Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. received platelet-rich plasma injections in his right knee Friday in Los Angeles, according to several people close to the situation.
Oubre, a second-year player who played through pain during the Wizards’ playoff run, is not expected to undergo further injections and will sit out the next few weeks to rest his knee. Although Oubre could resume basketball activities later this month but will not play with the Wizards’ Summer League team in July.
Oubre emerged as the Wizards’ most versatile perimeter defender last season and averaged 6.3 points and 3.3 rebounds. He scored 12 points in each of the first two games of the Eastern Conference semifinals against Boston, but his most notorious moment came in Game 3, when he angrily reacted to a hard screen set by Boston’s Kelly Olynyk, charging into Olynyk and knocking him to the ground. The NBA issued Oubre a one-game suspension. By Game 7, to the surprise of many, Oubre appeared on the court for only six seconds as Coach Scott Brooks shortened the rotation and relied heavily on his starters in the 115-105 loss.
The knee injury was not the reason behind Oubre’s benching. But sources say the issue had dogged Oubre for weeks.
Though Oubre did not miss a game due to injury, the knee issues followed him into the first-round series against the Atlanta Hawks.
On April 17, the day following his playoff debut, Oubre was held out of practice because of knee soreness. Oubre said at the time he was simply receiving treatment on the knee. The medical session ran long and caused him to miss practice. Oubre said then he would’ve felt comfortable enough to participate in the workout. On the following day as the team prepped for Game 2 against the Hawks, Oubre returned to practice and shared a sunny prognosis.
“Mentally, I’m at a good place right now. Physically, I feel good,” Oubre said at the time. “A couple days of rest and getting my body back right definitely helped me out a lot. Back to 100 and back ready to go to war.”
The PRP injections are intended to promote healing by injecting the patient’s blood into an injured area. Oubre joins a long list of NBA players who have undergone the treatment. During the 2016-17 season, Isaiah Thomas (Celtics), D’Angelo Russell (Los Angeles Lakers) and Reggie Jackson (Detroit Pistons) have all reportedly had the procedure, and last year during the Golden State Warriors’ playoff run, two-time MVP Stephen Curry had PRP injections to help heal a right knee sprain.