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After keeping ankle injury quiet, John Wall is back


After keeping ankle injury quiet, John Wall is back

NEW ORLEANS -- The numbers tell the story. John Wall has returned to All-Star form though it's difficult for the point guard to be celebratory about anything. Friday, they lost yet again and dropped to 9-12 despite him almost getting another triple-double.

"The effort we're giving, we're not coming out with a win," Wall said after falling 107-105 to the New Orleans Pelicans in a game they led by seven with six minutes left. "I don't care if I'm averaging 30 and 30. I'm not winning, it doesn't mean anything to me."

Wall was terrible during one stretch early in the season when he had eight turnovers twice. But in seven games in December, Wall is averaging 27.4 points on shooting 55% (73 of 133), 10.1 assists and 2.7 steals.

"Got a little healthy, that's the most important thing, being more aggressive. My ankle was pretty sore, my knee was pretty sore," Wall said before tipoff Friday.

The knee was known about. Wall had a collision a week ago when he ran into Jeremy Evans of the Dallas Mavericks. He already had a bruise on his right knee and that made it worse though he didn't miss a game. The ankle issue explains why he posted shooting performances like 6 of 17, 6 of 16, 4 of 13 and 5 of 14. 

In one of the Wizards' signature wins, a 102-99 triumph over the San Antonio Spurs, is when Wall hurt the right ankle. To his credit, at no point did he ever speak up for himself when the Wizards lost three consecutive games after that by an average of 21 points. And he didn't want anyone else to do it on his behalf, either.

"I play with injuries most of my career. ... I've sprained it about five straight times," said Wall, who now wears a compression sleeve on the ankle. "I'm not a guy that wants to make excuses. If I have a bad game, like I told you all, until I play better we won't do well. I'm not making excuses, if I'm playing like (expletive), I'm playing like (expletive)."

Wall assumed the responsibility and responded with a season-high 35 points in a win at the Cleveland Cavaliers on Dec. 1. 

"That's why I didn't have lift," Wall said about his lack of shooting accuracy. "If I'm going to bitch and complain, sit out."

If the situation with the ankle arises again, Wall won't be able to because backcourt mate Bradley Beal has a sore lower right leg which could keep him out extended time. The Wizards haven't won consecutive games in almost a month.

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5 things to know about new Wizards player Ramon Sessions

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5 things to know about new Wizards player Ramon Sessions

The Washington Wizards signed point guard Ramon Sessions to a 10-day free agent contract on Thursday. Here are five things to know about the newest Wizards player...

**Sessions has played for Washington before. He was acquired by the Wizards at the trade deadline in 2015 and played out the 2014-15 season, appearing in 28 regular season games and 10 more in the playoffs. Sessions then spent the whole 2015-16 season with the team before leaving the following summer to sign a free agent deal with the Charlotte Hornets. In 1 1/2 seasons with the Wizards, Sessions averaged 9.2 points, 3.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds. He shot 46 percent from the field and 34.4 percent from three.


**Sessions played one season for the Hornets and spent part of this year with the New York Knicks. The Knicks waived Sessions on Jan. 13. Over the past two seasons in Charlotte and New York, Sessions has averaged 5.7 points, 2.5 assists and 1.4 rebounds while shooting 37 percent.

**This is Sessions' 11th NBA season. In addition to the Wizards, Hornets and Knicks, he has spent time with the Bucks, Cavs, Lakers and Kings. He began his career in Milwaukee after getting selected in the second round of the 2007 draft.


**Sessions went to the University of Nevada from 2004 through 2007 and left an impressive legacy as one of the best players in the program's history. The school's practice facility is, in fact, named after Sessions. It is called the 'Ramon Sessions Basketball Performance Center' and Sessions donated $1 million towards construction costs.

**Sessions overlapped with former Wizards player JaVale McGee at Nevada. Sessions was in his final season as a junior when McGee was a freshman. The Wolfpack were quite good that year. They peaked at No. 10 in the nation, the highest ranking in school history, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.


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Remember Ramon Sessions? Wizards bring back familiar face, sources confirm

Remember Ramon Sessions? Wizards bring back familiar face, sources confirm

For the Wizards, with a tough stretch coming and with John Wall still sidelined, depth and health is of the utmost importance.

With the team set to begin the second half of the 2018 NBA season on Thursday night against the Cavaliers, Scott Brooks and company decided to make a move to shore up their backcourt depth, a commodity the team cannot have enough of.

Veteran guard Ramon Sessions, who spent the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons in Washington, D.C., has been signed by the Wizards to a ten-day contract, NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller confirms.


The news was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN . Sessions played in 110 games for the Wizards over the course of his two seasons, playing in all 82 games during the 2015-16 season.

He joins the Wizards again having been waived by the New York Knicks on Jan. 13. Sessions averaged 12.8 mpg in 13 games for the Knicks.

Sessions is rejoining a former team for the third time in his career, having played in Milwaukee and Charlotte on two separate occasions.