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Wizards expect McClellan back soon, House progressing

Wizards expect McClellan back soon, House progressing

The Wizards expect to have rookie swingman Sheldon McClellan back from the NBA D-League sometime this weekend, head coach Scott Brooks said. That could mean McClellan will join them for Friday's game against the Pistons or by Sunday's matchup with the Clippers, their last home game before they embark on a three-game road trip.

McClellan, 23, has averaged 11 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 24.4 minutes in five games with the Delaware 87ers. After averaging 7.3 points in his first three games there, he's dropped 17 and 16 in his most recent outings. McClellan is shooting an impressive 61.3 percent from the field on 6.2 attempts per game.

"I like what he's been doing down there," Brooks said. "He's played well. He's defending and attacking. It's a great opportunity for him, a lot of games and lot of practices in a short amount of time."

McClellan, who played in college with the Miami Hurricanes, has appeared in seven games this season for the Wizards. He's averaging 4.6 points in 11.1 minutes per night.

Fellow rookie Danuel House remains out with a fractured right wrist. The Texas A&M product has been sidelined for over two weeks now after injuring himself in practice. He was originally given a 4-6 week recovery timeline once the broken bone was discovered by a hand specialist.

House still has a cast on his arm and is limited in what he can do in practice.

"I saw him yesterday doing a lot of conditioning which is good. Sometimes players forget they can still be a conditioned athlete with a broken hand," Brooks said.

"He's working on his left hand. You have to use this injury, particularly [because] he's a right-handed shooter, as a blessing in disguise. You don't want to get hurt, but you should come back with a better left hand. That's all he's been working on, his dribbling. Quite frankly that has been a weakness of his in the past, dribbling with his left hand. He can be an attack wing defender and offensive player. He also can be a small shooting four, so if he can do that it's going to help his game."

House, 23, has logged just one minute for the Wizards this season.

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Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura tops the list of jersey sales in Japan

Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura tops the list of jersey sales in Japan

Today the NBA announced that Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura has the most popular jersey in Japan.

Sales from NBAStore.jp, the official online NBA store in Japan, put Hachimura at the top of the list, followed by Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James and Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry. The rankings were based on online sales during the 2019-2020 NBA season through January.

Hachimura's ranking shouldn't come as a surprise, as the rookie became the first Japanese-born player selected in the first round of the NBA draft when the Wizards took him ninth overall last summer.

Not only was Hachimura the top-selling jersey, but he also accounted for 24% of all jersey sales. Additionally, the Wizards made up 13% of all team merchandise sales. 

The Lakers topped the list of most popular team merchandise, followed by the Wizards and the Warriors. The Brooklyn Nets and Dallas Mavericks rounded out the top five.

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Report: Steph Curry will return from hand surgery against Wizards

Report: Steph Curry will return from hand surgery against Wizards

Steph Curry will return to game action when the Golden State Warriors host the Wizards on Sunday night, The Athletic reported Tuesday. The game will come almost four months to the day after Curry broke his left hand during a collision with Phoenix Suns center Aron Baynes on Oct. 30.

The Warriors (12-14) enter play Tuesday with the worst record in the NBA having played most of the season without Curry or shooting guard Klay Thompson, who tore his ACL during the NBA Finals last summer.

Curry was cleared for contact Saturday and told reporters that March 1 had been his target date for a while.

"It's always been March 1," Curry said, per ESPN's Nick Friedell. "But that for me mostly is just to give you a target. You have to have something to work towards in the rehab process because that gives you a barometer for each week, what you're building towards."

The Wizards are hoping for the healthy returns of Davis Bertans (sore right knee) and Thomas Bryant (right foot) to the lineup against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday and will presumably go into Sunday’s contest with a clean injury report outside John Wall.

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