Wizards’ Glen Rice Jr. to miss three to six weeks after wrist surgery

Washington Wizards guard Glen Rice Jr. (14) dribbles the ball in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Washington. The Wizards won 98-80. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Washington Wizards guard Glen Rice Jr. (14) dribbles the ball in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Washington. The Wizards won 98-80. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

NEW YORK – Wizards rookie swingman Glen Rice Jr. will miss three to six weeks after having surgery on Tuesday to repair a fracture in his right wrist. Rice had experienced some discomfort in his wrist before the Wizards traveled to New York this week but aggravated the injury while celebrating with his teammates after an emotional 102-101 victory against Knicks.

With Bradley Beal back from a stress injury in his right fibula, Rice wasn’t expected to get much playing time but he got some quality playing time in the previous three games, averaging seven points and 3.7 minutes in 22 minutes. Coach Randy Wittman praised Rice for not being tentative on the floor, even if he wasn’t making shots.

“He was getting an opportunity, getting some minutes and getting comfortable, and he did a lot of good things,” Wittman said. “So it’s always tough to lose somebody, but everything seemed to go good. Just needed to get in, take that piece off, and hopefully he’ll be back in three, four, five weeks.”

In the locker room after the Knicks game, Rice appeared in good spirits as he joked around with teammate Trevor Booker, playing knocking off Booker’s headphones. But Rice needed assistance getting dressed and later wore a protective brace on his wrist as he exited Madison Square Garden.

Rice met with Dr. Michelle Carlson on Tuesday and she recommended surgery, which was performed this morning after consulting with team doctors. Rice averaged 2.9 points and 1.8 rebounds in 11 games, including one start, for the Wizards. He scored a season-high eight points last Friday in his hometown of Atlanta during the Wizards’ 101-99 loss to the Hawks.

Michael Lee is the national basketball writer for The Washington Post.

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Michael Lee · December 18, 2013