Washington Wizards forward Deni Avdija suffered a leg injury in Wednesday’s game against the Golden State Warriors that required him to be wheeled off the court in a wheelchair. The 20-year-old rookie could not weigh his leg and remained on the ground for several minutes.
Abuja, the ninth overall pick, landed awkwardly with seconds left in the first half. Upon coming down, the Israeli native went to immediately grab his foot after he tumbled to the ground. He grimaced in pain while the Wizards’ training staff came out to evaluate him.
Avdija was averaging 6.3 points and 4.9 rebounds in 53 games this season. He’s started 31 of those games. Avdija’s injury is a blow to the Wizards, who have become chiefly healthy over the last month outside of forwarding Rui Hachimura being day-to-day with foot soreness. Entering Wednesday’s contest, Washington has won five games in a row and seven of eight. Wednesday also marked the first game with fans back at Capital One Arena this season. The crowd cheered as Avdija was wheeled to the locker room.