Washington Wizards guard John Wall will undergo surgery to repair a ruptured left Achilles tendon, the team announced today. The procedure, which has yet to be scheduled, will be performed by Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, Wisc. Wall is expected to return to full basketball activity approximately 12 months after the surgery.
The team announced Tuesday that Wall developed an infection in the incision from initial surgery on Jan. 8 (a debridement and repair of a Haglund’s deformity and a chronic Achilles tendon injury in his left heel that was also performed by Anderson). He suffered the rupture after slipping and falling in his home. The rupture was diagnosed by Wizards Director of Medical Services and Orthopedist Dr. Wiemi Douoguih during a procedure to clean out the infection.
Wall was at the Wizards game last night, per Fred Katz of The Athletic. The five-time All-Star was wearing a boot on his left foot and using a scooter to get around. Wall has inflammation from the infection, which doctors must wait to subside before doing the surgery. Per Katz, the Wizards are hoping Wall can have the surgery some time next week.
Leonard, Lowry help Raptors beat Embiid, 76ers 119-107
PHILADELPHIA — Kyle Lowry had 20 points amid reports that Toronto has offered him in a trade, and the Raptors held off the Philadelphia 76ers 119-107 on Tuesday night in a matchup between two of the Eastern Conference’s top teams.
INDIANAPOLIS — Bojan Bogdanovic scored 24 points and Indiana made 19 3-pointers while handing LeBron James the most lopsided loss of his career.
James’ teams lost by 36 points twice previously.
Myles Turner had 22 points to help the Pacers pick up their third consecutive victory. Thaddeus Young finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.
James had 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in his second game back since injuring his groin on Christmas Day. He didn’t play in the fourth quarter.
GRIZZLIES 108, TIMBERWOLVES 106
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Mike Conley had 25 points and nine assists in possibly his last game for Memphis, and the Grizzlies beat the Timberwolves on Justin Holiday‘s two free throws with .1 seconds remaining.
Jaren Jackson Jr. added 23 points for Memphis, which won its second straight game. Ivan Rabb had a career-high 19 points to go along with 11 rebounds.
Karl-Anthony Town had 26 points and 18 rebounds for Minnesota, and Dario Saric finished with 22 points.
The Grizzlies could move Conley and veteran center Marc Gasol ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline. Gasol was a late scratch.
CELTICS 103, CAVALIERS 96
CLEVELAND — Jayson Tatum scored 25 points, and Boston earned its fifth straight victory despite missing All-Star guard Kyrie Irving.
A strained left hip prevented Irving from facing his former team, but the Celtics made up for his absence by getting 18 points from Gordon Hayward and 17 from Marcus Smart.
Rookie Collin Sexton scored 27 — but none in the fourth quarter — for the Cavs, who dropped to 3-20 since Dec. 19. Alec Burks, who has been linked to recent trade talks, added 21 for Cleveland. Larry Nance Jr. had 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Irving, who is averaging a team-high 23.8 points per game, may return Thursday when Boston hosts LeBron James and the Lakers, hours after the NBA’s trade deadline.
CLIPPERS 117, HORNETS 115
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tobias Harris scored 34 points, including a running jumper with 4.3 seconds remaining, and the Clippers rallied from 20 points down to secure the road win.
Charlotte had a chance to tie or take the lead on its last possession, but Marvin Williams‘ 3-point attempt was short at the buzzer.
Dennis Smith Jr., playing his second game for New York, led the Knicks with 25 points.
New York has dropped a team-record 15 straight at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks haven’t won since Jan. 4 against the Lakers in Los Angeles. Their last win at MSG was a 136-134 overtime victory against Milwaukee on Dec. 1.