John Wall sat out of Game 3 against the Hawks after being diagnosed with five non-displaced fractures in his left hand and wrist. He suffered the injuries after a fall in Game 1, but stayed in to finish the contest.
Washington's medical staff initially diagnosed a severe sprain after imaging showed no structural damage, but reevaluated the situation as swelling and pain persisted. Additional examination revealed the full extent of the damage.
The Washington Post reported Thursday that the point guard had "clashed" with Wizards doctors because he believed the injury was more than a sprain.
Randy Wittman, for his part, angrily denied any conflict or mistrust.
During the first half of Game 3, ESPN's Chris Broussard questioned Wall about his wrist and prospects for return. Wall said that he hasn't dribbled yet because he wants the swelling to dissipate more. He also still has pain.
"Hopefully in the next two or three days I can be able to try to dribble," he said. Washington will play Game 4 in four days.
The Wizards had said Wall won't return if there's a chance he could worsen the injury. Broussard asked him how he felt about that.
"Yeah, it's a tough situation, but you know, I believe whatever my doctors and my team front office are saying."
Intentionally or unintentionally, Wall's answer refuted rumors of friction with the medical staff.
He'll need that confidence as they decide if and when he returns this postseason.