After taking a hard fall on his head late in the Wizards' win over the Bulls on Saturday night, point guard Tomas Satoransky appears to have avoided what could have been a very serious injury. He has been cleared from concussion protocol, the pain has subsided and all that's left is some bandages around his right eyebrow. He can even drive on his own to and from the arena.
The plan now is for Satoransky to practice on Tuesday in hopes of playing against the New York Knicks on Wednesday. All in all, it's good news for a Wizards team also monitoring the progress of point guard Tim Frazier, who had surgery for a broken nose on Sunday.
Now that Satoransky is feeling better, he addressed the media for the first time since his injury on Monday afternoon at Wizards practice. He has seen the play many times, the one that earned Bobby Portis an ejection for a flagrant foul, and can't help but question the intentions behind it.
"I don't think he just tried to play the ball. From what I saw and what I know about the game, you don't go for the block like that," Satoransky said. "He got me first on the hand and then on the ball, then I fell back badly."
Portis appeared to disagree based on this tweet where he called out Satoransky's teammate Jodie Meeks for suggesting Portis had bad intentions:
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One particular part of the whole sequence stood out to Satoransky. At the time, he was dizzy and out of it. But looking back, he noticed that Portis made no attempt to apologize.
"I don't think he wanted me to fall like that, but he didn't even care after the play so it's tough for me to say," Satoransky said.
Satoransky continued to question Portis' move considering the score and clock situation. Portis aggressive tried to prevent him from scoring despite the game basically being already decided.
"All I know when you're 10 points down and there's only two minutes to go, a lot of times there is frustration fouls or whatever you call it. I felt like this was one of those," Satoransky said.
Satoransky happened to be having a great night before Portis knocked him out of the game. He set new career-highs with 25 points and five three-pointers made. That was the most points Satoransky has ever scored in a professional game, he said. It was a great game, he just hoped it ended differently.
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