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Why Wall's injury appears more serious than Beal's


Why Wall's injury appears more serious than Beal's

ATLANTA -- Going into Monday, there was more concern about the stability of Bradley Beal's right ankle that he rolled in Game 1 and brought him to tears. By the look of Beal and John Wall after practice, however, the point guard may be more maligned with his left wrist than it initially appeared.

Wall sat taking questions with icepacks on golf-ball sized swelling on this non-shooting wrist. It also was badly bruised. Beal gleefully took questions after a workout in which he worked up a good sweat and concluded that because the swelling isn't excessive that he should be a go for Game 2 vs. the Atlanta Hawks at Phillips Arena on Tuesday (TNT, 8 p.m. ET). 

Both players had X-rays after Sunday's 104-98 win to take home-court advantage. MRIs were not required Monday.

"I did a lot of treatment last night just try to get it as best we can get it before the game. They said nothing wrong with it," said Wall, who averaged 12.5 assists per game in a first-round series vs. the Toronto Raptors and had 13 vs. Atlanta. "After the game was over it started getting really swollen. It started swelling up more and more. We tried to put the pressure on it, put some medicine on it. You got to try to get the swelling out of it as much as possible." 

The pain initially in Wall's wrist when he fell after a transition layup attempt in the second quarter but moved into his hand. He has experienced this before.


"Yes," Wall said when asked if thought he'd broken his wrist, which Beal did to his left one in the preseason and missed nine games. "I remember I broke my (left wrist) in my sophomore year in high school. ... Whenever you land and try to put your hands down, anything can happen. I had a lot of body weight on it so I thought I broke it at first."

Beal banged his fist on the court in pain and anger when he rolled his right ankle in the fourth. He took a shot and landed on Al Horford's foot. He has had a lengthy history of lower right leg and ankle injuries. 

"I'm good. It feels better today," said Beal, who has done constant icing and compression and had a limited workout. "Treatment all day today. I should be good tomorrow. 

"I've sprained this ankle 30 times. Swelling has never gone away. It wasn't that bad."

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Phil Chenier tells stories ahead of his jersey retirement

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Phil Chenier tells stories ahead of his jersey retirement

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, host Chase Hughes was joined by Bullets/Wizards legend Phil Chenier ahead of his jersey retirement set for this upcoming weekend on March 23.

Chenier looked back on his playing and broadcasting career and told great stories. He also shared some memories of the 1978 championship as the franchise gets ready to honor its 40th anniversary.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!

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Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue stepping away from team to deal with health issues

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Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue stepping away from team to deal with health issues

An undiagnosed illness has convinced Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue to step away from the team indefinitely, the team announced on Monday. Assistant coach Larry Drew will take over in the interim.

Lue, 40, is hoping to address his health issues in time to return before the year is out. According to a statement on the team's website, he has been under the weather for quite some time.


Here is what Lue said on the matter in a press release:

I have had chest pains and other troubling symptoms, compounded by a loss of sleep, throughout the year. Despite a battery of tests, there have been no conclusions as to what the exact issue is.

While I have tried to work through it, the last thing I want is for it to affect the team. I am going to use this time to focus on a prescribed routine and medication, which has previously been difficult to start in the midst of a season. My goal is to come out of it a stronger and healthier version of myself so I can continue to lead this team to the Championship we are all working towards.

That is scary stuff and certainly much bigger than basketball. But the surprising news happens to come at a crucial time in the Cavs' season. They are currently third in the Eastern Conference with only 13 games remaining before the playoffs.


The Cavs are just a half-game ahead of both the Wizards and Pacers in the standings. They will also have to reincorporate All-Star Kevin Love, likely sometime this week. 

That is a lot for Drew to deal with while Lue recovers and it adds another wrinkle to a Cavs' season that has been characterized by change.


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