When trying to figure out what is wrong with the 13-22 Washington Wizards, you have to start at the top. Well, yes that means owner Ted Leonsis and GM Ernie Grunfeld, but we don’t have the time to break down all the questions around them. We’re focused on the court today.
John Wall has not been himself this season. He’s averaging 20.7 points per game, but his efficiency has slipped — shooting 30.2 percent from three, an 18.5 PER that would be his lowest since his sophomore season. A bigger issue than the shooting has been the half-hearted cuts and work without the ball on offense, and his disinterested defense — this is why the team has been 5.1 points per 100 possessions better with Wall off the court this season.
Part of the problem may be painful bone spurs in his left heel. Wall missed one game for those earlier this season but has tried to play through the pain.
Now he is out on Friday night against Chicago and will see a specialist. Via Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington:
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….
“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.”
Wall missed 41 games last season due to knee injuries and didn’t want to miss time this season, but if he’s not right, he’s not right.
Tomas Satoransky, who played reasonably well last season when having to start for Wall, will get the call again. For how long is the question.