A heart-stopping moment with John Wall being carried off the court by two teammates is enough for the Wizards to wonder, "What next?" Their entire frontline already is decimated by injuries and despite Wall's valiant effort Sunday they lost 116-104 to the Dallas Mavericks. But with no structural damage there's a chance the point guard could be in uniform for Monday's game at the Miami Heat.
Wall went through treatment after the game and walked unassisted in the locker room after an X-Ray. He had 28 points, 10 assists and five steals.
"Just playing defense and trying to switch a pick-and-roll, and tried to take a step to guard somebody and I got kneed," Wall said of his collision with Jeremy Evans with 1:14 left. "I tried to make a move and my knee just went straight."
DeJuan Blair and Kelly Oubre carried him off the court as Wall was unable to put pressure on it but this is more likely a bad bruise.
"I already had a bruise there before this game so I kind of made it worse," Wall said.
The Heat (12-6) are one of the best team's in the East, and given where the Wizards are with injuries to Drew Gooden (calf), Kris Humphries (ankle) and Nene (calf) they need all hands on deck. But this is hardly the same situation as last season, when Wall played through a broken left hand and wrist in the East semis vs. the Atlanta Hawks.
"Totally," Wall said of whether or not he wants to play vs. Miami. "Especially where we are right now, I want to play and compete and help these guys as much as possible but it's also understanding what I have in the future and not trying to jeopardize it all early in the season. If it's something that I have to sit out, I will. If something that is fine and I can play through it I will.
"I won't jeopardize nothing just to play one game."
Said backcourt mate Bradley Beal: "Knowing him, he'll play tomorrow."
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