- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 9, 2015

John Wall’s fall in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Atlanta Hawks will be remembered among the cursed days of the Washington Wizards. Wall broke his hand and wrist in five places, missed three games in the series, and was sent home with his teammates after six games, left to wonder what could have happened if Wall was healthy.

Wall said after the season that he would return to Cleveland to again see a hand specialist he visited when first injuring his hand. He was unsure then what would be required during the offseason for his hand to heal.

Wizards coach Randy Wittman said Thursday that Wall did not need surgery on his left, and non-shooting, hand. The soon-to-be 25-year-old stopped into Verizon Center on Wednesday to watch his team’s mini-camp practice.

“He’s doing great,” Wittman said. “He was just here yesterday and came to practice and talked to our young guys here. I said, ‘Yeah, now you’re an old man.’ But, no, he’s healthy and no problems with the hand or anything else.”

Wittman said no players on the team needed offseason surgeries.

Wall averaged 17.6 points and 10.0 assists per game in arguably his best season. He was also the starting point guard for the Eastern Conference in the All-Star Game.

He missed Game 2, Game 3 and Game 4 against Atlanta before returning for the final two games of the series.


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