Beal's ankle 'throbbing,' unlikely to play vs. Timberwolves

Beal's ankle 'throbbing,' unlikely to play vs. Timberwolves
March 5, 2013, 1:15 pm
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Bradley Beal did not practice Tuesday, but the rookie shooting guard for the Wizards wasn't wearing a protective brace on his left ankle.

Beal, who still hasn't been declared out for Wednesday’s game at the Minnesota Timberwolves, appears unlikely to play. Still, he was well enough to stand on it and attempt free throws.

“It was throbbing. It’s just part of the process. It’s just a sprain.  That’s a good thing. It swelled up a little bit. I kept it iced. The swelling has gone down. It’s just a little sore right now,” said Beal, who wouldn't commit to playing Wednesday. “I just shot free throws. I can’t do anything mobile yet. … We’ll have to see tomorrow.”

In Sunday’s 90-87 win vs. the Philadelphia 76ers, Beal collided with teammate, Nene, and landed awkwardly on his foot, rolling his ankle.

“I always do, that’s the crazy thing,” Beal said of using protection on his ankles. “That’s what irritates me. I always tape my ankles or have something covering it and then I ended up tweaking it again. That’s something I just have to strengthen up during the off-season. That’s something I’m definitely going to work on.”

John Wall has dealt with a left knee cap injury and Nene had a ligament problem in his foot and recently returned after missing two games because of a sore shoulder. Beal, playing in his firs 82-game season, is clearly the most banged up of the Wizards.

Beal already was playing through a high right ankle sprain, a sore right (shooting) wrist and recently had dental work to repair his front teeth after a practice collision.

“To me, everything is mental. The mind beats the body any day. It’s just how you approach things and just how you can overcome certain obstacles,” he said. “There’s always going to be challenges. … It’s how you recover from it.”

Coach Randy Wittman isn't sure how he’ll bring back Beal. Ankles can take time to heal and are easy to re-injure.

“I don’t make those judgments until you reach that point in time,” Wittman said. “If he’s (out) about a month it’s different. It all just depends on how long it is. “