Bradley Beal gave everyone a scare at the end of Wizards practice Monday afternoon and it had nothing to do with Halloween rounding the corner.
With the already injured trio of John Wall (knee), Nene (foot) and Kevin Seraphin (calf) watching and not participating in the team's full court scrimmage, a defending Beal tumbled to the ground after an apparent collision, clutching at his leg. All the sounds in the gym, from dribbling basketballs to idle chatter went silent except for the audible noise of the Wizards first round pick in obvious pain.
Down seemingly for an eternity yet in actuality mere seconds, Beal eventually rose to his feet, walked around on his own and then eventually off the court with head athletic trainer Eric Waters.
Following practice Wizards coach Randy Wittman said of Beal: "just kind of tweaked his ankle, just kind of rolled it over." Even for a man who has seen his share of rolled ankles after years spent as both player and coach, Wittman casually acknowledged at least a fleeting case of the you've got to be kidding me's.
"Especially with the injuries we've had...but he got up right away and put weight on it so that's a good sign,” Wittman said.
And with that quote, we have an early entry for understatement of the season. Whew.
Nine-year veteran Brian Cook added a lighter touch.
“He’s 19,” Cook correctly noted. “I’m sure he’s fine.”
* Sticking with the injury front, don't expect Seraphin on the court for Wednesday’s game against Miami. The 6-foot-10 center has missed the last three contests after suffering the calf strain six minutes in against Cleveland on Oct. 13.
Wittman said Seraphin is "making good progress," but offered no specifics on a return.
"That's one of those things that can continue to make great strides in a day or two - then it could be a week, it could be two," Wittman said. "Calf, hamstring, any kind of muscle injury, you just don't know until it runs its course."
Without two of his primary three interior options, Wittman has compensated by moving players from their normal positions, whether its Chris Singleton at power forward or using Trevor Booker for extended minutes inside. For a coach still searching for ideal combinations and learning more about what each player offers, the current scenario is hardly a negative, for now anyway.
"You've got to adjust, you have to play guys. As I said leading into the [Milwaukee] game, 'it's a good thing for me'. It gives me an opportunity to adjust our guys, see what they can and can't do [when] put in this spot, because of injury, sickness, foul trouble. Who can I trust to move into this different spot? So that's been a good thing, for those guys too, to learn a different spot," Wittman said.