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Timberwolves vs. Wizards: Washington blows out Minnesota in John Wall's first start of season

John Wall's first start of the season went beautifully, as the Wizards easily defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves, 114-101.

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Webster to BF: 'I love this organization'

Is Martell Webster a part of the Wizards' future? The Wizards' forward tells Bullets Forever that while he's not "focused" on his impending free agency, he is having "the most fun I've had in my career."

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Wizards zip past Timberwolves, 114-101

The Washington Wizards blew out the Minnesota Timberwolves 114-101 at the Verizon Center in a game that wasn't really that close.

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Meet the Timberwolves

The Washington Wizards host the Minnesota Timberwolves on January 25, 2013. Will they win their first home game following a long road trip, or will the injury-decimated Timberwolves pull off the upset?

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Witt: Beal's wrist 'sore,' but won't 'hinder' him

Bradley Beal has not been the same player since hurting his wrist on a hard fall against the Denver Nuggets last Friday. In three games since, he's averaging nine points per game on just 39 percent shooting. Nevertheless, it appears that Beal will continue to play through the soreness, according to Randy Wittman.

Beal said Thursday that while he doesn't want to "use it as an excuse," the wrist was "really bothering me."

I can't speak to whether the team actually went to check the injury out, but if they haven't, I suggest they should. I understand the allure of actually having a fully healthy team, but the Wizards are 9-31 right now and are only playing for pride. There's no reason to rush a .500 finish if it means jeopardizing a player's health, especially one as vital to the team's future as Beal.

If it turns out the injury isn't anything serious, so be it, but Beal is going to want to fight through the pain unless someone stops him. I don't see the harm in at least getting an X-ray.

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Wall's minutes limit will continue

For those hoping to see John Wall return to playing 36-40 minutes a game, it doesn't look like that'll happen just yet. Via Craig Stouffer of the Washington Examiner:

It's unclear whether this definitively means that Wall will come off the bench, as he has since returning. Wall could still play fewer minutes while starting, and doing so would allow him to play more with Bradley Beal. But we'll wait to see what Wittman reveals before tonight's game.

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Pekovic, Shved won't travel to D.C.

The Wizards will face a very shorthanded Timberwolves team on Friday. Already without Kevin Love, Brandon Roy and Chase Budinger, the Timberwolves also won't have starters Alexey Shved and Nikola Pekovic.

Pekovic has not played since last Thursday against the Clippers due to a right quad injury. Shved missed Wednesday's game against the Nets with a sprained left ankle. Greg Stiemsma and Luke Ridnour started Wednesday's game and probably will do so again on Friday.

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