As is his habit, Bradley Beal got up extra shots after shootaround, but when he left the floor Monday morning his facial expression couldn't hide that he wasn't feeling well. He said he would be ready to play full-speed against the Miami Heat at Verizon Center because he takes his matchup with Dwyane Wade "personally" and the Wizards are in a must-win situation to maintain their No. 6 playoff seed.
"I'll be fine. I'm good," Beal said. "Whenever you play the Heat, I always play like it's a championship game. They're the reigning champs and they're on pace to try to do the same thing again. It's a lot at stake for this game. Whenever I play them, I always take the matchup between me and D-Wade personally. He's always someone I've looked up to but at the same time I just want to compete against him."
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A flu bug hit the Wizards (42-38) more than a week ago, starting with Trevor Ariza and filtering down to the coaching staff. Assistant Pat Sullivan was on the bench for Saturday's win vs. the Milwaukee Bucks and Don Zierden has been struggling with it, too. Sullivan is back. Beal said flu symptoms weren't his issue and nothing would keep him off playing. He warmed up before tipoff and appeared OK.
Wade has his own issues. This will be his second game back after a left hamstring strain forced him to sit for nine games. He's on a minutes restriction.
"He's still going to come out aggressive and I've got to do the same thing to try to contain him as best as I can," Beal said