No more cat and mouse, at least not for Game 4: John Wall is inactive for Monday's meeting with the Atlanta Hawks, Wizards coach Randy Wittman announced pre-game.
Wall, out for a third straight game, did not participate in the morning shootaround. He last played March 3 after suffering five non-displaced fractures in his left wrist and hand in Game 1.
Washington holds a 2-1 series in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series. The series shifts to Atlanta for Game 5 on Wednesday.
While it's hard imagining the point guard returning this series - Wall still hadn't dribbled a basketball with his swollen hand/wrist as of Monday morning -, the team did officially list Wall as "questionable" before Game 4. Guessing the Hawks weren't caught off guard.
- Paul Millsap will start Game 4 for Atlanta. The Hawks forward came off the bench in Game 3 Saturday due to flu-like symptoms. The All-Star played 23 minutes, but never made an impact, finishing with eight points, five rebounds and three turnovers. When right, the versatile Millsap is a difficult matchup for Washington's beefy duo of Nene and Marcin Gortat.
- By now even Dennis Schroder surely realizes Paul Pierce is a monster offensively during late game situations. His buzzer-beating, game-winning bank in Game 3 confirmed what we knew and added to his growing legend in these parts. These numbers, courtesy of CSNwashington.com head researcher Rich Goldberg, will only help.
2015 postseason - Last 5 minutes of games with the margin plus/minus 5:
Points - 13
Field goals - 4 for 4
3-point field goals - 3 for 3
Free throws - 2 for 2
Turnovers - zero
2015 postseason - 4th Quarter/Overtime
Points - 29
Field goals - 8 for 12
3-point field goals - 6 for 9
Free throws - 7 for 8