Wittman pleased with effort in win
With the bench finally showing signs of life, Al Harrington appears to be on track to returning to the Wizards, who play Saturday at the Boston Celtics (CSN, 1 p.m. ET), but he'll remain in Houston.
Harrington, who hasn't played since Nov. 12 because of discomfort in his right knee, had a arthroscopic procedure to clean out loose particles. That took place two weeks ago, and in another two weeks Harrington will be re-evaluated and the team will have a better idea on when he could return.
"Everything went fine. Everything is good," coach Randy Wittman said. "He's staying out there a couple days from a rehab standpoint with the doctor. After Christmas he'll be headed back here. He's pleased with what they told him the results were and he's just trying to work his way back."
Harrington has played in just seven games in his first season with Washington. Harrington averaged 7.9 points and 1.4 rebounds 18.6 minutes, but he was coming off a surgery and a staph infection in the same knee that limited him to 10 games last season with the Orlando Magic.
The Wizards' reserves suffered without him in the rotation. But now that they've worked out some kinks with the solid play of Trevor Booker, Kevin Seraphin and Garrett Temple, Wittman has tightened his rotation.
There's no rush for the self-described "hired gun" to return before he is ready. And he wants to take his time to make sure his knee is fully healed rather than dipping in and out of the lineup all season.