Pregame warmup: Beal starts despite bruised knee

Pregame warmup: Beal starts despite bruised knee
December 28, 2013, 4:45 pm
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T-Wolves snap Wizards' winning streak

Detroit Pistons shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (5) guards Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal (3) during the second quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

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Maybe Bradley Beal's luck is changing for the better as the second-year shooting guard dodged another bullet after an MRI on his left knee Saturday came back negative, revealing just a bruise, CSN Washington confirmed before Saturday's game vs. the Detroit Pistons at Verizon Center (CSN, 7 p.m. ET).

Beal again was in the starting lineup. It is a somewhat surprising turn as Beal was given crutches after Friday's loss at the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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"He'll try to go," coach Randy Wittman said before the game. "He'll come out here and warm up. He's going to make that decision."

Beal warmed up by taking jump shots with assistant coach Sam Cassell and didn't appear to have discomfort. He still is under minute restrictions because of a stress reaction in his lower right leg that knocked him out nine games. He returned from that last week and is being held to less than 30 minutes per game.

Friday, Beal went down with 4:26 left in the fourth quarter of a 120-98 loss to the Timberwolves. He ran into Luc Mbah a Moute and their knees clashed. Beal fell hard and had to be carried off the court at Target Center.

"It wasn't good when he had to be helped off," Wittman said. "Even right afterwards, I think he got in the locker room he was relieved how it was feeling a half hour after the game. Just doing the precautionary things today to make sure nothing else was there."

Beal had an X-Ray after Friday that was negative. An MRI is a more detailed test and didn't show any damage to his ligaments and cartilage Saturday. 

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