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John Wall tweets encouragement to Breanna Stewart after she injures Achilles

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John Wall tweets encouragement to Breanna Stewart after she injures Achilles

After hearing that WNBA star Breanna Stewart is likely undergoing surgery for a ruptured Achilles tendon this week, Wizards guard John Wall tweeted his well wishes as he works to come back from his own Achilles injury.

"@breannastewart keep your head up," he wrote. "This ain’t nothing you can't come back from. Stronger, Better and Determined."

Stewart, who plays for the Seattle Storm, was injured when landing awkwardly on fellow WNBA player Brittney Griner's foot during the EuroLeague title  game. Many WNBA players spend their WNBA offseason playing overseas to supplement their WNBA salaries. 

Wall was recovering from  surgery when he slipped and fell in his apartment and ruptured his Achilles tendon earlier this year. 

If Stewart did rupture her Achilles, she will almost certainly miss the 2019 WNBA season - a huge blow for the Storm, who beat the Washington Mystics in the 2019 WNBA Finals. 

“I don’t think it’s a career-ending type of injury,” her father, Brian Stewart, told Syracuse.com, “but it’s certainly going to put her in the barn for a while.”

Wall's timetable to return to the Wizards for the 2019-20 season is also unknown.

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Rui Hachimura was a star in Vegas, earning All-NBA Summer League Second Team honors

Rui Hachimura was a star in Vegas, earning All-NBA Summer League Second Team honors

Welcome to the Wizards Rui Hachimura.

In his first action as a Washington Wizard, the first-round draft pick brought home some hardware after being named to the All-NBA Summer League Second Team.

Hachimura showed out in a Summer League that was headlined by which stars were not playing on the court. In his final contest against the Atlanta Hawks, Hachimura dominated the court.

Playing a total of three games in Las Vegas, he averaged 19.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. Those stats paired with a 2-1 record in the games he played garnered the Second Team honor. 

He was joined by Chris Boucher (Toronto), Jaxson Hayes (New Orleans), Anfernee Simons (Portland) and Lonie Walker IV (San Antonio) on the Second Team. 

The Gonzaga product is looking to become the best Japanese player to step onto an NBA basketball court and, although it is a small sample size, he showed some major potential in his limited action. 

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Mystics' Kristi Toliver named WNBA All-Star reserve for a second straight year

Mystics' Kristi Toliver named WNBA All-Star reserve for a second straight year

Washington Mystics guard Kristi Toliver is a WNBA All-Star once again. 

Toliver was named an All-Star reserve on Monday as selected by the league's coaches. She joins Elena Delle Donne, who was named a captain of one of the two teams, and head coach Mike Thibault as representatives from the Mystics. 

This selection gives Toliver, 5-7, the third honor of her career and the second with Washington. Last year en route to the franchise's first WNBA Finals appearance Toliver was named an All-Star. She also got the nod in 2013 when she played with the Los Angeles Sparks. 

Through 15 games, Toliver is averaging 12.1 points and is second in the league with 5.7 assists per game, which is also on pace for a career-high.

She is shooting at a career-best .497 clip and is looking as explosive as ever at 32-years-old. With her and Delle Donne, the Mystics are 9-6 and second in the Eastern Conference.

In the offseason, Toliver is also an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards. Often she worked on the player development side of the staff and closely with Bradley Beal. 

Delle Donne will have the first choice of selection in the All-Star game draft. As a reserve, Toliver cannot be selected until after the starters are chosen. 

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