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After dropping 19 assists, John Wall admits playing with ankle sprain

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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 21: John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards handles the ball against the Sacramento Kings on December 21, 2015 at Verizon Center in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

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John Wall dished out 19 assists, and the Washington Wizards got a much-needed win Monday, 113-99 over the Sacramento Kings.

But Wall did it on almost one leg, playing through an ankle is so sore he may need to sit out, reports J. Michael at

“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 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.”

Wall also suffered bruised ribs Monday, to go with a hip injury he got over the weekend. Wall will play through pain — he played through ankle sprains last season, and then a broken hand in the playoffs. He’s tough. But at some point a body needs a chance to recover.

The Wizards want him to get right, but this team also needs him — Washington is 9.4 points per 100 possessions better when Wall is on the court, mostly because its defense is dramatically better. If he is gone for an extended period it hurts the team’s chances of climbing back into the playoff picture in the East (the Wizards are currently 12-14 and the 12 seed, three games back of a playoff spot in an improved East).

The Wizards are so banged up right now Randy Wittman can’t run a full practice, J. Michael had this list of injuries keeping guys out:

Bradley Beal (leg), Drew Gooden (calf), Nene (calf), Gary Neal (lower back), Alan Anderson (ankle) and Otto Porter (thigh).