Midway through the third quarter vs. the San Antonio Spurs, Bradley Beal ran into a hard screen from Tim Duncan and was slow to get up. He'd slammed into his shoulder and could be seen going through a concussion protocol with athletic trainers on the bench before he could return to the game. Beal scored five points in the fourth quarter to finish with 19, but he had to sit out the two overtime sessions not because of the head injury but because he'd reached his new limit of 35 minutes.
When asked to clarify why Martell Webster played the last 10 minutes of the 125-118 double-overtime loss at Verizon Center on Wednesday, coach Randy Wittman was testy in admitting -- after previously refusing to directly answer the question on multiple occasions -- that Beal, who had been playing under a 30-minute restriction since Dec. 16, had to be held out. Beal has had two stress reactions in his lower right leg, and in the same bone, since last April.
Beal told CSN Washington last week, after shooting around late after practice, that an MRI showed the leg has gotten better but he wasn't sure at the time exactly how much of a bump he'd get in minutes. This was his third game under the 35-minute restriction.
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"I had a little headache for a little second, but it went away once I got back out there. It definitely was a hard hit, but that definitely was not going to stop me from playing," Beal said.
He satisfied the necessary tests from the Wizards (24-24) and it doesn't appear his status will be negatively impacted for Friday's game vs.the Cleveland Cavaliers (CSN, 7 p.m. ET).
"They asked me a few questions," Beal said. "Asked me how many fingers they were holding up. Simple things like that. I was able to pass those."