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Thomas Bryant has setback with right foot injury, will miss several games

Thomas Bryant has setback with right foot injury, will miss several games

WASHINGTON -- Wizards big man Thomas Bryant will miss time again due to the stress reaction injury to his right foot, head coach Scott Brooks announced Wednesday.

Bryant had been back for 11 games after missing six weeks due to the injury. He had been playing well before this recent setback with double-figure points in five straight games.

Bryant will now be out at least through the weekend and re-evaluated on Monday.

"It's the same, right foot. It's sore. Nothing to be overly concerned," Brooks said.

Brooks added the Wizards are going to be "cautious" with Bryant, given the nature of the injury. Stress reaction injuries can linger and the Wizards are well-aware given Bradley Beal's history with them.

Bryant, 22, is averaging 12.9 points and 7.4 rebounds per game this season. With him out, the Wizards may have to rely more on Moe Wagner as their backup center, though Wagner is on a minutes restriction having just come back from an ankle injury on Monday.

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Today in tournament history: Moe Wagner leads Michigan over Loyola Chicago in the 2018 Final Four

Today in tournament history: Moe Wagner leads Michigan over Loyola Chicago in the 2018 Final Four

Moe Wagner had an outstanding 2018 NCAA Tournament. But after advancing past the Elite Eight, he and the Michigan Wolverines faced their toughest test yet.

Sister Jean and the 11-seeded Loyola-Chicago Ramblers.

Wagner threw a friendly jab at the underdog's 98-year-old school chaplain before the two programs squared off with a shot at the national championship on the line.

Sister Jean, who had more trash-talking experience than the Wolverines' starting five combined, wasn't going to go easy on the Ramblers' Final Four opponent.

Jean's comments must've shaken Michigan before tip-off.

After the ref tipped the ball off to start the first half, it was all Ramblers.

Loyola-Chicago tied up the ballgame at 15-apiece with 5:56 to go in the first half and controlled the game. 

Wagner carried the scoring load in the first half (11 points on 5-for-8 shooting, 1-for-2 from three), but his teammates went a combined 4-23 from the field.

The Ramblers coasted into the halftime break, leading 29-22, despite Wagner controlling the glass with 11 boards, giving him a first-half double-double.

The second half was a different story. 

Michigan cut the Ramblers lead to six with 11:19 to go in regulation and didn't look back.

As crunch time approached, Loyola had no answer for Wagner. 

The Wolverines center was in the zone, out-scoring the Ramblers 11-4 by himself during a four-minute stretch late in the second half. 

From that point on, with an eight-point lead and just 3:03 to go in regulation, Loyola's season was slowly slipping away.

John Beilein's squad would close out on a 10-6 run to take down the Ramblers.

Despite the loss, Sister Jean was all-class, taking the defeat like a champ, as Loyola-Chicago's improbable tourney run had come to an end.

Wagner finished the game with 24 points and 15 rebounds, and singlehandedly catapulted his squad to the national championship game.

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Jordan McRae predicted his own trade from the Wizards, sort of

Jordan McRae predicted his own trade from the Wizards, sort of

During his time in Washington, Jordan McRae was known for getting buckets and for his great sense of humor. However, nobody was aware of McRae's fortune-telling ability.

When a trade at the deadline sent McRae to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Shabazz Napier, McRae had joked about the possibility in the locker room just moments before he found out. 

"I'm in the locker room that day saying, 'Hey man, somebody isn't going to be here at the end of the day,'" McRae told NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller on the latest episode of the Wizards Talk podcast. "Then Troy looks at me and says, 'It might be you.'

"Then I say, 'It might be me, I'm including myself.'"

He was right. 

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"I practiced that day, it was a good practice," McRae said. "I actually stayed really long that day too. I happened to get treatment, I was talking to Sashi [Brown]."

"Then I was outside the building on the phone and someone else was calling me -- it was Tommy [Shepphard]." 

McRae was in the midst of having the best season of his career in Washington. Averaging 12.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.8 assists all marked career highs for him and assisted the Wizards in one of the top-scoring offenses in the NBA.  

"Denver was nice, it was cool, but it came to a point when the coach and GM said 'hey, this year you're not really going to play,'" McRae said. "At this stage of my career, and the season I'm having, I would just prefer to have a buyout.

"I'm having the best season I've had. I'm not willing to wait, and I'm a free agent."

All jokes aside, the McRae trade was a bit of a surprise due to his production, leadership and locker room presence. McRae, however, took the move in stride.

"I would have never thought I'd be on three teams in one year," McRae said. "But I chose Detroit because they're in a rebuilding phase and it's always good to go to a team that wants you."

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