Roger Mason Jr. said his surgery in New York on Monday to repair a broken left index finger “went well,” with the doctor actually placing a splint on it that would allow him to perhaps play within a week. Mason, however, is more likely to take his time while recovering, since there is also a pin in his finger that will have to be in his hand for eight weeks.
“It probably makes more sense to just rest it and take no risk,” Mason wrote in a text message.
The Wizards waived Mason in order to sign Morris Almond from the Developmental League. Coach Randy Wittman credited Mason for playing through the pain for 18 games and still trying to contribute to the team. “He played as long as he could until the doctors thought the time period was about as far as he could go before having the surgery. It was great. That’s a testament to him, but also, I think for young guys to look at. At this point in the year, you’re always banged up. He gutted it out and did what he could. We’re going to miss that.”
The Wizards will be without Nene and Booker for the 10th consecutive game, but Wittman said Nene is getting closer to a return. “We’re headed that way. Can’t say for sure. It’s progressing in the right direction. He’s doing more and more, so that’s encouraging. But not quite ready.”
The Wizards will try to end a two-game losing streak in Chicago, where the Bulls will be without all-stars Derrick Rose and Luol Deng. Discuss today’s game in the comments below. You can also join the conversation on Twitter with Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee).
Tipoff: 8 p.m. TV: Comcast SportsNetPlus; Radio: 106.7 (WJFK FM). Check out a live box score for today’s game here.