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Me: If you can crystallize what Paul has meant to the Wizards this season, what would you say? John Wall: Words can't even explain. Just coming in with his leadership, showing how hard he works every day, even when he's at the age he is now, and coming in and giving us that leadership, and that kind of hunger and edge at the end of games. Like, the last five minutes, the way he talks to us, it helps me become a better leader the last five minutes, like 'come on, guys, we're going to get through this. Take your time, use the clock.' That's where I feel like I've matured by having him around, closing out these games compared to last year's playoffs. NBA.com

May 11, 2015 Updates

David Aldridge: At the beginning of the season you said you wanted to be a better, more vocal leader. How have you done there? John Wall: I think I did a great job. Certain guys I know how to talk to, I can yell at, and then the next play on the court, we're running the pick and roll, and they're scoring, and they're not worrying about it. And some guys you have to babysit. But me just always talking, knowing what I'm seeing at the offensive end and the defensive end, even when we're down 20, I'm stlll talking -- come on, we can fight through, we can get through. Usually (in the past) when we're down 20, I'm not talking to nobody, I want to do it on my own. But now if we're up 20 or down 20, I'm still being the same vocal guy talking. David Aldridge: So you're telling me you can yell at Marcin Gortat? John Wall: Yeah, that's the guy, March. Sometimes he says stuff back. We've got a couple of guys that don't talk back in English sometimes. NBA.com

Coach Randy Wittman declared Wall, who fractured his left hand and wrist in five places in Game 1 eight days ago, a “gametime” decision. Wittman reiterated that Wall is “headed in the right direction” and that the swelling has improved. It is the same stance the Wizards took regarding Wall’s status before Game 3; Wittman didn’t reveal Wall was out until his pregame media session. Washington Post

The all-star point guard still hadn’t tried dribbling a basketball as of Sunday afternoon because the swelling in his left hand, one week after suffering five non-displaced fractures in the Wizards’ Game 1 win, had not yet subsided, according to Coach Randy Wittman. “It’s headed in the right direction,” Wittman said. “Again, we’re not to the point of him doing anything on the floor yet of that nature. But it’s heading to a situation where hopefully he can get a ball in his hand and see how that feels and you just take those steps like that.” Washington Post

For now, Wall’s focus is on being an enthusiastic cheerleader on the sideline and receiving around-the-clock treatment to diminish the swelling. “That’s the number one thing,” Wittman said of the swelling. “Before we move anywhere else, before he does anything down there with a ball, he’s got to get that out of there. There’s no sense in trying to do anything with the ball while it’s swollen.” Washington Post

May 10, 2015 Updates

The all-star point guard still hadn’t tried dribbling a basketball as of Sunday afternoon because the swelling in his left hand, one week after suffering five non-displaced fractures in the Wizards’ Game 1 win, had not yet subsided, according to Coach Randy Wittman. “It’s headed in the right direction,” Wittman said. “Again, we’re not to the point of him doing anything on the floor yet of that nature. But it’s heading to a situation where hopefully he can get a ball in his hand and see how that feels and you just take those steps like that.” Washington Post

“That’s the number one thing. Before we move anywhere else, before he does anything down there with a ball, he’s got to get that out of there. There’s no sense in trying to do anything with the ball while it’s swollen,” Wittman said of the swelling. Washington Post

Before tip-off of Game 3 of the Wizards-Hawks’ second-round series at Verizon Center on Saturday, ESPN’s Chris Broussard cast doubt on the chances of injured Washington point guard John Wall playing again this season. “Guys, I spoke with a Wizards executive earlier today, and while it’s not official, I was given the impression that it’s highly unlikely John Wall returns for this series, or even the postseason,” Broussard said. “They told me they are looking 10 years down the road, not the next game, not even the next series. If there’s any chance of him further injuring himself, they will hold him out.” Washington Post

“Realistically, how optimistic are you about your chances of playing in this series?” Broussard asked. “Well, it’s kind of funny because I finished Game 1 with all my adrenaline and my fractures were there then,” Wall said. “It’s all about if I can get my [confidence level] back in being able to control the ball and make passes and stuff.” Washington Post

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