John Wall’s return to the Washington Wizards appears imminent, as the team has upgraded his status to questionable for its game Thursday against the Detroit Pistons.
Wall has been listed as inactive for each of the 26 games he’s missed since undergoing left knee surgery in late January. Washington is 15-11 in those contests and has eight games remaining in the regular season.
Wall will make the trip to Detroit with the team, and his status will likely be determined after he takes part in shootaround Thursday morning.
“He’s getting close,” coach Scott Brooks told reporters. “The next thing is game. I know everybody’s excited. He’s definitely excited. He wants to get out there. He knows he has to continue to put the work in and we will all make the final decision.”
Within the last week, Wall began taking part in full-contact practices. Speaking to reporters for the first time since his surgery on Monday, he said he felt good and that he lost 10 to 15 pounds while rehabbing his knee.
The Wizards’ medical staff is expected to make the final decision as to when Wall is ready to return.
Named an All-Star earlier this year for the fifth time, Wall is averaging 19.4 points and 9.3 assists this season. The Wizards are sixth in the Eastern Conference at 41-33.
–Field Level Media
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