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Wizards' John Wall, Bradley Beal nursing injuries, but expect to play

  • Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPNNewYork.com

ATLANTA -- Bradley Beal's sprained right ankle was feeling considerably better on Monday, but John Wall's left hand was visibly swollen.

The Washington Wizards' star backcourt practiced on Monday, and both Beal and Wall are expected to play in Game 2 on Tuesday. But they will be treating injuries suffered in Game 1 all the way up to tipoff.


Wall said he thought he initially broke his left wrist upon crashing to the floor on a drive to the basket with 3:05 left in the second quarter of the Wizards' 104-98 victory in Game 1.

The Wizards' All-Star point guard said he broke the same wrist in high school, but X-rays after Game 1 did not reveal a break. After taping his wrist and playing in the game, the top of Wall's hand started swelling up after the Wizards' win, and it remained swollen Monday.

"I'm all right," Wall said as he unwrapped the hand and iced it after practice at Georgia Tech. "My hand hurts. Swollen, but other than that, I am fine."

"I broke my wrist before, but it is kind of the same type of injury, because I put my hands down first and the wrist can snap or the hand can break," Wall added of why he initially feared he might have broken his wrist. "... We will get the swelling down before [Tuesday's] game. I did a lot of treatment last night and tried to get it as best as we can get it before the game [Tuesday]."

Beal rolled his ankle landing on Al Horford's foot in the fourth quarter with about eight minutes left. He returned to finish the final 3:50 but was still limping and did not score during that span. He finished with 28 points and seven rebounds.

"I should be good [Tuesday]," Beal said after Wizards practice at Georgia Tech. "I've sprained this ankle 30 times. The swelling has never gone away. [but] it wasn't that bad. Actually, I got to thank my trainers because I feel a lot better today than I did yesterday."

Beal said he did some shooting and felt good after. Beal had a rough Game 1 physically after also getting hit in the face during the first half. A large scratch under his right eye was still red and visible on Monday.

"I felt like I was boxing Floyd [Mayweather], UFC with Anderson Silva and sumo wrestling somebody," Beal said with a smile. "I mean, that's Atlanta. They are a physical team. I expect to get hit.

"I am guarding Kyle Korver, so I am getting hit every play. That is something I expect. I love contact. I don't mind it except for when I am getting hurt."

Wall and Beal have been terrific this postseason. In helping the Wizards win all five of their playoff games so far, Wall is averaging 17.4 points, 12.6 assists and 1.4 blocks.

Beal has raised his game as well in the postseason, averaging 22.2 points and 5.6 rebounds.

When one went down with an injury, the other picked up the slack during Game 1. Now Wall and Beal will try to steal another game in Atlanta on Tuesday.

"It wasn't perfect," Beal said of the Wizards' Game 1 performance. "We got a lot to improve upon. But we love where we are at right now."

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The Hawks "internally" won Game 1 against the Wizards, according to Paul Millsap

By Jake Whitacre @jakewhitacre on May 4, 2015, 3:39p

Excuse us while we "externally" LOL.

Watching the Wizards win in the playoffs is a lot like the first time someone shares their HBO password with you. It's fun. It's enjoyable. But it's hard to get the most out of it when you can't escape the feeling deep down inside that what you're seeing is wrong and one day it may come back to bite you if the powers that be get their act together.

If you watched Wizards' win over the Hawks in Game 1 live, you had a stronger sense of these feelings than you're probably accustomed to, even in this bizarre world where the Wizards haven't lost a playoff game and Randy Wittman has the fourth-best playoff winning percentage by a coach in NBA history. Even though the Wizards put together a great performance, spearheaded by a masterful performance from John Wall, it was hard to ignore the fact that Atlanta struggled to capitalize on their open looks:

If you're a Hawks fan, there's plenty of reason to be optimistic going forward that those shots will go down at a better rate the rest of the series. Still, essentially claiming victory, like Paul Millsap did on Monday after practice, might be a bit of a stretch. Here's what he had to say, according to J. Michael of CSN Washington:

"We played well enough to win the game," he said after Monday's practice. "Internally, we felt like we won the game. A few crucial mistakes. A few plays let them back in the game."

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But Millsap, who had 15 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, was asked to explain what he meant by "internally," so he did: "Let me be specific, we feel good about it. Ten-point lead going into halftime. Come back out, took some good shots, missed some open shots. Wasn't as aggressive as we needed to be. We feel good about it."

We're glad Millsap and the Hawks are feeling good, but they seem to be forgetting they already lost Game 1. Even if things get corrected the way they hope, they still have to find a way to beat the Wizards four times even though they only have three games left at home in this series. And even though their shots might drop at a better rate in future games, odds are John Wall and Bradley Beal won't get hurt again and Nene will probably play better than he did Game 1. Certainly, the Hawks still have a great shot -- they are a 60 win team after all -- but they're not doing themselves any favors by treating losses like wins.

Now, if you'll excuse us, we'll get back to watching Game of Thrones breaking down game film.

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The Hawks' shooting in their Game 1 loss to Wizards was worse than you thought

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Give me Millsap driving to the basket and causing destruction to their foul numbers

Give me Al consistent with the midrange.

Give me Teague dishing out the assits

And for gawd sakes please someone besides Antic and Schroder step it up off the bench. Mike Scott WHERE YOU AT!?

He11 I want to see brand get some minutes.
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I got a good feeling about this one guys.

Me too I've got a similar feeling about this one I had before game 6 in Brooklyn.

I really think they're going to show up or at least they better, I'm putting off Flash (which was getting really really good) and Shield (ditto) to give them 100% of my focus.

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I think our boys will be very focused tonight. I want to see the start we had in game 1 but I want it for four quarters. cool.png

They don't even have to that. Just give me 1 or 2 really good quarters and make the rest "adequate" and you've put yourself in a position to win. No more of this "hey I know! Let's just run iso and barley score 15 points" quarters.

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They don't even have to that. Just give me 1 or 2 really good quarters and make the rest "adequate" and you've put yourself in a position to win. No more of this "hey I know! Let's just run iso and barley score 15 points" quarters.

I know man but a blowout tonight would really feeeeeel good!!

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Wizards-Hawks Preview

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For the second straight year, the Washington Wizards hold a 1-0 series lead over the Eastern Conference's top seed in the second round of the playoffs.

Inexperience prevented them from advancing further in 2014, but that may not be a problem this postseason.

The Wizards continue looking forward after stealing Game 1 from the Atlanta Hawks and seek their eighth road victory in nine postseason games Tuesday night.

Washington eliminated Chicago in five in last year's opening round and beat Indiana in the first game of the conference semifinals, but it dropped the next three contests before bowing out in six.

The Wizards remained unbeaten in these playoffs with Sunday's 104-98 win at Atlanta as Bradley Beal tied a playoff career high with 28 points and John Walladded 18 points and 13 assists.

"Last year we were just happy to be in the playoffs, just happy we moved on. We didn't have many goals after the first round," Beal said. "This year, we expect more from ourselves. We're really focused on what we need to continue to do to move forward."

Beal sprained his ankle but played through it, just as Wall overcame an injury to his left hand. Both said Monday that they'll play in this contest, when they're expecting the Hawks to play more like the team that set a franchise record with 60 victories.

Atlanta lost for the first time when leading heading into the fourth quarter after winning all 29 such games in the regular season and three in the playoffs. It scored more points in the first quarter (37) Sunday than it did in the entire second half (35).

The Hawks had a roughly 36-hour turnaround after beating Brooklyn in Game 6, while the Wizards were off for a week after sweeping Toronto. Atlanta shot just 37.8 percent from the floor after hitting 14 of 22 -- including 5 of 8 from 3-point range -- to take an 11-point lead after the first 12 minutes.

"We know that they're going to come out aggressive and give us a punch right away," Wall said. "We can trust anybody leading us in scoring. When we play team defense, we're a pretty good team."

Washington's defense was solid, but more disturbing for Atlanta was its 15-for-49 performance on uncontested shots. DeMarre Carroll scored 24 points, butJeff Teague went 4 of 14 from the field and Kyle Korver finished 3 of 11 from 3-point range.

The Hawks alluded to the fact that they may have been worn down by the lack of rest, which only fueled Washington's up-tempo style led by Beal and Wall. Beal is averaging 22.2 points in the playoffs with Wall scoring 17.4 and adding 12.6 assists.

"Maybe we have to turn the heat up a little bit more, get a little more physical, get more aggressive on John Wall and Bradley Beal," said Carroll, who became the first Hawks player since Dominique Wilkins in 1989 to score at least 20 points in five straight postseason contests. "I think we kind of sat back and let them dictate their offense."

Al Horford had an efficient game for Atlanta, finishing with 17 points, 17 rebounds and seven assists. He and Paul Millsap helped limit Marcin Gortat to 12 points while also holding Nene scoreless.

Millsap finished with 15 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, but he also had four of the Hawks' 11 turnovers. Atlanta only forced six on the other end.

"Mistakes everywhere," Millsap said. "Against a team like this in the second round of the playoffs, you've got to be at it for 48 minutes."

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Me too I've got a similar feeling about this one I had before game 6 in Brooklyn.

I really think they're going to show up or at least they better, I'm putting off Flash (which was getting really really good) and Shield (ditto) to give them 100% of my focus.

The Flash is such a good show. I'm confused as to what they're doing with Wells now... I mean is he Eddie's son? Who knows?

I couldn't ever get into Agents of Shield... It wasn't up my fancy.

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The Flash is such a good show. I'm confused as to what they're doing with Wells now... I mean is he Eddie's son? Who knows?

I couldn't ever get into Agents of Shield... It wasn't up my fancy.

He's way too old to be Eddie's son if he's coming only from 2024. I actually think he might be a more distant relative from hundreds of years in the future but we will see.

Have you seen Shield this season? I thought it really picked up after the mid season break last year.

(any way back to Hawks)

For those of you just getting in no Wall tonight.

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Wizards PG John Wall is OUT for tonight's Game 2 vs. the Hawks (8 PM ET on TNT).

We shut down Beal we got this.

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