Still no timetable for Wall's return

Still no timetable for Wall's return
November 24, 2012, 6:30 pm
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Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) is helped up by teammates during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Thursday, March 22, 2012 in Washington. The Pacers defeated the Wizards 85-83. Wall was uninjured on the play.

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Back on Sept. 28, when the Wizards announced John Wall had the beginning stages of a stress injury to his left kneecap, team president Ernie Grunfeld estimated his star guard would be sidelined about two months.

As that two-month date approaches, however, Wall has still not practiced with the Wizards and there is no definitive word on when he will.

“I don’t know where we’re at,” Wizards coach Randy Wittman said before Saturday night’s game against the Charlotte Bobcats at Verizon Center. “If I could give you a time I would. I have no idea. He has not practiced at all so until that time comes I don’t know what the timetable is going to be.”

Wall has tossed up soft jumpers but has yet to run the floor at Wizards practices.

In other injury news, forward Trevor Booker remains sidelined by a strained right kneecap.

“I don’t anticipate it being very long,” Wittman said. “I think it’s gotten better each day, but he won’t participate tonight.”

Lineup update: After trying three different starting lineups in his last four games Wittman said he would go back to the starting five he used in Wednesday night’s 101-100 overtime loss in Atlanta – Shaun Livingston, Bradley Beal, Jordan Crawford, Jan Vesely and Kevin Seraphin.

Tonight marks Vesely’s fourth start of the season. The 6-foot-11, 240-pounder is averaging 2.7 points and 2.8 rebounds a game.

“His activity, his length, his ability to run the floor -- those are things he’s got to continue to do to help this team,” Wittman said

Look for Vesely to get out and guard against Charlotte’s 7-foot, 275-pound forward Byron Mullens, who leads the Bobcats in 3-point attempts [36] and 3-pointers made [14].

Score to settle: The Bobcats [6-5] handed the Wizards [0-10] their worst defeat of the season on Nov. 13, a 92-76 loss in Charlotte.

“It should be fresh in our minds knowing how we have to play against this group,” Wittman said.

“They get after you. They pressure you full-court. We have to take care of the ball. We have to rebound the ball. They’re a team that wants to push the ball up the floor and get transition points, which they hurt us with in the first game. We have to take good shots and not turn the ball over and rebound the ball.”