Josh Robbins | Orlando Sentinel
3:55 PM EST, January 13, 2013
WASHINGTON — If the Orlando Magic needed any additional proof that power forwards Glen Davis and Al Harrington are progressing in their return from injuries, Davis and Harrington provided that evidence Sunday afternoon.
Davis and Harrington joined the Magic in Washington and participated in portions of practice at Verizon Center.
It’s unclear whether Davis will play Monday night against the Washington Wizards, and Harrington is at least a couple of weeks away from playing in a game.
Davis dislocated his left shoulder Dec. 19, and the team has gone 1-10 without him.
“It was a wonderful feeling to be back, just to be able to play and being able to be around the team,” said Davis, whose only contact work Sunday was in one-on-one sessions with Harrington and Kyle O’Quinn.
“I’ve watched a lot of close battles [while I was injured], and it just hurts to know that you could’ve done something to turn the game the other way. I did as much rehab as I could, and right now, it’s just seeing how I feel. So we’ll see.”
Harrington developed a staph infection in his right knee following arthroscopic surgery in May and hadn’t practiced with the Magic until Sunday, when he did a few drills and started to learn some plays.
Harrington joked that he had a “fingertip dunk” Sunday and that he dominated Davis and O’Quinn in their first game of one-on-one. The rest of the time, Harrington said, Davis and O’Quinn dominated him.
“It felt good to get a win, finally,” Harrington said, a smile on his face.
Harrington still needs to get into better shape and he hasn’t tested his knee the way he wants to.
“I’m probably a couple weeks away from where I could really just try to explode off my leg,” he said. “That’ll probably be the last part of my process before I can start playing.”
Davis said his biggest hurdle is feeling confident about his shoulder when he takes contact.
Davis and coach Jacque Vaughn spoke with each other after practice, and Vaughn tends to be cautious when players return from injury.
So, if Vaughn asks him how he’s feeling, how will Davis respond?
“I’m like RG III,” Davis joked, referring to Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, who aggravated a knee injury during the first half of a playoff game Jan. 6, remained in the game and then hurt the knee worse.
“But he [Vaughn] wants to make the right decision. I’m going to make the right decision for myself, too, though. I’m a competitor, but I’ve got to think longevity also. We want to win games — not just now, but through the whole rest of the season. So we’re going to see how I feel.”
• Ish Smith said his left shoulder — the same shoulder he dislocated over the summer and had surgically repaired — suffered no ill-effects from his spill to the Staples Center floor Saturday after he dunked and was fouled by the Los Angeles Clippers’ Eric Bledsoe.
• Washington point guard John Wall is expected to play for the second time this season tonight after he missed the Wizards’ first 33 games because of a stress injury in his left kneecap. “John Wall’s ability to push the basketball and create shots for others is something special,” Vaughn said.
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