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Washington Wizards point guard John Wall is set to make his season debut against the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night. Is he back to 100 percent?
Washington Wizards point guard John Wall missed the first 33 games of the 2012-13 NBA season with a knee injury he suffered over the summer, but Wall is set to make his season debut against the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night, according to Michael Lee of the Washington Post:
— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) January 11, 2013
The team confirmed the news later in the day.
The 22-year-old former No. 1 pick returned to practice earlier in the week, and after several pain-free days of play he will debut in front of the home crowd at the Verizon Center on Jan. 12. The Wizards own the worst offense in the NBA, and they've dropped 28 of their first 33 games, so even if Wall is less-than-100 percent it's unlikely he would hurt the team.
Wizards fans have had very little to cheer about this season, but everyone should be excited about the chance to watch Wall and first-round pick Bradley Beal share the floor. Beal has struggled to score efficiently so far this year, but he's been asked to do things off-the-dribble that he isn't ready for in the NBA. Wall's return means Beal will get the opportunity to enjoy more spot-up attempts, which is an area of the game where he should excel.
The Wizards will host the Hawks on Saturday night at 7 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised on Comcast-Washington D.C. and SportSouth-Atlanta.