John Wall will sit out the next six weeks after going to Cleveland, Ohio to receive an MRI on his left knee where he’s felt discomfort and missed time for earlier this season. Wall will have a procedure on Wednesday.
Candace Buckner of The Washington Post announced the news earlier Tuesday morning.
DEVELOPING: John Wall will undergo a knee procedure tomorrow (described as a clean up). He will miss six weeks & will not play in upcoming All-Star weekend, The Washington Post has learned.— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) January 30, 2018
Story coming soon.
The six week recovery period may be optimistic depending on who you ask. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, he could miss as much as two months, or approximately eight to nine weeks.
Washington Wizards guard John Wall could miss two months after a knee scope set for Wednesday, league source tells ESPN. @CandaceDBuckner first reported procedure.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 30, 2018
With Wall missing six weeks, he won’t play in the All-Star game and an injury replacement will be named for him. If he misses two months, he won’t be back until it’s almost April. There are only six regular season games left if Wall doesn’t play again until then.
Wall’s injury also puts the Wizards’ playoff seeding in jeopardy. They’re currently sixth in the East with a 27-22 record, but the 9th place Detroit Pistons are just 4.5 games behind them and they just acquired Blake Griffin on Monday.
Sure, the Wizards are just 2.5 games behind the Cavaliers for third place, but it’s harder for them to make up ground when they’ll be without Wall for awhile. However, I hope we’ll see more performances like last Saturday’s win over the Hawks. Still, this hurts a lot.