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John Wall 'probably' out in must-win game against Pistons

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Washington needs to win to avoid being eliminated from playoff contention.

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It doesn't appear that John Wall will be able to play tonight as his Wizards face a must-win game against the Pistons. For Detroit, a win clinches a playoff berth. For the Wizards, a loss means they are officially eliminated from the playoffs.

The Washington Post reports that Wall "probably" won't play in the big game, and paints a pretty convincing picture that Wall is, indeed, too hobbled by a knee injury to suit up.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - John Wall got up slowly, a McDonald's breakfast sandwich in his left hand as he FaceTimed, and started his limp toward the Washington Wizards' bus back to the team hotel. He had been sitting with his right leg locked in straight as his teammates concluded shootaround at The Palace at Auburn Hills Friday morning because simply bending his right knee hurt.

The cause of the knee trouble is unknown, and an MRI has not shed any light on the situation.

The news is better for Alan Anderson, who has missed the past nine games because of a groin strain. The Michigan State product said he went through shootaround and expects to suit up against Detroit in the must-win game.

Anderson has only played nine games all season.