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Bertans exits Wizards vs. Hawks with left ankle sprain

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Wizards sharpshooter Davis Bertans suffered a left ankle sprain during Washington's Monday night clash in Atlanta, the team announced. He did not return to the game.

Bertans took it hard to the rim in the second quarter before Hawks center Gorgui Dieng sent him to the free-throw line, where he proceeded to cash in both shots from the charity stripe while grimacing in pain. Bertans hobbled off the court and did not return. 

The Latvian Laser looked re-energized in the Wizards' opening six games for the franchise's best start to a season in 16 years. That was especially true against the Pacers on Oct. 22, when his stepback 3-pointer helped propel Washington to the win in overtime. 

Bertans had an awful start to last season after not joining the Wizards in the Orlando bubble and then signing a five-year, $80 million contract extension that offseason. A visa issue didn't allow him to join the team during training camp and then a nagging calf injury saw him miss 15 games throughout the 2020-21 campaign. 

With general manager Tommy Sheppard adding more shooters and depth at his position this offseason, Bertans has averaged 6.8 points per game, two rebounds per game, and had shot 33.3% beyond the arc in the opening six games.