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John Wall still on target to return Saturday
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On January 10, 2013 @ 3:00 pm In All,Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
WASHINGTON — Washington Wizards guard John Wall’s plan to play for the first time this season on Saturday against the Atlanta Hawks is on target.
“He’s pretty close,” Wizards coach Randy Wittman said after Thursday’s practice, the second consecutive day of physical practices for Wall. “Obviously, we have another 24 hours here. He’s gone hard. These are probably the two hardest days back-to-back that he’s put together. Obviously, we have to see how his body responds.”
Wall hasn’t played for the Wizards this season after doctors diagnosed Wall with “the early stages of a stress injury to his left patella (kneecap),” the team announced on Sept. 28. The original timetable said Wall was expected to miss approximately eight weeks.
“Knees are serious. I just took my time and made sure everything was right, ” Wall said after Wednesday’s practice.
He said his Christmas present and New Year’s resolution was the same: to play basketball again. “Hopefully, my dreams come true soon,” Wall said.
Wall is expected to practice again Friday and the Wizards will re-evaluate his knee. If there are no setbacks, Wall could play Saturday. At the end of Thursday’s practice, Wall absorbed a hard foul on a drive to the basket and went to the foul line to shoot his free throws without an issue.
“Just working my way back into shape and excited and happy to be back out there with my teammates,” Wall said Wednesday.
Wall went through a full practice Wednesday without pain in his knee. He said if there’s no pain and he can through Friday’s practice without pain and feel he can do it all over again, he will play against Atlanta.
“Hopefully, everything continues to go well so I can be back out there with my team on Saturday,” Wall said.
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