Wizards rookie Sheldon Mac dealing with calf injury after getting kicked by Heat player with black belt


The Wizards have another calf injury to worry about beyond Ian Mahinmi, as rookie guard Sheldon Mac also sat out Friday's practice with a sore right calf muscle.

Mac was wearing a walking boot after practice and had needle therapy to relieve the pain. He sustained the injury in the team's regular season finale against the Heat on Wednesday, his first NBA action since March 25, as Mac spent some time with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League.

How Mac got hurt was a bit unusual. He was accidentally kicked in his leg by Heat forward James Johnson, a guy who happens to be very good at kicking people. Johnson is a second-degree black belt. He is also proficient in mixed martial arts and kickboxing, so you can understand why Mac is in some pain right now.

Mac, 24, is unlikely to play a big role for the Wizards in their playoff series against the Hawks beginning this Sunday, but him being out in the short-term does take a hit to their frontcourt depth.

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