Even with the additions of Shelvin Mack and Garrett Temple, the Wizards remain a short-handed bunch thanks to various knee and leg injuries suffered by John Wall, Trevor Ariza and Trevor Booker.
Wall, out all season with a left patella stress injury, has yet to practice with the team since receiving the last of three Synvisc injections on Nov. 14 though he continues ramping up his activity. Just not with his teammates - and without a specific timetable for a return.
"John is still moving around good," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said following Tuesday's practice. "He came in Sunday and had another good workout, a hard workout with cutting and running and changing directions and lateral movements. We gave yesterday off with him, and then everything looks good today after amping it up again for him on Sunday. He’s doing the same thing now."
Ariza, projected out 3-5 weeks after straining his left calf on Dec. 4 in the Wizards upset over Miami, is "running on his own" and "still has some tightness and a little bit of soreness" Wittman said. "He’s getting closer...hopefully [Wednesday] maybe do some dummy stuff in shootaround and in practice, maybe get into a practice after that."
Booker, out since straining his right knee against the Indiana Pacers on Nov. 19, said he has "no pain" but remains a "couple of more weeks" away. "Hopefully it won't be that long," Booker said. The 6-foot-8 forward received a platelet-rich plasma injection from a Wizards team doctor on Dec. 17, which required a week of inactivity.
*Looks like Shaun Livingston won't be away from the Verizon Center for very long. Released by the Wizards shortly after Washington's loss to Detroit on Saturday, the veteran guard was claimed by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday. The Wizards host Cleveland on Wednesday.
* At 3-22, the Wizards own the NBA's worst record. At 6-23, the Cavaliers are not far behind with only New Orleans standing between the two teams. Cleveland enters the rematch coming off a win, a road one at that, 94-82 over Milwaukee on Saturday, snapping a six-game losing skid in the process. However the Cavaliers will be without center Anderson Vaerjao, who will miss his fourth straight game with a brusied right knee, the Associated Press reported. Behind the 6-foot-11 Brazilian's 23 rebounds, Cleveland finished with a dominating 54-39 rebounding edge in its season-opening 94-84 win over Washington.
Without the NBA's leading rebounder against the Bucks, the Cavs received a pick me up from rookies Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller. Waiters, selected one spot in the 2012 draft behind Washington's Bradley Beal, scored 18 points while Zeller posted a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
The Wizards will be without three starters from the Oct. 30 tilt - Ariza, Booker and A.J. Price. Reserves Earl Barron and Jannero Pargo also played key minutes in that game. Of course, neither player is with the team anymore.