Washington Wizards rookie Bradley Beal is off the crutches, moving with a slight limp but also moving closer toward making his return from his sprained left ankle. Limited to free throws, Beal didn’t participate in Tuesday’s practice and will be doubtful when the Wizards attempt to win consecutive road games for the first time this season on Wednesday against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center.
“I’m not sure,” Beal said when asked if he would be available. “Depends on how good I feel. I’m day-to-day. We’ll just have to see. I really can’t do anything mobile yet. It’ll probably be another day or so before I get back into the groove.”
When his left ankle landed awkwardly near Nene’s foot and he had to be carried off the floor late in the fourth quarter of the Wizards’ 90-84 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday, Beal appeared as if he would miss significant time. But Beal and the Wizards were more encouraged after the game, with the diagnosis that he had suffered a mild sprain. He still left the arena after Sunday’s win on crutches as a precautionary measure and felt some serious pain the next morning.
“It was throbbing, but it’s just part of the process. It's just a sprain, so that’s a good thing,” Beal said. “Swelled up a little bit, but I kept it on ice and the swelling has gone down. It’s just a little sore right now.”
Beal has missed seven games already this season, with the Wizards (19-39) going 2-5 in his absence. He missed two games with a sore lower back in December after attempting, unwisely, to dunk on Atlanta Hawks shot-blocking forward Josh Smith and getting sent in the opposite direction. He missed five more when he drove baseline on Denver Nuggets center Kosta Koufos and got knocked on his right wrist. He chipped his front two teeth in a practice collision with teammate Cartier Martin — which didn’t cost him any time but affected his smile — and takes pride in referring to himself as “young and reckless.” He even wears clothing that boasts that phrase.
Bradley Beal doubtful against Minnesota
Washington Post | Mar 6