Wizards point guard John Wall, nursing multiple injuries, has been replaced by Rockets guard Patrick Beverley in the NBA All-Star skills challenge on Saturday at Barclays Center.
Wall, a two-time All-Star who hasn't missed a game this season for Washington, has been playing through a sprained right ankle and headaches. A team spokesman told the Washington Post that Wall hadn't suffered a new injury, he just wanted to rest.
The skills competition pits two players against each other on identical obstacle courses simultaneously in a bracket-style tournament. The courses test dribbling, passing, agility and shooting. Beverley will face Suns guard Isaiah Thomas, who's averaging 15.3 points per game, in the first round.
Wall is averaging 17.3 points, a league-best 10.2 assists and 4.5 rebounds in his fifth season with the Wizards. Beverley is averaging 10.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists in his third season with Houston. He has never been an All-Star. Wall was voted to start at guard for the East in Sunday's All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden.