The first hurdle is almost cleared for John Wall, who had further testing on his sore left wrist and right pinkie finger and still could be available to play against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.
Wall didn't practice Friday but did get up shots, including free throws. He broke the same left wrist and hand two years ago in a playoff series with the Atlanta Hawks with five non-displaced fractures.
Although there's swelling, it's near that level.
"It's just sore. It was a little swollen but sore. Nothing close to what (happened) in the Atlanta series," Wall said.
The pinkie is the bigger issue which impacted him shooting 4-for-21 in a loss to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday. In particular, it stuck to the basketball on his shots. The onset of the injury was in a win over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday.
"It affected me big-time. Every time I was trying to shoot it was like the last pinkie was getting caught," said Wall, who is right-handed but finishes often at the rim with his left. "I'm trying to find a way to stabilize it so it can stay closer into my other finger so it's (not) the last finger being caught.
"That's the main problem, just my pinkie. If I can get that to just stay stable and it don't affect myself as much as it did the other night. It was frustrating knowing what I was going through, trying to play a good game and help our team win. Shots weren't falling."
The answer could be putting a splint between his ring and pinkie fingers.Wall had an X-ray on both injuries Wednesday after the game. He then received an MRI on the pinkie on Thursday.
"That's what I'm trying to figure out, what splint works the best," Wall said.
The toughness quality that Wall has is as admired by Wizards coach Scott Brooks as it was by then-coach Randy Wittman. Wall returned to play the final three games of that East semifinal series with Atlanta with the broken hand and wrist and still averaged a double-double.
"My guess is he's just going to have to play with some type of tape around it or splint," Brooks said. "One thing I know about John being around him for the six or seven months now, he's as tough as they come. He's going to put himself out there. ... Everything came back clean. Nothing is broke. No tears. It's going to be sore for a while. Hopefully we can manage the pain and go from there."
Wall, however, has yet to hear from the league office which still could suspend or fine him for his altercation with Boston's Jae Crowder following the Wednesday night loss.
"I just had a conversation with them yesterday after I went to the doctor," he said. "That's it. I'm just waiting to see what the results are."
His expectations of the outcome?
"A fat fine," he said. "A guy violates your space, you got to do what you got to do. I already know a fine should be coming so I'm willing to accept it."