John Wall and the Washington Wizards received bad news when tests revealed that Wall had five non-displaced fractures in his left wrist and hand. However, Wall still hasn’t been ruled out for Game 3 against the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night, and he said Friday the swelling has gone down.
Wall said, via Monumental Network, that he has “no idea” if he can play in Game 3 or even the rest of the series, and he’s taking things “day-by-day.”
Wall suffered the injury in Game 1 of the series after a hard fall. He played big minutes in that game, a Wizards victory, but he was unable to play in Game 2 when the swelling in his hand got worse.
X-rays immediately following Game 1 were negative, and according to Michael Lee of The Washington Post, the initial diagnosis of the injury was a “real, real bad sprain.” Lee reported that Wall then “clashed” with the Wizards’ medical staff about that diagnosis:
Wall refused to accept the initial diagnosis of a “real, real bad sprain” after X-rays immediately following the game were negative. According to a person with knowledge of the situation, Wall clashed with team medical staffers before sitting out Tuesday because he felt something more serious had caused his hand to explode. After a few days of confusion and concern, Wall got the confirmation of bone fractures that he never really wanted, leaving fans of the team with broken hearts.
Wizards head coach Randy Wittman responded to that report with some serious vitriol (via Deadspin):
Playoff Wittman going hard.
For Wall and the Wizards’ sake, hopefully he can get back on the court as soon as possible. There have been enough key injuries to star players in these playoffs.