Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman has furiously hit back at local reporters for their story on point guard John Wall’s apparent clash with the medical staff.
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The Washington Post reported that the star point guard clashed with the medical staff over the diagnosis of his wrist injury. Initial X-rays came back negative and it was assessed as a severe sprain, however Wall was adamant that it was more serious.
Further tests were run and it was revealed that he has suffered five non-displaced fractures in his left wrist and hand, and although he hasn’t yet been ruled out of Game 3 against the Atlanta Hawks, it is unlikely that he features.
“What was reported today is a flat-out lie about John clashing with doctors and the training staff,” Wittman said, as reported by ESPN. “That is so far from the truth, I’ve got to say something.
“That’s not fair to this kid or our doctors, they’re busting their ass, to have something like that said. That’s not right. I have to stand up for those people in there.”
Wittman was clearly left unimpressed by the report, but he now faces a very serious headache without Wall as the Wizards had been building some momentum this post season.
After sweeping the Toronto Raptors in the first round, Washington are now tied with the Hawks at 1-1 ahead of Game 3 on Saturday, but the loss of their leader and inspirational floor general will certainly effect them moving forward.
While some reports claim that Wall will miss the rest of the season, others suggest that it is still possible he makes it back later in the series with a protective glove as an option. Either way, Wittman doesn’t want to hear about any more discord between his players and medical team.