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John Wall not among starters in early NBA All-Star voting

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John Wall not among starters in early NBA All-Star voting

Like the Wizards returning to the playoffs, John Wall has some ground to make up for another All-Star game start.

Of course, Washington handles its own business while the point guard's All-Star fate is left to fans. With the first returns released by the NBA Friday, Wall is fifth in voting among Eastern Conference guards with 103, 904 votes. That puts him behind current starters Dwyane Wade (300,595) and Kyrie Irving (138,191), who has only played two games this season. Kyle Lowry (128,131), the other East starting guard last season with Wall, and Jimmy Butler (111,220) are third and fourth respectively.

The All-Star game will be held Feb. 14 at Toronto's Air Canada Centre. Starters are announced Jan. 21 with reserves, selected by the coaches, revealed one week later.

Wall's statistical surge in December jumped his per game averages to 19.4 points and 9.6 assists, second in the league behind Rajon Rondo. He's also fourth in steals (2.15).

Marcin Gortat, 14th among Eastern Conference frontcourt players, is the only other Wizard among the vote leaders. 

LeBron James (357,937) leads the East in voting. Paul George and Andre Drummond round out the frontcourt with Carmelo Anthony fourth.

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant leads all players with 719, 235 votes followed by Golden State's Stephen Curry (510,202). Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin join Bryant as the current Western Conference frontcourt starters with Curry and Russell Westbrook forming the backcourt.

 

 

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Wizards set to have Tim Frazier back against Cavs after nasal fracture surgery

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Wizards set to have Tim Frazier back against Cavs after nasal fracture surgery

The All-Star break came at a good time for Wizards point guard Tim Frazier, who missed their last game before the week off due to nasal fracture surgery.

Frazier was back at the Wizards' practice on Tuesday night at Capital One Arena and expects to play on Thursday when the team returns to action on the road at the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"I feel good. I feel like I can go out there and help them compete," he said.

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Frazier, 27, had surgery to repair his broken nose on Feb. 11 after he was knocked out of the previous night's game between the Wizards and Bulls. Frazier collided face-first with the knee of Bobby Portis and was immediately ushered to the locker room with blood streaming from his nose.

Following the procedure, Frazier had to battle through pain and breathing issues. He feels much better now and had no complications after participating in a full practice.

The challenge now is adjusting to a fitted mask he will have to wear to return to the court. Frazier has never had to wear a mask before in his basketball career.

"[Sweat] was one of the issues today, trying to keep it dry when I'm sweating underneath," he said.

"He looked good," head coach Scott Brooks said. "I thought he would be a little uncomfortable with it, but he seemed fine."

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Frazier has been given advice from the Wizards' training staff, as well as teammate Bradley Beal who has had to wear a mask twice before in his career.

"Brad said that after a while you get used to it. Nobody wants to wear it for the rest of their careers besides Rip Hamilton," Frazier said.

Getting Frazier back is significant for the Wizards, who are already down a point guard with John Wall rehabbing from left knee surgery. Without Frazier against the Knicks on Wednesday, the Wizards had to use Beal and Otto Porter to bring the ball up at times. Now, with Tomas Satoransky and Frazier, they have a starting point guard and a backup who is used to playing the position.

They could have three point guards, as the Wizards continue to weigh their options in free agency. They have to add a player within the next two days to meet the league's minimum roster requirement. Most of the free agents they have evaluated have been point guards as they aim to compensate for Wall's absence, which could last well into the month of March.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller look ahead to the biggest questions the Wizards need to answer after the All-Star break. They also explain why Bradley Beal proved a lot in his first All-Star Game appearance.

They also unveiled a new segment involving guessing Wizards players based on their social media captions.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!