Storyline: John Wall Injury

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Six days removed from having platelet-rich plasma treatment and viscosupplementation injections in his left knee, Wizards point guard John Wall met with the media on Friday morning to dicuss the latest in his recovery timeline. “In Charlotte after the game I was with a couple of my friends. My agent said I was limping throughout the game. I didn’t even notice it. The adrenaline, going through the game, being back home in front of family. It was like, alright you need to do something about it,” he said. “We talked, figured out what it was. After the Charlotte game I could barely walk. It was flaming up. My knee was swelling up even more. They were like we have to do something about it. I agreed to it.”

John Wall will be a game-time decision Monday night when the Washington Wizards continue their three-game road swing with a game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night at the Bradley Center. Wall, averaging 19.9 points and 9.3 assists per game this season, sat out the Wizards’ 100-91 loss at Toronto on Sunday because of sore left knee. The ailment bothered him for the past week and limited him to nine points on 3-of-12 shooting in a loss to Miami on Friday. “He did wake up (Sunday) morning feeling better, not as sore,” coach Scott Brooks told the Washington Post. “But it’s still wait-and-see (Monday). There’s a good chance, but I don’t know. Overnight, you never know. But it’s nothing serious. That’s the most important. He’s going to be fine. It’s just we felt another … 48 hours between the games would help.”

You wouldn’t have known it by John Wall’s performance on Monday night against the Sacramento Kings when he dropped a game-high 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting with nine assists, but the Wizards’ star point guard was playing through a good deal of pain. Not only have migraines affected him lately, but Wall also sprained his ankle in Monday’s win and had his knee swell up due to fluids from the IVs he received prior to Saturday’s win over the Hawks. He revealed all of that in his walkoff interview with Chris Miller on NBC Sports Washington.

During a lunch with Washington Post editors and reporters on Wednesday, Brooks addressed a wide range of topics including John Wall’s health. When asked if Wall would be available for the Wizards’ first training camp practice, Tuesday on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Brooks expressed uncertainty, though he didn’t appear too concerned at this point. “Don’t know that but he’s doing some one-on-one, he’s doing some three-on-three. Not really worried about that,” Brooks said. “Like all of our athletes, I want them to be ready but he’s definitely moving towards that direction.”

“I don’t like to put a timetable [on it] because if he doesn’t meet it [then] we’re saying, ‘Oh, he’s still hurt,’ ” Brooks said. “He’s improving. His body looks great [but] his conditioning is going to be behind. Once you step into an NBA practice, the level goes way up,” Brooks continued. “Especially in a training camp situation where you have guys trying to make it, guys trying to fight for minutes, trying to fight for starting jobs, but we have to make sure [about Wall] because that’s when things can go sideways. I saw him this morning for an hour, he looked great, but I don’t know -– we’ll find out soon.”
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