Lost a bit amidst deflating defeats and waiting for John Wall, the Wizards have played on without Trevor Booker, five games and counting. The counting will continue into mid-December, at least.
Following Sunday's practice, Wizards coach Randy Wittman said he doesn't expect his third-year energy forward for “probably another couple of weeks it looks like before strong activity. Still some soreness, swelling."
Booker injured his right knee on Nov. 19 during the fourth quarter against Indiana, having limped off the court following a layup attempt. In New York last week as the Wizards met the Knicks, Booker met with a doctor who recommended more rest.
“They said I shouldn’t play until I don’t have any pain,” Booker said. “I’ll wait for that to clear up, but I’m feeling better each day.”
Booker also cleared up the injury timeline. Before the Pacers game, the 6-foot-8 leaper had been dealing with the injury for two months. He suspects overcompensating for the hamstring issue that sidelined him for a stretch during the preseason led to the current knee ailment.
“I was playing with it for a while. I just went up real hard for a layup and jumped off one leg. There was a lot of pain and I couldn’t play the next game," Booker said.
That would explain why the usually hard charging forward seemed to lack his usual gusto on the court. In nine games, including seven starts, Booker is averaging 6.8 points and 5.6 rebounds. Last season in 50 game with 32 starts, 8.4 and 6.5 rebounds. For his career, Booker is a 53 percent shooter. This season, 45.3 from the floor.
Not only were his numbers off, but also Booker's on-court oomph.
“It definitely was,” Booker said. “I couldn’t play like I wanted to. I’ll say I was probably playing at like 70 percent. So it hurt me some.”
The Wizards (1-13) host Southeast division-leading Miami (12-3) on Tuesday.