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May 10, 2015 Updates

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

May 9, 2015 Updates
May 8, 2015 Updates

Jeff Zillgitt: As the Wizards look for multiple opinions on John Wall's fractured wrist/hand, there is not much optimism that Wall return, I'm told. Twitter @JeffZillgitt

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. If this series goes the distance, Game 7 would be May 18, and even then, that might not be enough time for Wall, who surely will make every effort to get back on the court and compete. Washington Post

"I've been around this game for 30 years. He's the toughest," Wittman said. "The toughest kid I've been around in terms of the physical pounding that he takes. Playing through injuries, playing through not feeling good. Every coach would hope he had 15 of those. He's special. That's what's disappointing." CSNWashington.com

May 7, 2015 Updates

For The Win spoke to William Roberts, a professor at the department of family medicine and community health at the University of Minnesota as fans breathlessly wait for the team’s announcement about the star guard’s treatment and chances of suiting up this season. Q: What’s the risk in him playing? William Roberts: The [team’s experts have to decide if the] immediate games are worth the risk because it might cause problems for the next year or the year after. It’s hard to make the decision when you don’t have the patient or X-rays in front of you, but I think they’ll look at a risk-benefit ratio: What’s the risk to him in the long-term and his playing career and what’s the benefit of him playing in the next few games if he gets a splint that would make that doable? For The Win

Q: How likely is it that he will play? William Roberts: It would seem unlikely to me but I’m always amazed about what professional athletes can do so I’d be hesitant to say that he won’t play. But I think he and his handlers and his physicians will have to decide what’s the risk to his long-term health, to his playing career verse the benefit to him playing in games injured with fractures that are non-displaced. For The Win

Q: Could he play in two games and then sit out or sit out for the next two games and then play? William Roberts: More likely that he would be able to play two or three games later than now would be my guess. But most fractures take six to eight weeks to heal and the truly conservative route would be to let them heal and go back to playing. For The Win

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