The Washington Wizards proved they can beat the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks without John Wall on Saturday night, and they're likely going to have to do it again in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series tonight. The All-Star point guard still hadn't tried dribbling a basketball as of Sunday afternoon because the swelling in his left hand, a week after suffering five nondisplaced fractures in the Wizards' Game 1 win, had not yet subsided, according to coach Randy Wittman. "It's headed in the right direction," Wittman said. "Again, we're not to the point of him doing anything on the floor yet of that nature. But it's heading to a situation where, hopefully, he can get a ball in his hand and see how that feels, and you just take those steps like that." Wall was a late scratch for Tuesday's Game 2, which the Wizards lost, because he couldn't handle a basketball effectively. The Wizards blitzed the Hawks on Saturday, building a 21-point fourth-quarter lead before squandering it and requiring a buzzer beater from Paul Pierce. The victory buys Wall more time to return this postseason. The bones usually require four to six weeks to heal, but the Wizards haven't ruled Wall out from returning against the Hawks. Given the unpredictability of the schedule, the Wizards could eliminate the Hawks in five games by Wednesday, or the series could to a Game 7 next Monday.