Even although Washington Wizards emerged victorious against the Atlanta Hawks in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, since NBA Star Paul Pierce buzzer-beater, it is hard to assume they will win the series without point guard John Wall. In reality, with Wall expected to miss out the rest of the postseason due to nondisplaced fractures in his wrist and hand, and it should be clear the Wizards will fail to advance to the conference finals.
Clearly, this is the correct move by the Wizards. The facial skin of the franchise cannot put Wall’s future in jeopardy only to win yet another game or yet another series, especially if you have no guarantee Washington defeats Atlanta despite him on the court. Essentially, if team doctors tell head coach Randy Wittman and the Wizards’executive team that there’s an opportunity Wall further injures himself if he plays, then there’s no way they will allow him to take the risk.
It is obviously an unfortunate situation. Washington has been playing outstanding basketball through the postseason. After marching all the way through the Toronto Raptors in four games, the Wizards had the appearance of a team which was fully effective at upsetting Atlanta. Even though there’s still a chance which they do advance, it is hard to assume anything significant will occur without Wall’s 17.4 points and 12.6 rebounds per game through the playoffs.