The Wizards had just nine players dress for Monday’s win over the Sacramento Kings. Gary Neal (back) went through shoot-around at Verizon Center on Wednesday morning in preparation for Washington’s meeting with the Memphis Grizzlies that night, but Otto Porter Jr. (thigh), Nene (calf), Drew Gooden III (calf), Bradley Beal (leg), and Alan Anderson (ankle) didn’t.
Nene and Gooden were on hand for shoot-around but didn’t participate. The Wizards expect the two big men to return soon – perhaps by the end of the week — though they’re being cautious about setbacks and want them to be 100 percent before clearing them. Porter, however, hasn’t been cleared to do anything since being shut down last Wednesday and Anderson won’t make his season debut for another three to five weeks. Beal, who has a stress reaction in his lower right fibula, will be re-evaluated Saturday and could return next week, but he said he also said he will be extra cautious to avoid setbacks.
For now, the Wizards will continue rely heavily on Wall, who posted a career-high 19 assists Monday and is enjoying one of the best months of his career.