John Wall is out against the Hawks on Saturday night with a sore left knee. The Wizards’ All-Star point guard has been dealing with soreness in his left knee periodically throughout the season and it flared up again on their latest road trip. Tomas Satoranksy will start in his place.
The Wizards announced Wall would be out ahead of Saturday night’s game and is officially listed as day-to-day on the injury report. Scott Brooks said it was evident that there was something wrong with Wall’s knee during the Wizards’ game in Oklahoma City, according to a report from Candace Bucker of the Washington Post.
Per Scott Brooks, Wall has dealt with issues with his left knee during this trip. It was evident in OKC that something was wrong— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) January 27, 2018
It gets worse. Wall is also going to visit the doctor who performed his surgeries in 2016 next week for a second opinion.
John Wall said that next week he plans to go to Cleveland and visit the doctor who performed his 2016 knee surgeries.— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) January 27, 2018
"Our doctors here have been doing a great job but there's nothing wrong with getting a second opinion."
Wait, the same knee again? Should we be concerned?
Anytime you talk about an NBA player’s knees there has to be some cause for concern. Especially for a player like Wall who’s speed is his biggest strength.
He’s getting a second opinion from the same knee specialist that did his surgeries in 2016. This could be nothing for Wall or it could be everything — we’ll just have to wait and see. Hopefully, another surgery won’t be required for him and his recovery won’t take too long.
Either way, getting Wall back to his best form is important for the team right now. If he has to miss time, it’s best that it’s sooner rather than later. The Wizards will need him ready for the stretch run into the postseason and, as long as he’s right, they’ll be fine.