Washington Wizards’ John Wall May Miss Significant Time


Washington Wizards star point guard John Wall is dealing with a knee injury that the team worries might have him out for some time.

Washington Wizards All-Star point guard John Wall is dealing with some left knee soreness that the team worries might have him out for a significant amount of time, Ben Standig reports for FanRag Sports.

On Monday, Wall had an MRI on his knee and is meeting with doctors in Cleveland who performed surgery on his knees in 2016.

“It’s a concern but we have to trust that the doctors and everybody is going to have the best game plan for him going forward and it’s always about him going forward, not about us going forward,” said head coach Scott Brooks. “We want to make sure, not only with John but with all our guys that their career is most important. But right now I don’t know how concerned, but we’re definitely concerned that it is bothering him from time to time.”

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So far this season, Wall is averaging 19.4 points per game, 9.3 assists per game, and is shooting 41.7% from the floor.

The Washington Wizards are currently in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, which is a fairly close race, as they’re just one game ahead of the Indiana Pacers and three games ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers.

One of the Washington Wizards’ biggest weaknesses this season (and last season) has been their lack of depth, and the team struggles mightily when Wall isn’t on the court.

However, in place of Wall against the Atlanta Hawks, Tomas Satoransky and Tim Frazier played and were fairly capable, combining for 21 of the team’s 40 assists on the night.

“That was an opportunity for them,” said center Marcin Gortat. “John has some health issues, and that’s why he was resting today. That’s an opportunity for somebody to step in. Tim just took that challenge. He used that opportunity. It was an unbelievable game from him – 14 assists and three blocks. … Tomas is Tomas – we know what he can do. He’s shooting the ball very well now, and we’re excited. It’s a lot of fun to play with Tomas. He’s looking for you and he’s trying to get you the ball.”

Relying on a mix of Frazier and Satoransky might work for now, but the Washington Wizards currently have an open spot on their 15-man roster and might use it to either sign a free agent or make a trade.

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If they’re able to add some depth through either free agency or trade, that would certainly soften the blow of losing Wall and put less pressure on him to hurry back, which could result in an even worse injury.

UPDATE: According to the Washington Post‘s Candace Buckner, the Wizards expect Wall to miss at least six weeks as he will be undergoing a knee procedure.