MIAMI (AP) — Washington still doesn’t know when John Wall will play again. The Wizards simply know that the All-Star is getting closer.
Wall worked out on the floor in Miami about a half-hour before the Wizards visited the Heat on Saturday night. He’s done some courtwork in the past as part of his ongoing recovery from knee surgery, and this session was a continuation of the process.
“This Wednesday will be six weeks and we said six to eight weeks,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. “It won’t be six weeks.”
Wall took some jumpers and free throws, plus some layup drills that required him jumping off of both feet. Officially, he is still out indefinitely, though the Wizards seem convinced he will be back before the end of the regular season.
Wall had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Jan. 31, plus had surgeries on both knees after last season. The Wizards were 26-22 when Wall left the lineup; entering Saturday, they were 12-6 since he got hurt and have stayed very much in the mix for a top-four seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Tomas Satoransky has been starting since, and Brooks said several players should be credited with adjusting their games with this no-Wall lineup.
“We had to change a little bit how we play,” Brooks said. “He’s such a dynamic player, he can score, he can help us score in transition as fast as anybody in the league. We couldn’t expect Tomas to all of a sudden be that speedster up and down the court.”