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The Wizards have lost AJ Price for 4-6 weeks with a fractured hand.
WASHINGTON -- Looks like that trip to the locker room A.J. Price took in the second half was serious.
Price has been diagnosed with a fracture in his right hand, and he will be out 4-6 weeks, he said after the game. He had been starting in place of John Wall, who is out nursing his own injury. This injury will definitely be a huge blow to the Wizards, who were just now finding some consistency in their rotation.
Randy Wittman was informed of Price's fracture after the game. Always the optimist, Wittman was quick to point out that it could have been a lot worse: "It's not displaced or anything, so that's a good thing. He'll have to go see a hand specialist, probably on Monday. He's going to miss some time."
That time, as we now know, is 4-6 weeks.
There is no word yet on what the Wizards will do to replace Price's minutes and contribution to the team. Jordan Crawford could see a lot more time at the point, or Shaun Livingston's minutes could be increased as well. It's possible that the Wizards sign someone to take his spot, but with a full roster, it's probably unlikely. If they do sign someone, my assumption would be that they'd make a call to Shelvin Mack or Jannero Pargo, since they're the ones most likely to fit quickly into the system. And who knows? Maybe Wall will make a miraculous comeback. All we know now is that every point guard the Wizards had in training camp is no longer on the team or injured.
After the game, Price said they told him he'd be out 4-6 weeks. Taking a page out of Wittman's optimism book, Price added that he's a "quick healer."
We'll update you in the coming days as we get more information.
In the meantime, we wish A.J. Price a speedy recovery.