In the latest Washington Wizards news, four-time All-Star John Wall is expected to miss meaningful time due to a left knee injury.
Early Saturday, the Washington Wizards announced that John Wall underwent an MRI exam on his injured left knee. Furthermore, Wall requires platelet-rich plasma and viscosupplementation injections to diminish the swelling, according to the Wizards official website.
In addition, the Wizards announced Wall’s left knee injury transpired after making knee-to-knee contact in the Nov. 7 game against the Dallas Mavericks.
Certainly, the injury to Wall is a monumental loss for the Wizards basketball team. Per ESPN Stats & Info, the Wizards offense efficiency drops from 110.6 to 99.8 when Wall is off the court. Most noteworthy, the Wizards turnover percentage raises from 13.6 with John Wall on the court to an alarming 17.4 without the four-time All-Star.
Consequently, point guard Tim Frazier will take over the starting point guard role. Frazier, 27, is averaging 3.2 points, 3.9 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.6 turnovers in 16.6 minutes this season. In 42 career starts, Frazier averages 8.8 points and seven assists. Frazier has shown his ability to rack up assists when starting for Wizards this season with eight assists in his two starts.
The 6-foot-1 point guard talked to reporters earlier today on being prepared for an increased role:
In addition, the injury means more exposure for the Wizards faltering bench, a group that ranks near the bottom among NBA benches in just about every statistical category. Therefore, sophomore guard Tomas Satoransky will take on an enhanced position as the team’s backup point guard. Throughout his 66 career games in the NBA, Satoransky averages 2.4 points, 1.3 assists and 1.4 rebounds.
At 10-8, the Wizards schedule begins a brutal stretch as the play seven of their next nine games on the road, including a four-game West Coast trip against the Utah Jazz, Portland Trailblazers, Pheonix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers.