Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal inches closer to return


(Associated Press)

Bradley Beal waited for his teammates in the locker room after the Washington Wizards’ 87-82 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night, listening to them discuss the turnover problems that led to their demise and offering humor to keep the spirits from staying down.

Beal missed his eighth game of the season and first with a sprained left ankle that he suffered on Sunday against Philadelphia. When asked how he was feeling after the Timberwolves game, Beal said, “Better.”

The Wizards (19-40) are now 2-6 without Beal this season but his absence has been felt lately on the road, where they have lost four consecutive games without the promising rookie shooting guard on the court.

Beal remains day-to-day, but Coach Randy Wittman said that he is making progress. Wittman, like others within the organization, was relieved that the injury didn’t prove to be more serious after Beal needed to be carried off the floor by teammates Jan Vesely and Chris Singleton.

“He’s moving along. He’s going in the right direction. Each day has been better for him,” Wittman said. “If we can continue to have those same kind of days, it shouldn’t be too long.”

The Wizards didn’t practice on Thursday, giving Beal another day of rest to recover and receive treatment. The team had a film session in Minneapolis before traveling the Newark in advance of their game against Brooklyn on Friday in their first regular season game at Barclays Center. They were the first opponent in the Nets’ preseason home opener.

Michael Lee is the national basketball writer for The Washington Post.
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