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Kris Humphries continues to get healthy

Kris Humphries and Glen Rice, Jr. still aren't healthy, but they're close. Elsewhere, Pierce understands the business of switching teams, and is the starting small forward position really up for grabs?

Jonathan Daniel

1. Kris Humphries' status for opening night could depend on Saturday

The operation went well and now the stitches are finally out. The only thing that remains to be seen is whether catching and shooting will be an issue. We'll find that out today when Humphries participates in practice. If there are no problems, there is a strong chance that Humphries could be ready to go when the regular season starts.

2. Paul Pierce finding comfort in change

He spent 15 years in Boston with the Celtics, but had no problem changing into a Brooklyn Nets jersey last season or a Washington Wizards one this season. It's rare when a player can spend his entire career with one team. Pierce understands that change happens, and that players are on the move more often nowadays. He's happy with it, though.

3. Glen Rice, Jr. quietly optimistic about playing in season opener

He isn't moving at 100 percent yet, but Rice, Jr. is getting there. He's apparently continuing in the right direction and moving better on the court each day, though won't fully commit to being ready to go by Wednesday's opening game.

"He did a little stuff on the floor today. Not a lot," coach Randy Wittman said of Rice after Friday's practice. "More than he did the other day. He's making progress. We'll see. This is the first little bit of contact he had was today. We'll see if he's got any soreness."

If we, as Wizards fans, take a step back and look at the bigger picture now that preseason is over, we should actually breath a huge sigh of relief. Yes, it took two surgeries, a sprained ankle, and a bruised knee to get through it, but potentially only one player could miss regular season time.

4. The importance of John Wall reducing his turnovers

Wall was second in the league last season in turnovers per game (3.6). He did, however, handle the ball more than 500 times more than any other player in the NBA. So yes, he turned the ball over at a high rate but he also is the engine that runs this team; potentially more so than any other point guard in the league.

In unsurprising news, the numbers show that the Wizards win more games when they keep turnovers to a minimum. J. Michael of Comcast SportsNet used those numbers to explain how important it could be for the Wizards moving forward if Wall can decrease the number of turnovers this season.

5. A battle for minutes at small forward?

It's certain that Pierce will be the starting small forward when the regular season begins next week. But will it stay that way throughout the season? Dan Feldman of Pro Basketball Talk feels Otto Porter and/or Martell Webster could challenge him for that starting role as the season progresses.

Bonus: Check out the feature story I wrote on the Wizards radio color analyst Glenn Consor.

Glenn played pro ball in Israel coming out of college at Boston University, where he was coached by Rick Pitino. His career was cut short, though not the way you may have expected.