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.”
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Josh Lewenberg: No John Wall (knee) for Washington today
With how poorly John Wall played on Friday night against the Miami Heat, it makes sense that there is a specific explanation why. Wall, who went scoreless until 5:25 remaining in the fourth quarter, says he had little mobility in his left knee due to fluid buildup. It all stems from last weekend when he was administered two IVs by the Wizards’ training staff so he could play against the Atlanta Hawks.
Wall was given the fluids to combat a bad cold that was compounded by a migraine headache. They didn’t settle correctly and now the fluid has collected in his left knee. Now a week later, Wall is still feeling the effects. “I could barely move out there,” he said. “I was feeling like some s***.”
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.
Following a win, Wall was able to smile about it all, though none of it sounds fun. Wall told Chris: “I sprained my ankle today. My knee got puffy when I got the IV. The IV fluid went down there. I’m dealing with migraines. But when I come in between these lines, I can’t make no excuses. I compete. I didn’t want to sit out. I wanted to give these guys an opportunity to keep building on this.”
Chase Hughes: John Wall is sick and considered questionable for tonight’s game. He’s not at shootaround.
Chase Hughes: John Wall will play tonight after missing Sunday’s game.
Chris Miller: John Wall is OUT (shoulder) Tim Frazier will start but has a sore wrist #WizRaptors
Shams Charania: Sources: After tests on injured shoulder, Wizards star John Wall has no structural damage, just soreness. Listed as questionable vs. Raptors.
John Wall has left shoulder sprain, x-rays after game were negative. He left arena with arm in sling. Said he shouldn’t have kept playing after running into Channing Frye late in game. His status for Sunday’s game at Toronto is uncertain.
Candace Buckner: John Wall finished the game but Brooks says he has a left shoulder sprain. Will get X-Rays later
J. Michael Falgoust: Per Brooks: Porter (back) is out. Wall (quad) is out #WizPistons #WASatDET
Chase Hughes: Scott Brooks said he expects John Wall (migraine) to play tonight, but hasn’t confirmed.
Although John Wall wore flip flops on the practice court, signifying he was not a participant in the team’s physical one-on-one session, Brooks reported that he is feeling “good” a day following his left foot sprain. No further tests are scheduled, but Brooks indicated that Wall will continue to receive treatment and be evaluated again ahead of the Friday night matchup against the Chicago Bulls before determining his playing status.
Candace Buckner: Scott Brooks said John Wall has a “minor sprain” in left foot. Also, X-rays came back negative.
“Let’s just say it’s not ideal for you to meet a player for the first time when he’s in a hospital bed,” Scott Brooks would later say. He who flew to Cleveland to see Wall days after officially being hired as the Washington Wizards head coach last spring. “And it’s even less ideal when that guy is your All-Star point guard and he just had surgery on both knees. But that’s where we were and that’s where we got to know each other.”
“There were days I could barely walk,” Wall says. “For the last few seasons I couldn’t jump over a telephone book off my left leg. You can look at the film, all you’ll see is me jumping off my right leg or two feet. I learned how to be effective doing it, but I wasn’t myself.”
J. Michael Falgoust: Wall said doctors told him he couldnt play back to backs until Jan (2 knee surgeries May 5) #WizHawks
After the game, Wall underwent X-rays on his right pinkie finger and left wrist. The results came back negative, but Wall revealed he had been dealing with the injuries before the Wizards played in Boston. “My right pinkie is messed up and my left wrist is swollen,” Wall said. “I knew it was hurting. I knew it was painful before the game. It was a big game for us. I just tried to come out and play through it and the result came out how it was.”
Brooks believes that Wall’s injuries may linger. “It’s going to affect him a little bit in the next couple of weeks, but he’s tough,” Brooks said. “He’s not gong to complain about it. That’s what I love about him. I love that competitive spirit. Then he took about four of five shots that he probably shouldn’t have taken but he’d been playing extremely well.”
John Wall will be held out of the Washington Wizards’ game Saturday at Chicago as coach Scott Brooks attempts to manage the All-Star guard’s minutes. Brooks had said Wall would not play both halves of a back-to-back set. Wall was set to play Friday night at home against the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers. Wall is coming off surgery on each knee.
J. Michael Falgoust: John Wall again was a full participant today #WizardsTalk @CSNMA
Chris Miller: As expected #Wizards John Wall (knees) and Marcus Thornton (thumb) are out tonight vs. @Philadelphia 76ers #WizardsTalk #SixersTalk
J. Michael Falgoust: When Wall goes through a full 5 on 5 session, which hasn’t happened yet, then the next step would be a game #WizardsTalk #WizSixers
J. Michael Falgoust: Wall told @CSNMA hes ahead of schedule with knees but wont commit yet to being on commit to opener Oct 27 #WizardsTalk
Candace Buckner: Scott Brooks won’t commit to John Wall appearing in a game this October: “To early to say if he’ll play in any preseason games.”
Candace Buckner: John Wall has been playing 1-on-1 & 3-on-3 with teammates. Good sign. But no indication when he’ll be ready for camp washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-i…
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.”
John Wall is progressing following two knee procedures this offseason, but it remains uncertain whether the Washington Wizards point guard will be ready for the regular season opener on Oct. 27. “He’s working hard. Every day he’s in the gym, getting his rehab on his body,” coach Scott Brooks told CSN’s Chris Miller Tuesday. “He’s on the court, he’s playing. One-on-one right now.”
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