Coming off a double-overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs, the Wizards went easy at Thursday's practice as the starters mostly received treatment. But the highlight, CSN Washington has learned, was Al Harrington who hasn't played since Nov. 12 because of agitation in his right knee that required surgery in December.
He played 4-on-4 with the second unit and apparently looked spectacular. It's just a pick-up game, but Harrington didn't miss much. In 10 minutes of action he put up as many as 40 points -- or maybe it just felt like it. There's no such thing as an official unofficial statistic, but players were in awe of Harrington's sharpness.
Of course, this wasn't a real game and time will tell if the 6-9 stretch power forward can return to the form that once made him a Sixth Man of the Year candidate with the Denver Nuggets.
Harrington has played just seven games in his first season in Washington, averaging 7.9 points per game as a reserve. He had surgery and then a staph infection in his right knee that limited him to 10 games with the Orlando Magic last season.
Harrington had been in and out of the Wizards' lineup but opted to get loose particles removed from his knee in Vail, Colo., then he rehabilitated in Houston before returning to D.C. after Christmas. He has been working out and training with the team but he'd yet to participate in contact drills until Thursday.
The team, nor Harrington, has given a target date for his return but it is sometime after the All-Star break Feb. 14-16.