The Wizards worst fears were put to rest on Saturday when an MRI on Bradley Beal revealed that he has left knee bruise. Even better for Washington, Beal will start against the Detroit Pistons after warming up on the Verizon Center floor before the game.
“Everything checked out good,” Coach Randy Wittman said. “Obviously, he’s going to be tender from having a bruise there.”
Beal was carried off the court Friday night in the fourth quarter of the Wizards’ 120-98 loss in Minnesota after colliding with Timberwolves forward Luc Mbah a Moute while trying to set screen for Martell Webster. After struggling to get up, teammates Jan Vesely and Trevor Ariza lifted Beal on their shoulders and assisted him to the locker room.
“You try not to think the worst but it wasn’t good when he had to be helped off,” Wittman said.
An X-ray taken immediately after the game came back negative but Beal was spotted walking down a hallway at Target Center moving with crutches. He eventually decided to put some pressure on his leg and walked out of the arena with a slight limp.
Beal’s inability to move initially caused a panic, but the Wizards (12-14) were optimistic that the injury wasn’t too serious since it appeared that Beal had just banged the inside of his knee with Mbah a Moute.
“Looking at it on film, just a head on head knee bang,” Witman said. “Even right afterward, I think, he got in the locker room, I think he was kind of relieved how it was feeling, a half hour after the game. He did precautionary things today to make sure nothing else is there.
Beal is the Wizards’ second-leading scorer this season at 19.2 points but is currently adhering to a minute limit as he recovers from a stress injury in his right fibula. The Wizards are 4-5 without Beal this season.