P.J. Washington was one of six Kentucky players to play in all 37 games in the 2017-18 season. However after an injury in January Washington played the rest of the year with a dislocated pinky and torn tendons.
Washington described how the injury occurred and his reaction afterwards,”I dove on the ground trying to pick up a basketball and when I dove my pinky went sideways, and I didn’t realize it. I thought I just jammed my finger. When I looked at it I was like, ‘Oh Naw’ and I just started panicking a little bit. Then it starting hurting a little bit and the trainer came over and he popped it back into place and that’s when I actually tore tendons.”
Despite the injury Washington didn’t want to miss games leaving only one option for him, “There’s not a lot you can do with that, but just play through that and fight through it.”
His coach John Calipari said now is a good time to get the injury fixed. Calipari gave a time table for Washington’s recovery,“It will take him four or five weeks to get it all healed,” That will allow Washington to play on Kentucky’s preseason trip to the Bahamas in August.
Washington played well at the end of the year, scoring in double figures in 11 of the last 12 games. Which is impressive when you hear him describe what he was playing through, “I couldn’t really do anything with my left hand, it hurt just to touch it. So going in(to a game) I’d just try to take a lot of pain pills and just wrap it up and just keep it from getting touched.”