With an knee injury hampering All Star point guard John Wall, the Washington Wizards have struggled, losing to Miami and Toronto. The injury severity is unknown, but if Wall’s injury is of any significance, other Wizards players will need to step up to prevent the losing streak from escalating. Bradley Beal is the player who must step up the most. Often seen as the Robin to Wall’s Batman, Beal will have the chance to prove that he is a legit number one scoring option with the ability to close games. This means Beal will have to increase his scoring averages as well as his assist numbers as he will be asked to fill the playmaking role more if Wall is out. In addition, Otto Porter will be asked to play more aggressively on the offensive end. The Wizards will need Porter to average at least 20 points a game to make up for the Wall’s lost production. In the Raptor’s game, Tim Frazier started. Frazier has made a career playing backup point guard, but will need to help replace Wall by making smart decisions with the ball and by scoring enough points to take some pressure off Beal and Porter. It is impossible fully to replace a player like Wall, but if his injury causes him to miss time the Wizards also will need to lock down defensively and control the boards if they want to compete with elite NBA teams.
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