Report: Wizards’ Wall could return next week

John Wall says it's time for the Wizards to live up to their own expectations this season.

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall has been sidelined since Nov. 25 after an MRI revealed inflammation in his left knee and the All-Star received platelet-rich plasma and viscosupplementation injections to reduce the inflammation.

The Wizards said Wall would miss around two weeks with the ailment. Saturday (12/9) will be the two week mark, but according to the Washington Post, the explosive guard could make his return to the lineup by the middle of next week, as he still needs more time to recover.

Wall has progressed to participating in half-court shooting and running drills with coaches. He is averaging 20.3 points and 9.2 assists on the season, shooting 43.5 percent from the floor.

Wizards head coach Scott Brooks says Wall is progressing well.

“Just getting his workout with the coaches. There was some conditioning and basketball work. Just the natural progression that we have him going,” Brooks said. “He’s moving in that direction. Everyday he goes and we evaluate how he feels the next day. So far, he’s checked off all the boxes. We just have to keep pushing it along.”

The Wizards enter tonight with a record of 14-11, sitting at the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference standings.

Wall’s backcourt mate, Bradley Beal, has been carrying the offense in his absence. The sharpshooter is averaging 23.0 points in the seven games Wall has missed and scored a career-high 51 points against the Portland Trail Blazers.