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Anthony Tolliver 'close' to returning

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Tolliver may return by the end of the four-game road trip.

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Anthony Tolliver, out with a right knee sprain since injuring it against the New Orleans Pelicans on Feb. 21, is close to returning. Tolliver took part in some drills with the team on Tuesday and indicated to the media afterward that, while he's not quite there yet, he's close [following quote via Freep]:

"Running speed -- being able to sprint -- not quite there yet, but I'm close," Tolliver said. "Nothing bothers me at all, really. Our (physical therapy) people have done a great job keeping my knee strengthened up, so whenever I'm out there doing my stuff, my legs don't feel dead. It's just a matter of getting the cardio back and practicing sprinting and implementing my program. Once I get to where I don't feel my knee really at all, that's when I'll start playing."

More good quotes from Tolliver at the link. Tolliver will travel with the team on the road trip, but he is 'for sure' out for the Dallas game on Wednesday. The bad news is that Tolliverse is closer to returning than Stanley Johnson (shoulder). Tolliver could return by the end of the trip. There's still no word as to when Johnson could return.

Now your healthy thoughts.