He was recently selected to his fifth National Basketball Association all-star game.
Wall had been bothered from a sore left knee ever since first sustaining the injury in early November, causing him to miss early stretches, and now nagging him again past the midway point of this 2017-18 season.
With the injuries this past weekend to Pelicans' DeMarcus Cousins and OKC's Andre Roberson it highlights just how precarious a team's position is at any given time. They went into the match just half a game behind the Minnesota Timberwolves, who lost against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday. Those numbers are all down from a season ago. Beal will be forced to handle the ball more, and the Wizards will likely be stuck using clunky over-sized lineups.
That put the pressure on the Thunder to score, but they were unable to.
The goal for the Wizards will be to maintain that mark while John Wall is out, which ironically, is usually the strategy when Wall is resting on the bench and the second unit is in. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will be responsible for choosing Wall's replacement in the game. Wall's absence simply isn't going to help matters.
Without Wall running the show for the Wizards, the Thunder were favoured to take the win in Washington.
The procedure will force Wall to finally and sufficiently rest his injured knee, which he has played through since the 10th game of the season. The other concern is that the team might drop so much that it'll have a nightmare matchup in the first round of the playoffs. Moreover, with the trade deadline just ten days away and the Wizards having little wiggle room with salary it could be a tricky prospect for the Wizards brain trust.
Yet the Wizards' remaining schedule features opponents that boast a composite 55% winning percentage, the most hard of any team in the Eastern conference. They could struggle to remain in the playoff hunt with Wall missing multiple games.
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