John Wall is close to taking time off to heal a high right ankle injury, but like last season he's in a difficult spot because the Wizards are struggling.
"All my trainers know what it is. All I know it's a real, real bad sprain," Wall, who had an MRI on Thursday after the Wizards returned from a four-game road swing, told CSNmidatlantic.com before Monday's game when he set a career high with 19 assists vs. the Sacramento Kings. "I've sprained it like five, six games in a row so it wasn't getting no better.
"A high ankle sprain. I probably should take time off but when we start getting a couple guys back I'll see how it feels and make a decision."
None of this should come as a major surprise with Wall, who played in two playoff games in the East semifinals with five breaks in his left hand and wrist. He also played through a pair of ankle sprains last season when the Wizards struggled through a stretch of losing 12 of 15 games.
And to top if off, Wall had to leave the court Monday because of bruised left ribs to go with a left hip injury over the weekend.
"It was kind of hard to run at the end of the game," who exited with 39 seconds left after he was hit by Darren Collison. "Every time I made a move it was pretty sore."
The Wizards at least had a cushion with their record last season when he suffered because they got out to a 22-8 start. They're 12-14 now and already are without Bradley Beal (leg), Drew Gooden (calf), Nene (calf), Gary Neal (lower back), Alan Anderson (ankle) and Otto Porter (thigh).
Coach Randy Wittman, who is using a seven-man rotation, doesn't have enough healthy bodies for a full practice.
"We only got eight, nine people going through stuff," Wall said of his high right ankle sprain. "It's a fat ass sprain."
Wall tweaked his ankle in Saturday's win vs. the Charlotte Hornets. Then hurt his hip when he attempted to block a shot from Kemba Walker at the rim and crashed to the floor
"It can't get any worse," Wall said of the ankle. "It's just getting swollen. I'm just getting a lot of treatment on it and trying to take time off when I can, like practice, resting."
All of this comes after he banged his knee in the fourth game of the season during a 102-99 win vs. the San Antonio Spurs. When his play dipped for most of November, that injury caught up to him. He had to be carried off the court after taking a shot to his knee in a game vs. the Dallas Mavericks at the Verizon Center but didn't miss a game.
"It was hard. It was a (expletive). I had a bruise and it was strain in my MCL," Wall said. "It's cool now."
Wall insists he's not going to injure himself any worse by playing. Beal will get evaluated for the stress reaction this week and could be cleared to return soon. Gooden and Nene are close to returning, but probably another week away at a minimum. Porter's injury shouldn't be long-term.
"If I was in jeopardy I'd be out," Wall said. "My coach, my teammates understand I'll play through anything."