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For a little more than half an hour on Monday, John Wall joined the Washington Wizards starters, completing the next step in his rehabilitation process. Wall, who has spent the previous five-plus weeks recovering from left knee surgery, participated in a pre-practice workout. Along with four starters, Wall drilled through the team’s offensive script when no defenders were on the court. Wall split time in the point guard position with Tomas Satoransky and played off the ball in his first session working with teammates since undergoing surgery Jan. 31.

Expected to miss six to eight weeks, Wall said it’s too early in his rehabilitation process to gauge when he will be back. “I really don’t know because I’m just doing everything the doctors are telling me,” Wall said during his 18-minute all-star media availability. “I haven’t really tried to get back on the court yet so, just doing the little things. And I haven’t started running yet. So whenever I get to that point I can kind of start grasping stuff and understanding what level I’m at but right now it’s between six to eight weeks. It might be longer but I don’t know. I haven’t got to that point.”
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John Wall: “I’ve seen these guys put in a lot of work every day, and we always say the motto is next man up no matter what. I think we moved the ball well early in the season, we just couldn’t make shots. And we couldn’t defend at all. I think now guys are stepping up and the first unit and second unit are playing very well. But it was kind of shocking to hear a couple people say the ball is moving a lot better, when that’s what I pride myself off of, being more happy when my teammates are scoring than I am.”

According to a source with knowledge of the situation, Wall, who received platelet-rich plasma and viscosupplementation injections in his left knee on Nov. 25, could make his return to the lineup by the middle of next week. The team originally shared that Wall would miss “approximately two weeks,” however, Wall has not gone through a practice or a shootaround with teammates. Although Wall is improving he still needs more time to recover, the source said.

Six days removed from having platelet-rich plasma treatment and viscosupplementation injections in his left knee, Wizards point guard John Wall met with the media on Friday morning to dicuss the latest in his recovery timeline. “In Charlotte after the game I was with a couple of my friends. My agent said I was limping throughout the game. I didn’t even notice it. The adrenaline, going through the game, being back home in front of family. It was like, alright you need to do something about it,” he said. “We talked, figured out what it was. After the Charlotte game I could barely walk. It was flaming up. My knee was swelling up even more. They were like we have to do something about it. I agreed to it.”

John Wall will be a game-time decision Monday night when the Washington Wizards continue their three-game road swing with a game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night at the Bradley Center. Wall, averaging 19.9 points and 9.3 assists per game this season, sat out the Wizards’ 100-91 loss at Toronto on Sunday because of sore left knee. The ailment bothered him for the past week and limited him to nine points on 3-of-12 shooting in a loss to Miami on Friday. “He did wake up (Sunday) morning feeling better, not as sore,” coach Scott Brooks told the Washington Post. “But it’s still wait-and-see (Monday). There’s a good chance, but I don’t know. Overnight, you never know. But it’s nothing serious. That’s the most important. He’s going to be fine. It’s just we felt another … 48 hours between the games would help.”

You wouldn’t have known it by John Wall’s performance on Monday night against the Sacramento Kings when he dropped a game-high 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting with nine assists, but the Wizards’ star point guard was playing through a good deal of pain. Not only have migraines affected him lately, but Wall also sprained his ankle in Monday’s win and had his knee swell up due to fluids from the IVs he received prior to Saturday’s win over the Hawks. He revealed all of that in his walkoff interview with Chris Miller on NBC Sports Washington.
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