Wake-up call: Bradley Beal's minutes will decrease

Wake-up call: Bradley Beal's minutes will decrease
December 18, 2013, 6:00 am
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Bradley Beal relives his game-winning shot

(Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK -- If Wizards are going to rely on Bradley Beal to make some big shots down the stretch of Wednesday's game at the Brooklyn Nets, they better preserve him. He has played too many minutes already.

Beal, who played his first game since Nov. 23 and scored 14 fourth-quarter points at the New York Knicks on Monday, logged 30 minutes. He didn't expect to be on the court for the last three minutes of the game because of his minutes restriction but told coach Randy Wittman he felt OK. His right leg, which had a stress reaction in the fibula for the second time in eight months, wasn't sore. Eight of his points came in that three-minute span, including the game-winning shot. 

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"Witt did a good job with my minutes. The first quarter I was dead tired. I expected that," Beal said after Tuesday's practice. "Eventually, caught my second wind. When I did I was hoping he didn't take me out. I was glad he didn't. That's probably got to change because he said I went over my minutes. So now I probably won't be playing as much against Brooklyn."

The minutes restriction will continue beyond Wednesday as the Wizards (10-13) try to win their second game in a row.

"For the next couple games, maybe more than a couple," Beal said. "It's something we have to take serious and I have to be more cautious."

A stress reaction can lead to a season-ending fracture. 

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