ShareBullets: No John Wall? Then There Will Be None Of This Tonight.
First, thanks to all the Re-Tweeters who participated in TAI’s ticket giveaway for tonight’s Wizards-Raptors game. The lucky random winners were @tehbee (who will be attending her first Wizards game, second pro basketball game), and @TwiceDown, who has been a “Bullets” fan all of his life, but hasn’t been to a see a home game since Allen Iverson was with the 76ers (so about four years). TAI will have some more ticket giveaways (among other things) in the future, perhaps including some good seats for when the Miami Heat come to town on December 18th. So stay tuned …
Scenes like this will not be seen at the Verizon Center tonight:
It’s been reported that John Wall will not play tonight due to sprained left foot (nor will Yi Jianlian, also due to injury) — the kid, Wall, has evidently been walking around in crutches. Sorry ticket winners … I suppose there still is a good chance you will see JaVale McGee finish an alley-oop, just not one passed from Wall.
And while most cringe at Wall having to miss a game, I’m all for it. He needs some rest for crying out loud. Flip Saunders hasn’t been shy about his intentions to play Wall as much as possible — whether in the summer league, in the preseason, or now, the regular season — and you can’t help but feel like it’s a little too much. Sure, Wall isn’t Kerry Wood (or any pitcher who flamed out early due to early heavy usage), but Saunders should certainly be more careful about burning him out.
Through his first eight NBA contests, Wall has averaged 39.2 minutes per game, tied for seventh in the league. Sure, Iverson averaged 40.1 minutes over 76 games during his rookie season; and even Michael Finley averaged 39.2 over 82 games in his first year in the league, but it still seems like Wall’s time on the court should be reeled in just a tad.
Don’t get me wrong, Wall having to sit out a game is not panic-worthy (and not exactly “preferred”), but it certainly could give more cause to proceed with a bit more caution when you consider this foot sprain and the few bouts with right knee tendinitis that he’s experienced from Kentucky to the Las Vegas Summer League.
I’m only saying …
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