Wall's absence huge blow to Wizards

Wall's absence huge blow to Wizards
December 3, 2012, 10:45 am
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Back on September 28 the Wizards announced guard John Wall would be out at least eight weeks with a stress injury to his left patella. It was a big blow to the rebuilding Wizards then and, with each game he misses, a blow now.

Fast forward to today and Wall has yet to play let alone practice for the 1-13 Wizards because of the sore knee, and he seems nowhere close to returning. Without Wall --  the team's most dynamic offensive player -- the Wizards have gotten off to their worst start in franchise history.

Wall accompanies the team and sits on the bench for every game but his presence on the court is sorely missed. Wall averaged 16 points and 8 assists last season and attacks the basket like few others in the NBA can do. Where the Wizards really miss him so far is in crunch time where Wall was the go-to player down the stretch. In several close games this season, the Wizards had trouble closing games out because no one stepped up to make a play.

Wizards coach Randy Wittman is asked about Wall's rehab after every practice and he claims he has no idea when to expect the former #1 overall pick back.

“Until the doctor says he's ready to go full bore, I don't know what to tell you guys," Wittman said after practice Sunday.

Without Wall, the Wizards host the defending champion Miami Heat Tuesday night at Verizon Center.