Coach Scott Brooks confirmed Wall's absence in his pregame meeting with the media, noting Tim Frazier, also banged up with a wrist injury, would start in Wall's place as the star recovered from his injured shoulder.
Wall said the Wizards will be faced with a similar challenge.
There was All-Star Game-caliber defense which is to say, none whatsoever by both teams in that period. Even from James' rookie season, Bayless was in opposition of the amount of hype LeBron was receiving straight out of high school and told everyone he'd never live up to it. Yes, he handed out 15 assists, but he scored only 13 points, shooting 4 for 13, and was even surprisingly bad on free-throw attempts, going 5 for 12. You can also expect to see more of Bradley Beal working on the ball in Wall's absence. It looked like Porter was in for a huge night, but he ended the game with just 16 points on 6-for-10 shooting and 3-for-7 from the three.
Wall said the Wizards have the Cavs' respect and that they gave them "the best matchup". In the first quarter alone Rose scored 9 points on 4-for-5 shooting and scored in a variety of ways. If he can't show up in big games like these, it makes many wonder whether the Wizards seriously have the ability to make it past the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
"Each and every night", Beal said. As a result he is listed as questionable for Washington's game against the Toronto Raptors Sunday night.
When you imagine LeBron playing alongside Wall and Beal, it's not hard to imagine a team like that making it to the NBA Finals on a yearly basis.
"I just don't understand that we tanked [to miss] them, and they went to seven games against a team that was a No. 1 seed and they lost", Smith told ESPN.
Only Wall and the league's reigning MVP, Russell Westbrook, are averaging point-assist double-doubles so far this season.
The next opportunity for the Wizards to right the ship comes on Sunday when they travel to Toronto to take on the Raptors.