John Wall's Wrist Injury Is Shockingly Bad | Wizards Blog Truth About

John Wall’s Wrist Injury Is Shockingly Bad

Updated: May 7, 2015

[original photo via @SBNationNBA]

[original photo via @SBNationNBA]

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably heard the news: John Wall, the Washington Wizards’ dynamic All-Star point guard, has five non-displaced fractures in his left wrist and hand, the team announced on Thursday.

For those readers who don’t have context here, let me translate: That’s unusually bad.

“How do you get FIVE nondisplaced fractures?” radiologist Pradheep Shanker asked on Twitter. “I’ve literally seen people have cars drive over them with less damage.”

“I’ve heard of one or two wrist fractures being hard to pick up on X-Ray or MRI but 5?!?!” added athletic trainer Jeff Stotts. “Unprecedented territory here.”

The only silver lining — if there is one — is that the fractures are non-displaced. (Essentially, they were clean breaks, which heal faster.)

So the key question: Is Wall done for the year?

To be clear, the answer doesn’t have to do with Wall’s tolerance for pain. (Which some observers suggested.)

Instead, the issue has to do with the potential risk-and-recovery here, especially if Wall tries to play through these injuries.

While we won’t know Wall’s options for sure until more details come out, because the fractures are non-displaced, there is a chance that Wall could skip surgery, and wear a splint or brace to protect himself.

But in many cases, NBA players with just one or two non-displaced fractures in their hands have ended up missing more than a month. (Kawhi Leonard, for instance, needed weeks to recover from a non-displaced fracture in his hand last year.)

So brace yourself, Washington fans. While Wall hasn’t “officially” been ruled out, and the series with the Hawks will go on regardless, Washington’s magical playoff run is starting to look like another season where big dreams remain just that.

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