WASHINGTON, DC (Sporting Alert) — All-Star point guard John Wall will miss Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals series against the Hawks on Saturday because of a wrist problem, Wizards coach Randy Wittman confirmed.
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Wall, who missed the 90-106 defeat to the Atlanta Hawks in Game 2, is reportedly dealing with fractures in his left wrist and hand, which could cause him to even miss the rest of the playoffs campaign.
The 24-year-old is averaging 12.6 assists per game this postseason, which top the list in the playoffs on the term. He is also scoring 17.4 points per game from the five games he’s featured in this postseason.
With Wall on the court, the Wizards’ postseason offensive efficiency is 116 — better than the 96 with him off the court. The team is also shooting 49-percent with him out there helping, while going 40-percent without him.
Ramon Sessions, who was named in the starting setup to play alongside Bradley Beal in Game 2, will continue at the point guard position in Game 3. The series is locked at 1-1.
He had 21 points and four assists in the defeat at the Philips Arena, in Atlanta, the last time out, while creating seven-assist opportunities, this is according to ESPN Stats & Info.
Meanwhile, with Wall being sidelined, shooting guard Beal could be asked to do more on the offensive side.
He comes into Game 3 at the Verizon Center shooting 38.3 percent from the field this postseason, while averaging 21.8 points per game.
The Atlanta Hawks, who are the No.1 seeded team in the Eastern Conference, will try to kick-on from Game 2s victory.
Paul Millsap, who averaged 16.7 points and 7.8 rebounds in the regular season, is averaging 15.9 ppg, 10.1 rpg and 4.1 apg in the postseason, is expected to be one of the main contributors for the Hawks on Saturday night.
He is also shooting 42.5-percent from the field in this year’s playoffs.