The reward didn't materialize for the Wizards after John Wall played with a broken left wrist in the last two games of a series with the Atlanta Hawks, but the All-Star point guard appears to have avoided any further damage and surgery.
Monday, as players did exit interviews after their season came to an end in Game 6, Wall affirmed that his wrist isn't any worse.
"I'm going to go to Cleveland (Clinic) to see a specialist but I'm still doing the normal treatment routine I was doing like I was playing ... letting the bones heal on its own," said Wall, who fell in the second quarter of Game 1 and had five non-displaced fractures in the hand and wrist.
He'd broken the wrist in high school and losing him ruined the Wizards' chances of upsetting No. 1 seed Atlanta and advancing to the Eastern Conference finals.
"Just a devastating time for it to happen after Game 1 in the playoffs," Wall said. "We had just won a big game on the road. It had took a little momentum from those guys."
Wall played 37 and 44 minutes when he returned to the series with padding to protect himself. He didn't wear a brace.
"It was tough. It was very sore," said Wall, who averaged 17.5 points, 10 assists, five rebounds and three steals with a broken wrist. "At times it gets hit, it would get aggravated. I knew if I played it was going to happen."
Wall reiterated his position that the Wizards would've beaten Atlanta with him healthy.
"You take away Al Horford or Jeff Teague from their team for three games I think the series would be totally different," he said. "I'm a big key to this team. This team still did great things without me, those guys did great competed, gave themselves a chance to win, but if I feel like if I was there we had a better opportunity of winning this series and probably could've went up 2-0 on the road like in the Toronto series and came home with some momentum.
"If we didn't have injuries, we would've been past this round.
Wall will go to Cleveland Clinic either this week or next. But he's not planning on watching the Hawks play the Cleveland Cavaliers in the conference finals.
"I don't care if I watch any games," he said.