Washington Wizards guard John Wall’s status for the remainder of his team’s Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Atlanta Hawks is up in the air after the severity of his hand injury was revealed on Thursday. Wall has five non-displaced fractures in his left wrist and hand.
The Wizards are tied 1-1 with the Hawks with Game 3 taking place on Saturday. The loss of Washington’s All-Star puts the team in serious jeopardy of dropping the series. However, the team has not ruled out a return.
“With the swelling and the stuff it has been, we knew maybe there’s not good news there,” head coach Randy Wittman told reporters. “We will see as we move forward what that actually means. He is still consulting with doctors. It’s still pretty swollen. He can’t do anything let alone if he didn’t have any broken bones.”
The team needs to step up in Wall’s absence and carry the Wizards to the Eastern Conference Final. It will take more than one player to bridge the gap in production.
“It is definitely difficult for the team but I am sure it is even more devastating for John,” teammate Paul Pierce said. “He has worked so hard to get to this point in his career. To play so well throughout these playoffs, to hear that type of news, I know it is devastating.
“I’m more hurt for him than anything because I know how badly he wants to be out there. My prayers go out to him and his family right now.”