- The Washington Times - Monday, November 3, 2014

Injured Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal will have his left wrist looked re-examined next week in New York City.

Beal landed on his non-shooting wrist Oct. 10. He had surgery to repair a non-displaced fracture of the scaphoid bone two days later and was expected to be out six weeks.

His visit to the doctor is a standard follow-up.

“Everything’s fine,” coach Randy Wittman said. “Going on schedule. Everything’s fine and moving and healing right.”



Swingman Martell Webster is in the same situation he was at the start of the season. His offseason back surgery has kept him from any basketball activity. He continues to rehabilitate on a daily basis.

Other notes from Monday’s practice and beyond:

> Kris Humphries did not have his pinky and index fingers taped together when he did shooting drills Monday. Since returning from surgery to repair nerve damage in his pinky, Humphries has been playing with the fingers taped together. He has no feeling in his pinky, and doctors told him it may not return for up to six months. “He’s a little bit behind,” Wittman said. “He’s thinking more than reacting.”


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> Wittman disagreed when a question suggested last season was a “wasted” one for Otto Porter. “It wasn’t a wasted year,” Wittman said. “I think he gained tremendously from what we were able to accomplish last year. He had a tough start because of injuries and stuff, and never could really get an opportunity to play significant minutes. But he improved every day in practice. It was not a lost year. He didn’t play significant minutes, but he got better.” Porter’s 21 points in Saturday’s home opener were a career-high.

> The Wizards have had five players in double-figures in each game this season. Wittman attributed much of that to John Wall, who leads the league in assists early on. “That’s us,” Wittman said. “That’s our offense. Opportunity for everybody involved if we move the ball.”

> Wittman has consistently said he cannot play six big men. That left DeJuan Blair at the end of the bench until late in the third game. “It’s matchups, it’s all kind of things,” Blair said about his lack of playing time. “You can’t control nothing but yourself. Just have to stay hungry, stay motivated, be a teammate. You have to understand how the business is. It is tough playing six bigs. Somebody’s not going to play every game. You just have to get that through your head.”

> Miami’s Chris Bosh didn’t stop after bludgeoning the Wizards in the opener. He helped Miami to the league’s only 3-0 record after the first week and was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for it. Bosh averaged 25.7 points (third in the conference), 11.3 rebounds (third in the conference), 4.0 assists and 1.3 steals last week. Golden State shooter Klay Thompson was named the Western Conference Player of the Week after averaging 29.7 points per game.

> For the third consecutive year, Kentucky was the school with the most players (19) on opening night rosters, according to this year’s NBA Roster Survey. They range from John Wall to 17-year veteran Nazr Mohammed of the Chicago Bulls, who turned 37 in September. Duke is a second with 18 players; Kansas is third with 17; North Carolina has 16; UCLA boasts 14; and Arizona and Florida each have 12.

> Wall may lead the league in assists, but the Clippers’ Chris Paul is putting up a staggering early-season assist-to-turnover ratio. Paul has 28 assists and only one turnover through three games. Since the NBA began recording turnovers for players in 1977, no other player has been credited with at least 28 assists, with no more than one turnover, through three games.

> This week: The Wizards are at New York on Tuesday, home against the Indiana Pacers Wednesday, then back on the road Friday in Toronto and Saturday in Indiana.

• Todd Dybas can be reached at tdybas@washingtontimes.com.

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