The impact of John Wall's injury — Washington Wizards

The impact of John Wall's injury — Washington Wizards

The impact of John Wall's injury — Washington Wizards

Their backcourt tandem of John Wall and Bradley Beal are the biggest reason for Washington's success and the two were set to be on the All-Star team together for the first time. Wall is expected to miss six weeks and will not play in next month's NBA All-Star Game. The Wizards announced about 7 1/2 hours before tipoff that Wall will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

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.

Two years ago, it was easy to say who the best player in a Wizards uniform was. Wall thus far has missed 10 games because of the knee and 12 overall this season. If the Wizards go.500 during that stretch, they'd be 37-32 and most likely stay in the playoffs.

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.

It appears Wall got an answer from the surgeon, and its not one Wiz fans were hoping for. He's averaged 18.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 9.2 assists per game throughout his career. Tomas Satoransky and Tim Frazier will divvy up minutes at point guard in Wall's absence. With the trade deadline looming, Cleveland has been in a funk lately.

So while the Wizards face a long road ahead sans Wall, Tuesday night proved they have the foundational pieces necessary to keep churning out wins if they can clamp down on defense and dot the arc with their legion of shooters.

The Wizards have been a frustrating team this season because of their inconsistency, but when healthy and at their best they remain a threat in the Eastern Conference. While they are now in the middle of the playoff picture, they are just four-and-a-half games ahead of the Detroit Pistons in the No. 9 slot.

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