Wizards vs. Nets: Game 66 Open Thread

Bradley Beal
(John Raoux/Associated Press)

Bradley Beal started for the Wizards in Saturday night’s game vs. the Brooklyn Nets despite a sprained ankle suffered the night before  in the final minute of their overtime win in Orlando.

The Nets (33-30) have won three in a row and six of seven overall and are effectively tied with the Wizards for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.

Beal determined he was fit enough to give it a go against the Nets after warming up 90 minutes before tipoff, mostly catching passes and shooting.

John Wall and his teammates were worried Friday when Beal landed awkwardly and began writhing on the floor in pain with the Wizards clinging to a two-point lead vs. the Magic. The fear was amplified when Beal had to be carried off the floor and into the locker room by teammates Kevin Seraphin and Otto Porter Jr.

“You don’t want to see that,” Wall said after the Wizards’ 105-101 win.

But as he watched Beal move gingerly through the locker room with minimal swelling, Wall was put at ease that the injury wasn’t very serious.

“They say it’s an ankle sprain, so that’s better than what we’re used to seeing,” Wall said.

Beal was also relieved that he was quickly able to apply pressure on his ankle but wasn’t certain if he would be able to suit up against Brooklyn until he rested and received treatment.

 (TV: Comcast SportsNet. Radio: WJFK-106.7 MF, WFED-1500 AM).

Here’s some reading to help you get ready for the game:

Wizards beat Orlando in overtime as Beal gets injured

Jason Collins returns to Washington

Randy Wittman says game with Brooklyn is “going to be a war”

Wizards refuse to surrender in Orlando

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