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X-rays on John Wall’s wrist and pinkie both come back negative

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In the midst of the fallout from John Wall’s scuffle with Jae Crowder, another storyline emerged that could have more serious implications down the road for the Wizards.

Candace Buckner of the Washington Post and J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic reported after the game that Wall had X-rays done on his pinkie finger and wrist after Wednesday’s game, and they both came back negative.

To be clear, Wall’s hand issues are not connected with his altercation with Crowder at the end of the Wednesday’s game. In fact, they might help explain in part why he went 4-21 from the field against the Celtics:

Washington can only hope Wall’s issues are not serious, because they can’t afford to have him on the shelf for long and stay competitive. The Wizards went 0-2 in the games he did not play earlier this season, and lost a game against the Philadelphia where his minutes were restricted. Furthermore, the Wizards have been outscored by an average 10.5 points per 100 possessions with him off the floor this season. If he has to miss any sort of extended time, it could be a major blow to the Wizards’ playoff hopes.