As John Wall and Bradley Beal emptied their tanks on the floor in Game 7, many fans and analysts questioned why the young reserve wing Kelly Oubre was not being used by Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks. Oubre, who is considered their second-best perimeter defender next to Wall by many, sat on the bench having played just six seconds in Game 7.
It turns out, Oubre was dealing with an injured knee. According to Chris Haynes of ESPN, Oubre is set to receive PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injections in his right knee that will restrict him from basketball activities for at least two weeks. According to the report, an MRI done last week revealed no structural damage. The knee has bothered him since the opening-round series against the Atlanta Hawks.
Oubre revealed in his end-of-the season interview with reporters that he asked the Wizards not to reveal the injury until after the playoffs. Oubre averaged 5.8 points and shot 37.5 percent from three-point range during the postseason. He was suspended for Game 4 against the Boston Celtics in Eastern Conference Semifinals after charging and knocking down Celtics center Kelly Olynyk with a forearm after he took exception to a hard screen from Olynyk.
Oubre returned to play 20 minutes in Game 5, shooting 5-of-10 from the field in a Wizards’ loss. However, he played a combined eight minutes in Game 6 and 7. At the time it appeared to be a coaching decision and one baffled many. Now the 21-year old hopes to be pain free after the procedure and with the offseason set in, he will get the ample time to recover and address the situation head-on, hopefully.
As the Wizards look to play beyond May 15 next year, they will need Oubre to be a stronger contributor than he was this season. Not having health issues will play a huge factor in him doing so.