ATLANTA -- The only positive to take out of John Wall missing Game 2 tonight for the Wizards because of his left wrist is that Game 3 isn't until Saturday.
Wall didn't even go through warmups before tipoff with his heavily bandaged left hand and wrist, which was injured in the second quarter of a Game 1 upset of the Hawks at Phillips Arena over the weekend 104-98. Wall was able to finish that game with 18 points, 13 assists and three blocks. There are reasons for serious concern:
- Wall admitted that he has had trouble closing the hand. Underneath, it is extremely swollen. He said at shootaround Tuesday morning that the swelling had actually gone down, which means he must've had almost intolerable pain.
- Wall is right-handed, but he goes left and finishes with his left hand at the rim -- a lot.
- Wall had to go for a second opinion on his wrist after an X-ray supposedly showed no breaks. That's an indication that this might be more severe than just a sprain and will require another opinion when the team returns to D.C.
- Wall broke the same wrist as a high school sophomore.
- Wall has been dealing with a right shoulder injury that occurred in the first series with the Toronto Raptors after Game 1. It was serious enough that he had to get an MRI the next day.
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