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Posted at 10:57 PM ET, 12/ 8/2010

John Wall misses seventh game with left foot injury

By Michael Lee

John Wall was ruled out in the second quarter of the Wizards' game against the Sacramento Kings with a sore left foot. After the Wizards' 115-108 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, Wall mentioned that he had injured his foot twice.

Wall attempted to run a few sprints about an hour before the game. But after going baseline-to-baseline a few times, Wall limped into the locker room. He still thought he was going to play and Coach Flip Saunders had him in the starting lineup before scratching him in favor of Kirk Hinrich.

Wall considered coming back at halftime, but the Wizards decided to sit him. Although the injury is in the same foot, it is in a different area than the arch that sidelined him after landing awkwardly in Chicago. He has now missed seven games this season with injuries. He missed four with a sprained left foot a few weeks ago, then sat another with a bruised left knee.

By Michael Lee  | December 8, 2010; 10:57 PM ET
 
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Comments

Maybe it's the shoes?

Posted by: djnnnou | December 8, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Coach Flip Saunders had him in the starting lineup before scratching him in favor of Kirk Hinrich.

Flip's a happy coach again.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 8, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

back Flip the coach out of town! Flip Saunders seems like a very nice guy but he is not the coach for this team...the Wiz are not playing hard and they don;t play any defense at all! you can say that the Wiz have injuries but every team in the league could use that excuse at one time or another. that does not mean that you do not play hard/compete and this team does not play hard or compete. Flip has lost this team and it is evident when a team like Sac can blow them out and there is no sense of urgency throughout the organization. no one seems to care and if you listen to Flip postgame he seems lost...eddie jordan did not get as many chances as flip has had and he took the team to the playoffs! Flip has to go!

Posted by: ronniecope106 | December 8, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

"fire the coach!" -- what an original idea! how astute! how is it you're not a GM?!

Posted by: spunkydawg1 | December 9, 2010 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Hey mike lee i know you heard the fan at the game say to Flip "you're losing the game, you're losing your team, you're losing your job"!! Flip Saunders is lost...listen to his post game interview and the excuses will come like rapid fire...but he really does not have any answers.

Posted by: ronniecope106 | December 9, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

The Wizards have a scary lack of talent, particularly after the injuries. Twenty wins this season is a distinct possibility. The offense has no flow and we all know how vulnerable they are on defense. It's depressing.

Posted by: larryrob | December 9, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

yo spunk...u r right buddy its not original but if u look at the way this young, energetic team competes (or lack of competing) and you realize that a team like the Kings can blow them out! and you know u cannot fire the team and Flip is not the new owners choice...what is the answer buddy? how do you get this team to play hard every night and not get embarass when they step on the court? i think they should be better than they are...

Posted by: ronniecope106 | December 9, 2010 12:23 AM | Report abuse

I agree with posters here wanting to fire Flip. You can't develope a core of players if you're going to keep changing the startup line every other game. It hurt players more than it help. Ted show Flip the door and let Sam Cassel be the intern coach.

Posted by: demonj21 | December 9, 2010 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Didn't see this one, looks like I didn't miss much. Wall out, Nick and Yi both 1 for 8, Gilbert 6 for 17... according to the play-by-play, Javale stole the ball from Casspi at game's end and managed to miss a dunk from a listed distance of 1 foot? A fitting end, it sounds like.

I notice that the Whizz shot 10 more FTs than Sacramento but that put hardly a dent in the Kings' 14 FG advantage.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 9, 2010 12:38 AM | Report abuse

It's just such a cliche to fire the coach. It's like all you armchair GMs can think of, you're obsessed with it. Fire Flip Saunders! Fire Mike Shanahan! Fire Bruce Boudreau! Fire Ralph Friedgen! Fire Jim Riggleman! Fire Gary Williams!

There, do we all feel better now?

Now the Great Coach Fairy can descend from heaven and lead all of our teams to victory, yay! Oh no, wait, Joe Gibbs tried that, and pretty soon it was: Fire Joe Gibbs!

Super Bowl winners?! College championship winners?! Screw 'em all!! Fire them! Fire them!! Fire them!!!

Our will be done!!!!!

Posted by: spunkydawg1 | December 9, 2010 12:38 AM | Report abuse

It's just such a cliche to fire the coach. It's like all you armchair GMs can think of, you're obsessed with it. Fire Flip Saunders! Fire Mike Shanahan! Fire Bruce Boudreau! Fire Ralph Friedgen! Fire Jim Riggleman! Fire Gary Williams!

There, do we all feel better now?

Now the Great Coach Fairy can descend from heaven and lead all of our teams to victory, yay! Oh no, wait, Joe Gibbs tried that, and pretty soon it was: Fire Joe Gibbs!

Super Bowl winners?! College championship winners?! Screw 'em all!! Fire them! Fire them!! Fire them!!!

Our will be done!!!!!

Posted by: spunkydawg1 | December 9, 2010 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Wall, Young, Seraphin & Booker - young TIGERS unearthed by one Ernest Grunfeld.

In Grunfeld We Trust!!

Posted by: melodious_thunk | December 8, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Wall-out Young 3 pts Seraphin 4 pts
Booker 4 pts Yi 4 pts

In Grunfeld We Trust?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 9, 2010 12:46 AM | Report abuse

OK spunk... I thought you would contribute some valid comments and input (see how much trouble I get in when I start thinking)...the facts exist that the Wiz have issues that must be addressed (the WIZ) we are not talking about any other team here (and by the way I have not heard anyone talk about firing the Caps coach or Gary Williams) the energy and hustle that you expect from a young team is lacking and usually that falls back to the coach...I will wait to see what happens when they get all their players healthy then they will not have that excuse.

Posted by: ronniecope106 | December 9, 2010 1:02 AM | Report abuse

... the energy and hustle that you expect from a young team is lacking and usually that falls back to the coach...I will wait to see what happens when they get all their players healthy then they will not have that excuse.

Posted by: ronniecope106 | December 9, 2010 1:02 AM

Anyone who saw the game against the Lakers saw this team play with energy and hustle.
Booker and Seraphin earned an opportunity to start with how they played against the Lakers but couldn't repeat it the next night. Flip is trying to stress that energy and hustle will be rewarded because his veterans are not bringing it every night. Not counting the game vs the Lakers, Blatche, Young (despite his 30 pt night), Thornton, Yi, McGee, and even Gil are known to take nights off and be inconsistent. It looked like Flip was trying to send a message to his veterans by starting the guys who were giving him good hustle, just like he had been starting Alonzo Gee. It backfired though, because the entire team was probably down from losing a winnable game the night before. I expect them to bounce back and play very well in the next game.

As for the Flip-haters, Flip is tinkering with the team and trying to find consistency. Starting over with a new coach would set the Wiz back a year or two until the team would adapt to the new coach and his style. All you guys who want to get rid of Flip have got to give it a rest or at least offer some credible suggestions as a replacement. Sam Cassell does not count.

Posted by: Janitor_with_a_Jumpshot | December 9, 2010 2:27 AM | Report abuse

@Janitor,
you just offered what the Wiz have been offering since they fired Eddie: EXCUSES. this is becoming the mantra for Washington pro sports..."wait to next year"...next year rolls around and look what we have. i am not saying that i have the answers but flip is suppose to be an NBA caliber coach and he had the off season and the time after the draft until the start of the season to put a credible product on the court...i personally do not believe that flip is the coach for this team...they don't play defense, they don't play with energy, they don't compete, they don't hustle and they cannot win on the road. they also lose big to teams that have less or comparable talent. if you say that flip has no culpability then who do you blame for the horrendous start...the coach set the character...the coach is the motivator...the coach gets paid millions to prepare a team and set their demeanor...if it is not flips accountability then who...flip made the final cuts and brought this product to the NBA season.

Posted by: ronniecope106 | December 9, 2010 2:57 AM | Report abuse

That was just plain painful to watch. Most painful and disappointing to me is the play of Gilbert Arenas. He has become a turnover machine, and plays with no passion, focus or discipline. That quizzical look that he often has after yet another careless turnover is getting very old.

I'm a big Gilbert supporter, but he is either subconsciously or obstinately undermining the effectiveness of the team. The passes he makes are often high-risk and/or low-percentage. At times it is frustrating to watch him break down his defender only to dump the ball off to the most offensively-challenged player on the court at the time. In recent games I've seen him at times almost exclusively play set up for Hilton Armstrong, Trevor Booker and Kevin Seraphin -- all this while there was a hot hand in the form of Nick Young or Andray Blatche also available. I'll stop short of accusing him of point-shaving, but I get the sense he could care less about the success of the team at this point.

Posted by: bazookajoe1 | December 9, 2010 3:36 AM | Report abuse

Wall has a hang nail again?

Posted by: Capitalist-1 | December 9, 2010 6:32 AM | Report abuse

This is not a good sign that he keeps getting hurt. Rest him until he is 100%!

Posted by: Beltwayboy7 | December 9, 2010 7:34 AM | Report abuse

Picking the lineup on this team is like picking lottery numbers, they are all good, but it is hard to get the sequence. Injuries have not hurt us, we have capable players who play a lot like the starters. Blatche is the most important part. He should be fighting for more rebounds, getting into the paint and battling for position, loose balls, tap ins, and blocking shots. He has done that in 3 games this season. Otherwise he waits to get the ball passed to him and he gets some longer caroming ball that comes at him. He either makes them better (3 games) or he leaves them deficient. All the guards (I include Young as a guard) get killed by 50% shooting from mediocre teams. Now you have no defense of shooters, no PF play and McGee standing on an island, being criticized for his not stopping the other team. He is on an island playing 1-5 defense. The guards can strip a ball when defending and jump the passing lanes, so often times it looks like they are playing good defense. When another player takes a jump shot there is nothing they can do. Wall is the only guard who can pressure the jumpshooter and change his shot or make him pass. If Blatche plays defense along with McGee and is playing well it changes the way the pieces fit together. Its a new equation. Every lineup works better at that point. Blatche is good at defense, he just does not do it enough. The team is asking for more toughness. The answer is a point guard (Wall) a shooting guard (Martin) SF (Gee) PF (Blatche) C (McGee). Martin is tall, will battle under the basket, will contest the jump shot, has a nice jumper, will attack the rim, will play hard and go after loose balls. Gee is the same without the jumper, but is stronger to the hoop. These two guys will initiate turnovers and defensive stops especially if Blatche and McGee have their backs. Wall can play his man and create mismatches. These guys do not have to get great minutes. They just stop other teams from jumping out to 15 point leads and keep it close for Arenas, Hinrich, Booker, Young, Yi, Armstrong, Seraphin, and Thornton to come in and attack. We must get defensive stops. 3 guards and a baby poop PF will not stop anyone in the NBA, and it is proven everynignt the team steps on the floor.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | December 9, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

Flip have no consistency in his line ups. We never know who starting or who coming off the bench. This is the reason for the turnovers. We need to stick with a eight man line up. The players don't know who they playing with. Also, why does it seem like we just stand still on offense. We need motion!!!

Posted by: llyles75 | December 9, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Let's start talking 2011 draft and what are the odds that we can get the #1 overall pick!

Posted by: fearturtle44 | December 9, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Josh Howard. We need someone who knows that winning is the most important thing in the profession that they chose. Not just being apart of it.

Posted by: AllDCSports | December 9, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

The Wizards are trying to rebuild with a coach who has no idea how to deal with young players. I have never seen a professional coach throw so many players under the bus so often while never admitting that his coaching, or lack, thereof, has anything bearing on the failure of the team. The Wizards have ZERO chance of succeeding with Saunders as the head coach. The Wizards need a coach who is relevant to the players; someone who has played at this level, and has done so recently. The young players need someone they can trust; someone they can look up to; someone who will encourage them, but also get in-their-face (privately) when they screw up. The Wizards need Sam "I Am".

Posted by: getabigboyoffense | December 9, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

We need a young energetic coach to grow with this team. Please promote Sam Cassell. The team looked great in the summer league (no comparison competition wise I understand). But the energy Sam exhibited on the sideline was contagious to the players on the floor.

Flip just walks up and down the floor making faces!!

Posted by: digger76 | December 9, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

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