Without Wall, Wizards end Thunder's winning streak 102-96

On the season, he's averaging 19.4 points, 9.3 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game.

A five-time NBA All-Star, Wall has lived up to the hype after being drafted first-overall by the Wizards in 2010. It's been well documented that Wall, who missed a couple of weeks of the season already with a bad knee, has been playing through the pain. Wall did not play Sunday after it was revealed that he was dealing with a recurrence of soreness and swelling in his left knee. Those numbers are all down from a season ago.

"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", coach Scott Brooks told reporters Monday, before news that Wall, 27, would have the procedure.

That put the pressure on the Thunder to score, but they were unable to.

The Wizards signed an insurance policy in Tim Frazier this offseason, who will likely handle duties as the starting point guard in the wake of Wall's surgery.

Wall's injury also leaves room for a replacement on the All-Star team.

The Wizards are much better in nearly every category imaginable with John Wall on the court, but most of these statistical changes won't be enough to make them go 5-15 in their next 20 games. The injury to his knee may be the trigger to the rough season the Wizards are going through and perhaps not-so-much the drama around the team.

Yet the Wizards' remaining schedule features opponents that boast a composite 55% winning percentage, the most hard of any team in the Eastern conference.

The Feb. 8 trade deadline is looming, so the Wizards could feel enticed to trade for one or two players. 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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