed awkwardly on his right ankle and was forced to leave the court area in a wheelchair following the sequence.

The Wizards ruled Avdija out from returning to the contest, but it was reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN that X-rays revealed Avdija suffered a hairline fracture in his right ankle and is expected to miss the rest of the season.

Afterward, Wizards head coach Scott Brooks did not know the severity of the injury and wasn’t comfortable speculating on it until speaking with the medical staff.

While the team hasn’t made an official determination yet, Brooks has enjoyed coaching him this season.

Two things about Deni that I love: He cares a lot and he works extremely hard. Those are two characteristics that we want our program to be about. He is about those things. … Deni cares, works hard and he is an outstanding kid. We’re lucky to have him on our team. We’re going to keep getting him better. I don’t know what his rest of the year will be but (we’re) hoping for the best. I don’t know as of right now.

Avdija entered play on Wednesday averaging 6.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 53 games played this season. The ninth overall pick has started in each of the 15 contests for the Wizards and had emerged as a key contributor as of late.

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