After missing three consecutive games and possibly being ready to return on Tuesday night versus the Cleveland Cavaliers, Bradley Beal will likely be inactive for the fourth straight time.
Without Bradley Beal, the Wizards leading scorer, Washington has dropped 2 of their last 3 games with one win coming against the lowly Charlotte Bobcats. Washington has struggled to score the majority of the season, but their offensive capabilities have taken a significant hit without Beal on the floor. Last week, the Wizards managed to score just 82 points against the completely depleted Minnesota Timberwolves. Trevor Ariza, Martell Webster, and even Garrett Temple have all seen their roles increase with Beal sitting out. Ariza has been pretty consistent from beyond the arc, but he’s not nearly the threat Bradley Beal is. Washington has depended on John Wall to increase his production in the scoring department and as a result we’ve seen his assists numbers decrease.
I expect Beal to miss a few more games, since it seems as if his ankle isn’t healing nearly as quickly as we would’ve hoped. When asked about an update on Beal’s situation, Wizards head coach Randy Wittman stated,
How do I know? He didn’t practice, Wittman said with a laugh, before adding that Beal sitting out was “probably not” a good sign.
Washington will meet the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night at the Quicken Loans Arena.
Wizards and Cavaliers fans alike were hoping to watch John Wall and Kyrie Irving go to battle, but a recent shoulder injury may cause Irving to miss some time. With Bradley Beal now expected to be out, we may also miss out on the Bradley Beal and Dion Waiters match up.