Wizards Insider: Wall, Yi to miss tonight's game vs. Toronto
The Wizards will not have rookie John Wall or reserve Yi Jianlian for tonight's game against the Toronto Raptors. Coach Flip Saunders said at the morning shootaround that Wall was out with a sprained left foot, which has him moving around on crutches. Gilbert Arenas will likely make his first start of the season in place of Wall.
Wall, the No. 1 overall pick, leads the Wizards and all rookies in scoring (18.1 points) and assists (9.8). He also leads the entire league in steals (3.3). He was injured defending Chicago all-star point guard Derrick Rose in the third quarter of a 103-96 loss on Saturday and later crashed into Yi after taking a coercing Luol Deng into an offensive foul. Yi suffered a hyperextended right knee and a bone bruise on the collision.
Wall left the game with 4:29 remaining in the third quarter to have his foot examined and taped. He came back to play the final four minutes of the game, burying a three-pointer that brought the Wizards within six with 30.9 seconds left and assisting Arenas 20 seconds later for a three-pointer that cut the deficit to 99-94. Afterward, Wall said he couldn't sit out while his teammates were fighting back. Arenas said, "We're proud that he hurt his foot and came back and gave us what he gave us."
Arenas had been coming off the bench in his first five games, averaging 14.2 points and three assists in 27.6 minutes. He scored a season-high 30 points and made seven three-pointers against the Bulls. He is shooting 45.5 percent (16 for 35) from beyond the three-point line this season.