The Washington Wizards’ bid to upset the East’s top-seeded Atlanta Hawks in their second round series just got a little more difficult. Per reports, Wizards star point guard John Wall suffered multiple non-displaced fractures in his left wrist and hand in game one and could be in jeopardy of missing time on the court.
Washington already had held Wall out of game two (which the Wizards lost) as a precaution. Wall’s left wrist and hand injuries didn’t keep him from closing a game one win, but he later experienced major soreness and swelling and was kept out of the second game of the series. After undergoing several examinations by a handful of experts, it was revealed that Wall’s wrist injury was much more serious than anyone originally thought.
There was initially hope that Wall could return for game three, when the series shifts back to D.C. However, Wall is now set to continue consultation with more physicians to determine an exact course of action. Depending on what Wall and the doctors decide, it could mark the end of the star point guard’s playoff run.
Wall has been borderline sensational up until hurting his wrist, as he helped the Wizards earn a 4-0 sweep over the Toronto Raptors in round one, as well as the massive game one win in Atlanta to get round two going. Unfortunately, a Wizards team that was suddenly looking like a real contender to move on to the Eastern Conference Finals, may have a tough time keeping their heads above water in this series.
Ramon Sessions started in place of Wall in game two and performed quite well, but a Wizards team without Wall just isn’t the same. Washington will have to get as much as they can out of Sessions if he’s forced to start a second straight game, while even more pressure will be placed on their other star players – Bradley Beal, Paul Pierce and Marcin Gortat.
Should Wall fail to return in these playoffs, Washington would no longer be a smart bet to advance.