Wall starting versus Minnesota: 'It's time'

Wall starting versus Minnesota: 'It's time'
January 25, 2013, 5:45 pm
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The Wizards are back playing at home - and John Wall is finally back in the starting lineup.

After seven games coming off the bench, the electric point guard will be on the court for the opening tip Friday night against the Timberwolves, Wizards coach Randy Wittman announced before the game.

Asked why he made the change now, Wittman simply stated, "It's time."

And with that, the Wizards move another step closer toward being the team envisioned during the offseason. Washington (9-31) has won four of seven games since Wall returned to action on Jan. 12 against Atlanta after starting the season 5-28.

Despite the start, Wittman said Wall remains on a minutes restriction. During the just completed five-game road swing, Wall played a season-high 31 minutes against the Clippers, but otherwise 26-27 minutes in the other games.

Wall, who missed the opening 33 games with a knee injury, is averaging 14 points and 6.9 assists. He will square off against another minutes restricted guard, Ricky Rubio who is limited to 28 minutes per game following left knee surgery. Minnesota (17-22) has lost seven of eight games.