John Wall stopped, grimaced, looked back and collapsed to the floor. As play continued on the other end of the court, Wall was flat on his back, tapping on his left shoulder and writhing in pain. Washington Wizards head athletic trainer Eric Waters rushed to his aid as Wall kicked out his right leg and covered his face with his right elbow.

"I was scared," Wall said of his second quarter fall, "like, 'I can't catch a break.' That's all I was thinking."

When Wall finally got up, with the assistance of Waters, and headed to the locker room — hunched over and holding his left shoulder — the Wizards could only assume the worst; since for much of the season, that's been the only news that they have received.

Turned out, Wall would only miss the rest of the half. But getting Wall back did little to help the Wizards avoid their scoring doldrums as they lost their third consecutive game, 85-76, to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Wall had nine points, seven rebounds and six assists in just 23 minutes for the Wizards, who only had one player score in double figures and were limited to just 46 points in the final three quarters. The problems began in the second period, when the new-look Grizzlies limited them to a season-low 10 points, with the Wizards missing 12 consecutive shots.