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Posted at 3:18 PM ET, 11/26/2010

John Wall's status in doubt for Orlando

By Gene Wang

As Washington Wizards players wound down their short practice this afternoon on the Verizon Center auxiliary court, rookie point guard John Wall was practicing foul shots off to the side while talking with assistant coach Sam Cassell. Wall then took a short break from the light shooting and circled his finger around the top of his right shin as Cassell took a closer look at the area that is bothering the No. 1 overall pick enough for Coach Flip Saunders to voice concern he might miss tomorrow's game against Eastern Conference power Orlando.

Wall did little during practice following Washington's 116-96 loss to Atlanta on Thanksgiving night in which the Wizards shot 39 percent and lost the rebounding battle by 11. After the game, Wall brought up the newest malady, which he said occurred when he was tackled during the Wizards' 116-114 overtime win against Philadelphia on Monday. Wall's activity this afternoon consisted of stretching and riding the exercise bicycle, and he is scheduled to undergo additional treatment today at 4.

"I don't know. It's a possibility," Saunders said when asked if the severity of the injury was such that at Wall might be unavailable against the Magic.

This latest ailment comes on the heels of a sprained left foot that kept Wall out for four games. Wall played what Saunders called his worst game as a professional against the Hawks, missing 9 of 12 shots to go along with seven assists and three turnovers. After that forgettable performance, Wall, who leads the Wizards in points (18.0), assists (9.1) and steals (2.8), pronounced his knee fine before revealing the bruise below his knee.

Even if Wall is able to play tomorrow, the Wizards will be shorthanded again without starting forward Al Thornton and Yi Jianlian, a top reserve. Thornton has a sore ankle that kept him out yesterday, and Yi continues to be miss time because of a hyperextended knee suffered on Nov. 13 at Chicago.

By Gene Wang  | November 26, 2010; 3:18 PM ET
Categories:  John Wall  
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Comments

Time to bring in Gerald Green!

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | November 26, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Taking a j 2 ft in front of the ft line makes it a "in the paint " basket, but is it a quality attempt?

Up until this season I would have said definitely, because Blatche has (had?) such a nice J.

This season he is tossing up bricks, you'd think he'd broken his wrist rather than his foot.

Posted by: divi3 | November 26, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

i feel ya divi3 you know i have been one of AB's biggest fans on here. The bricks he throws up now look like desperation chuckers because he can't get where he wants to be on the floor, but he REALLY wants to shoot the ball.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | November 26, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

they put AB on a bulk-up program over the summer, maybe that was a bad idea regardless of the broken foot. At any rate, fool needs to drop some lardo with a quickness! No excuse for staying pudgy a month in, broken foot or not

Posted by: divi3 | November 26, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Yi is nearing two weeks on an injury that was listed as day-to-day. Maybe it's time to start looking into getting Jason Thompson.

Posted by: djnnnou | November 26, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: divi3 | November 26, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

didn't know they tried to bulk him up this summer with anything other than food and weights. The food intake shoulda decreased a bunch if he wasn't able to do any cardio. another possible misstep u can attribute to the wiz training staff/strength and conditioning team. Run Fat Boy Run! Buy a treadmill,stairclimber and excercise bike witcha new money bruva.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | November 26, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

they put AB on a bulk-up program over the summer...

To me it looks like he's lost the added muscle, but not the fat. If he's still lifting, he's doing it wrong.

Posted by: djnnnou | November 26, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

To me it looks like he's lost the added muscle, but not the fat. If he's still lifting, he's doing it wrong.

Posted by: djnnnou | November 26, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

LMAO

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | November 26, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand what it is going to take to get this medical staff fired. I mean, Javaris Crittenton used his allotment of cheap shots on the medical staff. Given the conditions under which Javaris left, he could easily have taken a shot at Arenas, Grunfeld, or some of his other teammates. The fact that he went after the medical staff only says something big.

Posted by: NWDC3 | November 26, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Time to bring in Gerald Green!

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | November 26, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

lilhollywood10 - I like this idea.....

Posted by: BulletsFever | November 26, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

The medical staff on this team is a disgrace and they are collectively, a malpractice lawsuit waiting to happen.Ted Leonsis needs to look into this i mean what more does he need to see is he waiting for them screw up a multi-million dollar carrer or what?

Posted by: dargregmag | November 26, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

about Nick vs Josh: the height's about the same, but you can see why Josh looks like the bigger player -- he's got a five inch advantage when he sticks his arms up. According to their respective pre-draft measurements:

NICK: Wingspan 7', Standing reach: 8'4.5"
JOSH: Wingspan 7'2", Standing reach 8'9.5"

Nick's standing reach would be right about the league average for a SG, while Howard's reach is about an inch above the average for SF. Both have a wingspan well above average for either position, which is supposedly a help on defense. Or so they say.

Posted by: Samson151 | November 26, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

dargregmag

Ted left Ernie and Flip in place too, but he put drink holders in the bathrooms?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | November 26, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Obama gets 12 stitches after errant elbow to mouth, the president had gone to nearby Fort McNair to indulge in a game of basketball, one of his favorite athletic pursuits. It was a five-on-five contest involving family and friends. Among the players were Obama's nephew, Avery Robinson, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Reggie Love, Obama's personal assistant, who played at Duke University.

Ernie why not sign one of these guys...

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | November 26, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

I think you can book it. Wall's not playing tomorrow night.

Posted by: bpybay | November 26, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

http://sports.espn.go.com/dallas/nba/news/story?id=5853144

Looks like the Brendan Haywood of old is back.

Posted by: NWDC3 | November 26, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

http://sports.espn.go.com/dallas/nba/news/story?id=5853144

Looks like the Brendan Haywood of old is back.

Posted by: NWDC3 | November 26, 2010 9:27 PM

I'm shocked. Shocked, I say.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 26, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Even though he is only 20, John Wall is finding out real quick how tough it is when you have to play 3 or 4 games a week, week after week, month after month, for 8 months straight. If he doesn't learn to pace himself, he will flame out quickly as the injuries mount up and hang on. Same way with McGee who already has a major health problem to carry with him. Unfortunalely the rest of the team looks like they are going in slow motion in comparison and seem unable to shoulder their parts that could lead to a winning team.

Posted by: dandyhuffman | November 27, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

I think BH's carcinogenicity has reflected by his recent suspention.
JW will continue to miss games,i have no trust with the medical staff in this ball club.
Another 31 point deficit for wiz tonight? I expect them to compute ,orland is here for back to back game.

Posted by: gtefferra | November 27, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Note to wizards guards, do not pass the ball to McGee and Booker away from the basket. This is not a knock on those two players at all, but at this point of their development, they simply cannot help the team when they get the ball away from the basket. McGee tends to throw up a wild shot, while Booker tends to throw the ball away.

McGee has been playing well and playing hard, it is guards' duty to know what is the best way to utilize his skill.

Posted by: sagaliba | November 27, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

"I think BH's carcinogenicity has reflected by his recent suspention.
JW will continue to miss games,i have no trust with the medical staff in this ball club.
Another 31 point deficit for wiz tonight? I expect them to compute ,orland is here for back to back game.

Posted by: gtefferra | November 27, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse "

Les BouleS could sure use his services right about now.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 27, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

A win against one of the league's elite would go a long way on building confidence on this Wizards squad that would mean that the "serial skirt chaser"(AB) would have to really step up his game. I am not a Blatche fan i think he is wasting an immense amount of talent,once EJ and his staff were fired that sent the wrong message to Blatche, i think a trade would be beneficial for both parties, the problem is Blatche has limited value so it looks like we're stuck unless we can get Mike Woodson. I think Woodson could get the untapped potential out of Blatche and make him an all star player or is this wishful thinking on my part.

Posted by: dargregmag | November 27, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

I dunno how much can be attributed to Woodson, but J-Smoove is becoming one of the better PFs in the east. He's really found his game (shooting waaaaaaaaay less long jumpers and not over handling) and is playing within himself(lol). Someone needs to whip Ab into shape though, Josh didn't have that issue early in his career. he was lean like AB and has done nothing but throw muscle on his frame since year one.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | November 27, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Look for JaTravel to come out and try to prove his athleticism against DHoward and then probably get in foul trouble and end up with a quiet night.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 27, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Note to lilhollywood: You're on point about Mike Woodson vs.J-Smoooth it was Woodson who told Smith to "man up" and stop the dribbling and jump shooting and if he didn't he would be on the bench and his next move would be off the team, lo and behold it worked. Josh Smith is the key to the Hawk's success even more so than Joe Johnson. The Hawk's feed off of Josh's athleticism(shot blocking,rebounding) and Josh Smith will be the first to tell you that it was Woodson who turned his career around.

Posted by: dargregmag | November 27, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Seems like health will always be an issue with us. Honestly, what the hell is wrong with our medical staff? We're the most oft-injured team in the league, and injuries pegged as minimal turn out to be week-long ailments as our staff can't do their job. We need to steal some of the Phoenix staff, they worked wonders for Grant Hill, Amare, Shaq, etc.

Leonsis has worked wonders for the franchise so far so I really hope he nudges Grunfield into addressing that problem as I assume the organization of the medical staff is his responsibility.

Posted by: TDAV | November 27, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

"I don't know. It's a possibility," Saunders said when asked if the severity of the injury was such that at Wall might be unavailable against the Magic.

Flip since everyone other then kal and Ernie know you are clueless sit the kid before the injury turns into a season ending one.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | November 27, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Alonzo Gee is starting at the 3 tonight. I'm interested to see if he helps the 1st quarter rebounding issues the Wiz have had.

Posted by: elfreako | November 27, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Even though he is only 20, John Wall is finding out real quick how tough it is when you have to play 3 or 4 games a week, week after week, month after month, for 8 months straight. If he doesn't learn to pace himself, he will flame out quickly as the injuries mount up and hang on. Same way with McGee who already has a major health problem to carry with him. Unfortunalely the rest of the team looks like they are going in slow motion in comparison and seem unable to shoulder their parts that could lead to a winning team.

Posted by: dandyhuffman | November 27, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

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