Andray Blatche had waited so long to be back on the court, back with his teammates, that he couldn't leave the floor on Thursday immediately after the Washington Wizards concluded practice. He stayed around to play two-on-two basketball with rookies Jan Vesely, Chris Singleton and Shelvin Mack, eagerly trying to make up for more than an entire month of lost time.

Blatche backed down Vesely, spun around him and rose up for a left-handed dunk. He missed, throwing the ball off the back of the rim but showed plenty of explosiveness and elevation off of the injured left calf that has kept him sidelined since Jan. 28. Blatche is expected to make his return against Cleveland on Saturday at Verizon Center.