The Wizards got stomped by a Pacers defense that appears revitalized after a late-season slide. Aside from handing homecourt back to the Pacers, the Wizards now have to deal with a difficult injury to their all-star point guard John Wall, who scratched his eyeball in the third quarter of Friday night’s Game 3 loss.
The severity of the cut on his eyeball, which makes it barely discernible, came when Wall told CSN Washington, “I barely could see after I got hit in the eye. I got a cut on my eye so I had to put contacts in to get the medicine to cover the cut.”
During a drive early in the second half, he was poked in the eye by Lance Stephenson. His backcourt mate, Bradley Beal, reiterated how bothersome it was, and claimed Wall “said a few times it was bothering him and that he couldn’t really see.”
Wizards coach Randy Wittman said Wall will be good to go for Game 4 on Sunday (8 p.m. ET ESPN). Wall is wearing contact lenses on Saturday dipped in a solution that will help the eye.
But on his forays into the paint, who’s to say Wall doesn’t get another finger or elbow in the eye. Wall had a playoff-high seven turnovers during Indiana’s 85-63 win in Washington on Friday night to take a 2-1 series lead. Washington will need Wall to even the series tomorrow night, but if he’s still encountering vision problems it could mean the Wizards are sunk.
Will Wall be effective in Game 4?
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