In what coach Randy Wittman calls a "very, very intense" practice sessions Friday, everyone participated and that included Garrett Temple who last played March 9 because of a right hamstring strain.
Temple told CSNwashington.com two days ago that he expected to be available for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals after he missed the entire four-game sweep of the Toronto Raptors in thew first round.
"I'm a little more careful this time after what happened last time," said Temple, who had a setback during an individual workout that prevented him from returning for the final week of the regular season as he'd hoped.
The Wizards play the winner of the Atlanta Hawks and Brooklyn Nets, who meet in Game 6 tonight. If Atlanta wins, the Wizards will leave after practice Saturday morning to prepare for Game 1 Sunday at Phillips Arena at 1 p.m. ET.
"Whichever team we play, they have perimeter guys that can get hot," Temple said. "My role is going to be defense, first and foremost."
Temple, the Wizards' best one-on-one perimeter defender, and DeJuan Blair were the inactives in the first round but that list could change pending the matchups and health.
The Wizards were able to come together and lock down the Raptors despite not having his 6-6 frame on the floor.
"Focus and attention to detail," Temple said of what changed for his team watching from the bench. "It started in the first two practices right before the playoffs. ... It carried over to the court. We followed the game plan to a tee and it worked.
"Sometimes when you don't do anything hard and with aggressiveness none of it is going to work no matter what you do. ... We tend to change up the game plan on the court and not try to let it work for us. If it doesn't, then we let the coaches adjust accordingly. In this past series against Toronto, coaches adjusted and we were able to do whatever they said. From the start, we followed the game plan."