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John Wall is playing through more pain than you may have realized

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John Wall is playing through more pain than you may have realized

You wouldn't have known it by John Wall's performance on Monday night against the Sacramento Kings when he dropped a game-high 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting with nine assists, but the Wizards' star point guard was playing through a good deal of pain.

Not only have migraines affected him lately, but Wall also sprained his ankle in Monday's win and had his knee swell up due to fluids from the IVs he received prior to Saturday's win over the Hawks. He revealed all of that in his walkoff interview with Chris Miller on NBC Sports Washington

Following a win, Wall was able to smile about it all, though none of it sounds fun.

Wall told Chris: "I sprained my ankle today. My knee got puffy when I got the IV. The IV fluid went down there. I'm dealing with migraines. But when I come in between these lines, I can't make no excuses. I compete. I didn't want to sit out. I wanted to give these guys an opportunity to keep building on this."

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We know Wall was in jeopardy of missing Saturday's game due to the combination of a migraine and a bad cold. He's also been dealing with the effects of a sprained left shoulder. Though he's been playing, he's not nearly 100 percent.

Hear Wall's full comments on his injuries in the second answer of his interview with Chris:

As part of his 21 points, Wall shot 4-for-4 from three. That came just weeks after he went 5-for-6 from three against the very same Kings.

"I feel like when I'm injured or something is bad on my body, I kind of like just force myself to be angry and get over it," he said.

Yeah, but maybe there's something about those Kings. Wall is now 22-for-42 from three against them in 14 career games. His 52.4 three-point percentage is his highest against any team.

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John Wall out against Toronto Raptors with swollen knee

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John Wall out against Toronto Raptors with swollen knee

For the second time this season the Wizards will be playing at the Toronto Raptors without star point guard John Wall.

Wall is sitting out this time due to a swollen left knee, head coach Scott Brooks announced on Sunday afternoon. Wall was limited in the Wizards' loss to the Heat on Friday night and said fluid had built up in his knee after he received IVs the previous weekend. 

The Wizards were able to beat the Raptors on the road on Nov. 5 without Wall. Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry was ejected from that game in the second quarter.

Without Wall, the Wizards will rely on backup point guards Tim Frazier and Tomas Satoransky. They could also use shooting guard Bradley Beal and small forward Otto Porter to run the offense. Kelly Oubre, Jr. could be used on the defensive end to check Lowry.

The Wizards are 2-3 without Wall dating back to last season. This year he is averaging 19.9 points and 9.3 assists per game this season.

The Wizards play the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday in a back-to-back set. Wall could miss that game as well, according to NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller.

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Wizards at Raptors: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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Wizards at Raptors: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and the Washington Wizards battle Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka and the Toronto Raptors on Sunday afternoon.

Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…

WASHINGTON WIZARDS AT TORONTO RAPTORS

Where: Air Canada Centre
Tip-off: 3:30 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 3 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (try for free)
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Will Wall play?

The Wizards could play at the Raptors without their star point guard for the second time this season. John Wall was limited against the Miami Heat on Friday night due to fluid buildup in his left knee and his status is up in the air. The Wizards have a back-to-back set with the Raptors on Sunday and the Bucks on Monday and it would not be a surprise if he missed one of those games.

If Wall can't go against the Raptors, the Wizards will again rely heavily on Tim Frazier. Tomas Satoransky should get some burn, but also look for Bradley Beal and Otto Porter to bring the ball up. Head coach Scott Brooks had them generate the offense at times in the first meeting between the teams and it worked well enough to earn them a win. 

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Defense will get a good test

The biggest reason the Wizards are 4-1 in their past five games is their defense. In each of those outings they have held their opponents to under 100 points. In Toronto, however, they will see a better offensive team than they did in any of their previous five games.

The Raptors can score with the best of them. They rank third in the NBA in points per game (111.1) and third in offensive rating (113.2). They have the second-best team field goal percentage (48.7) and are tied for 10th in three-pointers made per game (10.9). DeMar DeRozan leads the charge. He's averaging 24.7 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Last time these teams played, the Wizards held DeRozan to 8-for-21 from the field.

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Raptors have some injuries

Toronto won't be feeling sorry for Wall and the Wizards. They have their own injuries to worry about, most notably with Serge Ibaka who like Wall has a swollen left knee. Ibaka missed Friday night's win over the Knicks and is questionable for Sunday's matchup.

Beyond Ibaka, the Raptors are also missing point guard Delon Wright, who is out with a dislocated shoulder. Shooting guard Norman Powell could also miss Sunday's game with a hip pointer. He has been out in three straight games.

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