Wizards PG Ish Smith to miss 6-to-8 weeks with quad injury

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Smith to miss 6-to-8 weeks with quad injury originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The Wizards will be without back-up point guard Ish Smith for the next 6-to-8 weeks as he recovers from a right quad injury which has already sidelined him for two games.

Smith first suffered the injury on Feb. 12 while playing against the Knicks. The team says he will be re-evaluated in three weeks.

"It’s tough news. He’s a big part of our team," head coach Scott Brooks said.

The recovery timeline will push Smith's return into April and it means the Wizards have to find ways to replace one of their key rotation players for an extended period of time. Smith is the point guard of their second unit and has also started one game this season.

With Smith out, the Wizards will rely more on their No. 3 point guard, Raul Neto, behind starter Russell Westbrook. If they need more help behind them, they could turn to Troy Brown Jr. or Jerome Robinson, or rely more on Bradley Beal as a primary ball-handler. Rookie point guard Cassius Winson remains away from the team playing in the G-League bubble in Orlando.

"He does things that we’re not going to be able to replace in the second unit. He gives us that instant change of pace," Brooks said.

Smith, 32, is averaging 5.2 points, 4.7 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game this season.

OddsMoney LinePoint SpreadTotal Points
Memphis
+100+1.5O 236.5
Washington
-121-1.5U 236.5