Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant suffered a left knee injury early in the first quarter of Saturday night’s game against the visiting Miami Heat.
With 10:07 to play in the quarter, Bryant’s left leg bent awkwardly and he fell to the court, clutching his left knee in obvious discomfort.
He was helped to the locker room and the team said he would not return. ESPN reported that he was taken for X-rays and an MRI.
Bryant, 23, entered the game averaging 15.9 points and 6.8 rebounds through nine starts.
The Wizards were already shorthanded, playing without NBA leading scorer Bradley Beal due to health and safety protocols. The Athletic reported that Beal was placed in the protocol due to contact tracing with Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum.