With Wall sidelined for so long, they risk sliding even further.
It's the same knee that has already caused Wall to miss 12 games this season. Wall's surgery has to send a queasy feeling throughout the franchise for this year and beyond. Deemed by most to be the fastest guard in the National Basketball Association, it's surprising these reoccurring issues with his knees hasn't affected his speed or overall production.
None of this would be so dire if Wall's team were, say, three games better in the standings.
Detroit center Andre Drummond will replace Wall on LeBron James' team for the All-Star Game next month. It just comes at an very bad time for the Wizards. It also shines a light on the miraculous ability of the San Antonio Spurs to maintain home court position. Slink to the No. 6, 7 or 8 seed and wind up facing one of the conference's top tier.
Scott Brook's confirmed this has been an ongoing issue with Wall trying to play through the knee soreness.
The procedure will force Wall to finally and sufficiently rest his injured knee, which he has played through since the 10th game of the season. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will be responsible for choosing Wall's replacement in the game. My guess is a guard from the Heat, either Goran Dragic or Josh Richardson.
Had the Thunder won, they would have overtaken the Timberwolves. Depth, frontcourt talent, and the trajectory of Otto Porter and Kelly Oubre Jr. are all things that are weighing heavily on the franchise.
Right now, Bradley Beal is leading the Wizards in scoring, and he is shooting at a higher percentage than co-star John Wall. Washington stands 27-22, tied for fifth in the Eastern Conference, only one loss from dropping to seventh.
After coming closer than ever to the Conference Finals previous year, the Wizards have taken a step back and now find themselves a cut below the Eastern Conference's elite. With the trade deadline looming, Cleveland has been in a funk lately.