Fri 08/05/2015 - 15:32 EDT

Will Wizards Star John Wall Play Game 3 Vs. Hawks In NBA Playoffs?

The Washington Wizards may not know until game time whether All-Star John Wall will play Saturday night against Atlanta due to wrist/hand injuries.

This has been a crazy playoffs in terms of major injuries, with the likes of the Cavaliers’ Kevin Love, Clippers’ Chris Paul and Grizzlies’ Mike Conley, just to name a few, missing games (or in Love’s case the rest of the season). Now you can add Wizards All-Star point guard John Wall. He might play in Game 3 against Atlanta on Saturday night or might miss the rest of the playoffs. Other than that it’s crystal clear. The Hawks are 3.5-point favorites on BetOnline — Washington opened as a 2-point favorite.

Contoversy Over Diagnosis

Wall hurt his wrist in the second quarter of Game 1 and it was called just a sprain. However, he sat out Game 2 and now the reports are of five non-displaced fractures in his left  hand and wrist. Wall and Wizards doctors clashed in a “rather intense argument” at some point after his Game 1 wrist injury was initially diagnosed as a bad sprain, according to the Washington Post’s Michael Lee.

Wall was convinced the injury was more serious than that, and was eventually proven right when a third opinion on Thursday revealed he had five non-displaced fractures in his wrist and hand. “I knew when I fell on it,” Wall told Lee. “You never know when you’ve got a lot of energy and power going down on the ground, so I thought I broke it. Kind of the same type of injury.”

Non-displaced fractures are hard to spot on X-rays and MRIs when there’s a lot of swelling. Wizards coach Randy Wittman vehemently denied Lee’s story on Friday, though, calling it a “flat out lie.”

Wall says he has “no idea” if he can play on Saturday. It’s hard to see how he good — a point guard needs both hands. Wall has five non-displaced fractures in his left wrist and hand, but his playing status has yet to be determined. With Wall out, Ramon Sessions started at point guard for Washington in Game 2. He finished with a game-high 21 points, four assists and three rebounds.

Wizards Doomed Without Him

Wall had been no worse than the second-best player in the Eastern Conference this postseason, leading the Wizards to a franchise-record five straight playoff wins before an awkward fall caused his left hand to inflate like a blowfish. Barring Wall making a miraculous return, the Wizards’ best opportunity to reach the conference finals — and possibly the NBA Finals — for the first time since 1979 has been ruined.

Before sitting out Tuesday’s Game 2 loss, Wall had four consecutive double-doubles, coming one shy of Moses Malone’s franchise playoff record. If this were the regular season, Wall would miss several weeks. The Wizards are 10-40 when he sits the past five seasons, including Tuesday’s loss. Wall is the only player averaging at least 17.0 points, 12.0 assists and 4.5 rebounds in the playoffs.

If Washington is to win Game 3 without Wall, it must slow Atlanta’s DeMarre Carroll, the only non-All-Star among the Hawks’ starters. Carroll is averaging 22.0 points (132) on .620 FG% (49-79) and .563 3FG% (18-32) in the last six postseason games, scoring at least 20 points each time (the first six 20-point playoff outings of his career). He is the first Hawk to score-20-or-more points in six consecutive playoff games (same year) since Dominique Wilkins from 4/29-5/22/88 (12 games).

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