MRI shows Wall continues to heal

MRI shows Wall continues to heal
November 8, 2012, 6:15 pm
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John Wall hasn't done much more than shoot lazy jumpers for the past several weeks.

He hasn't sprinted up and down the floor, brought himself to a screeching stop or launched himself for an uncontested dunk.

But according to an MRI performed on Wall's right knee on Thursday, the stress injury to his right patella is healing as anticipated and the third-year guard remains on target for a late November return to the Wizards lineup.

"Everything is looking positive, going in the right direction," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said after Thursday's practice in preparation for Friday's home game against the Milwaukee Bucks. "There is a big difference from the last [MRI], showing the healing and everything. So it's a positive report on John."

Wittman said he has not "heard anything back" from team doctors on the progress of Nene, who has been out since the start of training camp with plantar fasciitis.

The Wizards are also taking a cautious approach with guard Jordan Crawford, who sprained his left ankle on Saturday night and was limited to two points in 15 minutes against the Celtics on Wednesday night.

Crawford took some jump shots at the conclusion of Thursday's practice but was favoring his left ankle. He said he was "gravy" after practice, but Wittman said he will wait until Friday to determine Crawford's availability against the Bucks.

"He's sore," Wittman said. "He tweaked it pretty good [Saturday] and he gave me what he could [Wednesday]. I know he was hurting a little bit. Any coach always appreciates a guy that, in terms of being sore, tries to give you what he's got."

It's been five weeks since New York orthopedist David Altchek discovered the stress injury to Wall's right knee. At the time the Wizards said Wall would miss about eight weeks, which would put him on target to return either Nov. 30 in New York or Dec. 4 at home against the Miami Heat.

"We've got to [give it time]," Wittman said. "Even though I want him back, it doesn't do him any good or us any good if it's not the right time. You've got to make sure he's right before we ever think about that."

Without Wall, the Wizards are 0-3 to start the season.

Among their guards, A.J. Price is averaging 10 points and 5.7 assists while playing 32 minutes per game; Crawford is averaging 11.3 points and 3.3 assists in 23 minutes; Bradley Beal is averaging 8.7 points and 2.3 assists in 27 minutes; and Martell Webster is averaging 9.7 points and 2 assists in 28 minutes.