Wizards guard John Wall grabs his shoulder after hitting the floor hard during the second half against the Cavaliers. (Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)
After the Washington Wizards’ defense no-showed against the Cleveland Cavaliers in a 130-122 loss Friday night, players and staffers occasionally ambled in and out of the trainer’s room. The team’s security peeked in. Markieff Morris, gently holding his sleeping newborn, also walked in to show off baby Jyzelle. Every time the training room door opened, John Wall could be seen on a padded table. And those peeks revealed a concerning scene: Wall grimacing while receiving treatment on his sprained left shoulder.
With 10 seconds remaining in the third quarter, Wall ran into Cleveland big man Channing Frye. He dropped to the hardwood and unlike other times on the night when Wall crashed to the court and popped back up, he remained on the floor.
“Usually, you know me, I get up off the ground but I couldn’t get up,” Wall said.
It was a stinger, Wall knew, and it produced intense pain at that moment and even followed him throughout the night.
“On fire,” was how Wall described the shoulder to reporters.