Injury updates on Wizards' John Wall and Lakers' Larry Nance Jr

Injury updates on Wizards' John Wall and Lakers' Larry Nance Jr

Injury updates on Wizards' John Wall and Lakers' Larry Nance Jr

In February, James banked home the game-tying three point shot in the closing seconds of regulation and Cleveland went on to beat Washington 140-135 in overtime in a contest that some considered to be the league's 2016-17 regular-season game of the year.

Bradley Beal, who joined Wall for the sitdown, espoused the same opinion in May after the Boston Celtics bounced the Wizards from the playoffs in a thrilling seven-game Eastern Conference semifinal series. Morris missed the start of the season because of sports hernia surgery, then missed one game because of a league suspension. This was more of the same old problem for Washington, which had allowed 107 points over the final three quarters of its previous outing, when it wasted a 22-point lead and lost to the Phoenix Suns. The Washington Wizards would learn that the hard way Friday night.

James Harden had 21 of his 29 points in the first half and the Rockets improved to 6-1 on the road by dealing the Hawks their eighth consecutive loss, 119-104.

He stayed in for the remainder of the game, but said after the game that he probably shouldn't have done so. James already was at 24 points, with Rose at 18. The over is 4-4 in their first eight games this year.

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James played like someone who took that slight to heart. Jordan Clarkson added 19 points and Brandon Ingram had 18 for the Lakers, but Lonzo Ball scored just six on 3 of 15 shooting.

In addition, Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. has been fined $15,000 for aggressively entering the altercation. Otto Porter Jr.is the third double-digit scorer and Marcin Gortat is grabbing 9.5 rebounds.

The under has been a good play in recent meetings between these two teams and that should be the case here. Washington (4-3) will look to hand Cleveland (3-5) its fifth straight loss - and avoid its fourth loss in five games. If he can't show up in big games like these, it makes many wonder whether the Wizards seriously have the ability to make it past the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

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