Gafford (shoulder) is not on the injury report ahead of Wednesday's game in Sacramento.
Following Monday's win over the Jazz, Gafford admitted to being bothered by a right shoulder issue, but he downplayed the injury and implied that he did not expect to miss any time. It looks like that will indeed be the case, and Gafford will look to pick up where he left off after tying his season high with 15 points Monday.
Gafford said after Monday's 125-121 win over the Jazz that he was bothered by his right shoulder late in the contest, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington reports. "It wasn't too fatal," Gafford said of the injury. "I'll be good [Tuesday]."
Gafford appeared to pick up the injury in question while pursuing a rebound in the fourth quarter, but he doesn't appear to have gotten dinged up too badly. Consider Gafford probable for Wednesday's game against the Kings, and he could be in store for an increased role after playing a key part in Monday's upset win. He tied his season high with 15 points on an efficient 6-of-8 shooting from the field and 3-of-4 shooting from the free-throw line while adding four boards and a steal over his 18 minutes on the court.
Gafford scored 15 points (6-8 FG, 3-4 FT) with four rebounds and one steal in a 125-121 victory over Utah on Monday.
Gafford was very efficient in his 17 minutes of action, matching a season-high point total. The center was forced to miss six games due to an ankle injury but has been solid in his first two games back, averaging 12.0 points and 4.5 rebounds across 17.4 minutes. Despite the recent production, Gafford isn't someone to target in most fantasy leagues.
Gafford will be on a minutes limit in Monday's game against Utah, Ava Wallace of The Washington Post reports.
Gafford returned Saturday from a six-game absence and went for nine points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block across 17 minutes. He'll likely be looking at a similar workload for Monday's game as the team eases him back into the rotation after an ankle injury.
Gafford (ankle) is available for Saturday's matchup against the Suns. He'll be on an unspecified minutes limit for the contest.
A sprained right ankle has cost Gafford the past six games, but he'll be back in action Saturday. In his two appearances with the Wizards, he played well, posting a combined 24 points, 11 rebounds, five blocks and one steal in 29 minutes. His return could reduce the workloads of Robin Lopez and Alex Len.
Gafford was diagnosed with a right ankle sprain and will be reevaluated in 10 days after undergoing an MRI on Tuesday.
The 22-year-old suffered the injury during Monday's matchup with the Pacers and will be sidelined for the immediate future. Gafford could be back on the court in mid-April if all goes well in his recovery.
Gafford (ankle) won't play in Tuesday's game against the Hornets.
Playing in his second game for the Wizards in Monday's 132-124 win over the Pacers, Gafford appeared to suffer a fairly serious-looking right ankle sprain, so his absence for the second half of the back-to-back set comes as no surprise. The Wizards have yet to provide an update on how much time Gafford might miss with the injury, but he would seem likely to be sidelined beyond Tuesday. Gafford's absence should translate to more minutes for Alex Len and Robin Lopez, the only healthy centers on the roster.
Gafford won't return to Monday's game against the Pacers after suffering a right ankle sprain.
Gafford wasn't able to make it off the court on his own after the injury, and the team has since confirmed that he's dealing with an ankle sprain. It seems unlikely that he'll be able to return to game action in the near future, but the team will have more information on the center's status after further evaluation.
Gafford (not injury related) is expected to be available for Saturday's game against Detroit.
Gafford was dealt to Washington from Chicago on Thursday, but it already appears that he will be active to make his Wizards' debut Saturday. The second-year center out of Arkansas averaged 4.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in 31 games played with the Bulls this season.
The Wizards acquired Gafford and Chandler Hutchison from the Bulls on Thursday in exchange for Moritz Wagner and Troy Brown, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
The two teams will both exchange a big and a wing who had previously been on the fringe of the rotations for their respective squads for much of the season. Gafford was at least able to enjoy an 11-game run as the Bulls' starting center from late January to mid-February while Wendell Carter was sidelined with a quadriceps contusion, but the Arkansas product wasn't used extensively, averaging 14.9 minutes per contest. Gafford's use had been on the decline since Carter returned to action, but the 22-year-old could see new life in Washington, where head coach Scott Brooks has cycled through three different centers (including Wagner) since Thomas Bryant sustained a season-ending ACL tear in early January. Gafford will be competing for playing time with Alex Len and Robin Lopez, neither of whom the Wizards are likely overly attached to in the long term.
Gafford didn't score in three minutes of action during Monday's win over Houston.
Gafford has all but fallen out of the rotation after starting 11 straight games from Jan. 22 to Feb. 12. Since his last start, Gafford has played a mere eight total minutes in two appearances while being kept sidelined for three.
Gafford will come off the bench Monday against the Pacers, Chuck Swirsky of the Bulls Radio Network reports.
The 22-year-old will return to a bench role with Wendell Carter (quadriceps) retaking the court for the first time in nearly a month. Gafford averaged 5.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 14.9 minutes while starting the past 11 games, so he'll likely have a minor role off the bench now that Carter is back in action.
Gafford scored 10 points (4-4 FG, 2-2 FT) to go along with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks across 15 minutes in Monday's loss to the Wizards.
Gafford continued to play limited minutes, failing to surpass 15 in any of his last three contests. However, he showed some scoring ability by shooting perfectly from the field and free-throw lineto reach double-digit points for only the second time in his last 15 games. Gafford has also stepped up his defensive stats of late, as he has at least one block in four consecutive contests -- including five in his last two games combined.
Gafford recorded four points (2-2 FG), four rebounds and one block over 11 minutes in Friday's 123-119 loss to Orlando.
Gafford has been in the starting lineup during each of the last seven games, but he's topped 20 minutes just once during that time. His modest shot volume has limited his scoring output, but he's been somewhat productive on the boards, averaging 4.9 rebounds per game across the past seven contests.
Gafford scored 12 points (6-8 FG, 0-1 FT) to go along with nine rebounds across 22 minutes in Monday's 110-102 win over the Knicks.
Gafford's line wasn't necessarily eye-popping, but he at least topped 20 minutes for the first time since top center Wendell Carter (quadriceps) was sidelined. He also improved his level of play, scoring double-digit points for the first time since Jan. 3 while establishing a new season high in rebounds. Gafford looks like he'll maintain a starting role for the duration of Carter's absence, but his playing time will likely trend down when the Bulls are opposing floor-stretching centers. Thaddeus Young has been seeing extra run as a backup center and looks to be a better fantasy option than Gafford at this point.
Gafford is starting Friday's game against the Hornets, Sam Perley of Hornets.com reports.
With Wendell Carter (thigh) out Friday and likely Saturday, Gafford should start both contests. In games where Gafford has seen more than 15 minutes this season, he's averaging 7.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.2 blocks, 1.2 steals and 1.2 assists.
Gafford notched just two points (1-2 FG) but added two blocks, a rebound and a steal across 11 minutes off the bench in Tuesday's loss at the Clippers.
Gafford had a stretch of three games in which he surpassed the 10-point mark twice between Dec. 31 and Jan. 3, but he has scored eight combined points over his last four appearances -- all of them off the bench. Gafford can hustle and provide value on defense, but he's not playing or scoring enough to have upside in most fantasy formats.
Gafford had 15 points (7-8 FG, 1-2 FT), five rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 22 minutes during Thursday's win over Wizards.
The 22-year-old had only 11 points, six rebounds and zero assists or steals through his first three appearances of the season, but he came on strong Thursday with Wendell Carter briefly exiting with an injury and also contending with foul trouble. Gafford should continue to operate as Chicago's backup center, and his opportunities will remain limited while Carter is healthy.
Gafford will come off the bench for Saturday's game against the Knicks, Chuck Swirsky of the Bulls Radio Network reports.
With Wendell Carter (ankle) back in the starting five following an extended absence, Gafford will return to a reserve role. Coming off the bench this season, he's averaged 4.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks across 12.2 minutes.
Gafford started at center and put up seven points (2-2 FG, 3-4 FT), five rebounds, two steals, two blocks and one assist across 25 minutes Saturday in the Bulls' 112-104 loss to the Suns.
The Bulls were without Wendell Carter (ankle) and Luke Kornet (ankle) for the front end of the back-to-back set, allowing Gafford to step into the starting five for the first time since Jan. 15. The rookie didn't see the ball much on offense, but he brought value for those that streamed him or used him in DFS thanks to his defensive numbers. The official statuses of Carter and Kornet aren't yet known for Sunday's game against the Wizards, but in the likely event both are sidelined again, Gafford should be in store for another start.
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