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5-on-5 drills stand between John Wall and return to Wizards

5-on-5 drills stand between John Wall and return to Wizards

RICHMOND, Va. -- The barometer on whether or not John Wall will be able to play seems contingent on him going through 5-on-5 drills which didn't happen at training camp.

The Wizards are off Sunday and have one more practice before Tuesday's preseason opener vs. the Miami Heat (CSN, 7 p.m. ET).

"I'm just sitting back and waiting. I didn't get to play 5-on-5 here," Wall said. "It wasn't a big deal because I still had the opportunity to get great workouts. Just not overwork my body because this is the first time I did two-a-days and all this. 

"Monday, I'll hopefully go through practice again and see what happens if I can play Tuesday. If not, I'm in no rush. I'm just preparing myself to be ready on the 27th if I can. If I can get an opportunity to play 5-on-5 in practice and scrimmage against the guys that would be great. It's all in the doctor's and trainer's hands."

The Wizards open the regular season Oct. 27 at the Atlanta Hawks. It would be almost six months from Wall getting procedures done on both knees to clean up loose particles and bone spurs. Coach Scott Brooks estimated that he has done 70-75 percent of practices all week at VCU. 

"I dont think I need a lot of time," Wall said on getting ready for game action. "Just being able to do 3-on-2 and doing those type of things, being able to do drills, playing through contact and all that I'm used to it. It's just going to be different playing against NBA caliber guys."

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Wizards set to have Tim Frazier back against Cavs after nasal fracture surgery

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Wizards set to have Tim Frazier back against Cavs after nasal fracture surgery

The All-Star break came at a good time for Wizards point guard Tim Frazier, who missed their last game before the week off due to nasal fracture surgery.

Frazier was back at the Wizards' practice on Tuesday night at Capital One Arena and expects to play on Thursday when the team returns to action on the road at the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"I feel good. I feel like I can go out there and help them compete," he said.


Frazier, 27, had surgery to repair his broken nose on Feb. 11 after he was knocked out of the previous night's game between the Wizards and Bulls. Frazier collided face-first with the knee of Bobby Portis and was immediately ushered to the locker room with blood streaming from his nose.

Following the procedure, Frazier had to battle through pain and breathing issues. He feels much better now and had no complications after participating in a full practice.

The challenge now is adjusting to a fitted mask he will have to wear to return to the court. Frazier has never had to wear a mask before in his basketball career.

"[Sweat] was one of the issues today, trying to keep it dry when I'm sweating underneath," he said.

"He looked good," head coach Scott Brooks said. "I thought he would be a little uncomfortable with it, but he seemed fine."


Frazier has been given advice from the Wizards' training staff, as well as teammate Bradley Beal who has had to wear a mask twice before in his career.

"Brad said that after a while you get used to it. Nobody wants to wear it for the rest of their careers besides Rip Hamilton," Frazier said.

Getting Frazier back is significant for the Wizards, who are already down a point guard with John Wall rehabbing from left knee surgery. Without Frazier against the Knicks on Wednesday, the Wizards had to use Beal and Otto Porter to bring the ball up at times. Now, with Tomas Satoransky and Frazier, they have a starting point guard and a backup who is used to playing the position.

They could have three point guards, as the Wizards continue to weigh their options in free agency. They have to add a player within the next two days to meet the league's minimum roster requirement. Most of the free agents they have evaluated have been point guards as they aim to compensate for Wall's absence, which could last well into the month of March.


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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller look ahead to the biggest questions the Wizards need to answer after the All-Star break. They also explain why Bradley Beal proved a lot in his first All-Star Game appearance.

They also unveiled a new segment involving guessing Wizards players based on their social media captions.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!