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John Wall is a five-time All-Star guard and one of the most physically gifted players in the NBA.

But Wall is also currently sidelined with a knee injury that will keep him out 6-8 weeks.

Wall has already missed five games, and his teammates have picked up the slack, earning wins in all five games without Wall.

The team's longest win streak of the season has prompted many to wonder if the team is better off without John Wall.

It's a laughable opinion. Wall has world-class speed and is arguable the best shot-blocking guard in the league.

Wall too, finds it laughable.

"It's funny to hear everybody say, because I'm not playing that they're getting extra shots or they're doing extra things. That's just a laugh and a joke to me," Wall told NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller on Tuesday.

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"Our bench has stepped up very well. Give credit to Tomas [Satoransky], he's doing a great job at starting. Tim [Frazier] has stepped in with our second unit to provide a big role. ... That's the key to our team. When everybody is scoring in double-figures, playing offense and defense a both ends of the floor, we are a very tough team to beat."

 

Perhaps the Wizards are better off without an injured John Wall than with an injured John Wall. We know that Wall played much of the season banged up. He was unable to go 100-percent.

So maybe the team is operating better than without an injured John Wall. But make no mistake about it, this team is infinitely better with a healthy John Wall. But proving they can compete when he's not on the floor is a major boost to a team searching for a spark.

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