Bradley Beal could be seen getting treatment to his left leg for a long stretch of the third quarter of Game 4, but he doesn't believe it'll bother him for Game 5 Tuesday at the Indiana Pacers.
"It's fine," said Beal after scoring just three of his team-high 20 points in the fourth quarter of a 95-92 loss at Verizon Center. "I got banged up a little bit. I got kneed on the side of my knee or whatever. It's kind of sore but I'll be all right."
Beal was bothered by more than his knee. He again was blanketed by Paul George, who scored a career playoff-high 39 points in erasing a 19-point deficit for a 3-1 series lead.
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Being sore isn't anything uncommon, especially for Beal who has had a right hip pointer, a sprained right ankle and a stress reaction in his lower right leg. The only thing new here was that his injury happened on a different leg.
Beal shot 7-for-14 and did have five assists, five rebounds and three steals, but he missed a free throw with nine seconds left that could've cut the deficit to one. Then came the botched inbounds pass from Trevor Ariza to Beal with four seconds left to try to get the tying three-pointer. Instead, it was a turnover.