John Wall's road to recovery continued on Tuesday morning as he went through an extensive workout following the Wizards' shootaround.
Wall practiced his shot cutting to different areas of the floor. He then went through dribble drills bursting to the rim around two Wizards' assistants.
This was one day after Wall participated in five-on-zero drills with the Wizards' starters. That group included Bradley Beal, who is happy to see his backcourt partner making progress following arthroscopic left knee surgery.
"He looks real good," Beal said. "I know he will be back in no time for sure."
The Wizards will soon have to reincorporate Wall, who for much of the season has led them in usage rate. He is a huge focus of their offense.
While Wall has been out, Tomas Satoransky has filled in admirably at point guard but thinks will undoubtedly change with a five-time All-Star back in the fold.
The process of inserting Wall back into the mix is just beginning.
"We're excited," Beal said. "It's different seeing him out there because we haven't played with him for a long time. It's kind of like we welcomed a new player back into the team."
Today’s workout for John Wall includes dribble drills with Wizards assistants. He’s moving well. He’s lined up to practice in just a few days. pic.twitter.com/2NQF3VKILx— Chase Hughes (@ChaseHughesNBCS) March 13, 2018
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On Monday, Wall ran through drills with the usual starting group, but also some combinations with Satoransky. Wall and Satoransky played some at both guard positions and Satoransky also played some at small forward.
Satoransky has averaged 11.1 points and 5.7 assists while shooting 55.7 percent from the field and 52.4 percent from three in Wall's absence. He has done enough to earn an expanded role even after Wall returns.
Beal sees potential in more time for Satoransky off the ball, something head coach Scott Brooks has confirmed will be tried.
"I wish I was 6-7 and athletic like Tomas," Beal said. "I think he might be the most athletic guy on the team. It's just throw it up at the rim."
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Satoransky will have to take a backseat once Wall comes back, but it's worth reminding everyone that Wall will not return in midseason form. It may take him some games to play his way into NBA game shape and also to recapture his rhythm.
Beal has missed extended periods of time and knows coming back in the middle of a season is not easy.
"It's going to take him a minute," Beal said. "You've gotta play in the game. It's totally different than practice. We're not trying to kill each other in practice. When John comes back, he will be facing playoff teams and then we're right into the playoffs. It's going to be a challenge for him. Like any injury, it will take him a few games."
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