Bradley Beal's minutes could increase vs. Thunder

Bradley Beal's minutes could increase vs. Thunder
January 31, 2014, 3:45 pm
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Still in the afterglow of John Wall's selection to his first All-Star Game, the Wizards could be in for more good news in regards to Bradley Beal going into Saturday's game vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder (CSN, 7 p.m. ET).

The second-year shooting guard was in a hurry to leave practice at Verizon Center on Friday to get his lower right leg re-evaluated by his doctor. Beal could have his minutes increased if all goes well. He has been playing under a 30-minute limit since missing nine games with a stress reaction, the second one on eight months in the same bone, and returning Dec. 19.

Beal told CSN Washington last week that he expected his minutes to increase in February.

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The Wizards (22-23) have had mixed success with the restrictions. Coach Randy Wittman will pull Beal, even if he has the hot hand early in the fourth quarter of a close game, to save him for the last three minutes.

That strategy worked at the Golden State Warriors earlier this week as they won but not in a loss at the Los Angeles Clippers when Beal cooled.

If games go into overtime, of course,  Beal has to sit because he's usually at his limit.

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