Wake-up call: Al Harrington rounds into form

Wake-up call: Al Harrington rounds into form
March 23, 2014, 6:00 am
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Since Al Harrington returned from right knee surgery 15 games ago, he has been hit or miss. Going into Sunday's game at the Denver Nuggets to close this four-game road swing, Harrington is starting to hit more often and believes once he is off his minutes restriction he'll be better by postseason. 

"Felt good," Harrington said after matching his season-high 15 points in Friday's win at the Los Angeles Lakers, his first game reaching double digits since Nov. 10. "I missed a couple of layups. A couple of threes rimmed out. I could've had 20-plus. Hopefully I'm saving my big games for the playoffs."

Harrington played 26 minutes and shot 5-for-12. In Thursday's loss at the Portland Trail Blazers, he only logged six minutes of action and failed to score as he missed all five shot attempts. 

His three-point shot hasn't been there (9-for-38 since returning, 23.6%), but Harrington has been effective putting the ball on the floor and finishing at the rim. He figures he'll come around eventually and be at an optimum level. 

"Just trying to keep a good balance of shooting and driving to the basket," he said. 

By the time Nene comes back from a left knee ligament strain to end the regular season, Harrington could be a three-point threat again and make the Wizards (36-33) that much more dangerous. 

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