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John Wall to see doctor for migraines Friday

John Wall said he’s played through migraines for about two weeks. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

PHOENIX — John Wall sat in front of his locker at US Airways Center on Wednesday night with his feet in a bucket of ice. He was trying to reduce the swelling in his right ankle, which hampered him in the Washington Wizards’ 106-98 loss to the Phoenix Suns.

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But the ankle is not his chief ailment. Wall also played through intense migraines for the second straight night, which was why he had a towel draped over his head when sitting on the bench. He plans on seeing a doctor Friday.

“It’s just been killing me, man, to be honest,” Wall said before the game.

Wall, who finished with 11 points on 5-for-16 shooting to go with seven assists and seven rebounds, estimated the headaches began around two weeks earlier but worsened Monday afternoon in Los Angeles and intensified that night.

He was listed as questionable Wednesday, though it was for the right ankle he sprained in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night and he insisted his status was never in doubt. He reiterated that the ankle injury will not prevent him from playing Saturday against the Toronto Raptors.

“I missed too many games my first three years to miss games now,” Wall said. “Hopefully the two days off will help. But if it ain’t broken, I’ll play.”


Washington was desperate for a boost in the fourth quarter when Coach Randy Wittman decided to field a lineup that had not played together yet this season. And the quintet of Garrett Temple, Martell Webster, Otto Porter Jr., Drew Gooden III, and Kevin Seraphin responded by cutting the Suns’ lead to four points with less than seven minutes remaining.

“It was kind of shocking,” Wall admitted, “to see them come in and get pace and they were making shots so [Wittman] let them in as long as they could.”

Bench players scored 29 of the Wizards’ 32 points in the fourth quarter. Porter headed the charge with 11 of his points in the period a night after netting 12 points against the Lakers.

“We just moved the ball and got stops,” Porter said. “We found something that was getting them in trouble and just tried to stick with it; get good ball movement, move side to side and attack from the other end.”


The Wizards will fly back to Washington on Thursday morning having gone 2-2 in their second road trip against Western Conference opponents. They bookended their two wins with losses to the only teams they faced over .500, but Wall was encouraged.

“It was good. I think it was a good one,” Wall said. “Whenever you go 50-50 in any road trip, that’s great. We wanted to come 3-1, we had an opportunity to go up 3-0 and lost a tough one in Portland and then to come back and win two tough games and give ourselves a chance to end with a winning road trip is pretty solid. Whenever you come out west and win two games out of four, I think that’s pretty good even though you want to come back with a winning record. You take those 2-2’s and protect home court.”


Washington is idle Thursday before practice Friday in preparation for a Saturday meeting with the Toronto Raptors. With their 119-112 win over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday, the Raptors surpassed the Wizards for second place in the Eastern Conference by a half-game.

The Raptors trounced Washington in the teams’ first meeting on Nov. 7, 103-84.