Gafford's MRI brings good news, he's day-to-day


Daniel Gafford and the Wizards have avoided disaster with the injury he suffered in their win over the Celtics on Wednesday night as an MRI on Thursday confirmed there was no structural damage in his right knee.

Gafford is now considered day-to-day with a right quad contusion. Head coach Wes Unseld Jr. said Gafford is "pretty sore," but it does not sound like he will be out long.

"Right now I think it’s more day-to-day, just to see where he will be at the end of this week and into this weekend. Then we’ll just progress from there," Gafford said.

Gafford, 23, hurt his leg during a collision with Celtics forward Jaylen Brown in Wednesday's game. Gafford was trying to steal a pass during a Celtics fastbreak.

Unseld Jr. was given a follow-up question about whether it would be days or weeks that Gafford will be out. He said his impression is that it will be a matter of days.

Gafford is out for the Wizards' game against the Hawks on Thursday night. Washington will be off Friday before hosting the Celtics in a rematch on Saturday. They then head to Atlanta on Monday.

Though Gafford did not suffer structural damage, it's certainly possible he could miss several games. Some contusions are worse than others and, as the Wizards well know, they can be stubborn injuries. Last year, point guard Russell Westbrook banged knees with a teammate during training camp and it ended up affecting him weeks into the regular season.


Gafford, though, will not be out long-term. Considering he is their starting center and best rim-protector, the Wizards can feel fortunate about that.