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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

Pierce laughs at the picks the Nets surrendered (three first-rounders and a Celts’ right to swap opening round places in 2017). Less than two years later, Garnett and Terry had been traded and Pierce had left as a free agent. “I’m not even thinking about their situation,” said the 10-time All-Star. “I put all that behind me now. It’s all about where I am now. They’ve got to deal with that.” Boston Herald

"Obviously I wish I could have just finished up in Boston, but who knows if I’d even be playing still?” Pierce said. “If I’d stayed in Boston, that next year (2013-14) could have been my last, the end of that last contract. You know I wanted to finish my career there, but I understand in this day and time how much of a business it is. It was definitely a tough year for me down there in Brooklyn. “I definitely can understand what Danny did from a business aspect. They’re transitioning into a new generation, a new era, and they’re trying to build for the future.” Boston Herald

Korver was matched up with Beal for 9:32, and he was 1-for-4 for just three points, according to the NBA's SportVU player tracking data. And consider that Beal is doing this after rolling his troublesome right ankle so badly in Game 1, when he led all scorers with 28 points, that he left the court in the fourth quarter in tears. And without John Wall, who fractured his left hand and wrist and has missed the last two games and is unlikely to play again this series. "Don't let my face fool you now. It was tough," said Beal of chasing around Korver after Game 2. "I was trying to do whatever I could. It wasn't easy. A lot of treatment the last couple days but I was out there, no excuses." CSNWashington.com

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

With three defenders near him, Pierce made a fallaway, 21-foot jumper that went in off the backboard at the buzzer to lift the Wizards over the Atlanta Hawks 103-101 on Saturday night, despite playing without John Wall and after letting a 21-point lead evaporate. As he left the court after giving the Wizards a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series, Pierce was asked on TV whether he called "Bank" on the winner. "I called 'Game,' " Pierce declared. He had more fun at his news conference. "Usually," Pierce said, "I like to save those type of shots for later rounds." USA Today Sports

"A lucky shot," is what Schroder, 21, called it afterward. When this was mentioned to Piece, 37, he chuckled and thought the kid had mixed reality with some video game. "He's a little young," Pierce responded. "He hasn't been able to see it for 17 years. He probably missed with me, playing (NBA) 2K." USA Today Sports

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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