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Wizards guard Sheldon Mac tore Achilles, will likely miss entire season

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Wizards guard Sheldon Mac tore Achilles, will likely miss entire season

What was initially feared is indeed the case, Wizards guard Sheldon Mac is expected to miss the entire 2017-18 season due to a torn left Achilles tendon. He suffered the injury during the first half of the Wizards' preseason game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday.

Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports first reported the news.

Mac, 24, had looked good through three preseason games. He was aiming to make the Wizards' roster in his second season. They signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Miami last summer.

But his Achillies gave out when he attempted a move towards the basket against the Cavs. Mac pushed off from his left leg and stumbled forward after the injury occurred. He fell to the ground and crawled to the sideline in pain as his teammates surrounded him at midcourt.

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It is a serious setback for the young shooting guard. Mac will have surgery on Tuesday and then begin a recovery that will likely lead into next offseason. The recovery timeline is 6-8 months, meaning his chances of playing this year are all but none. 

Mac knows it's a long road back, but has displayed optimism on social media.

With Mac out of the picture, this could open the door for veteran guards Carrick Felix and Donald Sloan. Felix is a high-energy player more known for his defense. While Sloan can score and play point guard behind John Wall and Tim Frazier, who is currently dealing with a groin strain.

But, as Bobby Marks of ESPN notes, the Wizards may now be on the hook for Mac's full salary of $1.3 million this season. Before getting injured, he was only guaranteed $50,000 with a deadline of Jan. 10 for his full salary to kick in. 

Between Mac's Achilles, Frazier's groin and Markieff Morris' sports hernia surgery, the injuries are starting to add up for a Wizards team that has high hopes heading into the 2017-18 season.

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Wizards set to have Tim Frazier back against Cavs after nasal fracture surgery

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Wizards set to have Tim Frazier back against Cavs after nasal fracture surgery

The All-Star break came at a good time for Wizards point guard Tim Frazier, who missed their last game before the week off due to nasal fracture surgery.

Frazier was back at the Wizards' practice on Tuesday night at Capital One Arena and expects to play on Thursday when the team returns to action on the road at the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"I feel good. I feel like I can go out there and help them compete," he said.

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Frazier, 27, had surgery to repair his broken nose on Feb. 11 after he was knocked out of the previous night's game between the Wizards and Bulls. Frazier collided face-first with the knee of Bobby Portis and was immediately ushered to the locker room with blood streaming from his nose.

Following the procedure, Frazier had to battle through pain and breathing issues. He feels much better now and had no complications after participating in a full practice.

The challenge now is adjusting to a fitted mask he will have to wear to return to the court. Frazier has never had to wear a mask before in his basketball career.

"[Sweat] was one of the issues today, trying to keep it dry when I'm sweating underneath," he said.

"He looked good," head coach Scott Brooks said. "I thought he would be a little uncomfortable with it, but he seemed fine."

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Frazier has been given advice from the Wizards' training staff, as well as teammate Bradley Beal who has had to wear a mask twice before in his career.

"Brad said that after a while you get used to it. Nobody wants to wear it for the rest of their careers besides Rip Hamilton," Frazier said.

Getting Frazier back is significant for the Wizards, who are already down a point guard with John Wall rehabbing from left knee surgery. Without Frazier against the Knicks on Wednesday, the Wizards had to use Beal and Otto Porter to bring the ball up at times. Now, with Tomas Satoransky and Frazier, they have a starting point guard and a backup who is used to playing the position.

They could have three point guards, as the Wizards continue to weigh their options in free agency. They have to add a player within the next two days to meet the league's minimum roster requirement. Most of the free agents they have evaluated have been point guards as they aim to compensate for Wall's absence, which could last well into the month of March.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller look ahead to the biggest questions the Wizards need to answer after the All-Star break. They also explain why Bradley Beal proved a lot in his first All-Star Game appearance.

They also unveiled a new segment involving guessing Wizards players based on their social media captions.

You can listen to the episode right here:

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