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John Wall said he could 'barely move' vs. Heat due to residual fluid buildup in his left knee

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John Wall said he could 'barely move' vs. Heat due to residual fluid buildup in his left knee

John Wall didn't score until there were five minutes left in the Wizards' narrow loss to the Heat. His lack of offensive production stood out as Washington struggled to catch up to Miami at Capital One Arena Friday. 

After the game, Wall blamed fluid buildup in his left knee for his inability to contribute. 

He told the assembled media that he could "barely move" at the beginning of the game. 

The knee ailment dates back to IVs he received this past weekend, Wall said. This isn't the first time he's mentioned the issue, either. 

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It first came up in a walkoff interview he did with NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller after the Wizards' win over the Kings. 

With road games in Toronto, Milwaukee and Charlotte next on the schedule, it's possible the Wizards training staff could consider resting Wall as a precaution. 

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NBA Rookie of the Year Rankings: Is Simmons still the front-runner?

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NBA Rookie of the Year Rankings: Is Simmons still the front-runner?

Almost two months have gone by since the start of the 2017-18 NBA season and there have been plenty of surprises surrounding the rookies around the league.

Heading into the season, there was a lot of hype behind the current draft class. The Sixers had the first overall pick and they drafted Markelle Fultz with the idea that the guard would help make the team a playoff contender. Fast forward to December and Fultz has only played in four total games because of a shoulder injury.

Meanwhile, Lonzo Ball, the second overall pick in the draft, has had a lackluster season topped off with really poor shooting. Ball had a lot of hype coming into the league because of his collegiate success at UCLA and because of his dad, who most people probably already know about.

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While Fultz and Ball haven't exactly taken the league by storm, several other rookies have emerged as stars on their respective teams. 

There are guys like Donovan Mitchell and Jayson Tatum, who as rookies have already taken up roles as key scorers for the Jazz and Celtics. These are players who have consistently made an impact for their teams.

Then there are guys like John Collins and Lauri Markkanen, who didn't receive much attention before the draft, but have developed into potental stars who their teams can build around in the future.

One special case is point guard Ben Simmons, the "rookie" who's played like a superstar with the Sixers all season. Even though he missed the entire 2016-17 season with a foot injury, Simmons has taken the league by storm with his incredible athleticism and court sense.

It would have been easy to call Simmons the best rookie in the league a month ago, but now that isn't so clear. Plenty of other rookies have made their case for the honor during these last couple of weeks and that's made the season all the more entertaining.

Still the question remains, with all these talented players running around, who's the best rookie in the league? Here's our current prediction for which players will be the front-runners in the 2017-18 NBA Rookie of the Year race.

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After starting season in good health, Ian Mahinmi is dealing with right knee injury

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After starting season in good health, Ian Mahinmi is dealing with right knee injury

Just when it looked like Ian Mahinmi was turning a corner, the Wizards center has been sidelined with a right knee strain and his status is up in the air for Tuesday's game at the Brooklyn Nets.

Mahinmi didn't participate in the Wizards' practice on Monday, according to NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller, and will be evaluated pregame.

Mahinmi has yet to miss a game this season, one of six players to appear in all 26 of the Wizards' games. Last year, he played in only 31 of their 82 games due to injuries.

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Those injuries included a host of knee problems. Mahinmi had surgery to repair a partially torn meniscus in his left knee last October. After that he developed tendinitis in his right knee and underwent platelet-rich plasma treatment in both knees in December. Mahinmi also had a left calf strain in April that caused him to miss games in the playoffs. He then had a minor procedure involving his meniscus in his left knee early in the summer.

Mahinmi has avoided the injury bug this season so far and in recent weeks has improved his play. He set season-highs in points in each of the past two games with 10 points and eight rebounds against the Suns and 14 points and three assists against the Clippers. In his last 10 games, Mahinmi is +53 and averaging 4.4 rebounds in 18.9 minutes per game.

If Mahinmi can't go, that should open the door for Jason Smith to get some playing time, based on how head coach Scott Brooks treated Mahinmi's absences last season. But it would also mean heavier minutes for starting center Marcin Gortat.

The Wizards have a back-to-back set of games coming up at the Nets on Tuesday and then at home against the Grizzlies on Wednesday, something to keep in mind as they determine his status.

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