Last week, Alan Anderson seemed pretty certain that he'd play during a three game-game stretch for the Wizards out of the All-Star break but that didn't happen.
After practicing fully and then sitting out until he practiced again Monday, the forward is more confident that he'll be able to finally appear in game for the first time this season.
"I did the whole entire practice. We'll just see how it feel (Tuesday)," said Anderson, who had left ankle surgery in October. "Hopefully I don't have too much soreness. I expect a little but not too much. We'll just go from there. Hopefully I'll give it a go."
The Wizards will shoot around this morning. If Anderson participates, it's safe to assume that he'll be activated by tip off (CSN, CSNmidatlantic.com and NBC Sports Live Extra, 6:30 ET).
Anderson has had two surgeries since May, after this previous team, the Brooklyn Nets, were eliminated from the postseason. The recovery process has been slow.
"It was just a little more soreness than we wanted," Anderson said of why he was held back last week. "Still a step in the right direction. The swelling is slowly going away. We just want it to where it's almost gone where I don't have to worry about it."
Usually players are eased back into the lineup on a minutes restriction but Anderson doesn't anticipate such a process. That's why the Wizards are being cautious with him.
"That's what we're trying to get through this soreness part so when we do come back I don't have any 10-, 15-minute restrictions," Anderson said. "You're playing on however the game goes."
The anticipation of what it will feel like to finally get on the court at Verizon Center is building up.
"I know I'm going to be through the roof," Anderson said. "I'm already through the roof without putting on the jersey so I already know."
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