Another set of back-to-backs are under John Wall's belt, but he played starters minutes for the first time in both games. How the Wizards manage him after Saturday's 112-100 loss to the San Antonio Spurs -- he has played 37, 38, 39, and 37 in his last four outings -- will be crucial to the big picture with the Sacramento Kings coming to Verizon Center on Monday.
"I feel fine," said Wall, who had surgeries on both knees May 5 and had been on a minutes restriction and being prevented from playing in consecutive games for the first month of the season. "Just doing everything I'm supposed to do, treatment, cold tub, all that. I feel fine. Just would've been better if we got both wins."
The Wizards (5-10) had to fight to the finish to beat the Orlando Magic on Friday night, unable to rest key starters after blowing a 19-point lead. The bench has been unreliable as it was outscored again, 35-18 Saturday. Ten of those points came in the fourth quarter for Washington with the outcome all but decided.
Coach Scott Brooks ahd had to put an extra burden on his backcourt of Wall and Bradley Beal. In those same four games, Beal has played 40, 40, 38 and 38 minutes.
They'll be off Sunday, but chances are practices will continue to be shorter as the season grows longer.