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Wizards mostly healthy heading into first preseason game

The Washington Wizards emerged from a shortened training camp almost fully healthy with the exception of Trevor Booker, who is nursing a thigh contusion.

The second-year forward suffered the injury while playing in Israel during the NBA lockout, and he came back in late October after his stint with Bnei Hasharon so that his physician could examine him.

Booker became the first Wizards player to sign overseas in August, in large part because of the disappointment from his rookie season being cut short with a broken right foot.

The 23rd overall pick in last year’s draft by Minnesota practiced the past two days, and Coach Flip Saunders said Booker was able to participate virtually at full speed on Thursday. It’s unclear if or how much Booker will play against Philadelphia on Friday at Verizon Center.

“I was surprised how he was able to go these last two days,” Saunders said. “We’ll wait and see what they tell us tomorrow, whether he’s able to go or not. Hopefully he’ll be able to give us a few minutes. I don’t think we’ll have him go extended minutes.”

Gene Wang is a sports reporter covering multiple beats, including Navy football, the Capitals, Wizards, Nationals, women’s basketball, auto racing, boxing and golf. He also covers Fantasy Football.

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