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Wall to receive PRP injection in left knee, miss 2 weeks

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The Washington Wizards have fallen on hard times. Losers of three of their past four games, they'll now be without John Wall for approximately two weeks.

The All-NBA point guard will receive platelet-rich plasma injections to reduce inflammation in his left knee, the Wizards announced Saturday. He'll also receive viscosupplementation - injections of lubricating fluid - in the knee.

The swelling cropped up when Wall sustained knee-to-knee contact during a game against the Mavericks on Nov. 7, the team announced. He sat out one subsequent game (against the Raptors on Nov. 19) but otherwise played through the injury - though he blamed a poor performance against the Heat last week on fluid buildup in the knee.

Wall has had issues with both his knees in the recent past, but the left has been slightly more troublesome. He had to have calcium deposits removed from his left patella tendon in the spring of 2016.

If he recovers on schedule, he should be due to return Dec. 9 against the Clippers in Los Angeles. The Wizards will have their work cut out for them in the meantime. Of the seven games on their schedule between now and then, five come against teams with winning records, and five come on the road. Their next four opponents are a combined 44-29.

Without Wall on the floor this season, they've produced a net rating of minus-4.1, which is 11.4 points per 100 possessions worse than they've performed with him on the floor.

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