'Wear and tear' injuries take their toll on Beal
Bradley Beal has been playing through ankle sprains for most of the second half of the season, and it finally caught up to him Wednesday.
The Wizards’ rookie shooting guard had an MRI and it revealed a season-ending stress injury to his right fibula. A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to CSN Washington that playing through a high right ankle sprain led to Beal being put on the shelf. CSN Washington first reported the injury to the right ankle in early March.
Surgery won’t be required and he’ll be able to resume basketball-related activities in about six weeks.
Beal had a fall in Tuesday’s 90-86 win against the Chicago Bulls and struggled to compete. He was taken out midway through the fourth quarter by coach Randy Wittman.
Even Beal seemed to know his season was in jeopardy. “I doubt it,” he quickly said when asked he’d play in Wednesday’s game at the Toronto Raptors.
Beal didn’t accompany the team on the trip. The No. 3 overall pick in last year’s draft, Beal averaged 13.9 points, 3.8 assists, 2.4 rebounds and shot 38.6 percent from three-point range. He started in 46 of the 56 games he played.
Beal played 30 minutes in a home game against the Raptors on Sunday, scoring a game-high 24 points in that victory. He played 28 minutes and scored just eight points vs. the Bulls. He didn’t seem to be steady on his legs.
Nursing the high right ankle sprain, Beal hurt his left ankle March 3 when he stepped on a teammate’s foot in the fourth quarter. He missed six games, came back to play three games and re-injured it March 20. He sat out five games before his latest return.
Garrett Temple has started in his place and will finish out the season in the backcourt with point guard John Wall.