John Wall out against Toronto Raptors with shoulder injury


Late in the third quarter, Wall crashed into Channing Frye as he tried to drive to the basket, and went down in agony. The Washington Wizards All-Star underwent X-rays which came back negative and left the arena with his arm in a sling. Then LeBron went back to Cleveland, immediately transforming the Cavs into the conference kings. "We have an opportunity to be very good and then you see some of the lulls that we have and it's just hard on our team right now", James told reporters. "I think his impact and the way he was coming kind of gave me a stinger".

Even without Miles and his ability to hit 3-pointers, the Raptors' second unit played well against Utah. "I always said that", Beal told NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller. "Pascal (Siakam) is playing great, it's really just hard to take him out of the game, he and OG both". The Cavs might indeed think the Wizards are the best competition for them in the East. "We're just trying to figure it out on the fly". The over is 4-4 in their first eight games this year.

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Coach Scott Brooks confirmed Wall's absence in his pregame meeting with the media, noting Tim Frazier, also banged up with a wrist injury, would start in Wall's place as the star recovered from his injured shoulder. If they remain relatively healthy, the Wizards will have an opportunity to win 50 games for the first time in decades after falling just one short last season.

Wall said that two years after breaking his hand in the beginning of the playoffs and a year after being ousted in a Game 7 of the second round by the East's regular-season champion Boston Celtics, the Wizards feel like they can "match up with anybody in the East". "They were getting easy layups, three-point plays and wide-open 3s and it was bad communication". I felt like that's the reason they didn't play us in the second round.