After missing the vast majority of the season to various injuries, Washington Wizards forward Al Harrington may finally be ready to play in the final 28 games of the season.
Harrington had a knee procedure done earlier in the season to clean up some loose particles and has only played in 7 games this season after playing just 10 for the Orlando Magic last year. Needless to say, the Wizards haven’t gotten much help on the court from Harrington since signing him as a free agent prior to the season. Luckily for the Wizards, Harrington is ready to play and could contribute to their final playoff push.
Al Harrington declared himself available vs NOP: "I'm ready to play." Is just waiting for Randy Wittman to put him in. #wizards
— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) February 21, 2014
He’s been practicing for a few weeks already, but Randy Wittman wants to make sure he’s ready to play from a conditioning standpoint to prevent another injury from occurring. Harrington averaged about 8 points per game for the Wizards before getting hurt and he’s shown the ability of sparking some offense off the bench. Now that the Wizards have acquired Andre Miller as their primary backup point guard, Harrington won’t have to carry the load offensively off the bench like he did at the beginning of the season. Miller and Harrington played together for the Denver Nuggets under George Karl, so the reunion should be fun for both players.
I don’t expect Harrington to do anything spectacular, but he has shown signs of his ability to score 15+ points on any given night. He’s certainly not shy about shooting the ball and we all know that Washington could use a scorer off the bench.
Harrington’s been through a lot in these past few seasons, especially with injuries, so I’m glad he’ll have the opportunity to close out the season on a high note.