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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: PJ Washington Tuesday Edition

Coach Cal says the cast on PJ Washington’s cast comes off today. The outcome after that could determine Kentucky’s likely fate in the 2019 NCAA Tournament.

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Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, and welcome to the Tuesday Morning Quickies.

Today, all eyes will be on PJ Washington, as they have been for the last week or so since the revelation of his foot sprain suffered in the SEC Tournament semifinal game against Tennessee. According to Coach Cal, the cast is supposed to come off today and the status of his injured foot evaluated.

Essentially, it’s likely to be a pain thing. If his foot hurts too much, he won’t be able to play. It’s possible it will be a game-time decision, because that seems to be the nature of this kind of injury.

There is naturally a lot of speculation as to whether or not Kentucky can win in the tournament now that we’re past the round of 32 without Washington, and that speculation is certainly warranted.

Without Washington, Kentucky is only eight players deep, and the front court is only four deep. That’s decent, but not ideal, and Washington is Kentucky’s best front-court passer by far. With him out, it has taken a major toll on Kentucky’s assist rate, which means scoring baskets is harder for everyone else without him in the lineup not even considering his ability to score.

Washington’s absence is less serious on defense, but it is showing up on the defensive glass, because PJ is the best defensive rebounder on the team and the second-best offensive rebounder. We managed to get by the first and second rounds without him, but his absence will be much more keenly felt against a team like Houston.

In sum, Kentucky is a significantly weaker team without Washington. The deeper UK gets into the tournament, the more impactful his absence will become. In fact, many are speculating that Kentucky is as deep as it can go without him. I hope we don’t have to find out if that’s true.

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By the way, @MattNorlander, how did that Wofford pick over Kentucky work out for ya?

During a telephone conversation, Paul Washington read an exchange his son had had with a fan on social media.

“Better not quit on your brothers for money,” the elder Washington said the fan posted. “You’ll regret that (decision) your whole life.”

To which, PJ Washington posted a reply. “What’s wrong with some of you all?” his father read.

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I have always disliked this man, and I can’t say I’m surprised he’s found himself in trouble with the law. I think maybe he and Michael Cohen are brothers from another mother.

In another bizarre twist, celebrity lawyer of non-porn stars Mark Geragos has been identified as a co-conspirator with Avenatti (Attorney-1 in the indictment), but has not been arrested (yet) in the case. CNN decided to drop Geragos as a contributor in response to his naming as an unindicted co-conspirator.

Geragos has represented people like Michael Jackson, Chris Brown, and Jussie Smollett among many others.

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