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Washington Wizards play the Atlanta Hawks in game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference of semifinals

Wizards coach Randy Wittman: John Wall’s injury ‘heading in the right direction’


Despite five (!) non-displaced fractures in his wrist and hand, John Wall apparently considered playing Game 3 of the Wizards-Hawks series.

He ultimately couldn’tthe Wizards won anyway – but it’s clear: What initially sounded like a season-ending injury isn’t necessarily a season-ending injury.

Wizards coach Randy Wittman, via J. Michael of CSN Washington:

“Good. Swelling, again, down,” Wittman said when asked if his All-Star point guard had done anything on the practice court following Saturday’s Game 3 win. “Its heading in the right direction so again we’re not to the point of him doing anything on the floor yet or of that nature. It’s heading to a situation where hopefully he can get the ball in his hand, get the feeling, see how that feels and then you take those steps like that.”

“There’s still some in there. That’ s the No. 1 thing,” Wittman said of the swelling. “Before we move anywhere else, before he does anything down there with a ball, he’s got to get that out of there. There’s no sense is in trying to do anything with a ball while it’s swollen.”

Game 4 is at 7 p.m. tonight, and if I had to guess, Wall won’t play.

But I also would have guessed he’d definitely miss the rest of the season once he was diagnosed with five (!) fractures.

Wall is a serious competitor, and he’ll do everything he can to get back on the court before Washington’s run ends. Wittman has said he’ll value Wall’s long-term health over immediate contributions, which is absolutely the right mindset.

Even with that approach, though, Wittman might face a tough call at some point.

Hawks’ DeMarre Carroll (kind of) explains why he wasn’t on floor to defend Paul Pierce’s game-winner

Atlanta Hawks v Washington Wizards-Game Three

The Hawks had an unusual lineup on the floor to defend the Wizards on Game 3’s final possession, but at least part of that was a product of circumstances.

Atlanta’s reserves were the ones who put together a late 21-3 run to bring the Hawks back from the dead, and seldom-used Mike Muscala of all people was the one who hit the three-pointer to tie the game at 101 with 14 seconds left.

So, the lineup that was in place to defend what ended up being Paul Pierce’s game-winner consisted of Kyle Korver, Kent Bazemore, Shelvin Mack, Dennis Schröder and Muscala — a group which, as far as I can tell, had never logged even a single minute together before that fateful possession.

We saw what happened next — Pierce ended up being guarded by the much smaller Schröder for some reason, the help from Bazemore came late, and Pierce was able to elevate for his patented step-back jumper, which banked home just before time expired.

DeMarre Carroll has been the best player for the Hawks in these playoffs, and is one of the team’s better defenders. He should have been out there to lock up Pierce, and in fact, head coach Mike Budenholzer evidently wanted it that way. But somewhat oddly, Carroll seemed to bow out of accepting the assignment.

The Hawks were already dealing with a substandard version of Paul Millsap, who didn’t start because he was dealing with flu-like symptoms, and was largely ineffective in 22 minutes off the bench. If Carroll isn’t right physically as he seemed to indicate (although his answers to why he wasn’t on the floor were far from revealing), Atlanta could be eliminated sooner than anyone expected.

Marc Gasol banks in dagger for Memphis in win over Warriors (VIDEO)

Marc Gasol

All weekend the big shots have seemed to bank in. Derrick Rose was first. Paul Pierce followed suit.

Marc Gasol wanted in on the action.

This wasn’t the game winner, but his shot to beat the shot clock banked in and was the dagger in the Grizzlies’ 99-89 win over the Warriors. This was the shot that was the final nail in Golden State’s coffin for the night and put Memphis up 2-1 in the series.

Memphis has the chance to take total control of the series on Monday night in Game 4. At home.