Wizards hope for best as Gafford leaves game with ankle injury


Daniel Gafford was in the middle of another impressive performance with his new team when the Wizards big man rolled his ankle when coming down on a rebound attempt in the fourth quarter of Monday's win over the Pacers.

Gafford needed a wheelchair to be helped to the locker room, as he was diagnosed with a right ankle sprain and did not return. After the game, he was shown using crutches in a video sent out by the Wizards' Twitter account.

Gafford, 22, now awaits further testing as the Wizards continue to diagnose his injury. The team's next game is on Tuesday against the Pistons in the second night of a back-to-back.

"I’m hoping for the best. My gut feeling tells me it’s something, but I’d rather not [say]," head coach Scott Brooks said. "I’d rather just stay positive and hope for the best. We need what he brings and it’s going to be fun working with him."

Gafford had 11 points, six rebounds and two blocks in only 15 minutes on Monday before he got hurt. In his debut with Washington on Saturday, he had 13 points, five rebounds and three blocks.

A 6-foot-10 forward/center, Gafford has made an immediate impact for the Wizards since being traded to from the Bulls ahead of Thursday's trade deadline.

"What he brings we haven’t had in five years; a lob threat," Brooks said. "He’s probably had more lob dunks than we’ve had in my first 4 1/2 years combined."