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Wizards expect to get Avdija, Brown and Smith back vs. Nets

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The Wizards were happy to have three players return from Covid-19 protocol on Friday night for their game against the Hawks. They should have three more ready to play on Sunday against the Nets.

Rui Hachimura, Davis Bertans and Moe Wagner were cleared to play against Atlanta after each missed three games following positive coronavirus tests. Head coach Scott Brooks believes Deni Avdija, Troy Brown Jr. and Ish Smith are next.

"There’s a great chance [they play Sunday]," Brooks said. "I saw them all work out yesterday, they all look great. Our coaches have done a great job of staying back and getting a lot of work in. I anticipate, if everything continues to trend in the right direction, we should have our entire roster. We should be whole again come next game, which is nice. We haven’t had that for, what, three weeks now. These guys haven’t played a game in three weeks."

If all goes according to plan, the Wizards will have their most complete roster since Jan. 9 when they played the Miami Heat. Everyone is on track to play Sunday except for Thomas Bryant, who was lost for the season due to an ACL injury.

Soon after Jan. 9, Russell Westbrook went out with a quad injury and then nine players went into the league's health and safety protocol. Six tested positive.

Those six then began practicing on different days, which is why they have three of them returning Friday and then the other three on Sunday. Brooks hadn't seen any of them in weeks until the Wizards returned from their road trip Thursday morning.

 

"First of all, it was great to see them all. It’s almost like you re-introduce yourself. You haven’t seen them almost in three weeks. That’s why I was excited," Brooks said.

"It was actually pretty cool to see our guys. It was almost like giddy, we were smiling and couldn’t believe what we’ve gone through. They’re back on the court and they’re ready to play."

The Wizards have lost three straight games since the onset of their Covid-19 outbreak, which caused six games to be postponed. WIth the six players missing, they had their three worst scoring games of the season so far. They could use the help.