Hanrahan: Wall Has Ankle Issue, Arenas May Return

Hanrahan: Wall Has Ankle Issue, Arenas May Return
November 1, 2010, 5:12 pm
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Monday November 1, 2010; 1:25 p.m. Updated 2:31p.m.

By Frank Hanrahan


John Wall, who was spectacular in the Atlanta loss Saturday, was limited in practice because of a sprained right ankle today but he is likely to play in the Wizards home opener versus Philadelphia tomorrow night at Verizon Center. "I would expect he'll be okay," Wizards coach Flip Saunders said. "He got treatment yesterday and today so it is precautionary if anything to hold him out of practice."

Wall left Verizon Center in a walking boot but he is optimistic about his playing status tomorrow night. " It has been swollen since last game so I'm in a walking boot to make it feel better and getting treatment as much as I can," Wall said.

Wall said he rolled it in the third quarter of the Hawks game and tightened his laces on his shoe up and kept playing through it. The ankle swelled up on the flight back to D.C. "It is nothing bad," Wall said.

Wall hopes the ankle won't slow him down. The rookie point guard shined against Atlanta, scoring 28 points and dishing out 9 assists in the 99-95 loss. Wall and the 0-2 Wizards would love to get the first win of the season in the home opener Tuesday night. "Every game we keep getting better and every practice we get better and hopefully we can start winning some games," Wall said.

Another player with an ankle injury is Gilbert Arenas, who is a game time decision for the Sixers game. Arenas has missed the first two games of the season because of the injury and was getting a precautionary M.R.I on the ankle later today and should know the results tomorrow. "You'll know ten minutes before the game," Saunders said about Arenas' availability tomorrow night.