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Utah Jazz defeat Washington Wizards 92-88

Published January 23, 2013 7:47 pm

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After a knee injury, Washington point guard John Wall will play his seventh game of the season Wednesday night, when the Wizards face the Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena.

Wall hasn't started yet, however, and coach Randy Wittman says there's no timetable for his return to the Wizards' starting line-up.

"That's all in the doctor's hands, in terms of minutes and how soon they increase," Wittman told reporters at Washington's morning shootaround.

Wall averages 14 points and 6.7 assists in 25 minutes in his six games this season. Significantly, the Wizards are 4-2 with Wall after going 5-28 without him.

"… A good player, a smart player," said the Jazz's Randy Foye.

The Jazz have won five of their last six games. They are well-rested for Washington, having played just once in the last eight days.

This game starts the second half of the season for Utah, which is 22-19 and seventh in the overall Western Conference standings.

The Jazz are 8-5 since losing point guard Mo Williams to a thumb injury on Dec. 22.

Asked to grade the Jazz's first-half performance, Foye said, "We worked through some injuries, We worked through some up-and-downs. And scheduling — the tough part of the schedule. So I'd give us a 'B."

Foye averages 11.3 points and makes 43.7 percent of his three-point shots. He is 10-for-17 in the last three games.

"I really don't want to grade myself until the end of the year," Foye said. "If the season ended today, then it be important to grade myself. But it's really not that important. We still have half a season to go."