The Atlanta Hawks faced a Washington Wizards team without its best player in Game 2, and by the sound of things, that may continue for the remainder of the series. The Wizards announced on Thursday afternoon that All-Star point guard John Wall was examined on Wednesday, and the diagnosis on his injury includes five (yes, five) non-displaced fractures in his left wrist and hand.
Here is the full text of the announcement:
Wizards guard John Wall underwent multiple examinations yesterday that revealed five non-displaced fractures in his left wrist and hand. Wall and the team are currently in consultation with multiple physicians and specialists to determine the best course of action and his playing status has yet to be determined. Further updates will be provided as information becomes available.
As noted in the statement, the Wizards are not declaring anything with regard to Wall's playing status, but this certainly isn't good news for Washington. From a Hawks perspective, this would (obviously) signal what would be an "easier" match-up for the time, but an injury of this magnitude at this time of year is brutal in any case.
Stay tuned for further developments as they come, but the Wizards may be in a situation where they are forced to deploy Ramon Sessions and Garrett Temple for the remainder of the series.