January 7, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal (3) celebrates with Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (r) after making the game-winning basket in the final second against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Verizon Center. The Wizards won 101-99. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

John Wall Hopes to Debut on Saturday

A day after conquering the Oklahoma City Thunder, a team which is considered one of the best in the league, more good news keeps coming for Wizards fans. With Trevor Ariza and A.J. Price both returning to the lineup, the Washington Wizards are hoping to have John Wall available for this Saturday’s match up against the Atlanta Hawks.

After ‘ramping up’ his activity level, and participating in several contact drills, it was clear that Wall’s rehab was progressing in a positive manner. John Wall’s presence at practice has had a great impact on the team’s moral. According to several reports, the players seemed more competitive at practice than they had been before. As the face of the franchise, Wall knows how much his presence means to a struggling team such as the Wizards. Without Wall, the shorthanded Wizards have fallen to 5-28 for the season.

John Wall helped confirm these reports by suggesting to a young fan that his return will happen “Saturday”. Wizards owner Ted Leonsis was also optimistic about Wall’s possible return, stating that

We now have a few days off in a scheduling rarity. We play next on Saturday night at home and it is possible but not quite certain, for the first time all season, that we could dress all of our players. I don’t want to jinx it, but we are all hoping that is what we will see.

It has now become apparent as to how much John Wall really means to this franchise. With John Wall in the lineup, the Wizards have one of the best young backcourts in the NBA when paired with Bradley Beal. Beal, who is averaging over 18 points per game this month, is showing some very exciting promise. His shooting percentages continue to rise, but above all, his aggressiveness on the court has also steadily increased.

I, as well as every other Wizards fan, cannot wait to see what the future brings for John Wall. His explosiveness and ability to distribute the ball has been sorely missed in D.C. Let’s hope all goes well, and John Wall debuts this Saturday against the Atlanta Hawks.


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