Washington Wizards star John Wall does not want to miss the 2019-20 NBA season after rupturing his Achilles in February.

Wall – a five-time All-Star – is recovering from a torn Achilles tendon suffered earlier this year after he underwent left heel surgery in January.

The 28-year-old is facing a significant period on the sidelines but the Wizards guard wants to return as soon as possible.

"No I'm not willing to," Wall said, when asked if he was willing to sit out all of next season. "But that's what the doctors say, that's what the team says. So I'm fine listening to them [the team] and not trying to do my own thing."

Wall averaged 20.7 points and 8.7 assists per game through 32 appearances in 2018-19. While he was once known as the fastest player in basketball, his pace has slowed significantly in recent years. He is working to get back into top shape, though.

"Me right now, I don't know. I don't know where I'm at," Wall said when responding to how his recovery is going. "I feel great. I've been jogging the last couple days, I've been on the court doing basketball workouts, I'm doing weightlifting every day.

"So, I don't know where I'm at. I don't want to lie to you guys.I always try to be honest with y'all. I don't know exactly where I'm at, but I know I'm making progress and I'm headed where I'm supposed to be. But I'm not rushing myself back."

The Wizards struggled without Wall and missed the playoffs last season, posting a 32-50 record. But in his absence, Bradley Beal blossomed and put together a career year.

Beal averaged career highs in points (25.6), rebounds (5.0) and assists per game (5.5). Washington have offered the 26-year-old guard a three-year, $111million max extension, but he has not accepted yet and garnered trade interest from multiple teams.

Wall thinks Beal will remain with the Wizards though.

"Brad's a very smart guy. He's going to make the best decision for himself and the organisation," Wall said. "He enjoys D.C. I mean, he won the Community Assist Award for all the things he did here. He loves playing with me."

Wall is owed $170m over the next four seasons. 

The Washington Wizards have been dealt a blow with the news that star point guard John Wall will be out of action for another 12 months. 

Wall underwent an operation on his heel in January and the Wizards revealed he suffered an infection in the initial incision from the procedure. 

However, while recovering at home, the five-time All-Star slipped and fell, resulting in an Achilles rupture that is set to sideline him for a year. 

Washington are 10th in the Eastern Conference, but their hopes of reaching the NBA playoffs have taken a huge hit, as we use Opta numbers to see just how key Wall is to their success. 

ON THE CLIMB

Since he was picked first overall in the 2010 NBA Draft, Wall has swiftly chased down numerous Wizards records. 

The 28-year-old has registered 5,282 assists and 976 steals in Washington colours, ranking him first for the franchise in both categories. Meanwhile, he has 10,879 points, third for the Wizards all-time. 

Wall has not featured since the 106-95 loss to the Detroit Pistons on December 26, but he has tallied 20,545 minutes (second in franchise history) in 573 games (seventh) during his career.


CHANGING STYLES

The Wizards certainly play differently when Wall is on the floor, with the most striking contrast being the team's approach to field goals. With Wall in action, 62.1 per cent of their field goals are assisted. This drops remarkably to 25.3 per cent when the starting point guard is absent. 

Washington also produce more points from outside the arc when Wall plays, averaging 30.2 per cent of their points from beyond the three-point line when he is involved, compared to 23.1 per cent when he is not. 

There are smaller changes in relation to where the remainder of the Wizards' buckets come from, too. With Wall off court, 14.9 per cent of their points come from fast breaks, while 45.2 per cent are scored in the paint. Both numbers are slightly up from 12.5 per cent and 43.5 per cent respectively when the five-time NBA All-Star is in action.


BEAL'S PRODUCTION

Perhaps most concerningly for the Wizards, Bradley Beal - the team's other star - does not fare as well when Wall is out of action. 

The 25-year-old shooting guard averages 18.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game when in tandem with Wall. On his own, Beal produces 13.4 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists. 

In fact, Beal's career statistics suffer in almost every category when Wall is not on the court. Beal attempts less three-pointers (5.7 compared to 3.8) without Wall, while almost making fewer steals (0.9 to 0.8) and blocks (0.8 to 0.2).

However, Beal has tried to fill the void left by Wall's absence of late. Since his back-court partner was hurt against the Pistons, he has scored 20 or more points in 16 of his 18 outings, the last of them Monday's 137-129 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall will miss another 12 months of action after the All-Star suffered an Achilles rupture during his recovery from heel surgery.

Wall underwent an operation on his heel in January and the Wizards revealed he suffered an infection in the initial incision from the procedure. 

The five-time All-Star then slipped and fell in his home, resulting in the new injury that will sideline him for a year from the date of surgery, which is yet to be scheduled.

Wizards director of medical services and orthopedist Wiemi Douoguih diagnosed the rupture during a procedure to clean out the infection.

Wall has not featured for Washington since the 106-95 loss to the Detroit Pistons on December 26.

He averaged 20.7 points, 8.7 assists and 3.6 rebounds in 32 games for the Wizards this season.

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall will miss another 12 months of action after the All-Star suffered an Achilles rupture during his recovery from heel surgery.

NBA champions the Golden State Warriors extended their winning streak by defeating the Washington Wizards 126-118.

Stephen Curry scored 38 points as the in-form Warriors won their ninth successive game on Thursday.

The Warriors continue to look even more invincible since DeMarcus Cousins (17 points) joined the line-up. Kevin Durant added 21 points.

The Wizards continue to play well with All-Star point guard John Wall sidelined for the season due to a heel problem; they are 7-5 since he went down in late December.

Trevor Ariza had a season-high 27 points for the Wizards.

 

Holidays shines as Pelicans fall

Golden State Warriors 126-118 Washington Wizards
Oklahoma City Thunder 122-116 New Orleans Pelicans
Portland Trail Blazers 120-106 Phoenix Suns
Minnesota Timberwolves 120-105 Los Angeles Lakers

 

Raptors at Rockets

Kawhi Leonard is playing like an MVP for the Toronto Raptors (averaging 27.6 points per game) but he probably will not get a sniff of the award this season, thanks to James Harden. The Houston Rockets guard scored 61 points in his last game against the New York Knicks on Wednesday. He leads the NBA in scoring at 36.3 points per game, and is fourth in assists and steals. Yet with both Chris Paul and now Clint Capela sidelined by injury, the Rockets have struggled, going 5-5 over their last 10 games.

Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal branded the suggestion it is easier for him to play without John Wall as "absolutely nonsense".

With LeBron James at the Los Angeles Lakers, Scott Brooks is confident the Washington Wizards can still compete for a playoff spot despite the key absences of John Wall and Dwight Howard.

Washington Wizards guard John Wall will miss the rest of the NBA season.

Wall will undergo season-ending surgery on his injured left heel after seeing a foot specialist, the team announced on Saturday.

He will likely be sidelined six to eight months.

Wall has been playing through the pain, The Athletic reports, but it has become too much to manage. The surgery will fully heal the bone spurs that have nagged him for years. 

A five-time All-Star, Wall missed the Wizards' 101-92 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Friday because of the injury.

Wall is averaging 20.7 points and 8.7 assists on the year. 

LeBron James praised John Wall after the Washington point guard "dictated the game" in the Wizards' 128-110 victory over a weary and weakened Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. 

The Denver Nuggets trumped the Toronto Raptors 95-86 in the matchup of the NBA's conference leaders on Sunday.

Despite a roster ravaged by injuries, the Western Conference-leading Nuggets completed a season sweep of east pacesetters the Raptors, who were also missing key players.

The Nuggets (20-9) – without Will Barton, Gary Harris and Paul Millsap – trailed 70-57 in the third quarter before going on a 23-2 run to secure their 10th win in 12 games, maintaining a slim lead over the Golden State Warriors in the west.

Nikola Jokic had a team-high 26 points on 11-of-19 shooting. He also grabbed nine boards and dished out four assists.

Nuggets team-mate Jamal Murray was quiet for most of the game, but he came on strong when his number was called in the fourth quarter. He finished with 19 points.

The Raptors (23-9) – who were without Kyle Lowry, Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet and Jonas Valanciunas – were led by Kawhi Leonard's 29 points and 14 rebounds.

 

Nets stay hot thanks to Russell

D'Angelo Russell scored 32 points on 13-of-19 shooting to help the Brooklyn Nets pick up a 144-127 victory against the Atlanta Hawks, extending their winning streak to five games.

Ben Simmons did not record a single turnover en route to his 15th career triple-double in the Philadelphia 76ers' 128-105 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. He had 22 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds.

John Wall scored 40 points on 16-of-27 shooting and racked up 14 assists as the Washington Wizards beat the Los Angeles Lakers 128-110.

 

McGruder shoots blank

Rodney McGruder was held scoreless on 0-of-six shooting in the Miami Heat's 102-96 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Trey Burke scored three points on one-of-seven shooting in the New York Knicks' 110-99 loss to the Indiana Pacers.

 

Jokic can do it all

Jokic showcased his exceptional playmaking ability with this no-look pass that led to a slam.

 

Sunday's results

Brooklyn Nets 144-127 Atlanta Hawks
Philadelphia 76ers 128-105 Cleveland Cavaliers
Indiana Pacers 110-99 New York Knicks
Washington Wizards 128-110 Los Angeles Lakers
Miami Heat 102-96 New Orleans Pelicans
Sacramento Kings 120-113 Dallas Mavericks
Denver Nuggets 95-86 Toronto Raptors

 

Bucks at Pistons

The Detroit Pistons have been up and down all season. The Pistons made a 4-0 start, but have dropped off considerably since then. Detroit have definitely felt the impact of multiple injuries, but they managed to beat the Boston Celtics 113-104 on Saturday. The Milwaukee Bucks have the second-best record in the Eastern Conference, but the duo of Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond in the middle may pose a serious threat to the Bucks. 

Washington Wizards guard John Wall did not have a strong performance against the Cleveland Cavaliers and he knew full well. 

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The Washington Wizards erased a 24-point deficit and rallied for a win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday, but Markieff Morris was still not happy.

Washington have started the season with an unexpectedly poor 6-11 record and several of their players were reportedly recently involved in verbal altercations during practice.

Morris was asked after the game if the win over Los Angeles helped to erase some of the recent negativity surrounding the team.

"It's f***** up what's going on," Morris said (via The Athletic). "So, I wouldn't say that it makes it nicer. We've just got to figure it out.

"The comments that's coming from the locker room is f***** up. It don't happen in other sports. So, it's messed up."

Morris came off the bench and scored 12 points in 21 minutes against Los Angeles. He has averaged 9.7 points and 4.3 rebounds this season.

The Wizards will return to the court when they face the Toronto Raptors on Friday.

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