On the same night they completed their starting lineup for the first time this season, the Wizards saw superstar point guard John Wall go down with a sprained left shoulder in a loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Wall suffered the injury in the third quarter after colliding with Cavs forward Channing Frye on a split screen near the free throw line. Wall dropped to the ground holding his left arm and wincing in pain.
"It's on fire right now," Wall said after leaving the X-ray room with his left arm in a sling. "Usually I can get up off the ground, but I couldn't get off the ground. My arm went dead."
The Wizards haven't revealed the results of his X-rays, though NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller reported the injury is not serious.
Wall remained in the game and several times matched up with LeBron James in the post on defense. Wall had asked the coaching staff to guard James, but admitted playing through the pain was not wise in hindsight.
"I shouldn't have been out there, but I was trying to compete. I told them to just give me some [pain medication] and try to play through it," he said.
The Wizards' next game is on Sunday at 6 p.m. at the Toronto Raptors. Asked whether he would be able to play, Wall responded "I hope so."
At this point it would not be surprising if Wall missed time, but head coach Scott Brooks sounded optimistic about the prognosis.
"We'll know more later. But he played. He's as tough a competitor as I've ever been around. I'm not concerned about John. I thought he gave everything he had," Brooks said.
The Wizards got power forward Markieff Morris back on Friday for the first time this season following his six-week recovery from sports hernia surgery. Now they wait, hoping Wall's injury doesn't force him to miss games.
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