The NBA season may be heading towards it's crescendo, round two of the playoffs well under way, but no matter what excitement lies ahead there is no shaking the fact that the 2014-15 campaign will be remembered as the year of the injury curse.
From Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook to Paul George, Chris Bosh and more recently Kevin Love and Chris Paul this NBA season has had no shortage of big name casualties.
And now one team desperate to continue their postseason dream have been dealt a potentially critical blow with the news that their biggest star is out indefinitely.
As reported by numerous sources, Wizards point guard John Wall has been diagnosed with five non-displaced fractures in the wrist he injured helping Washington grab a 1-0 series lead against the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night.
The former first overall draft pick missed Game Two of the series but was expected to recover in time for the remaining games. After having his third evaluation on the injury, though, the worst was confirmed.
The Wizards entered the series against the number one seed Hawks as underdogs despite their 4-0 sweep of the Raptors in round one. Now likely without their star man - Wall has averaged around 17 points and 13 assists per game in the postseason - they face an even tougher task to progress.
NBA stalwart Paul Pierce is putting on a brave face, telling reporters that Washington's game plan hasn't changed since hearing the injury news.
While they may be putting on a brave face, though, even if they do progress to the Eastern Conference finals they may find it difficult to compete with either the Cavaliers or Bulls without John Wall in the backcourt running the show.
The Wizards-Hawks series isn't the only one on a knife-edge right now.
All four of the second round series are tied at 1-1 ahead of tonight's games. The Wizards will take heart from Cleveland's ability to win without one of their key men (Kevin Love), whilst the Clippers too are level with the Rockets despite being without talisman Chris Paul for the opening two nights of action.
Golden State and the Grizzlies are tied up in the only other series remaining.
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