Washington Wizards center Kristaps Porzingis is listed as week-to-week on the injury report due to a sprained left ankle. Porzingis, 27, sustained the injury during the third quarter of Saturday’s 138-118 win over the Orlando Magic.
Through 41 starts this season, the seventh-year player is averaging 22.1 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.5 blocks per game. Plus, he’s shooting 46.8% from the field and 34.8% outside the arc.
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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
In the third quarter, Porzingis was spotted limping off the court towards the tunnel. “It’s tough, we had to go through a few bumps and bruises,” said Wizards coach Wes Unseld Jr. “I don’t think it’s too bad, but fingers crossed.”
Porzingis ended his performance with 17 points, six boards, and one block in 23 minutes of action. He finished 3-of-10 (30%) shooting from the floor and a perfect 10-of-10 (100%) at the foul line.
Wizards center Kristaps Porzingis (left ankle sprain) is listed as questionable against Mavericks on Tuesday
Furthermore, this was Bradley Beal’s second game back from a hamstring injury. With Porzingis out and Beal not yet at full strength, Washington is in a rough spot. Over halfway through the 2022-23 season, the Wizards are averaging 112.5 points per game, which ranks 23rd overall.
To add to the aforementioned statistics, the Wizards are allowing 113.3 points per contest, ranking 15th in the league. Their defensive efficiency rating (1.105) sits at the 14th spot. During Beal’s absence, Porzingis was leading the team in points, boards, and blocks.
Here is Unseld with me this morning on Porzingis in his own words. pic.twitter.com/BUM9zG2Eld
— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) January 23, 2023
On Nov. 28, in Washington’s 142-127 win against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Latvian baller recorded a career-high 41 points in 31 minutes as a starter. Along with logging four rebounds, three assists, two steals, and three blocks, Porzingis shot 12-of-18…