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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Wizards' Martell Webster and Bradley Beal return to practice


By on 12/12/2013 11:00:00 AM

The Washington Wizards lost on Monday night to the Denver Nuggets 75-74 to drop to 9-11, 3rd in the Southeast Division.  They were without the services of Martell Webster and Bradley Beal.  The good news is that both players returned to practice on Wednesday and Webster expects to play on Friday. There is still no timetable on Beal's return from a stress injury in his right leg.

As reported by Michael Lee at washingtonpost.com, Webster sprained his left ankle during a preseason game against the New Orleans Pelicans. He played through it until he aggravated the injury on Friday after 12 minutes of action against the Milwaukee Bucks.  After practice on Wednesday, Webster was optimistic about returning on Friday.

“Feels good. It’s a little weak, but I’m testing the waters. So taking a step in the right direction.It was very painful when it happened. Felt a little bit worse than it was when I did it in Kentucky, but I knew it wasn’t going to sideline me very long. I played through it in Kentucky. This one required a little more TLC, but we’re good. We’ve been taking care of it the last couple days and I’m confident in the way it feels and I feel like I can go out there and play.”

Beal also practiced in a limited capacity after recently being cleared to increase basketball-related activities.  He took part in some live action but was limited to one side of the court and moved around mostly in non-contact work. Beal appeared confident in the direction that he's heading in his recovery.

“It’s great. They want me to still take it slow and work my way into it,” Beal said. “I did a lot of half-court stuff. The doc and the trainers don’t want me to go full court or up and down as much, but I definitely got into some drills that were pretty live in the half court, getting use to cutting and curling and just doing little drills like that, and competing a little bit and getting my legs back. It was definitely great to be able to do that and being back out there.”
Coach Randy Wittman, although optimistic, will remain cautious and see how both players respond to practice before declaring them ready to play in a game.

Beal is in his second season out of Florida and is averaging 20.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists, in 40.2 minutes per game.  Webster is a 9-year NBA veteran who has played for the Trail Blazers, Timberwolves and Wizards. In 19 games this season, he is averaging 12.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.





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