John Wall of the Washington Wizards is suffered a foot sprain before halftime of Wednesday’s win over the Dallas Mavericks. However, Wall is expected to play tonight against the Chicago Bulls, as first reported by Marc J. Spears of ESPN.
According to the Fantasy Doctor’s Dr. Selene Parekh, the injury is just a mild sprain and should not affect the four-time All Star’s play.
This is another example of the hard-nosed point guard playing through an injury. He played through knee issues through most of last season. Wall is not going to sit because of a minor injury.
The Wizards are 25-8 since Jan. 6, after starting the season 2-8. His MVP-caliber season has been overshadowed by great years from Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Lebron James. Wall is having a career year that is elevating his teams play across the board. He has averaged career-highs across the board. He averaged 23.2 points, 10.7 assists on 45 percent shooting.
He told Stephen A. Smith on First Take earlier this month that “he does” want Lebron James in the Eastern Conference Finals. But his team must catch up the Celtics, who are 1.5 games ahead of the Wizards, in order to play the Cavs in the playoffs. 15 games is plenty of time left to catch Boston and it does not seem like Wall is stepping off of the breaks any time soon.
The Wizards also have a tougher schedule down the stretch than the Celtics do. Washington needs to travel to Golden State, Cleveland, Los Angeles Clippers and Boston. While Boston is playing most it’s games at home and its toughest road game is at Atlanta. Wall does not believe he can afford to miss any time. An easier game against a Chicago Bulls team that just lost Dwyane Wade was a game his team could not afford to lose if they want to compete for the second seed.
If Wall ever does rest, Brandon Jennings and Tomas Satoransky would share starting point guard duties. But this injury is not one that will force him to miss serious, if any time. Wall has been on a mission for the entirety of the 2017 and it does not look like he is slowing down anytime soon.