Wallace played 24 minutes in his return and scored just four points, but how he feels moving forward is more important than what he did in his first game back.
“Yeah, I felt good,” said Wallace after practicing fully yesterday with his teammates at UCLA in preparation for tonight’s game against the Lakers. “I’m regularly having morning stiffness, but after getting it loose and warmed up I’m feeling pretty good.”
Coach Avery Johnson had Wallace on a minutes limit Sunday, getting him to 24:30 of game time by playing him in four six-minute bursts throughout the course of the game.
Johnson said his starting small forward may see a couple more minutes on the floor tonight.
“I don’t want to force myself back into it too much and have a setback or whatever,” Wallace said. “We have a big stretch of games coming up where we’re going to have a lot of games, and not many off-days to rest, so whatever [Johnson] feels like is comfortable, whatever the trainers feel like is comfortable for me, I’m fine with that.”