The Washington Wizards (3-23) will take on the Orlando Magic for the second time in ten days. The last game was a 90-83 loss in Orlando on Dec. 19.
This time, the Wizards will have a different starting point guard, Shelvin Mack, and Jordan Crawford is back where coach Randy Wittman likes him – coming off the bench to provide an instant spark off offense at the two-guard spot.
Prior to the game, John Wall was practicing on the main court, putting up jump shots and beginning to look a little but like his old self. But he’s still a little bit away from being able to resume regular practices.
“He ran shootaround with us, did ‘dummy’ stuff with us this morning, he’s working on his own shooting, so there is some progress,” Wizards coach Randy Wittman said.
Since Wall was cleared to ramp up his activity level a couple of weeks ago, he’e been participating in ‘dummy’ drills with the team, and making what Wittman calls slow and steady progress. Told that Wall has targeted January for a return date, Wittman said “God, I hope so.”
“I’m glad he’s thinking that. That’s a step forward. Obviously, no contact still yet but he did full speed up and down with the dummy stuff we ran and that’s the first time he’s done that with the team.”
“Obviously, we’re moving, to be quite honest with you, maybe even faster than I thought it would be after he went to Dr. [David] Altchek to be where he is right now. Knock on wood. You always kind of worry. Sept 27 was the last time he physically really did anything.”
“If I went out, and I haven’t done anything in years, and tried to do something, I’d have some swelling somewhere. You worry a little bit about that and if that happens we’ll slow down a little bit and don’t put the cart in front of the horse but we haven’t had any of that so far, so we’re moving in the right direction.”