Bradley Beal is off the crutches, moving with a slight limp but also moving closer toward making his return soon from his sprained left ankle. Beal didn’t participate in Tuesday’s practice, shooting only free throws, and is doubtful for the Wizards’ next game on Wednesday against Minnesota 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, 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 sustained a mild sprain. He still left the arena 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 was especially upset about his latest injury because he always tapes his ankles, where’s high tops and even rolls his socks up high to protect them.