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John Wall places timetable on return to full basketball activities

John Wall places timetable on return to full basketball activities

FAIRFAX, Va. -- The wait will be a long one for John Wall. He's still a ways from being able to return to his normal workouts as he prepares for the 2016-17 season. Saturday and Sunday he hosted his basketball camp before returning to his offseason home in Los Angeles. 

He has spent more time in D.C. than usual because of the surgery he had May 5 to fix both knees. The right one needed a minor procedure to clean it out and appears to be fine. The left one still has a fresh scar well over an inch long for a bone spur that had been ailing him for three years. Repeated pregame and postgame treatments with acupuncture were no longer working as well.  

"This week I can start doing a little bit of running, like jogging and stuff like that," said Wall, who also will hold camps in Lexington, Ky., where he played college and his hometown of Raleigh, N.C., to CSNmidatlantic.com. "Probably not until the end of July I can really start having full out sprints and stuff. Start really working out. I can start doing basketball drills and stuff like that. I can stand up now. I just can’t change directions and cut."

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Wall wasn't the same player when he made second-team the NBA's All-Defense after 2014-15 season. He still managed to post career high offensive numbers in points (19.9), assists (10.2), rebounds (4.9) and steals (1.9). 

“I’m doing great. Still in no rush even though I’m ahead of schedule. Just taking my time and making sure I’m getting stronger to prepare myself for a long 82 games and not have to deal with the same problems all over again," said Wall, who has been an All-Star three years in a row. "I've had a bone spur for the last three years that’s just been building up and got worse and worse by the year. I’ve been doing a lot of stuff trying to prepare myself for games. Some games I was like, ‘No way in hell I’m going to play tonight.' I’d find a way just becaue of my will and loving the game so much. I just find a way to fight through it and try to do the best to help my team win.”

Wall has been busy despite his surgery. He recently received the NBA's yearlong Community Assist Award at Bright Beginnings, a charity for homeless children that he put on the map with his $400,000 donation via the John Wall Family Foundation last year. Wall also allocated his $25,000 from the league for his award to Bright Beginnings, which Wizards majority owner Ted Leonsis also matched.

Wall has a good shot at being ready for training camp that begins Sept. 27, though he has made it clear previously that he's not going to force it. 

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The Wizards dominated Game 3 because everybody ate ... literally

The Wizards dominated Game 3 because everybody ate ... literally

The Wizards returned to Washington, D.C. on Friday down 0-2 to the Raptors in their best-of-seven 2018 NBA Playoffs first-round series

The team lost a close one in Game 1 and was run out of the building in Game 2. Game 3 was must-win, and the Wizards knew what needed to happen in order for them to secure the victory.

"Everybody eats." 

That's the phrase that has defined the Wizards throughout much of the season They are at their best when John Wall is making plays and feeding his teammates.

On Friday night, the Wizards beat the Raptors 122-103 to force at least a Game 5. Wall finished with 28 points and 14 assists.

Bradley Beal finally broke out of his slump for 28 points and  Marcin Gortat, Mike Scott and Kelly Oubre all chipped in with at least 10 points.

But the stat sheet wasn't the only place where everybody eats.

Here's Marcin Gortat from Game 3. 

But if pantomiming isn't your thing, here is Bradley Beal actually eating popcorn during Game 3.

So what did we learn in Game 3? Well, for starters: "Everybody Eats" is not just a motto, it is a way of life.

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With Playoff Beal back, the Wizards are revitalized in playoff series vs. Raptors

With Playoff Beal back, the Wizards are revitalized in playoff series vs. Raptors

The Toronto Raptors were only going to hold Bradley Beal down for so long. After two so-so games to begin the Wizards-Raptors playoff series, the All-Star shooting guard was bound to find his way offensively and that arrival came in a Game 3 win on Friday night.

Beal was brilliant and much more in line with what he's shown in the postseason throughout his career. Game 2 was his worst playoff game as an NBA player, he scored only nine points. Game 3 was one of his best on the postseason stage, or at least one of his most timely and important.

The Wizards needed more from Beal to give themsevles a chance in this series. An 0-3 deficit would have been a death sentence. His production is so key to their success that head coach Scott Brooks and point guard John Wall met with Beal in between Games 2 and 3 to figure out how to get him going.

Whether that was the catalyst or not, the results followed. Beal poured in 28 points in 10-for-19 shooting with four rebounds, four assists and three steals. He hit four threes, more than he had in the first two games combined.

Beal wasted no time to make an impact scoring the ball. His first points came on a quick burst to the basket where he stopped on a dime, turned around and banked it in. By the end of the first quarter, he had 12 points in 11 minutes.

“I just wanted to be aggressive, get shots that I wanted which is what they were going to force me to take," Beal said.

After Game 2, Brooks and Beal described how physical the Raptors were defending him. They were holding on to him and staying close, even when he wasn't moving off the ball.

Brooks saw a difference in how Beal responded to that in Game 3.

"Brad came out and was looking to go towards the basket and not just letting them hold him and going along with it. He didn’t want to dance with his opponent, he wanted to get away from them. That was a critical part of his success," Brooks said.

Beal's 28 points were as much as he scored in Games 1 and 2 together and just about what he averaged through four games against the Raptors during the regular season (28.8). By halftime of Game 3, Beal had 21 points on 8-for-11 from the field.

Beal hit two threes in the first quarter and another two in the second quarter. Several of those threes were set up by Wall, who used the meeting with Brooks and Beal to ask how he can set him up better as the point guard.

In Game 3, they were on the same page.

"I do think this man [John Wall] next to me, he creates and facilitates for the whole team and gets everybody easy shots," Beal said. "I talk to you guys all the time and I can’t tell you the last time I actually got a regular catch and shoot three just in a regular half court set. When he came back, I got like three or four off the bat."

What Beal did in Game 3 is what the Wizards are used to seeing from him this time of the year. Despite being only 24 years old, he has a strong track record in the playoffs.

Through 37 career postseason games, Beal is averaging 22.3 points, more than his career average of 18.7 in the regular season. In each of his previous three postseason runs, he has averaged more points during the playoffs than he did in the regular seasons leading up.

That production has earned him the nickname 'Playoff Beal' and when he goes off like he did in Game 3, good things usually happen. The Wizards are 10-6 in the playoffs during his career when he scores 25 points or more.

Wall also boasts impressive career numbers in the playoffs. When the Wizards have both of their stars playing at their best, they are hard to beat. With peak Beal on board, this series looks a lot different than it did not that long ago.

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