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John Wall misses practice, status for Saturday’s game vs. Cavs unclear

The Washington Wizards are slated to face the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night but it sounds like they might be without the services of All-Star point guard John Wall, who missed Friday morning’s practice session.

Wall, who was ruled out for Wednesday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks, has been away from the team to celebrate the birth of his first child, according to several reports. It was his first missed game of this season. Whether or not he’ll be available for Saturday’s matchup in Cleveland is not clear.

Without a doubt, Wall is one of the most important pieces of Washington’s rotation.

The former University of Kentucky standout has made 24 appearances with the team this season (all starts), racking up averages of 21.3 points on 44.3 percent shooting from the field (32.2 percent from beyond the arc), 8.4 assists, 3.4 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.0 blocks in 34.6 minutes per outing.

Via ESPN:

Wall (21.3 points per game) is third on the team’s minutes played list; he’s just under 9,000 behind Elvin Hayes. Earlier this season he picked up his 500th career 3-pointer and passed Wes Unseld for third place on the team’s all-time scoring list.

If Wall doesn’t play in Saturday’s game against the Cavs, guards Tomas Satoransky and Austin Rivers would likely see an uptick in their usage rates.

Saturday’s Wizards-Cavs game is scheduled to tip inside Quicken Loans Arena at 7:30 p.m. EST. Let’s see if Washington (11-14 and 3rd in the Southeast Division standings) can build on their three-game winning streak.