Injury to John Wall is Even More Devastating to the Wizards than Himself

While his playing status for the rest of the NBA playoffs has not yet been determined, it is more than likely that John Wall, the floor general for the Washington Wizards, is done for the season after sustaining five non-displaced fractures in his injured left hand and wrist. Wall and his teammates are looking to make it back to the NBA finals for the first time since 1979.wall2

The Wizards’ series with the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks is currently tied at one. As a five seed, the Wizards swept the number four Toronto Raptors 4-0 in round 1.

Wall has finally come into his own this year and proven why the Wizards made him the number one overall pick in 2010 after his freshman year at Kentucky where he was named the SEC player of the year. He averaged 17.6 points, 10 assists, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game during the regular season this year. Wall has built on a strong regular season by averaging 17.4 points, 12.6 assists and 1.4 blocks in the playoffs including four consecutive double-doubles before missing Game 2 against Atlanta with the aforementioned injury.

Shooting guard Bradley Beal and veteran small forward Paul Pierce will need to carry the Wizards in the absence of Wall whose hand is so swollen it would be a miracle if he returns for the series. Ramon Sessions filled in admirably for Wall in game two as he dropped 21 points, but the Wizards need Wall to advance to the NBA eastern conference finals against the winner of the series between the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers.

Wall has been lethal with his crossovers and his ability to get to the rim or find teammates as he flies by defenders on a consistent basis. He has been a pleasure to watch this year and his quickness on the floor is a perfect fit for the NBA. The injury will heal and Wall will continue to build on his breakout season whether it be in this year’s playoffs or at the start of next year’s regular season. However, the likelihood of the Wizards defeating the Hawks without Wall is slim to none.

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