The minutes restrictions and resting of John Wall early in the season to protect his knees may not be over, but the grip likely loosens provided he doesn't have any unusual soreness or setbacks after playing in his first back-to-back games with the Wizards.
Wall logged 24 minutes in a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers and 31 in a win over the New York Knicks on Wednesday and Thursday. And despite those restrictions, he averaged 25 points, 8.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds in those two games.
"I don't like to miss games, and I feel like I could have played earlier on. It was just a part of what the doctor's plan was and taking my time," said Wall, who has appeared in nine of the Wizards' 11 games after surgeries to both knees May 5. "It would've been better if we could have won both games."
The Wizards (3-8) dropped winnable road games against the Orlando Magic and Chicago Bulls when Wall sat in the second game of back-to-backs.
The more significant procedure occured with Wall's left knee that had bone spurs. It took longer to heal than the right one which had loose particles removed.
"As long as my knee don't swell up and it's no pain, that's the only key," Wall said of what could get in the way of him being able to play in tonight's game vs. the Miami Heat. "I'm doing a great job of doing my treatments, making sure I use ice and getting massages."
In his seventh NBA season, Wall is averaging a career-low 32.6 minutes. The only other time he was in this range came in 2012-13 season when he was out with a stress reaction in his left knee -- an overuse injury -- that cost him 33 games of action.
First-year coach Scott Brooks has been cautious with how much he leans on Wall early, and he has lightened the practice load for everyone so they can stay fresh in an 82-game season.
Despite the limitations, Wall is averaging career-highs in points (22.9) and field-goal shooting (45.9%).