It looks as if Washington Wizards fans can breathe a sigh of relief. Point guard John Wall had left Friday's game against the Memphis Grizzlies during the first half due to a shoulder strain, but returned to the floor when the second half started, per the Wizards' official Twitter feed:
Washington Wizards @WashWizards
John Wall back out on the floor to start 2nd half, nothing on shoulder. Appears to be fine #WizGrizzlies2/2/2013, 2:18:19 AM
Before going down with the injury, Wall had put up only three points in 12 minutes of first-half play, as the Wizards' offense struggled to find its footing. Washington went into the half ahead 40-39, but the true concern was on whether Wall would return to the game.
Luckily, it seems like the shoulder strain was relatively minor and Wall started off the second half on a torrid pace.
The Wizards certainly have to be happy that they avoided yet another setback with their point guard. A playoff hopeful prior to the season, Washington was 11-33 coming into Friday night’s contest, which is currently the second-worst record in the NBA.
An overarching reason for the Wizards struggles has been the continued absence of Wall. A knee injury forced the 22-year-old guard to miss the season’s first 33 games before he returned on Jan. 12. Though he’s been noticeably working his way back into game shape, it seemed like Wall was finally rounding back into form of late.
He had played 30 or more minutes in consecutive games for the first time all season prior to Friday night, and likely would have been headed there again on Friday. Though the shoulder injury will prevent that, Wall will undoubtedly be grateful that the prognosis was not worse.
Be sure to check back in as we give you the latest updates on Wall's injury.