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With Wall Out, Beal Has Chance to Grow Even More — Washington Wizards

July 20 2018, 06:58 | Van Peters

3:42PlayJohn Wall was named an All Star for the fifth time in his career this season

3:42PlayJohn Wall was named an All Star for the fifth time in his career this season

Looking back, the organization looks brilliant as Beal played 77 games last season and has not missed a single one this year.

A five-time NBA All-Star, Wall has lived up to the hype after being drafted first-overall by the Wizards in 2010.

Some news outlets had reported that Wall could miss up to six weeks of the season.

Bradley Beal had 21 points and nine assists for Washington, which announced about 7 1/2 hours before tipoff that Wall will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Wednesday. They've also gone 4-6 over their past 10.

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.

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All-Star guard Bradley Beal will be tasked with carrying Washington while Wall is sidelined.

Essentially, the Wizards are the definition of a.500 team without John Wall. The Wizards are 6-6 in those games. When he sits, the Wizards score less, allow more, shoot less efficiently and turn the ball over with greater frequency. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will be responsible for choosing Wall's replacement in the game. Reserve Tim Frazier played 27 minutes in his place on Saturday and dished out 14 assists, but he's struggled this season and was buried on the bench before Wall went out.

But it's clear Wall hasn't been himself this season.

The team has boasted one of the more consistent starting units in the National Basketball Association. To see them yet again leave the playoffs early would be bring up questions about whether the Wizards made the right call trading their first round draft picks for win-now players and committing all their money to three stars who can't get them to the Eastern Conference Finals. 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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