While Nene and DeJuan Blair sat out Monday's practice, Garrett Temple finally returned after a left hamstring strain interrupted his preseason after the opener.
There's a good chance that Temple, among the Wizards' best one-on-one defenders and occasional ball-handler, will play some Wednesday at the Miami Heat or in the finale Friday vs. the Toronto Raptors in Montreal. If Nene (right calf) and Blair (right knee) don't practice, they probably won't play.
"I feel good. I was able to go full court live, half-court live stuff," said Temple, who only sat out a couple of drills. "I don't have an ill-effects afterward. We'll see tomorrow and go from there."
Last season, Temple had a right hamstring strain that was more severe. It cost him the last month of the regular season and then the entire first-round playoff series with the Raptors.
"Last year was more of an acute injury, something that being on the court I felt it pull," Temple said in describing his other hamstring problem. "This year was more overuse, my pelvic positioning and some other scientific stuff of why I use my hamstrings more than my glutes when I run and stuff. We're just taking care of that stuff, making sure I run more efficiently."
Temple played in the exhibition opener, when he had seven points, seven assists and nine rebounds. It was his first taste of an offense that could be better-suited to him, particularly with the shooting responsibility being placed on Gary Neal and point-guard duties for Ramon Sessions.
"With that second unit, with Gary a guy who can really light it up and Sesh who can score the ball at point as well, then having Drew (Gooden) as a shooter and whatever center we have in there whether it's Nene, DeJuan, I think I can definitely be that second or very first facilitator and be a guy that can make plays now that it's an open offense," Temple said. "I think that's good for a lot of our perimeters, being able to get the rebound, push the break and find people."
Martell Webster (right hip) still hasn't practiced while the return of Alan Anderson (left ankle) remains undetermined.