For the third time this season, the Washington Wizards have fallen one win short of getting over the .500 mark.
Washington had won three games in a row before losing to the Detroit Pistons on Saturday. Recently, a key to the Wizards’ success has been their bench rotation. During their loss to the Pistons, power forward Trevor Booker left the game in the second quarter with an injury to his ankle. He limped to the locker room and did not return for the second half.
Booker is one of Washington’s most important bench players, and his absence was very noticeable. Right after he left, the Pistons went on a 13-3 run. Booker is averaging 6.9 PPG and 6.5 RPG this season. Recently, in the win over the Miami Heat, he had 13 points and 11 rebounds off the bench. He has been a physical role player, providing offensive and defensive sparks for the Wizards’ rotation.
That physicality has lead to injury problems for Booker, though his most recent ankle injury did not look too bad.
While Booker is out, Jan Vesely will receive more playing time for Washington and take Booker’s spot in the rotation. A timetable for Booker’s return has not yet been announced. Losing him is not the biggest loss for Washington, but it certainly hurts as the team is trying to get over .500 and climb the Eastern Conference ranks.