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Booker's return still 'another couple of weeks' away


Booker's return still 'another couple of weeks' away

Lost a bit amidst deflating defeats and waiting for John Wall, the Wizards have played on without Trevor Booker, five games and counting. The counting will continue into mid-December, at least.

Following Sunday's practice, Wizards coach Randy Wittman said he doesn't expect his third-year energy forward for “probably another couple of weeks it looks like before strong activity. Still some soreness, swelling."

Booker injured his right knee on Nov. 19 during the fourth quarter against Indiana, having limped off the court following a layup attempt. In New York last week as the Wizards met the Knicks, Booker met with a doctor who recommended more rest.

“They said I shouldn’t play until I don’t have any pain,” Booker said. “I’ll wait for that to clear up, but I’m feeling better each day.”

Booker also cleared up the injury timeline. Before the Pacers game, the 6-foot-8 leaper had been dealing with the injury for two months. He suspects overcompensating for the hamstring issue that sidelined him for a stretch during the preseason led to the current knee ailment.

“I was playing with it for a while. I just went up real hard for a layup and jumped off one leg. There was a lot of pain and I couldn’t play the next game," Booker said.

That would explain why the usually hard charging forward seemed to lack his usual gusto on the court. In nine games, including seven starts, Booker is averaging 6.8 points and 5.6 rebounds. Last season in 50 game with 32 starts, 8.4 and 6.5 rebounds. For his career, Booker is a 53 percent shooter. This season, 45.3 from the floor.

Not only were his numbers off, but also Booker's on-court oomph.

“It definitely was,” Booker said. “I couldn’t play like I wanted to. I’ll say I was probably playing at like 70 percent. So it hurt me some.”

The Wizards (1-13) host Southeast division-leading Miami (12-3) on Tuesday.

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Tim Frazier

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Tim Frazier

To wrap up the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we evaluate Tim Frazier's season...

Player: Tim Frazier

Position: Point guard

Age: 27

2017-18 salary: $2 million

2017-18 stats: 59 G, 14.2 mpg, 3.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 3.3 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.1 bpg, 39.5 FG%, 30.4 3P%, 76.7 FT%, 44.5 eFG%, 105 ORtg, 107 DRtg

Best game: 1/27 at Hawks - 4 points, 14 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 2-for-5 FG

Season review: The Wizards tabbed Tim Frazier to be their backup point guard nearly a year ago when they sent a second round pick to the New Orleans Pelicans on the eve of draft night. They viewed Frazier as the solution to their years-long search for a capable backup behind John Wall. Frazier had thrived as a replacement starter in New Orleans and the Wizards saw him as worth a draft pick, even though he had just one year left on his contract.

Frazier began the season as the primary backup point guard, but ultimately lost the job to Tomas Satoransky once Wall went out with a left knee injury. Frazier became the starter and Satoransky the backup, but through two weeks Satoransky outplayed him and became No. 2 on the depth chart once Wall returned. Then, when Wall went down for months late in the season, Satoransky started and Frazier backed him up.

Frazier never found consistency as he moved back and forth between roles. His minutes, points and assists averages were all career-lows.

The Wizards added competition to their roster for Frazier and Satoransky midseason, first by signing Ramon Sessions in March and then adding Ty Lawson just before the playoffs began. That led to Frazier being inactive for four of the Wizards' six postseason games.

All in all, it was a frustrating year for Frazier. He even had to deal with a broken nose and surgery to repair it after getting inadvertently kneed in the face by Bobby Portis in a game against the Bulls in February.

Frazier has been part of small group of Wizards players continuing to work out at the team facility this summer. He has been there along with Wall, Ian Mahinmi and Jason Smith. That said, it does seem likely Frazier returns given how the Wizards used him this season. He was completely out of the rotation for extended periods of time.

Helping his cause in that regard is that the Wizards have his Bird rights, meaning they can re-sign him while going above the salary cap. They currently have five open roster spots and not much money to spend. Frazier could represent a cheap option and help them fill out their roster.

Potential to improve: Shooting, on-ball defense, consistency

More player season reviews:

John Wall, PG

Bradley Beal, SG

Otto Porter, SF

Markieff Morris, PF

Marcin Gortat, C

Kelly Oubre, Jr., SF

Tomas Satoransky, PG

Ian Mahinmi, C

Ty Lawson, PG

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Markieff Morris goes 1-on-1; no All-NBA votes for Beal?

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Markieff Morris goes 1-on-1; no All-NBA votes for Beal?

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chris Miller caught up with Wizards power forward Markieff Morris. Morris looked back on the 2017-18 season and gave his side on what needs to be fixed.

Chris and Chase Hughes also had a heated debate about Bradley Beal not receiving any All-NBA votes. Chase is an awards voter and defended his ballot. Chris wasn't having any of it.

They also went into the conference finals and what it would mean if the Rockets beat the Warriors.

You can listen to the episode right here:

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