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Status of John Wall vs. Bulls remains to be determined after left foot injury

Status of John Wall vs. Bulls remains to be determined after left foot injury

The minutes have already accumulated with John Wall, who leads the NBA in total minutes played since the All-Star break. He scored 13 points in the fourth quarter despite a sore left foot but tthe Wizards still lost to the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.

Now Wall's status for Friday's home game vs. the Chicago Bulls is in question.

"I have no idea right now to be honest," Wall, who had a game-high 26 points in a 112-107 loss, said afterwards. 

Wall went down after he challenged Nerlens Noel in transition and was blocked. His foot buckled under and he went to the locker room just before halftime.

He returned to start the third quarter and ended up logging 36 minutes, shooting 10-for-20 and having his 44th double-double with 11 assists.

The Wizards took X-Rays of Wall's foot at halftime but coach Scott Brooks said those were negative.

If Wall doesn't play vs. Chicago, or has his minutes reduced significantly, is Brandon Jennings able to fill that void?

He has been the primary backup and has jumped Trey Burke in the rotation but has yet to show he can be a signficant improvement in running the half-court offense. Jennings played 16 minutes and shot 1-for-3, all three-point looks, with four assists.

Wall has played an average of 37.9 minutes per game since the break. That's second to Karl-Anthony Towns' 38.4. But Wall has played more games which is how he leads in total most minutes played.

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Scott Brooks has a simple reason for why Bradley Beal should be an All-Star

Scott Brooks has a simple reason for why Bradley Beal should be an All-Star

WASHINGTON -- Bradley Beal was not picked as a starter for next month's NBA All-Star Game through a voting process that included fans, the media and fellow players. Now it is up to NBA head coaches, who select the seven reserves for each conference.

Wizards head coach Scott Brooks is not allowed to vote for his own player, but believes Beal has a good chance to be picked based on one simple reason. He can tell how much opposing coaches respect Beal each and every night the Wizards play a game.

"Brad's an All-Star. I know that because every night I get to see it. Every night I get to see the defensive schemes against him. He gets double-teamed I want to say every game. That tells me that coaches feel the same way," Brooks said.

Brooks doesn't lobby other coaches to vote for his players, but said others have tried to persuade him in the past. He will "respectfully listen," he says, but believes it is important to do his own research and make his own choices.

"We all take pride in our choice," Brooks said. "It's an elite group and it's hard to get in."

Though Beal isn't a starter, he has a good case for being a reserve. This season he is averaging 28.1 points (third in East), 6.3 assists (10th in East) and 4.5 rebounds per game. 

If Beal doesn't make the All-Star team, it will likely be blamed on the Wizards' record. They are 15-30 and some of his competitors could get credit for being on better teams.

Brooks, though, believes other coaches should consider the circumstances Beal has been in. He says he takes that stuff into account with his own vote.

"There's a lot of factors that go in," Brooks explained. "It's situations. Guys that are on teams that are not playing well... are they not playing well because of him or are they not playing well because they have a lot of young guys, or because they're injured? A lot of players are injured. We've had a lot of injuries this year."

Beal has been an All-Star each of the past two years. We will find out on Thursday if he is in for the third time.

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Trae Young joins Kobe Bryant in historic feat against Wizards

Trae Young joins Kobe Bryant in historic feat against Wizards

Following the passing of NBA legend Kobe Bryant on Sunday, emotions were high. 

Many current and former players paid tribute to Bryant, including Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young, who dominated in the Hawks 152-133 win over the Wizards. 

He ended the night with a spectacular performance of 45 points, with 14 assists, making 13-of-24 FGs and 13-of-16 free throws as well as six 3-pointers, six rebounds and one assist. 

Young is the first player to have a 45-point double-double with under 25 field goal attempts against the Washington Wizards, since Kobe Bryant on December 17, 2006.

In honor of his mentor and favorite NBA player, Young wore a No. 8 jersey and took an 8-second-violation after the opening tip. 

He even wore his shoes with a tribute to Bryant as well. 

Young was able to channel his emotions into the game, leaving everything on the floor.

In an emotional night, Young was able to keep himself composed leading the Hawks past the Wizards. 

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