Bradley Beal uncertain of status for next game

April 3, 2013

One game after coming back from an ailing left ankle to score a game-high 24 points in Sunday’s win over the RaptorsWashington Wizards rookie guard Bradley Beal was in discomfort again during a 90-86 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday and said he doubted he would be available for Wednesday night’s game against Toronto.


Wizards rookie guard Bradley Beal looks to pass around Jimmy Butler while nursing a sore ankle. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

“Just depends on how I feel tomorrow, but I wouldn’t guarantee anything,” said Beal, who missed 8 of 11 shots.

Beal had  missed 11 of 14 games with a sprained ankle but sank six three-pointers in Sunday’s 109-92 home win against the Raptors. But during warmups Tuesday night, the ankle began acting up, Beal said, and the pain became especially intense in the second half.

Beal finished with eight points and exited the game for good with 7 minutes 58 seconds left. His final point came via 1 of 2 free throws to give Washington a 71-69 lead with 9:33 to play, and Beal said afterward he told Coach Randy Wittman to remove him from the game as he saw fit.

“I thought Bradley struggled a little bit,” Wizards Coach Randy Wittman said. “I’m going to have find out here tonight, obviously flying to Toronto, if he’s got a little pain in there again or not.”

Beal’s performance Sunday marked the 12th time the No. 3 overall pick has scored at least 20 points. It was his first such performance since March 1, two days before he injured his ankle in a 90-87 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers that was the start of a current eight-game home win streak.

The Wizards have not won that many in a row at home since 2006-07, when they strung together 10 consecutive victories.

“Defense is what won the game,” Beal said. “We didn’t play well in the first half guarding them. We let them catch the ball way too easy on the wing, and we gave them way too many open looks, and I thought we did a great job in the second half of making them take tough shots, and if they make them, they make them.”

 

Gene Wang is a sports reporter covering multiple beats, including Navy football, the Capitals, Wizards, Nationals, women’s basketball, auto racing, boxing and golf. He also covers Fantasy Football.
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