Report: John Wall could play in upcoming back-to-back, Bradley Beal is day-to-day
The Washington Wizards might just be ready to let their horse loose. After taking a precautionary approach during the first two back-to-backs of the season, head coach Scott Brooks reiterated what he said earlier on the weekend — playing John Wall in this third back-to-back is a likely possibility, according to Candace Buckner of the Washington Post.
“The thing about John, he’s been progressing very well… since we’ve started training camp. We’re going to see how he feels tomorrow and it might be an opportunity for him to play maybe in both games,” Brooks said. “He had, and we had as a team, two good practices. He’s feeling good. Give him and the medical staff a lot of credit to put him in position to maybe play in both games but we haven’t made that decision.”
While Brooks left open the possibility of Wall appearing in only one game, the more likely scenario could be that Wall plays on a minutes restriction against the Philadelphia 76ers or the New York Knicks.
“If I do play both, I probably won’t play the same amount of minutes as I play in one of the games,” Wall said. “Just to see how it [goes] for the first time and give it a test.”
His running mate, shooting guard Bradley Beal is still considered day-to-day while recovering from tightness in his right hamstring. The Florida sharpshooter has missed the last two games and was not a full participant in Tuesday’s practice, when Brooks described his hamstring as “still tender.”
“He’s improving but still we’ll see how he feels tomorrow morning,” Brooks said. “We want to make sure it’s 100 percent and feels good because we don’t want it to linger on throughout the year. It’s such an early part of the season. He’s improving, that’s the only thing we can go on.”
The struggling Wizards (2-7) will only go as far as the backcourt can take them, despite strong performances from Otto Porter Jr. and Marcin Gortat, a Wall-Beal one-two punch will be much needed to keep the team afloat.