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Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 11/19/2010

John Wall to be a game-time decision

By Gene Wang

Washington Wizards rookie point guard John Wall remains uncertain for tonight's game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Coach Flip Saunders said this morning before the team's shoot-around at Verizon Center. The No. 1 overall pick has missed the past two games with a sprained left foot, for which he was fitted with a walking boot.

"No update," Saunders said. "He's seeing the doctor this morning, and he'll take a look, so we won't know until game time."

Wall hurt his foot during Saturday's loss at Chicago. He came back to play in that game after the injury, but subsequent stress on the foot may have led to more swelling and discomfort.

Wall leads the Wizards and all NBA rookies in points (18.1) and assists (9.8), and before the injury had been leading the NBA in steals (3.3).

Meantime, center Yi Jianlian is out for tonight's game, Saunders said. Yi, a top reserve, also has missed the past two games after hyper-extending his knee and bruising a bone during a collision with the Bulls' Luol Deng on Saturday.

By Gene Wang  | November 19, 2010; 10:54 AM ET
Categories:  John Wall, Yi Jianlian  
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Comments

Here is an example of his all star effort!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZsgq7uGRpI&feature=player_embedded

Posted by: wynnebs | November 19, 2010 9:19 AM

1)Flip should have benched AB for a spell right after that play, whether for lack of effort or health reasons.

2)Javale is the only player in that clip who exerts proper effort, everybody else dogged it.

Posted by: divi3 | November 19, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Avery has already benched Troy "Antawn" Murphy for lack of defense. Does that make him a better coach than Flip? Not saying it does, but it's the kind of attitude towards vet players that Flip has never exhibited.

On the other hand, Brooke Lopez might be the single worst defensive Center in the league and I doubt you'll hear Avery being too critical of him.

Posted by: divi3 | November 19, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

@ Divi3 I posted that video on Andray Blatche's "real" facebook account with a plead for him to play better defense and that Javale gets pulled out of the game AlL OF THE TIME for mental errors ans he should too. All I got in respone was that, "You dont know what ur talking about and I stay in the game cuse I do what im told." He then said in another comment shortly after, that, "the game plan was to keep Rondo on that side of the court, and thats why I jumped out there." I then lashed at him for still not playing Pick and Roll defense and that when even if that was the game plan. He still showed no effort in trying to stop Rondo from freeballing in the lane. I guess I toy'd with his manhood by bashing him but I insisted to him I was just trying to get the best out of one of my favorite players.
The comment has since been deleted.

Posted by: masonkyle | November 19, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

good stuff mase

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | November 19, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

"Honestly, he's the laziest great talent guy in the league," ESPN NBA analyst David Thorpe said of Blatche in an online chat this week. "The single worst defensive player I've seen so far this year but extremely hard to guard on offense."

Posted by: masonkyle | November 19, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: masonkyle | November 19, 2010 12:12 PM

it DOES look like everybody played it as if Rondo would pass no matter what. As was said yesterday, guess only Flip knows what he wanted right there and the fact AB didnt get an earful may be a sign of something.

Still looked like everybody but JM dogged it on that one though, imo

Posted by: divi3 | November 19, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

^ To give Andray a little credit, it looks as if Hinrich was particularly lost and couldn't decide between staying on Rondo or calling out a switch (which, if he went with, it doesn't sound like he voiced). In addition, Hinrich is 5 or so years Blatche's senior, he's one of the team captains and has a much stronger defensive reputation; both of them are at fault here. I'd go so far as to say Hinrich didn't defend Rondo well at all, or as well as he could/should have. I'll throw out there that if we can shut down Rondo, then Garnett and Allen become significantly hindered on offense, and Shaq reverts to only being somewhat of a force on the offensive glass (Javale did a solid job of denying him looks, boxing him out), leaving the Celtics with only Paul Pierce to put up more than 10-15 points on us.

Posted by: TDAV | November 19, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Anyone in NoVA with Comcast know what channel the game is on tonight?

Posted by: DonnyB | November 19, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Y'all really can't be serious. Pick and roll defense is a two man thing. What was Kirk doing? If you say they were playing pass...did he pick up someone? Yes.
You can say he stayed back to cut off the pass back to Garnett.

Dray went where NOBODY went and stayed where NOBODY was...as the PG turned the corner you do what? Watch him? Even if he guessed wrong from the fake rondo did...RECOVER AND CUT IT OFF. He drifted off to nowhere and stayed there and WATCHED. Don't give him credit for anything.

That's an excuse.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | November 19, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

"That's an excuse."

Posted by: SDMDTSU | November 19, 2010 4:43 PM

More like a rationalization, really.

And I really did like the way Blatche's head swiveled around to follow the play as he stood rooted to the spot.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 19, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

"Honestly, he's the laziest great talent guy in the league," ESPN NBA analyst David Thorpe said of Blatche in an online chat this week. The single worst defensive player I've seen so far this year but extremely hard to guard on offense."

Posted by: masonkyle | November 19, 2010 12:18 PM

He wouldn't be able to say that if the Wizards had signed Adam Morrison, who may be the worst defensive player I've ever seen.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 19, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

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