Some Wizards stay behind, use off time for therapy

Some Wizards stay behind, use off time for therapy
December 24, 2013, 2:30 pm
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After a road game and two days of practice, the Wizards have an unusual break during the Christmas holiday. Coach Randy Wittman has given them today and Wednesday off, and while some players are going out of town others will remain in D.C. to treat ailments.

Marcin Gortat left for Orlando. Wittman is returning to Minnesota, where his team plays the Timberwolves on Friday (CSN+, 8 p.m. ET). 

"A lot of guys are going to stay here. Obviously, they've got families," Wittman said. "We're going to have guys coming in here continuing to get treatment, get on treadmills and things of that nature and continue to do that."

Martell Webster, Nene and Bradley Beal, all three of whom have dealt with injuries recently, have maintenance to do.

"I'm still going to work. I have to," Webster said. "I'll come and get shots up, keep a rhythm. Muscle memory can shut off in this league if you take too many days off. I'm a rhythm player. In order to do that I've got to stay consistent with what I do."

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This will be Beal's first Christmas without his family, who are from St. Louis.

"I'll stay here to rehab and get better. Of course you're always going to miss your family, being at home with them," Beal said. "At the same time, it's business first."

John Wall expects Wittman to work them hard in their one practice before playing the Timberwolves. 

"The main things is those two days don't try to eat too much, do too much. That practice the day before the game, he will get a lot out of us," Wall said of Thursday, when the team arrives and works out in Minneapolis. "He will make sure we're prepared. Don't want to give us too many days off."