It certainly wasn’t pretty.
After landing awkwardly on a defensive play, Bradley Beal rolled his ankle and was forced to be carried to the locker room by a couple of his teammates. Washington Wizards fans have dealt with an injury plagued roster all season and couldn’t stand to witness yet another player go down with another gruesome injury. Luckily, Bradley Beal’s injury isn’t nearly as severe as it looked, since he only suffered a common ankle sprain. Beal is reportedly already putting weight on his foot and doesn’t seem very affected by his injury. Despite being listed as ‘day to day’, I’d expect Washington to be cautious with Beal.
Averaging over 20 points and nearly 7 rebounds after the All-Star break, Beal will be virtually irreplaceable for this improving Wizards team. Beal has been the most reliable player on the roster as of late, so I don’t expect Washington to fill the void fairly easily. Randy Wittman has opted to replace Beal with Garrett Temple in the starting lineup in prior injury situations, but I hope he changes his rotations up a bit in this scenario. Like Beal, Martell Webster has been a very reliable three point shooter and is capable of playing shooting guard. Webster is currently tied with Stephen Curry in three point percentage (.452), making him the second most reliable three point shooter in the NBA. I hope Randy Wittman slides Webster to shooting guard, while inserting Trevor Ariza into the starting lineup. Since John Wall has returned, Ariza has had more open looks from beyond the arc and has steadily becoming a more consistent shooter. Above all, Trevor Ariza adds to Washington’s already great defense.
Washington may also consider adding a free agent on a ’10 day’ contract, which may help filling in for Beal’s absence on a short term basis. Josh Selby, a Baltimore native, may be an option if the Wizards do end up going that route. Selby, the reigning NBA Summer League MVP, is capable of playing both guard positions.
I’ll be interested to see how the Wizards deal with this situation.