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Wizards say still 'no idea' when injured Wall back

Wizards say still 'no idea' when injured Wall back

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Wizards point guard John Wall can ``ramp things up'' as he recovers from a stress injury to his left knee cap, coach Randy Wittman said Friday, although there's still no specific timetable for his return.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft has not played this season and has yet to even go through practices with his teammates, who began a franchise-worst 0-12 and were 3-16 heading into a game against the visiting Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.

Wall was re-examined in New York on Friday by Dr. David Altchek, who said Wall is showing improvement but that there is still some irritation in the knee. Altchek said Wall has been treated with three lubricating injections.

``He will continue to be evaluated on an ongoing basis,'' Altchek said in a statement released by the team.

The Wizards announced Wall's injury on Sept. 28 and estimated that he would be sidelined about two months. Instead, as the absence approaches three months, Wall has remained limited to taking standing-still jump shots in practice.

``The doctor saw improvement, and the shot he got, after a couple days here of letting that take its effect, he can ramp things up again,'' Wittman said. ``He's got to get back out now and get on the floor. Not practice, not contact yet. We have to see how he responds to his activity as it's ramped up.''

Asked for more specifics, Wittman replied: ``He's going to go out on the floor. He's going to run, shoot. No contact. That's ramping it up.''

As he's said in the past, Wittman reiterated he has ``no idea'' when Wall will be able to play. Wittman then waved off a question about whether there's a chance Wall could miss the entire season.

During the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season, Wall led the Wizards by averaging 16.3 points and eight assists. He also topped the team with 95 steals and averaged 4.5 rebounds. The Wizards finished 20-46, the second-worst record in the league.

In September, Wall said he ``started feeling discomfort'' about a month earlier, when he got an MRI exam that did not show any sort of problem. But Wall still was bothered by his knee while working out and went for a second opinion, which uncovered the injury.

Forward Trevor Booker also visited Altchek on Friday because of a strained right knee that has sidelined him since getting injured Nov. 19 in a game against the Indiana Pacers.

Booker said he will get a platelet-rich plasma injection from a Wizards team doctor on Monday, then will need to sit out about a week before ``building back up.'' He isn't sure how long it will be before he can return to action.

``It just depends on how my body responds to it and how it's healing,'' Booker said. ``My knee was at a standstill. I felt like it wasn't getting any better.''

He's averaging 6.8 points and 5.6 rebounds in nine games this season.

Note: The Lakers were without Jordan Hill, who was sidelined Friday by back spasms. Devin Ebanks was in the lineup at forward, his first start of the season. Ebanks scored 15 of the 42 points he's scored this season in a loss at the New York Knicks on Thursday.

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AP Sports Writer Joseph White contributed to this report.

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Possible playoff opponents for the Capitals are starting to come into focus

Possible playoff opponents for the Capitals are starting to come into focus

With their 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday, the Capitals' playoff future is starting to come into focus. Washington has only one game remaining and can finish in either third or fourth in the round robin standings. That limits the number of possible playoff opponents for the Caps when the games really start to matter.

First, before talking about who the Caps may play, it is important to remember why. Under the NHL's regular format, a normal year would see teams advance in a bracket, meaning each team knows going in they will be playing the winner of a specific matchup if they advance. This year, the NHL is going back to its old format of re-seeding after each round. This makes determining matchups a bit harder to figure out.

Here's what we know. The Caps are going to finish in the bottom half of the round robin meaning they will play one of the highest two seeded teams coming out of the qualifying round. The Carolina Hurricanes swept their qualifying round series against the New York Rangers. As the No. 6 seed coming in, Carolina is going to be one of the top two qualifying round teams.

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Washington's final seed will be determined by Sunday's game against the Boston Bruins. A win in regulation, overtime or a shootout will mean the Caps are No. 3, while a loss in any fashion will bump them down to No. 4.

The simplest scenario for Washington is that If the Pittsburgh Penguins rally to win their series against the Montreal Canadiens, the Caps are guaranteed to play either Pittsburgh or Carolina as the No. 5 and 6 seeds, respectively. It gets a little trickier if the Penguins lose. If that happens, the Hurricanes become the top qualifying team and will play No. 4. The top team behind them then becomes No. 6 which, as of now, could be the New York Islanders, Toronto Maple Leafs or the Columbus Blue Jackets.

So a rematch with the Hurricanes is a definite possibility for the Caps, as is a matchup with the rival Penguins.

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Report: Derrius Guice's attorney denies client's domestic abuse allegations

Report: Derrius Guice's attorney denies client's domestic abuse allegations

Derrius Guice's representation has released a statement that says the Washington Football Team running back "adamantly denies" the charges that he was arrested for on Friday

Guice turned himself into the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office facing one count of strangulation, three counts of assault and battery, and one count destruction of property.

The following statement from Peter Greenspun was obtained by Ben Standig of The Athletic. 

"Mr. Guice will not be commenting on these charges, which he adamantly denies. We ask that the media respect Mr. Guice's privacy," the statement read. 

"Unfortunately, the investigators did not seek a statement or any input for Derrius before the warrants were issued. The failure to fully investigate allegations of events, which allegedly took place months ago is inexplicable."

Greenspun, who has a historic career and most notably was a defense attorney in the 'D.C. Sniper trial,' called the charges of his client "unsubstantiated." He also called out the football franchise for releasing Guice prematurely without inquiring about the investigation. 

"... a full vetting of the allegations will take place, in contrast to actions by local law enforcement and the Washington Football Team that assumed the worst, directly contradicting every sense of fairness and due process," the statement concluded.

The Washington Football Team released Guice less than an hour after his arrest became public. The move came through as a part of the culture Ron Rivera has vowed to instill during his first few months as head coach. This is also not the first time Guice has faced issues for off-the-field behavior. He fell to the team back in the 2018 draft due to issues he had while with LSU.

In his short tenure, Rivera has dealt with a tumultuous series of issues arising from the franchise including current and former players facing other serious allegations, a monumental name change, and serious allegations of the culture within the team's executives.

Despite injuries mounting in two years for the 23-year-old back, it was expected that Guice would become the leading rusher in the backfield this season. Still, he had yet to prove to be a consistent contributor with only 42 carries for 245 yards and two touchdowns entering his third season.

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