John Wall's back spasms wake him up in the middle of the night

Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Wizards point guard John Wall has had a rough start to 2013-2014. He's been battling back spasms, but he won't use that as an excuse.

It's no secret Washington Wizards point guard John Wall has struggled to start the season, shooting 36.5 percent from the field and 29 percent over the last five games. Part of that might be because he's had back spasms that sometimes awaken him in the middle of the night, but Wall insists his back isn't having an impact on his performance, via Michael Lee of the Washington Post:

Ever since he started experiencing lower back pain in the second game of the season, Wall has felt the discomfort come and go. Sharp pain sometimes wakes him up in the middle of the night and the fear of more flare-ups forces him to rest on a heating pad when he's not in the game.

Wall is used to the routine by now, which includes more stretching exercises at halftime, but he refuses to use the back spasms as an excuse for his early struggles. "It's something I can deal with. It's nothing that's affecting my game," Wall said of his back. "It's just I'm not playing the way I'm capable of playing. Just not being the same player I have been in the past. That's something I looked at while watching film these last couple of nights, something I have to get back to for this team to be good and for us to take the next step."

Wall continues to assert that the problem was his passivity, and he needs to attack the basket more often. Head coach Randy Wittman, meanwhile, says Wall can't let missed jumpers affect his overall game. Whatever the problem is, fans of the 2-7 Wizards are desperate for some good news instead of hearing about their star's back pain.

Wall scored nine points on 3-13 shooting in Washington's 103-96 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday. He did have 12 assists and only one turnover, though. The Wizards' next game is Tuesday against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Verizon Center.

More from SB Nation NBA:

The Hook: What did the Knicks expect?

Sunday Shootaround: "Tank" is a four-letter word

NBA power rankings: Spurs jump Pacers for No. 1

Nicolas Batum is Portland's Mr. Everything

20 minutes at Rucker Park: From the deepest part of hell to NY's storied court

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.