Washington's Wall aims for Saturday return from knee injury

WASHINGTON — Playing for the blue team in a Washington Wizards scrimmage, John Wall stripped the ball from a player on the white team, outran a defender down the right sideline and went high with his left hand for a dunk.

He also went behind the back, then drove down the middle and got fouled hard on a layup attempt. He hit the floor, but got up with no problem.

Wall looks ready for his season debut.

The former No. 1 overall draft pick is aiming to play Saturday against the Atlanta Hawks, which would be his first game since he was diagnosed with a stress injury to his left kneecap in September. He said if he can make it through the next two days of practice pain-free, he'll be good to go.

"I'm just working my way back in shape," Wall said, "and just excited and happy to be back out there with my teammates and go through a full practice without no pain."

Without Wall, the Wizards have the NBA's worst record at 5-28.


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