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John Wall doesn’t think he’ll need surgery on hand, wrist

Atlanta Hawks v Washington Wizards-Game Six

Atlanta Hawks v Washington Wizards-Game Six

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Wizards fans are convinced that if they had John Wall healthy and he played all series, they would have beaten the Atlanta Hawks. You can debate that while sitting on your barstools for the rest of the summer (or in Washington until everyone starts discussing what is wrong with the Redskins).

The good news for Wall and the Wizards: It looks like he didn’t further injure the hand by coming back, and will avoid surgery on his fractured hand and wrist.

That’s what he told J. Michael at

“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....

“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.”

Making things worse was always the concern with bringing him back this series — a blow or fall would happen that require surgery, which could impact next season.

The Wizards didn’t get the series, but at least they avoided the worst possible outcome.