MILWAUKEE – Washington Wizards point guard John Wall will travel to Toronto to attend the NBA’s All-Star weekend festivities but is not sure if he will participate in his third all-star game Sunday after bruising his right knee in the first quarter of the Wizards’ 99-92 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.
“If I can’t move and I need more time then I won’t [play Sunday],” said Wall, who received treatment on the knee at halftime and after the game. “But it’ll be frustrating not to.”
Wall injured the right knee early in the first quarter when he collided with Bucks guard O.J. Mayo while driving to the basket. He stayed on the floor in pain for a few moments, but remained in the game and logged 41 minutes, including the entire second half.
“It’s a deep bruise,” Wall said. “As you can see, it’s swollen. It hurts and I’ll do as much treatment as I can on it.”
An all-star for the third straight season, Wall assumed blame for Washington’s loss Friday because of the 12 three-pointers he attempted, which he attributed to the knee injury limiting his movement. Wall, who was limping in the locker room after the game, made just three of the three-pointers and scored 15 points on 5-of-19 shooting overall from the floor.
“I just knew how important this game was, trying to get a game before the break,” Wall said. “It’s an honor to be in the all-star game and have the opportunity to play but I can’t do it if it’s still a problem. My team is too important.”
With the loss, the Wizards fell to 23-28 and sit three games behind the Charlotte Hornets for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They have 31 games remaining and resume their season next Thursday in a rescheduled game against the Utah Jazz in Washington. It will be the first of three games in three nights.