Frustrated after his comeback this season was cut short after three games, Washington Bullets guard Tim Legler practiced yesterday and is expected to be activated for tomorrow's game against the Boston Celtics.
Legler has not played since Feb. 15, when he suffered a strained posterior capsule of the right knee -- the same knee in which he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament last season -- after New Jersey Nets forward Jayson Williams landed on it.
"I think I made a mistake by going every minute of every drill of every scrimmage last time," Legler said of coming back last month. "I would try to do it all because I was so anxious to get back. I just have to ease back into it, be a little more cautious, a little more reserved than I was before."
Legler's return could give a tremendous boost to the Bullets, who are 3 1/2 games behind Cleveland for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
Washington has a more favorable schedule than the Cavaliers, so the Bullets have a legitimate playoff shot if they can win the games they're supposed to.
Washington has games this week against Boston, Toronto and Dallas -- three of the worst teams in the league. Cleveland has games on the road this week at San Antonio, Houston and Miami.
Lorenzo Williams (sore left knee) also practiced yesterday. But it's Legler, the league's best three-point shooter last season, who could be the important player to Washington's chances.
"It's definitely a key time to our season," Legler said. "I've been out over 11 months now, since I first got hurt, and I've played in three games in that time. It's tough to blend in and find your rhythm, do the things you want to do.
"I know I bring certain things to help our team," he added. "Still, it's been a long layoff and it's tough to get any type of grace period this time of year."
Pub Date: 3/25/97