In another blow to the Washington Wizards, they announced today that guard Ish Smith will miss approximately 6-8 weeks due to a right proximal quadriceps injury. Smith suffered the injury during the game versus the Knicks on Feb. 12. He will be re-evaluated in approximately three weeks.
Smith was averaging 4.7 assists, 5.2 points and 3.5 rebounds in 20.6 minutes per game, shooting 25% from deep, 40% from the free throw line and 43% from the field. These splits aren’t exactly stellar, but the team was better defensively with Smith on the floor, allowing just 106.0 points per 100 possessions, according to NBA.com.
This mark was tops among the regularly active players on the team (Isaac Bonga at 102.0 and Anthony Gill at 105.7 are better but rarely see the court).
The team’s net rating with Smith is +3.3, second to Moritz Wagner’s +11.4 (which is based on a small sample size).
The Wizards will play the Denver Nuggets later tonight, and Raul Neto should expect to get more minutes due to Smith’s absence.