Washington Wizards point guard John Wall reportedly clashed with the medical staff over his wrist diagnosis as it was initially suggested that he hadn’t fractured it.
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Wall has previously broken his wrist during his high school days, and so when he landed awkwardly on it during Game 1 against the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference semi-finals, he knew it was bad.
However, while he was able to continue to play through that game, an X-ray after it came back negative and it was announced that he had merely just suffered a severe sprain.
That didn’t sit with Wall as he was adamant that it was more serious, and after further tests it was revealed that he had in fact fractured several bones in his wrist.
“Wall refused to accept the initial diagnosis of a “real, real bad sprain” after X-rays immediately following the game were negative,” the Washington Post reported.
“According to a person with knowledge of the situation, Wall clashed with team medical staffers before sitting out Tuesday because he felt something more serious had caused his hand to explode. After a few days of confusion and concern, Wall got the confirmation of bone fractures that he never really wanted, leaving fans of the team with broken hearts.”
It is undoubtedly a huge blow for the Wizards as they were seemingly building momentum through the post-season after sweeping the Toronto Raptors in the opening round.
They followed that up with a Game 1 over the top seeded Hawks, but Atlanta were then able to tie the series with Wall sitting out due to the injury.
While it is less serious in the sense that it isn’t his shooting hand, it remains to be seen how long the injury will keep him off the court. The Wizards and Wall may decide that they risk it and then deal with the problem in the summer, but that is a dangerous game to play and it would come as no surprise if he misses the remainder of the Hawks series.