Pregame warmup: Wall lauds Beal for sitting

Pregame warmup: Wall lauds Beal for sitting
November 26, 2013, 4:30 pm
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A timetable for Bradley Beal? Kind of.

John Wall missed the first 33 games of last season with a stress injury to his left kneecap. Then Bradley Beal sat out the last eight games with a stress injury to his right fibula. And in-between, Beal missed some games with other ailments, too.

So Tuesday's news that Beal would miss at least two weeks -- though it'll likely be more -- before he gets re-evaluated on the same leg with a similar, but different, isn't that devastating to Wall.

Both players were making a push for an All-Star season. The Wizards, who play the Los Angeles Lakers at Verizon Center on Tuesday (CSN, 7 p.m. ET), have Trevor Ariza returning after missing five games with a right hamstring strain. 

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"It's tough for us but it'll be alright if Trevor play the way he played before, knocking down shots and being a defensive guy for us," Wall said.

Having been in the situation that Beal is dealing with, Wall understands it could take time. It's about the big picture and not just today. Of course, the Wizards (5-8) are under pressure from within -- the locker room's own expectations and those of owner Ted Leonsis -- to make the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

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"Sometimes you got to look past what's going on this season and to your career, how long you what to play and what you want to do," Wall said of Beal. "People know if it was a playoff game or like that he probably would play through it.

"If you cant be yourself out there on the court, why force yourself to be somebody you can't be?"