PHILADELPHIA -- The key to Alan Anderson being a serious contributor for the Wizards going forward is the morning after with his left ankle. Since making his season debut earlier this week, there haven't been any setbacks as he is expected to play tonight at the Philadelphia 76ers (CSN+, CSNmidatlantic.com and NBC Sports Live Extra, 7 ET).
"It's fine. It's not worse," Anderson said after shooatround Friday at Wells Fargo Center. "That's good."
Anderson scored nine points on 3 of 4 shooting in 16 minutes in Wednesday's 109-104 loss at the Chicago Bulls. One of the few bright spots for the Wizards, his three-pointer in the fourth quarter put the Wizards in range 91-88 but they couldn't get back ahead after trailing by 15.
Could he be in line for more time based on the way he played and the way he feels? His ankle required two surgeries for bone spurs and a loose bone fragment and the discomfort during his rehab caused him to take more time than expected.
"If I have to, I can do a lot," Anderson said. "Don't want to force any issue. Out nine months, you just don't want to get out there and go all out. You got to gradually build up to back where you were at."