Wizardsí A.J. Price out 4-6 weeks with hand injury
“It was important in my eyes to let the guys know my morale wasn’t down,” said A.J. Price who remained optimistic despite 101-97 loss and sustaining the hand injury against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday. “Even though I was injured and I’ll be out, I’m still with them 100 percent – as I know they would be for me if the shoe was on the other foot.”
A.J. Price entered the Saturday night game on his 15th start in relief of point guard Jordan Wall and career high averages of 9.1 point as well as 5.2 assists per game. Jordan Wall has missed 10 weeks since being diagnosed with the injury, but has been so far unable to return which could be an issue of concern for the Washington Wizards. The team already has four players injured on its 15-man active roster, including Trevor Brooks and Trevor Ariza. However, if John Wall manages a return sometime this month, A.J. Price could lose the job he gained in relief of Wall.
“It’s been all I can ask for. I have, Coach (Randy) Wittman has given me every opportunity to come out here and prove myself and show what I can do,” said A.J. Price. “So I’m grateful for that. It’s very difficult right now, but I’m okay. I bounce back. It’s not a season ending or anything like that.”
Recalling the occurrence of the injury, A.J. Price said he immediately “felt something go wrong” Saturday night while trying to block Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes for a rebound.
“I knew I hurt myself right away, but I was trying to play through it,” said A.J. Price. “I came down the next possession, to threw a crosscourt pass and couldn’t get anything behind it. I figured if I can’t pass, I’m going to hurt my team.”
Randy Whittman revealed that A.J. Price will be consulting a hand specialist on Monday, but even before the final diagnosis Washington Wizards know they are in deep trouble hosting only a single proven point guard Shaun Livingston on the roster. Despite being shorthand at point guards, the Washington Wizards aren’t in a state to hire replacements since they’ve still got Shelvin Mack and Jannero Pargo on the books for big sums. Moreover there are but few veteran point guard solutions currently available on the free agency market.
The Washington Wizards could have Jordan Crawford takeover from A.J. Price at point guard to share the back court with Bradley Beal, but despite his ball handling and play making abilities, Crawford is firstly a scorer. Jordan Crawford already seems to be developing budding chemistry with Bradley Beal after leading the Washington Wizards with 22 point as well as eight rebounds and assists each against the Golden State Warriors.