Once again, the Wizards are in waiting as they anticipate an injury diagnosis for point guard John Wall. The Wizards' star will see a specialist to examine the bone spurs in his left heel, head coach Scott Brooks announced on Friday.
Wall is out for Friday night's game against the Bulls and could conceivably miss more time, depending on the results. Brooks revealed the news during his pregame press conference, but did not know specifics about where Wall is going or whom he is seeing.
Wall, 28, is missing his fourth game of the season. Two of those games were missed due to illness, while one was for the bone spurs. Brooks reiterated Wall was sick last weekend when he didn't play against the Suns.
Wall was at Wizards' shootaround on Friday morning, but in sweats. The team made the determination he would not play against the Bulls shortly before shootaround began.
Wall has been dealing with bone spurs in his heel for several years. Brooks says it has been an issue for all three seasons he has been Wall's coach in Washington. Lately, it has just been worse than ever before.
"He has good days and bad days like a lot of guys through," Brooks said. "He has been able to manage it. It comes and goes. It has been bothering him, so it's time to see a specialist."
Per source, @JohnWall will see Dr. Robert Anderson, the foot specialist who is currently associate team physician for the Packers. Anderson has operated on several stars across multiple sports over the years, including @StephenCurry30, @KDTrey5, @CameronNewton and Derek Jeter.— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) December 29, 2018
Wall missed 41 games in the 2017-18 season due to knee injuries. He had multiple procedures on his left knee and those sagas began with him seeing a specialist.
Sometimes, players return from seeking a second opinion with a minor diagnosis having been confirmed. The Wizards at this point do not know Wall's fate.
What they do know is that Tomas Satoransky will start in his place. Satoransky filled in last season during Wall's extended absences and has experience as a starter.
The Wizards are now down three members of their starting lineup. Dwight Howard has missed most of this season after having back surgery and Otto Porter Jr. is currently out due to a right knee contusion.
As the losses are piling up for the 13-22 Wizards, so are the injuries.
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