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The Washington Wizards announced last Saturday that point guard John Wall would miss around two weeks after an MRI revealed inflammation in his left knee.
Wall received platelet-rich plasma and viscosupplementation injections to reduce the inflammation in his knee. The four-time All-Star was administered IVs by the Wizards’ training staff to combat a cold he had a few weeks ago, but they didn’t settle correctly and the fluid collected in his knee. Wall also had a knee-to-knee collision against the Dallas Mavericks on Nov. 7.
The explosive guard, who says he’s used to playing through pain, didn’t notice the swelling in his knee until family and friends told him about it after Washington’s Nov. 22 game in Charlotte.
“In Charlotte after the game, I was with a couple of my friends,” Wall told reporters Friday. “My agent said I was limping throughout the game. I didn’t even notice it. The adrenaline, going through the game, being back home in front of family. It was like, alright you need to do something about it. We talked, figured out what it was. After the Charlotte game, I could barely walk. It was flaming up. My knee was swelling up even more. They were like we have to do something about it. I agreed to it.
“I’m the type of guy who likes to play through things. It just got to the point where it was affecting my play. I tried to get through it as much as I could, but then everyone was like you have to care of it and think about the long-term, not just the short-term.”
Wall is averaging 20.3 points and 9.2 assists on the season, shooting 43.5 percent from the floor. He is scheduled for a checkup Friday evening.
The Wizards enter tonight with a record of 11-10, sitting at the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference standings.